Software Engineer (Frontend Javascript, Customer-Facing) - Takealot
Cape Town, South Africa
1d ago, a leading South African online retailer, is looking for a highly talented Senior Front-end engineer to join our team in Cape Town.

We are a young, dynamic, hyper growth company looking for smart, creative, hardworking people to join us. We offer market related benefits, a great work environment and a promise that you won’t be bored as long as you are prepared for a challenge and want to build something great.

We seek to employ Exceptional Minds , people who are :

  • Experts at DOING, they can not only design but also execute;
  • Analytical, able to use data to make decisions. Letting data decide but not consume;
  • Competitive. Although innovation is important, GREAT requires a lot of work. This does not happen only in business hours ..
  • Curious. Always questioning the status quo;
  • Not averse to risk;
  • Business smart. Able to think about problems from a business perspective using technical and product input;
  • Self directed, taking action based on own initiative;
  • Thorough;
  • User focused, always trying to understand a product from the users perspective;
  • Able to communicate clearly and not afraid to voice an opinion, no matter how unpopular.
  • Are you an Exceptional Mind if so come and join us!

    You need to be strong in both root cause analysis and driving to action in other words, you need to be a thinker and a doer, and doing doesn’t happen only during work hours .

  • You need to be passionate about the potential of e-commerce and delivering a world-class customer experience . And, because we operate in a fast-
  • growing, quick-moving environment, we’re looking for someone who is entrepreneurial , thrives under change , and always looks for solutions to do something better and faster.

    You will be at the cutting edge of developing new concepts for In short, we need you to think like an owner of the business.

    The position reports to the Shopfront Engineering Team Lead.

    Bring your love of all things front-end and that desire to make the best experience for the customer to Takealot. You'll have a

    natural affinity for well structured html, css and javascript code that enables us to take our site to the next level, including a best practice responsive web front-

    end that delivers an experience that delights our customer.

    You're a passionate skilled Javascript engineer, and will be part of a team responsible for the development of our customer facing mobile and desktop websites.

    You have thorough understanding and experience with javascript coding and related frameworks and tools, html & css ,web architecture, various caching layers and communication protocols between the different components.

    You will :

  • Help 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
  • We expect you to :
  • Be accountable
  • Flexible
  • And take pride in your work
  • Your primary focus will be to implement front-end javascript coding at a senior level with a focus on performance, maintainability and testable code.

    Your main duties will include creating modules and components and coupling them together into a functional site. The design will be delivered to you, but you will 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.

    If you're all about closure, inheritance, binding, scope and 'this' - give us a shout.


  • A minimum of 5+ 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 frontend 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
  • Should have experience with CSS precompilers 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
  • Willing and able to mentor others.
  • Experience using a source control solution such as Git
  • Desirable Skills

  • 3 year computer science degree (or equivalent)
  • PHP experience very desireable
  • Linux experience
  • React JS experience
  • BackBone JS experience
  • Experience writing front-end unit tests
  • Full stack experience of any sort is a huge plus!
  • Has worked within an agile development team using scrum / kanban
  • Experience producing responsive html designs
  • The Environment :

  • employees are entrepreneurial and dynamic, smart, customer-centric, fun and have the shared ambition of takealot.
  • com being the leading e-commerce company in Africa.

  • We have fun, work hard, take ownership, work in teams to create solutions, and are always open to direct feedback / new ideas on where we can improve.
  • We are short on ego and high on output.
  • We are doers and not only thinkers, its all in the execution after all.
  • We love what we do and what we are creating.
  • Takealot is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from the previously disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities will be given preference

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