XWP is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members. We’re proud of the high levels of inclusion that our distributed team reports and we work hard to support each individual doing their best work together at XWP.

About XWP
XWP has collaborated on some of the most ambitious and successful WordPress projects and partnered with the likes of Google, Forbes, News Corp, and Penske Media Corporation (PMC) to bring richer technologies and delightful user experiences to the open web.

You’ll be joining a team of 75+ experts (from 25+ countries and 6 continents) who enjoy challenging work, service-focused and collaborative teammates, and opportunities to grow and learn. We have a passion and enthusiasm for our craft and a sincere care for each other and the clients we serve.

The Principal Engineer is responsible for overseeing cross-team project commitments, defining our technical vision, solving challenging problems, and representing XWP to our clients and stakeholders. They are our go-to experts for multiple codebases and skillsets.

Who You Are
You are an enthusiastic WordPress advocate
You are fueled by a balanced blend of humility and confidence
You have a demonstrated appetite for continued learning, creativity, and problem-solving
You value autonomy and have the self-management skills to operate dependably in a fully remote role
You’re an excellent communicator, both written and verbal
You strongly resonate with XWP’s values of giving, mastery, and teamwork

What You’ve Done
You’ve led the technical direction of large scale and long term WordPress projects
You’ve actively participated in giving feedback and guiding less experienced developers to follow best practices through code reviews
You’ve built complex custom WordPress plugins from scratch
You’ve contributed to or built internal tools to help your team’s productivity, velocity, and communication
You’ve worked extensively with PHP, WordPress, React, JavaScript, HTML, and CSS

Experiences that we also value but aren’t requirements:

You’ve led a team of 5+ engineers
You’ve invested heavily in developing, coaching, and mentoring engineers by working on growth plans, personal improvement plans, via 1:1s, and the like
You’ve actively participated in hiring engineers, including sourcing, interviewing, evaluating, and onboarding
You have proven success building scalable engineering teams, including structure, culture, processes, and documentation

Job requirements

What You’ll Do at XWP

Provide Technical leadership
Lead out some of our most complex and challenging large scale enterprise WordPress projects, making decisions in alignment with organizational goals
Write clear, readable, maintainable, production-ready code and provide in-depth code review to team members
Serve as an expert within XWP for multiple codebases and related skillsets (Backend, Frontend, Web Performance, Gutenberg), including the breadth of components and how they interact
Take responsibility for organizational practices and processes and their continuous improvement
Foster a culture of mentoring and support others in their growth as mentors
Promote big picture prioritization, clearly communicated expectation setting, and cost-vs-value economic thinking across the organization

Be An Engaged Team Member
Deliver praise and constructive feedback across the organization and work to foster a culture of seeking out feedback and using it as a tool for growth
Demonstrate the cultural value of effective communication: Identifying the audience and listening to understand
Foster a culture of documentation and knowledge sharing, where people are encouraged to share in a respectful manner

Write Secure, Performant, Scalable Code
Develop custom WordPress plugins for use at enterprise scale
Create custom React-based Gutenberg Blocks
Utilize WordPress technologies like WP-CLI and the WP-REST-API
Use package management and build tools as part of CI/CD workflows
Implement WordPress, PHP, Javascript and CSS best practices across projects
Debug across a wide range of browsers and devices

Strategic impact
Support our organization’s strategies and how they relate to the engineering discipline, our processes, workflows and technical guidelines
Understand and work at a strategic level, influencing decisions to achieve organizational alignment on major goals and ensure successful implementation
Actively seek to create or redefine roadmaps across the organization with project & business counterparts

What Success Looks Like
Growing the percentage of projects using the tools and processes from our documented best practices
XWPs tools and processes are helping our team, our clients, and the greater WordPress community
Client projects delivered on time and on budget
Contribute to our community in a visible way, further establishing expertise and leadership
Engineers feel supported to deliver quality solutions and code efficiently
You’ve invested in learning and developing your skills

Payscale & Benefits
Trust and support from your colleagues (we look out for each other and work together towards our shared goals and vision)
The rewards of a highly collaborative culture (we’re a team, not a working group)
Remote work done right! High levels of flexibility, skip the commute, time to invest in family, caregiving, and interests outside of work
The chance to play an important part in helping XWP achieve its full potential and make a meaningful difference for our clients, team members and the open web
An expected starting salary range of USD $110,000 to $135,000 or contractor rates of $65-$85/hr
Unleash+ allowance of $2,500 per year to enrich your life, and other benefits

Apply now (link below) and tell us about yourself, what this role will mean to you, and why you are who we’re seeking. If you’re not the person we are looking for, please share this with anyone you know who might be!

About XWP

We engineer solutions for problems of every scale. We work with the biggest names in tech, publishing, and media. We work to influence the trends and thrive in development. We focus on building solutions that move the needle. We’re here to make the Internet a better place.