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Development Director of E-Commerce

| Chicago

RedShelf prides itself on having a fun and competitive environment. Our team is passionate, entrepreneurial-minded, and always goes the extra mile to get the job done right. We offer the excitement and opportunity of a young, fast-growing, start-up with an extensive client base and a proven track record of success.

Job Summary:

The Ecommerce Development Director is responsible for developing and implementing RedShelf’s ecommerce goals. The role will require getting your hands dirty by releasing code and collaborating closely with both product & development teams. The Ecommerce Development Director will also be responsible for managing a team of developers and responsible for individual development projects.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Development Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and build new features for RedShelf’s E-commerce Platform
  • Follow an analytics-driven approach to improving e-commerce conversions and user engagement
  • Create and modify codebase (full stack)
  • Become a general expert on the codebase
  • Work with a team of development managers on software architecture and development lifecycle improvements and efficiencies
  • Management Key Responsibilities:

    • Implementing new processes for overall management & success of our ecommerce platform
    • Serve as a mentor to new hires training to become familiar with the RedShelf codebase and development lifecycle
    • Create and improve training plans and documentation for the development team
    • Create and improve performance evaluation and metrics for the development team
    • Be readily available to the development and product teams for assistance and guidance on both technical and business-related challenges
    • Manage technical debt and an agile process to ensure your development team can focus their time on real business challenges.


    • 7+ years of software development experience
    • 5+ years of experience maintaining a complex, product-focused codebase
    • 5+ years of experience leading teams that have run Agile and/or Scrum methodology
    • Proven track record of building successful e-commerce applications, products, or platforms
    • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills

    Other Desirable Skills/Experience:

    • Experience with browser-based JavaScript and front-end frameworks (e.g. Ember)
    • Knowledge of Python, PostgreSQL
    • Experience increasing revenue through managing affiliate sales channels.
    • Experience with Google Analytics, AdWords & AdSense
    • Experience building ADA-compliant or WCAG 2.0 interfaces
    • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or Information Systems

    Personal Traits:Must be self-motivated and able to work in a fluid, fast-paced environment. A willingness to roll-up the sleeves and do whatever it takes to get the job done is essential. The ability to work well both individually as well as with others and strong interpersonal skills to manage relationships successfully in a cross-functional team environment is critical for this position. Demonstrated experience showing resourcefulness, a strong attention to detail and ability to follow through on commitments with minimal supervision are required.

    Why RedShelf?

    Since inception, RedShelf has undergone tremendous growth, providing the education industry with the cutting-edge technology to transform education for future generations. The company’s goal is to give students access to course materials with much more functionality, at a much lower price than physical books. To do that, we partner with more than 600+ educational bookstores and publishers, offering students content at a 60 percent discount compared to the paper versions of the books.

    Besides our competitive compensation and benefits package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent on and offsite events including video game tournaments, intramural sports teams, happy hours, volunteer work, and more.

    EEO Statement:

    RedShelf is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, individuals with a disability, veterans, and others who would enrich the diversity of RedShelf are encouraged to apply.

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    Beautiful and convenient River North office located minutes from Magnificent Mile and the Loop with one of the best rooftops in the neighborhood.

    An Insider's view of RedShelf

    What are some social events your company does?

    Our development team gets together outside the office once per quarter with things like bowling nights, baseball games and water taxi trips to Chinatown. I try to host dinner parties every few months -- sometimes just for my immediate team, and sometimes a cross-team dinner to mix things up. Hoping for a company-wide Segway tour sometime soon, but


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    How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

    We’re constantly collaborating with other dev teams in the company through shared github repos, slack channels and of course some inside jokes. We also work closely with teams outside of the dev department on various projects, including improvements to our book processor and the rollout of new product features.


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    How has your career grown since starting at the company?

    RedShelf is still a relatively small company, so even as a junior to mid-level developer I’ve been able to take on more responsibility, more quickly. My experience has become much more varied, instead of just focusing on a single type of skill that I might gain at a larger corporation.


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    How do you empower your team to be more creative?

    It's critical that you encourage an environment of experimentation. People should never be punished for taking risks or making mistakes as long as they're learning and growing. As a product-focused company, the creativity for new ideas exists when your team is comfortable with failure and understands that success can be measured by what we learned.



    What’s the vibe like in the office?

    Coming from a very corporate environment, RedShelf is a breath of fresh air for me. Driven, like-minded people working together to change education, plus a fun office space, create an environment that makes you want to go to work every day.


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    What are RedShelf Perks + Benefits

    RedShelf Benefits Overview

    On top of our competitive compensation package that includes company stock options, we offer an engaging office culture with frequent onsite and offsite events including intramural sports, happy hours, volunteer work, and more!

    Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
    Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
    Disability Insurance
    Dental Benefits
    Vision Benefits
    Health Insurance Benefits
    Life Insurance
    Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
    Company Equity
    Performance Bonus
    Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
    Generous Parental Leave
    Family Medical Leave
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    Paid Holidays
    Paid Sick Days
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    Beer on Tap
    Casual Dress
    Commuter Benefits
    Company Outings
    Stocked Kitchen
    Some Meals Provided
    Happy Hours
    Pet Friendly
    Recreational Clubs
    Relocation Assistance
    Fitness Subsidies
    Professional Development Benefits
    Job Training & Conferences
    Tuition Reimbursement
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