Front End Data Visualization Architect

San Mateo, CA | Engineering

Job Description

The Role

We’ve built an amazing end-to-end big data analytics platform, that allows business users to explore and visualize 100's of millions of objects at interactive rates. As the Architect driving the future of our platform, you will own the evolution of the technology stack and platform direction. Reporting to the Director of Front End Engineering, you will work closely with teams that work on cutting edge algorithms and big data visualization solutions.

We’re looking for a deeply technical, forward looking front end engineering professional who will help refine our platform architecture, help lead hiring efforts for the team and direct development efforts. We are developing a highly performant in-browser charting engine (similar in functionality to D3.js, etc.), however, where things differ is that we are really pushing the performance aspects of charting capabilities that can be brought to the browser

You will:

  • be responsible for leading the development of high performance, responsive user interfaces. The clean, intuitive, and beautiful user interface you will build plays a critical role in the Platfora user experience -- allowing users to navigate through data and visually manipulate massive data sets to gain new insights and also to share and tell stories around their data.
  • partner closely with back-end engineers, designers, and product management to ensure that features are developed holistically.
  • help champion and drive development best practices to improve quality, efficiency, and consistency. 
  • own architectural strategy and develop core front-end components of a fast, scalable, complex web application (Haml, CoffeeScript, HTML5, Sass, CSS, JavaScript, ES6) using libraries and frameworks (e.g. Knockout.js, React.js, etc).

About You

You are driven to push JavaScript and the web browser beyond what others have already done. You have a reputation for being a skilled programmer and also have a passion for the way the pixels look on the page.  You are an experienced core JavaScript professional, with deep experience working with data structures, algorithms and with strong computer science fundamentals.  You possess 7+ years experience building amazing web-based products. You've defined technical direction for large web-based products. You are passionate about creating extraordinary web experiences by writing well-factored, beautiful code. You have experience with JavaScript, CSS and semantic HTML and have strong debugging abilities across all major browsers. You have worked efficiently in large JavaScript codebases and know how to keep the code modular and loosely coupled. You are passionate about software design patterns and practices that tame the complexities of building, maintaining and testing JavaScript-heavy single page web applications.  You enjoy being apart of a collaborative team that is focused on building a product that will delight customers.

What You Can Expect

We are laser focused on building the next great data company. If you join us, you can expect to work with talented, driven, creative and results-oriented co-workers who also bring joy and balance to their work. We are building desktop-class web applications that operate at the intersection of big data, HCI and computer graphics.  Platfora provides browser based direct manipulation interfaces for exploratory data analysis and visualization.  We use programming paradigms inspired by reactive programming, constraint programming and component based programming to improve software robustness and reduce plumbing code. We believe that MVVM and data binding are the way forward for productively building and maintaining dynamic user interfaces with near-zero DOM manipulation. Your compensation will include meaningful equity ownership and a competitive salary and benefits.

About Platfora
Platfora is the #1 native Big Data Analytics platform for Hadoop. Platfora puts big data directly into the hands of line-of-business people through self-service analytics that help them uncover new opportunities that were once impossible or impractical across transaction, customer interaction and machine data. An interactive and visual full-stack platform delivered as subscription software in the cloud or on-premises, Platfora Big Data Analytics is creating data-driven competitive advantages in the areas of security, marketing, finance, operations and the Internet of Things. Leading organizations such as Citi, Comcast, DirecTV, Disney,, Opower, Riot Games, Vivint and The Washington Post use Platfora.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Principals only; if you are a recruiter, or represent a search firm, you must be under contract with an OK to work on this role, prior to submitting resumes to Platfora.  Thanks!



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Tags: JavaScript, ES6, CoffeeScript, HTML5, CSS3, Haml, Sass, LESS, Closure, Knockout.js, React.js, Angular.js, Ember.js, Batman.js, D3, data visualization, charting, web graphics

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