Kick Ass Front-End Developer – Wanted.

Front end developer wanted

At Wise & Hammer we create exceptional experiences.

We are a boutique firm providing high-quality custom design and interactive solutions for a growing list of client/partners

Wise & Hammer is on the lookout for a truly remarkable web developer to join our family. At Wise & Hammer you will be crafting exceptional experiences for a variety of outstanding clients. If you are a JavaScript Master, wield semantic HTML and efficient CSS like a boss, and get almost embarrassingly excited about the discovery of a new development framework. You should think about joining us!

Your main responsibilities:

You’ll be working with development and design teams to build new standards-compliant websites and web based applications. Detail is our middle name, so you’ll need to stay sharp! You will also need to be ready for a challenge working on custom WordPress and Drupal theming or fully customized templates and scripts.

At Wise & Hammer you wont be treated like some faceless code jockey. Here you will participate in many aspects of the development cycle, acting as an advocate for technical excellence.

Requirements

  • 3+years professional experience in web development
  • Expertise in object-oriented and functional programming
  • Expertise in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, PHP, and SQL
  • Experience with frontend frameworks, such as AngularJS or KnockoutJS
  • Experience with Sass or similar tools, such as Stylus or Less
  • Experience with frontend build tools, such as Grunt or Gulp
  • Experience building themes and plugins/modules for WordPress/Drupal
  • Experience with template languages, such as Twig or Moustache
  • Experience with Git and comfortable working from the command line
  • Experience with performance testing and optimization
  • Familiar with in-browser tools for profiling
  • Experience writing tests and familiarity with tools, such as Mocha
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven team environment on multiple projects
  • Happy in a Mac environment
  • Passion for open-source projects

Also nice

  • Experience with NoSQL databases, such as Redis and MongoDB
  • Experience with NodeJS
  • Familiar with continuous integration
  • Experience with web application frameworks, such as Ruby on Rails and Laravel
  • Experience with CRM systems, such as CiviCRM, Sugar, Pivotal or Salesforce
  • Experience or interest in design and UI
  • Familiar with accessibility and AODA compliance

You should have

  • Passion for clear, expressive and modular code
  • Attention to detail and obsession with consistent code style
  • Thirst for knowledge and desire to keep expanding your skills
  • Excellent ability to stay on top of competing tasks and priorities
  • Respect for style guides and coding standards
  • Respect for the user experience
  • A sense of humour

Some of the perks

  • Health/Insurance Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life)
  • Flexible Hours & Unlimited Vacation Time
  • Casual, Fun, Relaxed Atmosphere
  • Free Coffee, Pop, Juice and Snacks
  • Opportunities to Learn, Attend Workshops and Conferences
  • Challenging Projects, Diverse Client Base
  • Working in beautiful downtown Hamilton
  • MacBook Pro and a nice big monitor (!!!)
  • This is a full time / on-site position.

To apply, please e-mail your resume and samples of your code to jobs@wiseandhammer.com with the title “I am your Web Developer”

If you really want to knock our socks off, send us a short video introducing yourself and telling us why you are the right person for the job.

(We suggest sending us a link to your unlisted/private video on YouTube or password protected video on Vimeo.)

Please, also indicate your availability and salary expectations.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Business Development Specialist – Wanted!

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Wise & Hammer is seeking talented and motivated Business Development Specialists with experience in selling software, web and graphic design related services. We are looking for people who are comfortable working independently and as part of a team.

At Wise & Hammer we create exceptional experiences.

We are an established boutique firm providing high-quality custom design, interactive solutions and professional service and support for a growing list of client/partners. As our Business Development Specialist, you will be selling our software products, online design and development services, as well as our traditional design and support services. You will earn a share of revenue from each account you bring in, along with ongoing monthly commission on all recurring sales. For the right person this role will lead to becoming our Director of Business Development.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify, qualify and win new business that is aligned with Wise & Hammer’s strategic goals and capabilities.
  • Prepare and deliver winning proposals and presentations with support from our amazing team.
  • Sales consultation meetings / presentations.
  • Actively engage in all stages of the sales cycle, from opportunity qualification to proposal presentation/delivery and closing. Take a lead role on each account to ensure that solutions goals are met and customers receive an exceptional experience.
  • Utilize W&H Project Management / CRM software to manage closed sales and communicate project needs.
  • Work with design and development team to ensure project objectives and deliverables meet client expectations.
  • Weekly scheduled sales progress reports/ meetings with management.
  • Maintain a minimum sales quota per month.

