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Front-end Engineer, AbeBooks (Amazon Subsidiary)

Job ID: 2160067 | AbeBooks Inc.


Job summary
Job Summary
Dive deep into scaling traffic management, authentication, protecting sensitive data, improving web front-ends and delighting AbeBooks customers.

About Us
AbeBooks’ mission is “to help people find and buy any book from any bookseller”. As a part of this mission we work daily to help customers discover our marketplace and the millions of books available from thousands of booksellers. This is challenging and equally rewarding for a truly global marketplace for rare and collectable books. We feel proud to provide a seamless experience to buyers from over 200 countries purchasing products from sellers representing over 60 countries. Our sites get millions of page views every day, and we promote millions of books across several marketing channels. We like to think we know what we’re doing, and we’re always keen on learning and improving. Instead of focusing in a narrow slice of technology or business function, AbeBooks is an end to end marketplace with opportunities for you across that entire surface area.

Key job responsibilities
As a seasoned front-end engineer you will have an incredible opportunity to learn and navigate among dozens of products and technologies that make up the AbeBooks marketplace. You will appreciate the complexity of the business domain, and learn to value simplicity in software intensive systems. You'll be responsible for building new and improving existing front-end services that can scale to millions of requests while thinking about our customers and how best to delight them. You will have the opportunity to work with Amazon teams and Amazon technologies (especially AWS) as we take advantage of the capabilities of our parent company. Last but not the least, you will be surrounded by smart and approachable colleagues, while living in beautiful Victoria or Vancouver, British Columbia.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field
  • A minimum of 3 years front-end engineering experience
  • Skilled with common front-end technologies such as HTML, CSS, JS, TypeScript, and Node
  • Experience in one or more relevant front-end frameworks such as React, Angular, Vue, Svelte, etc.
  • Take pride in being able to refactor code safely
  • Enjoy testing and safely changing code
  • Have customer obsession and a passion for delighting them
  • Work well in a team
  • Self-starter and able to work independently with minimal guidance
  • Growth mindset and always learning new things


  • Solid coding practices including peer code reviews, unit testing, and a preference for agile development
  • Experience building scalable front-end infrastructure software or distributed systems
  • Understands how to optimize the delivery of code and assets to a browser or device
  • Ability to rapidly prototype and adjust in response to customer feedback
  • Proficient in a broad range of software design approaches and common UX patterns
  • Ability to articulate the benefits and challenges of depending on front-end libraries, frameworks, and tool-sets

Experience with the following would be beneficial:
  • Java ecosystem
  • Python
  • AWS ecosystem
  • Devops tools and culture

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