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Mobile Engineer, Android

About Your team:

Our tight-knit and collaborative mobile apps team has a strong user focus and cares a great deal about high-quality software. We value colleagues who are helpful, respectful, communicate openly, and are always willing to do what’s best for our users. We spend time each week listening and responding to customer feedback to make sure we’re delivering useful, timely improvements. The team is broadly distributed across the US and constantly encouraging each other to deliver work that instills pride and fulfillment.  

This person can be based from their home office, located anywhere in North America.

About the Job:

We are looking for an experienced and capable Android developer to help build a new app and grow an existing one. The ideal candidate will have shipped or supported an Android application with an active user community and have proficiency and fluidity with Java, the Android SDK, and Android Studio. The candidate will be routinely implementing features, fixing bugs, performing maintenance, and troubleshooting problems within the codebase. Most changes you make will be accompanied by unit tests to confirm their desired behavior. Software Engineers will submit code for review by their peers in the form of pull requests, and will regularly review code by their peers.

Job Details:

In a normal week, you might:

  • Develop a new feature from a user story using Java and/or Kotlin
  • Team up with the iOS squad to encourage app parity and leverage experience
  • Review a pull request from a coworker and pair on a tricky problem
  • Provide a consistent and reliable estimate to assess risk for a project manager
  • Learn about a new technology and present it to the team
  • Identify opportunities to improve our apps through research and proof of concepts
  • Work iteratively with UX designers to create user-centric solutions
  • Help QA and troubleshoot a pesky production problem and push up a hotfix
  • Participate in agile process and scrum ceremonies

Why you'll love working on our team:

  • You'll be working for a company that embraces and pursues new technology
  • You'll be working with a leadership team that trusts and engages its employees
  • We believe in giving developers the tools and hardware that they need to do their job
  • Competitive salary with great benefits (health/dental/vision insurance and 401k)

About You:

What we like to see for anyone joining the Android team:

  • High proficiency and fluidity with Java, the Android SDK, and Android Studio
  • An innate fidelity for Material Design
  • Experience with offline storage, local databases, and persistence best practices
  • Experience with unit testing
  • Strong drive to experiment, learn and improve your skills
  • Respect for the craft – you write self-documenting code with modern techniques
  • Great written communication skills – we do a lot of work asynchronously in Slack and Google Docs
  • Empathy for our users – a willingness to spend time understanding their needs and difficulties is central to the team

Not required, but for bonus points:

  • Formal education in computer science
  • Experience working in a distributed team
  • A knack for benchmarking and optimization
  • Experience with RESTful JSON endpoints and concurrency/multithreading
  • Knowledge of the competitive landscape for learning and self-improvement apps
  • Background in synchronizing information across devices with support for offline functionality

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of professional Android development (or equivalent) experience
  • 1+ year experience of working in an agile environment
  • Experience in developing, submitting, and releasing mobile apps on Google Play (preferably with at least one still available for download)
  • Ability to work in a self-driven, autonomous fashion

O'Reilly Media is an equal opportunity employer

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