Frontend Developer (React) for British startup in Prague
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Headquartered in London, UENI (pronounced you-en-eye) was founded by two Harvard Business School graduates with the aim of democratising the access to a digital presence for small local businesses such as dentists, hairdressers or electricians. Even today, the vast majority of small local services business are still offline. On top of the question of cost; time and knowledge are the biggest drivers of the slow penetration. To address this issue, UENI sends out “walkers” who gather extensive data on a business, including services and prices, and then pre-build their content so that the business owner does not have to. UENI’s sales agent then call these businesses, show their pre-built content and convert them.
For paid customers, UENI also creates a google my business page and social media presence. For businesses that do not have a physical presence (e.g. plumbers), UENI works with associations to ensure the quality and validity of the businesses.
UENI focuses on breadth (cities over 100k people) and depth (high density coverage within a neighborhood). Thus far, UENI has collected data on ~400k+ small businesses across 11 Western European countries in six major languages. They aim to reach the 1 million company mark by the end of the year. Thus far, UENI have raised EUR 11 million from an impressive list of ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs and have started raising another EUR 7-10 million to match their aggressive growth plans.
UENI intends to maintain its pace of growth through continued expansion.
We are working on a tech stack of Kubernetes, Docker, MySQL, Python3 + Django, and React.
As we aim to provide online presence for "the long tail" of small and micro businesses, much of our work is very data driven. Many of the challenges on the dev team are around this large data set, providing internal tools to other teams to create, interact with, and manipulate this data. We are also delivering the end product to our clients, striving to provide the best digital presence we can which is cost effective and tech savvy on their side (aka automated whenever possible).
Developers are required to interact with the other teams to understand their needs and provide simple, reliable technological solutions. We are fast paced and still discovering what we can do well, and so no developer can expect to be handed simple instructions to implement in a bubble.
On the backend we are in a transition period as we move to a microservice architecture from our original monolith system. Wherever possible, we use a shared django template for these projects so we can start a new project fast and easily understand each other's code.
On the front end our main project is the ueni.com website, including pages for each business owner with a high focus on SEO and usability to give small businesses an easy but effective digital presence and allow new customers to find them. At the same time we provide extra functionality to the business owners to control and see performance stats for their pages. This is implemented in React, Redux and Node for server side rendering.
About the Prague office:
UENI opened a new office in Prague in January 2018 as a result of their growing business and success throughout Europe. UENI want to build a team of developers and other IT specialists who will help the company grow further. After initial training it is expected that the Prague team will be working independently on their own projects. UENI currently have 10 employees in Prague and the number is expected to grow.
Location: Holekova 31, Praha 5 (Smíchov)
What you will do:
As a Front-end Developer, you would be primarily working on our main website ueni.com. The website provides business owners with facilities to register, onboard and edit their business information with minimal technological knowledge. At the same time, potential business customers have ability to view business information, and request bookings.
The goal of the website is to provide easy to use facilities, and automate as much as possible for the customers (on both ends). The website utilizes React, Redux, ES6, REST APIs, and number other of technologies to provide a server side and client side rendering.We are constantly improving, refactoring and adding new features to our website to improve customer experiences.
You will be expected to:
- Work with our UX/UI designers and implement fast and responsive (mobile-friendly) pages based on the designs
- Collaborate with backend developers to make sure the APIs serve your needs for a given feature
- Work in a team, and collaborate on code style, implementation ideas, and pull requests (using Git).
- Minimum of 1 year using ReactJS
- Willingness to travel a few times to London during the first weeks of the employment in order to receive training
- Highly competitive salaries
- Career progression - we encourage personal development, autonomy and responsibility
- Developers are encouraged to attend conferences and training days
- Freedom to explore new technologies
- Develop a modern user experience on a cutting-edge platform
- Reach millions of users worldwide
- We epitomise the saying ‘work hard, play hard’