Director of UI Platform at Upwork

| Chicago
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Upwork ($UPWK) is the leading tech solution for companies looking to hire the best talent, maintain flexibility, and get more done. We’re passionate about our mission to create economic and social opportunities worldwide. Every year, almost $2 billion of work is done through Upwork by skilled professionals who prefer the freedom of working anytime, anywhere. Top companies connecting with extraordinary talent around the globe? That’s the future of work. Come help us build it.

We're looking for an exceptionally talented, hands-on engineering Director who has the demonstrated expertise and experience to lead the creation of modern, rich, interactive web applications for our millions of users. 

You will be responsible for leading Upwork’s front-end platform & framework engineering (both client and server-side) that is used by every web application team. You will lead a global team, partnering with engineers, designers, and product managers to deliver secure, highly performant web applications at scale.
The right leader is driven, impact-focused and passionate about delivering world-class capabilities to enable Developers to create amazing experiences.
Your Responsibilities:
  • Lead a team of high-caliber engineers to build, maintain, and constantly evolve the next generation front-end architecture at Upwork. This is a Platform team, so the mentality of addressing horizontal concerns is a must.

  • Lead your team to define, architect and deliver on the vision, strategy and plan to implement our components and services with minimal/zero-friction and high adoptability.

  • Deliver as a technical leader. Identify new/emerging technologies for adoption, drive consistent code reviews and apply your technical expertise in solving challenging programming and design problems

  • Lead as a coach & mentor to your direct report staff. Ensure high-productivity of the team members. Provide support for their career growth and personal development.

  • Partner closely with the middle-tier Platform team, Engineering Architects, vertical Application teams and design teams to evolve our front-end platform, core platform features, and reusable components.

  • Collaborate with feature and component teams during both design and development phases to ensure adherence to UI architectural standards and best practices.

  • Drive a culture of quality, technical curiosity, continuous improvement, and data-driven decision-making.

 What it takes to catch our eye:
  • 10+ years of software development experience. 

  • 8+ years of hands-on experience with cutting web technologies (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, frameworks like Angular, react.js, vue.js), application servers and tooling (npm, Webpack, Jenkins, GraphQL, etc.)

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience building applications on Node.js.

  • Solid understanding of OOP through prototype, functional paradigm and the native DOM manipulation API.

  • Solid understanding of the impact of front-end performance on user experience and different optimization designs throughout the application stack.

  • Strong experience creating a front-end testing infrastructure and CI workflow

  • Excellent written and verbal interpersonal skills. Our teams are widely distributed, and you will be required to communicate and coordinate with technical and non-technical audiences across different cultures and timezones.

How to really knock our socks off:
  • You don’t need to rely on any frameworks, like Vue or React, because you can build one from scratch if that was the better approach.

  • You’ve built responsive sites, but also created adaptive components or pages when needed. 

  • You’ve been a leader or senior member of a Platform team.

  • You’ve built global websites that met WCAG requirements.

  • Personal Focus: You’re a Service Provider first; technology is your medium. You have a very strong focus on the customer and the business. 

  • Personal Focus: You have an intense desire and so a strong focus on continuing to learn and grow as a Technologist. You thrive on learning new technologies and don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. 

  • Personal Focus: You’re driven, but you’re a servant-leader, ready to engage with other key stakeholders in a humble and productive way 

Come change how the world works.
At Upwork you’ll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Santa Clara and Chicago, together we’re creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You’ll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you’ll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesday's, daily breakfast and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits … and more. Check out Upwork’s spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.
Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 
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Our office is located in Chicago's West Loop. We are close to public transportation and restaurants galore.

An Insider's view of Upwork

What's something quirky about your company?

The best part of our company culture is our Work Online Wednesdays, it gives me a better understanding of the experiences many clients and freelancers have using Upwork to grow their business. It's also important to me that Upwork values championing the future of work by empowering its employees to work flexibly each week.


Mid Market Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The Enterprise team is solving for how organizations engage talent and how talent finds opportunity. In an "on-demand" economy, technology has changed the way we commute, lodge, and shop. The workforce is rapidly evolving and technology is fundamentally changing work now, too.


Enterprise Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started my professional life in HR and due to the shifting labor market, I saw an opportunity to be part of something special with Upwork. I took a leap into the unknown as the second sales rep in the Chicago office. Fast forward a year and a half later, I’ve been able to grow my career from sales rep to leading the first Mid-Market sales team.


Sales Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Making myself available before and after working hours demonstrates commitment to seeing them grow and succeed. Casual sit downs over coffee outside the office to get to know individual contributors and managers on a more personal level allow me to further understand what drives and motivates them inside and outside of work.


VP, Enterprise Solutions

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is to connect businesses with great talent to work without limits. Companies have struggled for far too long to find the talent required to propel their businesses forward. Traditional talent resources do not have the capabilities to meet the demands of the future of work. Upwork solves these problems.


VP, Sales

What are Upwork Perks + Benefits

Upwork Benefits Overview

Upwork proudly offers a comprehensive set of benefits to ensure employees are able to bring their whole selves to work. To allow for that, we aim to deliver world-class offerings and perks that cover your medical, dental, vision, emotional and family well-being. If you are an active, regular, full-time employee working a minimum of 20 hours per week you are eligible for all lines of coverage.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Upwork provides an annual HSA contribution. You may also contribute pre-tax dollars to a Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA account.
Disability Insurance
Upwork offers both short term disability (STD) and long term disability(LTD) insurance.
Dental Benefits
Upwork provides your dental coverage through MetLife with a PPO plan offering.
Vision Benefits
VSP Vision offers a broad array of services for employees at Upwork.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer Anthem Blue Cross PPO and HSA plans and you may choose the best plan for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Life Insurance coverage of 2X up to $300,000. Employees can also purchase coverage for a Spouse/DP and child(ren).
Pet Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance now provides coverage to all pets within your life!
Wellness Programs
Upwork offers an on demand mental health platform, Ginger.IO, along with a parenting support tool, Cleo.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Upwork offers a traditional pre-tax 401(K) along with an after-tax Roth IRA option.
401(K) Matching
Upwork matches 50% of every dollar contributed by employees into their 401(k) up to $5,000 per year. Employers match is fully vested after 1 year of service.
Company Equity
Upwork offers equity as part of our standard compensation package.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We allow qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Upwork offers dependent care flexible spending accounts. In addition, we offer a $100 monthly credit from Trusted for backup and emergency child care services.
Generous Parental Leave
Upwork provides employees time to bond with their newborn and family. We offer up to 12 weeks of fully Paid Parental Leave.
Remote Work Program
Upwork encourages a healthy work-life balance. For your convenience we allow you to work from home on Wednesdays.
Adoption Assistance
Upwork will reimburse up to $3,000 for eligible fertility or adoption related expenses per plan year.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Upwork provides an Unlimited Time Off policy to further enhance our culture of trust and empowerment.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
The Upwork Foundation has asked that 1% of employees time be used for giving back to the community and volunteering.
Paid Holidays
Upwork offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We offer a variety of Beer and Wine.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
You can elect up to max of $260 pre-tax for transit and parking. Upwork will match 50% of your pretax contributions each month.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Upwork provides lunch on a daily basis from local Chicago restaurants.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Upwork has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
We reimburse employees up to $50 per month for fitness related expenses. We have a corporate partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, but you can apply to your preferred gym or approved wellness expense.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging is critical to the success of our business and our ability to further our mission of creating economic opportunities so people have better lives.
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