You are:

  • A disciplined Self-starter, highly motivated to create new opportunities, relationships and drive results.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, with excellent time-management skills.
  • An engaging presenter with exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to draw out, listen, fully understand and respond strategically to client needs.
  • Outgoing and personable with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Professional (but not too professional) in appearance.
  • Experienced in our industry with a broad understanding of technology and design.
  • Comfortable in a Mac environment

Bonus points if you have:

  • Experience with open source platforms like Drupal, WordPress etc.
  • An eye for design
  • Digital marketing and/or marketing experience
  • A great sense of humour

Some of the perks

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Telecommute is okay – but if you want to come in to the office,  it is a casual, fun, relaxed atmosphere (dog friendly)
  • Free Coffee, Pop, Juice and Snacks
  • Opportunities to Learn, and to advance your career with Wise & Hammer
  • Paid travel to industry events.
  • Working in beautiful downtown Hamilton
  • Unlimited earning potential.

Compensation

  • First 6 months commission only income with a generous commission rate based on new business.
  • Base salary and full benefits plus commission after 6 months, based on performance review.
  • Commissions are paid monthly.

How to apply:

Sell yourself! We want to see an amazing cover letter with your resumé convincing us that you are the best person for the job. If you really want to knock our socks off, send us a short video introducing yourself and telling us why you are the right person for the job. (We suggest sending us a link to your unlisted/private video on YouTube or password protected video on Vimeo.)

Please send applications to jobs@wiseandhammer.com with the title “I am your Business Development Specialist

We look forward to hearing from you!

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those deemed qualified will be contacted.
Wise & Hammer is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, we value diversity. Wise & Hammer is committed to fair and equitable treatment of all applicants and team members.
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Service & Support Specialists

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At Wise & Hammer we create exceptional experiences.

Amazing ongoing service & support for our clients is a big part of that. We take an active interest in our client’s businesses, monitoring and resolving technical problems, providing insight and thinking beyond general technical support. At Wise & Hammer our goal is always to provide an above and beyond experience.
Wise & Hammer is on the lookout for a few amazing Service & Support Specialists to join our family. At Wise & Hammer you will be working closely with clients and the W&H team. You will be maintaining and improving web solutions built on various platforms, and providing technical support and general consultation to clients on a daily basis.

If you have passion for the web, open-source development, and for helping clients get the most out of their products. You should think about joining us!

Responsibilities and Requirements:

  • Work closely with clients and the W&H team to provide exceptional service to support and improve web solutions built on various platforms (primarily Drupal, and WordPress). You will provide technical support and general consultation to clients/partners on a daily basis. You will always strive to ensure clients feel respected, valued and heard in each interaction.
  • Work with senior developers to execute and/or facilitate rapid turnarounds of small development tasks (<5 hours) while ensuring maintainability of implemented solutions.
  • Admin responsibilities, including creating and updating service tickets, time keeping, estimating, and credentials management.
  • Use development and diagnostic tools to evaluate website performance, QA, load test, and troubleshoot every imaginable problem that might come up with a website.
  • Stay up-to-date with managed platforms and web development best practices.
  • Work with Google tools like Google Analytics, Google AdWords, and Google Webmaster Tools to support digital marketing campaigns and reporting on clients digital products.

