Frontend Engineer (100% remote)

THE BASICS
We are looking for a Frontend Engineer

Focused on UI Design and Interaction
To design and implement a modern, cohesive design system for our React-based web application that manages Kubernetes clusters.

Giant Swarm is a fast-growing open-source infrastructure management platform used by modern enterprises. Our vision is to empower developers around the world to ship great products.

We’re a distributed, diverse, and growing team, spread across Europe. The company is based in Cologne, Germany, where we have a small office in a coworking space. However, only a few people work there. All workflows are created to function remotely – but of course, if you want to visit Cologne, you are more than welcome!

What’s the most outstanding part about working for Giant Swarm?
“People care and trust each other. I learn a lot from everyone around me.” 
(Oliver Ponder Frontend Engineer)

While we are remote-first, we appreciate quality time with our co-workers, so we meet in person twice a year to work and have fun together.

Work-life integration

  • Flexible working hours, and working from home or anywhere you prefer but please note that your permanent location should be somewhere in Europe.
  • Currently, the number of kids from our team members outnumbers the number of employees.
  • We don’t only care about the kids “within” the company, but also about all children – for example, we compensate the carbon of all our flights.
  • As an international company, we want to create similar standards for everyone, regardless of location. So, additional perks (for example, a location-aware, fixed amount paid each month to cover costs like co-working, phone contracts or gym memberships), paid parental leave and healthcare compensation are compulsory.
YOUR JOB
  • You will join us on making kubernetes and our interfaces more understandable for our customers and people in general
  • You identify and pick up frontend issues
  • You find opportunities for improvement
  • You will make sure that in one year our web interface is highly regarded in the kubernetes community as the most beautiful and desired tool for managing clusters and applications
REQUIREMENTS
  • Javascript, CSS excellence, Experience with Framer X or some kind of (react) design system implementation tool
  • You have a passion for UI and UX design
  • You have experience with React and Redux
  • You value craftsmanship, are curious, willing to learn, and don’t give up easily when things are hard or complicated
  • Even blindfolded you know how to use HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • We (and our customers) are currently mainly distributed around Europe (around CET), thus, your main timezone should be somewhere between +/- 2 hours CET to ensure better communication.
  • You feel responsible for everything you ship and you pride yourself on clean code, precise documentation and a perfect product.

Nice to have:

  • Familiarity with the terminal and bash
  • Experience with continuous integration and git-flow
  • Besides JavaScript, you have programming skills in a language of choice (not necessarily ours, but knowing Golang or another statically typed language is a plus) and you already had first touchpoints with Kubernetes/ docker /Microservices
  • Intimate knowledge of the whole web stack; you understand how all the pieces fit together (front-end, database, network layer, etc.) and how they impact the performance of your application.
WHY WE THINK THIS JOB IS WORTH APPLYING FOR (CHALLENGE US!)
Impact, Impact, Impact! We are a remote-first organization with a growing team from 15+ European countries. Every new team member changes the team. This is great! People who know things we don’t are highly welcome.

“It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission” (Grace Hopper) – sure, it’s not 100% like this, but we have a strong culture of failure which, is part of our agile mindset. We don’t do things like in the guidebook. You can try things out! Our default to 100% transparency will help you here.
We play a key role in our customers’ digital transformation. We have partnered up with Amazon and Microsoft to provide our solution on their cloud platforms – more will follow.
We have been in this ecosystem from the get-go and as part of the CNCF family, we feel at home in the community. As a part of Giant Swarm, you will also join this extended family.
We serve some of Europe’s leading organizations and are talking to many more.

WHY Giant Swarm?

We like to give you a glimpse on how working with is like:

Self-organization

Creative work needs freedom and openness. We encourage you to do your work wherever and whenever you want. We expect passion and encourage sustainability. If you need rest, take it. We don’t count holidays – but we are also aware that this combined with remote work can also lead to working too much. So we encourage you to take holidays and help you to manage the freedom and flexibility.

Teamwork

We are a growing company with team members distributed all over Europe and plans on expanding to the US. Our ambitious goals are only achievable as a team. Everybody’s input is highly welcome and appreciated. Although sometimes rules and processes are necessary, we try to keep them as lean as possible. Always question the status quo and find new ways of collaboration and teamwork.

Learning

Learning is mandatory and fun at the same time. If you realize you want to expand your knowledge in a specific area, we support you with conferences, books etc.

Basics

We offer fair (transparent and open) salaries with benefits like choosing your own laptop, additional perks (for example, a location-aware, fixed amount paid each month to cover costs like co-working, phone contracts or gym memberships), paid parental leave and healthcare compensation are compulsory. And you will participate in our stock options program. Currently, our team members have more children than we are employees. So family-friendliness is a must.

Pro-tip for applying at Giant Swarm:
“Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”. Let us in on your learning / thinking process.”
(Oliver Ponder, Fontend Engineer)

Interested? Questions? Contact Mirco (@giantswarm.io) or apply directly.

ABOUT US
Giant Swarm is a fast growing open source infrastructure management platform used by modern enterprises. Our vision is to empower developers around the world to ship great products.

We’re a distributed, diverse, and growing team, spread across Europe and the US. The company is based in Cologne, Germany, where we have a small office in a coworking space. However, less than 5% of us actually work there. All workflows are designed to function remotely – but of course, if you want to visit Cologne, you are more than welcome!

What we offer on top:

  • Choose the hardware you like the most!
  • Family first – we have more kids than employees!
  • Join our team at conferences all over the globe!
  • Internal Hackathons – we love to challenge ourselves!
  • 2 Off-Sites per year (check our photos on instagram)!

We are not hiring job descriptions. We hire humans. 🙂 We welcome applications from everybody, regardless ethnic or national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.

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