Front-end Engineer

Job Description

SPlayer’s Next Desktop app is built on the foundation of Electron, an open source framework allows cross-platform desktop applications to be built using web technologies like HTML and JavaScript. We’re looking for an experienced developer to help us build and use your extensive knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to improve the SPlayer desktop client.

This position is based in Shanghai or Los Angeles.

If you were to join SPlayer, here are the kinds of things you would do over the course of a typical week:

  • Build new features in Electron to support our large-and-growing user base
  • Jump into the Chromium bug databases to track down issues
  • Collaborate with the open source community to improve Electron
  • Build awesome web / native hybrid extensions to help make our users feel at home on any platform
  • Troubleshoot OS or hardware-specific bugs, and write the code to resolve them
  • Collaborate with our desktop team to decide how a SPlayer Desktop feature should work
  • Work with our support team to track down and fix Electron-specific issues

Here are things that we consider critical to being an Electron Engineer at SPlayer:

  • You are curious about how things work.
  • You’ve made contributions to Electron and can point to things you’ve worked on.
  • You can jump into situations with few guardrails and make things better.
  • You have strong communication skills. You're able to explain complex technical concepts to designers, support, and other engineers in a clear, concise manner.
  • You also know that the internet is a scary place and understand security concepts deeply and can put them into action to protect us and our users.
  • You know the Chromium and Node.js platforms really well, and know what it’s like to try to work around quirks in the system.
  • When things break — you are eager and able to help fix things.
  • Others enjoy working with due to your technical competence and positive attitude.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience.
  • 3+ years of experience writing client-side JavaScript
  • Expertise in building complex layouts with CSS and HTML
  • Experience building and debugging complex systems in a team environment
  • Experience with modern browser technologies
  • A disciplined approach to development, testing, documentation and code structure in a highly collaborative team environment
  • Write understandable, testable code with an eye towards maintainability.
  • Strong UX and design sensibilities, and a desire to sweat the small stuff
  • Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and empathy
  • Self-­awareness and a constant desire to improve, learn more, and leave things better than you found them.

Bonus Points

  • Experience with jQuery, Handlebars, or LESS
  • Experience investigating and improving JavaScript performance
  • Experience with WebSockets, Local Storage, or ES6
  • Experience in small start­up environments
  • Experience designing web sites or applications