You are:

  • Tech savvy – you have basic programming & debugging experience with PHP, HTML and CSS. You’re familiar with Drupal, WordPress and possibly other open source platforms.
  • Able to manage your own time, priorities and tasks
  • An exceptional communicator. You can gracefully break down, solve, and explain, even the most complex problems.
  • Experienced with source code control management for deploying updates
  • Open towards flexible hours (shared on-call duties).
  • Able to switch gears quickly and readjust your focus appropriately.
  • Comfortable in a Mac environment

Bonus points if you have:

  • Experience with CRM systems such as CiviCRM, Sugar, Pivotal or Salesforce
  • Familiarity with caching, and performance tuning.
  • An eye for design / visual skills
  • Digital marketing and/or marketing experience
  • A great sense of humour

Some of the perks

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Casual, Fun, Relaxed Atmosphere (dog friendly)
  • Free Coffee, Pop, Juice and Snacks
  • Opportunities to Learn, and to advance your career with Wise & Hammer
  • Working in beautiful downtown Hamilton

How to apply:

We want to see an amazing cover letter with your resumé convincing us that you are the best person for the job. If you really want to knock our socks off, send us a short video introducing yourself and telling us why you are the right person for the job. (We suggest sending us a link to your unlisted/private video on YouTube or password protected video on Vimeo.)

Please send applications to jobs@wiseandhammer.com with the title “I am your Service & Support Specialist

We look forward to hearing from you!

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those deemed qualified will be contacted.
Wise & Hammer is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, we value diversity. Wise & Hammer is committed to fair and equitable treatment of all applicants and team members.
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Accessibility Evangelists.

If you ask any web designer or code slinger what semantic design is, they’ll likely fire back a completely correct and concise answer.

Then ask them what web accessibility is. You’ll probably end up getting an almost identical answer.

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Many people think that with the development of a clean and semantically coded website they’ve created a fully functioning, accessible website, but this isn’t necessarily true.

Although semantic web design is an important aspect of accessibility, it doesn’t end there. Designing a website accessibly is making sure that people can actually use your site, specifically people with disabilities. It allows them to read, navigate and scan your content, enabling them to become an active, participatory part of your community. Creating a pathway for voices that might not have been heard before to fully express themselves. This is a huge benefit to everybody and is of obvious significance.

You see, Wise & Hammer thinks the web is a right.

We love the web. We’re on it for a good chunk of our day. Whether we’re designing or developing, paying our bills or just goofing around it is in many ways the place where we live. We think everybody should have an opportunity to live in this neighbourhood.

Five years ago, Wise & Hammer decided to take the steps to build accessibly into each of our design projects. It’s our hope that this will help open a door for a new tier of users, allowing and encouraging them to share their ideas, talents and concerns.

However, navigating the Internet is still a pretty inhospitable place for someone with a disability. We’ve moved through the early years of flash and table based designs, but even as far as we’ve come, accessibility still isn’t the standard for most web development projects.

Now it’s the law.

Well… not quite yet.

In 2005 the Ontario government passed the AODA act. Now if you’re like us, you probably aren’t up for slogging through a bunch of government legalese, so the gist in it’s most basic form is this:

By January 1, 2014 public sector organizations and large organizations shall make their Internet websites and web content conform with the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

This is big news. It means that if you’re website doesn’t meet these standards by next year on January 1, you will be in violation of Ontario law and the government can actually mandate these changes upon you after the fact.

Even bigger news is that this isn’t just for Municipalities, Schools, Universities and Not for Profits. Coming on January 1, 2015 AODA rules will also apply to the Private sector.

The online world is changing and we think it’s time everyone gets on board.

You can find out how you’re effected by using the Ontario AODA Compliance Wizard

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Wise & Hammer loves DrupalCamp Toronto

Peapod Eats Toronto.

DrupalCamp Toronto 2012 is happening this November on the 16th through the 18th.

Over the last five years at Peapod we’ve seen a large swath of our clients looking to develop their websites in Drupal, and for good reason. Over the last few years Drupal has become one of the most popular content management systems.

Companies, NGO’s & Hundreds of Publications such as Popular Science, Fast Company, Foreign Affairs, NATO, United Nations and Ubuntu have looked to Drupal to replace their older and expensive closed systems they were using in the better part of the last decade.

Even the Whitehouse chose to use Drupal as it’s content management system when they were revamping the government site in 2009. They’ve been active in the community and posting many of their own custom modules for developers to use and play with.

So we at Wise & Hammer are proudly sponsoring the event, and even sending our development team to say hello.

If you know any other sites using Drupal or are using it yourself, please add it to the comments below.

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