Wolfe, LLC is an e-commerce company, located in Pittsburgh, PA, focused on next-generation gifting business models. We are well known for being the company that started the first coupon website in 1995 which sold to a public company in 2000, at the peak of the dot-com era, when we were delivering 20 million page views per month. We then built Direct Response Technologies; grew it to 70 employees; and sold it to Digital River in 2006. We spun off Jambo Media with our tech team and sold it to Undertone in 2012. We built and focused on GiftCards.com and in 2016 sold it to Blackhawk Network with over 100 employees. Our current focus is on Gift Card Granny (www.giftcardgranny.com); Perfect Gift (www.perfectgift.com); and GiftYa (www.giftya.com). Our organization is committed to a positive work environment and we prioritize our culture to continue to facilitate our high performance as a cohesive culturally enlightened team. We use OfficeVibe, Bonusly, and other leading tech tools to ensure our initiatives are effective.
Company and Executive Team Recognitions:
2019 Carnegie Science Award Recipient, Entrepreneur Category
2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Winner by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association
2015 Business Times Diamond Award Winner
2015 Business Ethics Award Winner
2015 Create Award Winner
2015 CEO of the Year Winner Pittsburgh Technology Council
2014 Entreprenuer.com Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
2013 Governor's Impact Award Winner
2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner
2011 CFO of the Year Finalist
2011 CIO of the Year Finalist
We’re hiring a Senior Front-End Developer/Designer to steer our implementation decisions, bridge the gap between design and development, and contribute to our three e-commerce applications: GiftYa, Gift Card Granny, and Perfect Gift.
Wolfe focuses on 3 primary lines of business in the e-commerce and gifting space: Gift Card Granny, Perfect Gift, and GiftYa. Each of these businesses have a number of customer-facing and internal web applications, and you’ll contribute to them all.
At Wolfe, “front end” means:
Building rich applications (using modern client-side technology, like React) so that configuring and purchasing our products is a great experience for our users. An example is https://www.giftcardgranny.com/buy-gift-cards/lands-end/
Marshalling the conversion of designs into a future-proof component system that allows for quick implementation.
Designing and implementing the UI/UX for administrative and internal tools
Ensuring our front ends render consistently across browsers and viewport sizes
Writing and discussing “implementation plans,” which let us verbalize our intentions and make sure we’re all building the same thing
Working with our back-end developers to arrive at API schemas that correctly support the front end
Drive our accessibility strategy
We use these tools:
Frameworks, etc: Bootstrap (lots), Foundation (some), Materialize (a little bit, and it’s going away), SASS
Server side: PHP, Symfony, Twig
Native App: Experimenting with React Native
Infrastructure: AWS (EC2 but moving to ECS), RDS.
Pipelines: BitBucket, CodeDeploy
Project and Team Management: Confluence, JIRA, BitBucket
Third-party front-end integrations: Algolia, WebFlow, Square, Stripe, Sentry, Google Analytics
Our Development Team
The Wolfe Development and QA Team agrees to these principles:
Production Insight - We don’t just write software, we run software. We need to be sure our applications and systems are working, and maintain insight into how they’re performing and how they’re being used.
Developer Accountability - “Done” means live, out to the world, in front of the people that are going to use it. We need people to own their work from implementation planning, through release, to on-going production awareness.
Tight Development Loop - It’s cheaper to solve problems and answer questions closer to where they arise, so we have a great interest in quick reviews, quick releases, and quick adjustments.
We’re looking for someone to ship our frontend solutions. You’ll do this by directly contributing to our applications, and by steering our implementation decisions. We need a consistent mindset, and you’ll help guide us. In addition, you have experience with the hand-off between designer and developer. Our process needs work, and we want you to help us.
Find efficiencies, be it load times, build pipelines, or design/dev hand-off processes.
Identify the right tools and frameworks to use across the front ends of multiple business units
Implement HTML/CSS in modern browsers.
Produce an excellent user experience
We use React! We want someone with professional experience using some SPA-stye framework, and would expect the candidate to show up with a working knowledge of base React, the new Hooks API, and some middleware, like Sagas.
Maintenance of solid industry awareness. You know what browsers are doing and what other companies are supporting. You know the current best practices and track shifts in industry thinking.
Understand and implement SEO best practices, and use tools like Google Analytics for analysis.
Achieve necessary and desired site performance and optimization. Manage assets on CDNs, and understand how to get the most out of a site. You have a toolbox of services to help you evaluate a site’s performance.
Focus on testing! We need help designing a consistent front-end testing posture across our business units. Presently we’re using external tools like End Test and BrowserStack, but we’d like to have testing earlier in the process.
Provide guidance and drive consistency in front-end tooling choices. It’s a complicated ecosystem, and we need someone that understands it. Some specific areas:
Front-end build tools and CDN interaction
How and when to load assets on the page
You have an interest in the grammatical difference between “front-end” and “front end.”
Compensation includes a competitive base salary.
Wolfe, LLC is committed to providing its employees with a benefits package designed to give them the flexibility they need to ensure a healthy life/work balance. Wolfe, LLC offers its employees great benefits and perks, including, but not limited to:
Medical, Prescription, Vision and Dental
Generous Paid Time-Off policy
Incentive Compensation Plan (our employees have earned over $16m through this program since 2006)
Employee recognition program
Charitable Donation to a Charity of YOUR Choice yearly
Refer Friends, and if we hire them you get awarded
Family Picnic, Holiday Party, and other employee outings
On-site dry cleaning pick-up service
Flex-time Scheduling and a Telecommuting Policy
If that’s not enough, Wolfe, LLC has more to offer, like:
Top 75% pay range versus other local employers
Brown bag sessions to keep you informed on the company/industry
Wolfe, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Wolfe, LLC does not sponsor individuals for the purpose of obtaining H-1 Visas.
Experience required for this position
Experience working with designers to go from conceptualization to implementation.
Some UX best practices and interest.
Experience with Google Analytics or a similar tracking tool.
Experience with e-commerce web applications, specifically around integrating with libraries from payment gateways.
An understanding of the design and development pipeline, and how a tool like Zeplin can help.
Practical knowledge of PHP or an equivalent server side language.
About Wolfe, LLC
Wolfe, LLC is an e-commerce company in Greentree, PA. We are better known for being the company that started the first coupon website in 1995 which sold to a public company in 2000 when we were delivering 20 million page views per month at the peak of the dot-com era. We then built Direct Response Technologies – grew to 70 employees and sold to Digital River in 2006. We spun off Jambo Media with our tech team and sold it to Undertone in 2012. We built and focused on GiftCards.com and in 2016 sold it to Blackhawk Network after having over 100 employees. Our current focus is GiftCardGranny and GiftYa. GiftCardGranny is a one-stop shop for buying and selling gift cards and gift codes providing ease, convenience, and savings to consumers. GiftYa is a new way to gift, revolutionary and new, we think will replace the gift card. Our firm strives to provide positive work environment, we have hired external cultural leadership firms to continue to help us to perform high and also work together as a cohesive team. We use OfficeVibe, Bonusly and other tools.
Company and Executive Team Recognitions:
• 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winner
• 2011 CFO of the... Year Finalist
• 2011 CIO of the Year Finalist
• 2013 Governors Impact Award Winner
• 2014 Entreprenuer.com Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
• 2015 CEO of the Year Winner Pittsburgh Technology Council
• 2015 Create Award Winner
• 2015 Business Times Diamond Award Winner
• 2015 Business Ethics Award Winner
• 2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award Winner by the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association