Takealot.com, South Africa’s leading online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Software Engineer (Frontend JavaScript, Customer-Facing) to join our team in Cape Town. 

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hard-working people with integrity to join us! 

Think you’ve been challenged before? Think again!

  • Scale: Over 2.5 million happy shoppers shop online on takealot.com. Show them what you can do.
  • Learn: We work with the best of the best, and then some. Code alongside industry leaders and upskill in record time.
  • Grow: Expand your career in the fast-growing Takealot Group: takealot.com, Superbalist.com and Mr D Food. We like to promote from within: Here’s your chance.

Who’s who in the tech space

The position reports to the Shopfront Engineering Team Lead.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  • To assist design, develop and refine new features
  • Locate and resolve bugs and crashes
  • Brainstorm new ideas and concepts
  • Work with teammates on design, code reviews, and estimation
  • Implement front-end JavaScript coding at a senior level with a focus on performance, maintainability and testable code.
  • Create modules and components to incorporate them together into a functional site.
  • Work closely with the designers and back-end developers, and communicate primarily with the API using standard methods, as well as be expected to make modifications to the existing PHP code.

The skills we need:

  • Be accountable
  • Creative
  • Solutions oriented
  • Flexible
  • Take pride in your work

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma in Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering and a minimum of 5 years experience as a Front-End Developer writing code is required.
  • In the event that a candidate does not have a Bachelor’s Degree or an Advanced Diploma (in Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Engineering), an equivalent experience requirement must be met, which equates to a minimum of 10 years of experience as a Front-End Developer writing code.
  • Very proficient in coding plain JavaScript from scratch 
  • Understands inheritance in JavaScript and advanced JavaScript techniques
  • Appreciation and understanding of object-oriented programming concepts
  • Solid experience writing performant front-end code based on MVC JavaScript Frameworks (React is preferred, but AngularJS, Meteor, Backbone, etc. are a good start)
  • Experience in XHTML, Html5, CSS and taking high definition designs/PSD's and producing fast efficient HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Good understanding of asynchronous request handling, partial page updates, and AJAX
  • Knowledge and experience cross browser and cross device compatible solutions including for mobile
  • Experience with CSS pre-compilers such as Less or Sass
  • You should love doing this kind of stuff! Not afraid to try new things just to see how they work.  
  • Able to evaluate and learn new libraries, frameworks, concepts to validate whether they might be of value to our team
  • Experience using a source control solution such as Git
  • PHP experience very desirable
  • Linux experience
  • React JS experience
  • Back-bone JS experience
  • Experience writing front-end unit tests
  • Full stack experience of any sort is advantageous
  • Has worked within an agile development team using scrum/kanban
  • Experience producing responsive html designs

Let’s talk about life @ Takealot Group

  • The power is in your hands: We offer a market-related, Total Remuneration Package which allows full flexibility according to your needs. Go on, be the master of your own destiny.
  • No doors: We aren’t fans of stuffy offices or siloed work environments. See someone you like? High five, collab and make something great.
  • Remote working: Love water cooler chats and working from home? Takealot.com offers a hybrid working model for the best of both worlds.
  • Mentorship programme: We aren’t kidding when we say the people with the best people win. Now’s your chance to be one of the best, by learning from the best.
  • Naspers Tech Community & Online Learning: Share ideas and grow with global industry leaders who are all just a Slack message away. Love to learn? Up-skill with free access to courses on MyAcademy, Udacity, Coursera and more.
  • Good times: Get to know the other extraordinary minds at takealot.com during regular social events and out-of-office activities (think hikes, think mini golf, think good times).
  • Staff discount. Millions of products across 28 departments. What more could you ask for?
  • Birthday leave: Cake Day all the way. Enjoy your day off - you deserve it. 
  • Right tools, right job: Mac or Windows, two monitors or one. Whatever your preference, you’ll work on the latest tech, off the latest tech.
  • Help when you need it most: Confidential counselling, legal support and financial guidance, for free, anytime, anywhere. 
  • Tech stack (for days): ReactJS, Python, Scala, Kotlin, Swift, Google Cloud, Kafka, Redis, Kubernetes and all things machine learning. If you build it, they will come.
  • Free parking: No more 5km fun runs to your desk (unless you want to). 

Like what you see? 

If you meet the above you are an Extraordinary Mind. Apply today!!

Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference.

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