Senior Software Engineer (Drupal Front-End) at Acquia

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Acquia is the open digital experience company. We provide the world's most ambitious brands with products built around Drupal to allow them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter. At Acquia, we believe in the power of community and collaboration — giving our customers and partners the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms.

Headquartered in the U.S., we have been named one of North America’s fastest growing software companies by Deloitte and Inc. Magazine, rated a leader by the analyst community, and named one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. We are Acquia. We are building for the future, and we want you to be a part of it!

Acquia’s Drupal Acceleration Team works on realizing Dries Buytaert's (Drupal's project lead and Acquia's CTO) vision of empowering site builders to create ambitious websites and digital experiences with little or no code. We are currently focusing on:

  • Adding an automatic updates feature to Drupal, so that site owners can keep their sites secure without having to manually apply updates every month.
  • Adding a project browser to Drupal, so that site builders can find and install contributed modules and themes as easily as people can install an app on their smartphones.
  • Making more of Drupal's capabilities, such as UI-editable menus, available to websites built with React, Vue, or other front-end frameworks.
  • Upgrading Drupal's rich text editor from CKEditor 4 to CKEditor 5, a complete re-architecture of CKEditor onto modern JavaScript.
  • Replacing legacy JavaScript libraries, such as jQuery UI, with more modern solutions.

We are seeking a front-end engineer, who cares about Drupal, JavaScript, and user experience, to help us with some or all of the above, and with other areas that we venture into in the future.

Our team has some well-known Drupal professionals, but you don't have to be one yourself to apply. We can mentor you in any area where we have more expertise, and we look forward to you guiding us in your areas of expertise.

Responsibilities:
  • Advocate for and build community consensus around the best approach to Drupal’s current and future needs. This includes sometimes changing your mind on what you think the best approach is as new information and feedback comes in, and sometimes explaining and defending your recommendations when others disagree.
  • Contribute code and tests to Drupal core and contributed projects—on Drupal.org and elsewhere—in order to accelerate the Drupal community’s progress.
  • Support teammates and community contributors with code reviews, constructive feedback, and brainstorming.
  • Work with teammates, the engineering and product managers, and the CTO to settle priorities and timelines for delivering value to Acquia through Drupal.
  • Respond to critical issues that include investigation, planning, communicating, and incidence resolution in your areas of expertise.
  • Analyze upstream dependencies for code quality, requirements and software reliability.
Skills

The ideal candidate should demonstrate aptitude and interest in the following skills. Please bear in mind that this is not a list of requirements. A steadfast appetite for learning, a willingness to accept new challenges, and a spirit of technical humility are far more important than any individual skill listed below.

  • 5+ years of experience with JavaScript, some of which includes React and Vue
  • 2+ years of experience with PHP, some of which includes Drupal and Symfony
  • Proficient with automated testing strategies and methodologies
  • Experience with Drupal project issue queues
  • Experience using Drupal to create websites (site building experience is a plus)
  • Willingness to review others' work rigorously, holistically, and constructively, and to have your work reviewed
  • Enthusiasm for mentoring and assisting others
  • A dedication to advocate for high-quality code, architecture, and documentation

Additionally, an interest in and aptitude for UI design would be a plus. We can lean on user experience specialists at Acquia and in the Drupal community for design when needed, but it also helps for us to have some design capability directly on our team.

Location

Acquia is headquartered in Boston, and has offices and remote workers elsewhere in North America, Europe, India, and other global locations. The Drupal Acceleration Team is distributed throughout these locations. For this position we would prefer to hire someone in or near Boston to add to our presence at HQ, but we will consider exceptional candidates from other locations.

Relationship

The Senior Software Engineer reports to a Drupal Acceleration Team Engineering Manager and is a part of the Drupal Acceleration Team. The Drupal Acceleration Team works with their corresponding Product team and the CTO to set priorities and timelines.

Acquia is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. We hire without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SymfonyFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • DrupalCMS

Location

Acquia is in the Financial District near Faneuil Hall and Post Office Square with tons of great restaurants and fun after-work venues to choose from!

An Insider's view of Acquia

What are some social events your company does?

For the past five years, the Boston office has partnered with the Wonderfund (www.wonderfundma.org) to pair Acquians with the holiday wish lists of local children. We sponsored 250 kids in 2019 and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2020!

Amy H.

Senior Talent Operations Partner

What projects are you most excited about?

There are a number of different projects we are always working on from maintenance and performance optimizations to new customer features. For me, the most exciting and rewarding projects are where we release a piece of functionality that excites and delights our customers and makes their jobs easier.

Rok

Senior Director, Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Our culture of continuous, lifelong learning allows every Acquian opportunities to learn, stretch and grow. With support and coaching from their managers and Global Learning Programs, Acquians have access to a robust online learning platform, a mentor program, and more. Every day offers the opportunity to take on unique challenges.

Amy P.

Senior Director, Global Talent Development

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The trick to empowering creativity is encouraging frequent communication and iteration. Embrace behaviors, not platitudes, that remind the team there is no such thing as failure. Embed creativity and make it more than a tagline. Show that nothing is unsalvageable; focus on ‘why’ things occurred, and make everything a learning opportunity.

Brian

Manager, User Experience Research

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We are able to influence how content is delivered and monetized by global businesses in 2 ways. Acquia's founder created Drupal, the leading open source CMS in the world and we are proud of our close relationship with the Drupal community. We have also pivoted towards DXP capabilities and offer a full suite of solutions to our customers.

Charley D.

Vice President, Products

What are Acquia Perks + Benefits

Acquia Benefits Overview

Work/life balance is important to us. Employees take time off when they need it, and come back to work feeling refreshed. We offer up to 13 weeks of maternity and six weeks of paternity, partner and adoption leave, all paid at 100 percent. Our returning-parent transition program allows new parents to ease back into work. Office amenities include snacks and beverages, common areas, a game room, Friday afternoon Happy Hour, and Mac computers.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
In Boston, Acquia has partnered with Cradles to Crayons, Pine Street Inn, Wonderfund, TUGG (Tech Gives Back), Bow Market, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Maurice J. Tobin School in Roxbury.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Acquia offers various trainings via our company-wide online learning program (Acquia Academy).
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Acquia has both Black Employee and Pride Resource Groups.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Acquia has a 'take it when you need it' PTO policy.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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