Automattic

VIP Developer

The VIP team is a diverse, hard working and kind group of people from a wide variety of backgrounds who bring excellence in software engineering, communication and problem-solving skills to help our clients and partners do amazing things with WordPress. Our company is completely distributed, so we work from anywhere we can find a good broadband connection.

As some of the biggest brands on the web, our clients are often pushing the limits of WordPress. The VIP team works to help our clients get the most out of WordPress, doing everything from providing guidance, to reviewing their code to ensure security and performance, to developing new tools to help improve our platform.

VIP Developers work in three squads, each with different day-to-day responsibilities. Developers have the flexibility to move between squads or stay on one squad.

Launch Squad:

  • Work closely with a client to advise them on the best way to structure their theme or plugins
  • Review code and provide feedback and guidance to client developers
  • Help guide clients through the launch of their sites
  • Assist with content migration
  • Think proactively for clients as they head into launch

Enterprise Squad:

  • Guide large organizations with architectural decisions, including the ongoing development of new features and functionality
  • Understand the organization’s needs at a deep level, and be able to recommend best practices and workflows as well as tools and plugins
  • Review client themes, plugins, and technical integrations
  • Debug complex problems and anticipate potential future needs and challenges

Developer Squad:

  • Debug complex problems encountered by clients
  • Build tools to help the support team be more efficient
  • Work on plugins for clients and the community
  • Do performance audits of sites
  • Add or debug platform level issues impacting all clients
  • Fix security issues impacting the platform or popular plugins
  • Help with occasional day to day code review

You’ll have the ability to set your own schedule outside of a required 4 to 8 hours a week of “on call” time for urgents and code deployments. This will typically fall during your morning or afternoon, although some weekend work is possible.

We’re looking for developers who have:

  • Minimum 2 years of WordPress specific experience – experience with performance and security a bonus
  • Strong debugging skills
  • A desire to learn and grow
  • Great communication skills

Want to learn more about who you’ll be working with? Check out: vip.wordpress.com/jobs/

A great way to know if you have the development skills required for the position is to review the Intentionally Vulnerable Plugin and see if you can find the vulnerabilities. Bonus points for catching the VIP specific feedback that you can find here: https://vip.wordpress.com/documentation/code-review-what-we-look-for/

We’re serious about increasing diversity in the tech industry. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other communities traditionally underrepresented in this field. Read more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion here.

How to Apply

Does this sound interesting? If yes, please send a short email to jobs @ this domain telling us about yourself and attach a résumé. Let us know what you can contribute to the team. Include the title of the position you’re applying for and your name in the subject. Proofread! Make sure you spell and capitalize WordPress and Automattic correctly. We are lucky to receive hundreds of applications for every position, so try to make your application stand out. If you apply for multiple positions or send multiple emails there will be one reply.

If you’re reading this on a site other than automattic.com please make sure you visit automattic.com/work-with-us for the latest details on applying.

To increase your chances of standing out, please answer the following questions.

  1. Tell us some details about an interesting performance or security programming problem you’ve worked on. What made it interesting?
  2. How do you use our products or their competitors? How would you improve one of them?
  3. What questions do you have for us?

← Work With Us

All Jobs Require

  • Great communication skills. We’re a distributed team, so frequent and clear written communication is a must.
  • Self-driven work ethic. You need to be a self-starter who loves taking initiative and seeing things through to completion.
  • Curiosity and the desire to learn. Our business is changing and growing fast, who knows what will be the skills of tomorrow? Flexibility is key.
  • Availability outside of traditional business hours. Our customers are global, and rely on us to provide expedient support, at any time of day.