[Baypiggies] Software Engineer/Web Developer

James Williams jwilliams at pictopia.com
Thu Oct 8 01:54:46 CEST 2009

Hi everyone,

I've been lurking for a while, but my company is looking to hire a  
developer. We have a legacy web application that is a combination of  
Perl/XSLT, but we are slowly converting it over to Django, so both  
Python and Perl knowledge are essential.



Position: Software Engineer

Description: The Software Engineer will assist in maintaining and  
further evolving Pictopia’s software-directed systems, primarily on  
the back-end. As for our photo fulfillment systems, the operations  
include production, image gallery, and transaction processing; at the  
corporate level, these include internet hosting and monitoring, system  
administration, search indexing, and database management, among others.

• Bug fixes
• Minor application enhancements
• Major application additions/changes
• Develop tools to better support Account Executives, Customer  
Service, and other developers
• Create tools to monitor system and application processes
• Assist with Linux, Apache, and MySQL administration and  

Required Skills:
• Object Oriented Perl
• Object Oriented Python, optimally with Django 1.x
• 2 years minimum real world experience engineering web solutions for  
LAMP stacks
• Practical experience developing in a *nix environment
• Experience with Apache configuration, Linux system administration,  
and database administration (preferably MySQL)
• Working knowledge of HTML
• Strong verbal, written, analytical and communication skills

Additional skills:
• XSLT, XML, Javascript, PHP
• Strong relational DB knowledge (table optimization, query  
• Enthusiasm for architecting and implementing solid, scalable,  
extensible solutions

This is a high-visibility position within a very small team, and the  
ideal candidate will be a dedicated, hands on professional who can  
take ownership of tasks with minimal oversight. We value positive  
attitudes and professionals who can successfully navigate through  
ambiguous and challenging situations. Candidates are required to be on- 
site in our Emeryville offices, as there is a high degree of  
interaction between all parts of the business.

We offer an exciting and unique opportunity for the ambitious  
developer who wants to play a large part in one of the net’s next e- 
commerce sensations!

Compensation is comprised of both salary and equity incentives.

About the Company:
Pictopia.com, located in Emeryville, California, provides highest  
quality photo prints to consumers via purchases made at its own web  
site and at the sites of its partners. Over 800 of the world’s top  
media organizations including National Geographic, The US National  
Archives, The Washington Post, AOL and Yahoo, The Associated Press and  
AFP, The NBA and MLB, have partnered with Pictopia to monetize their  
vast image holdings via sales to the public. By taking the partners'  
image archives and feeds direct to the public, Pictopia creates brand- 
promotion opportunities and revenue streams that have not previously  
existed. As an example of how we work today, if you are browsing the  
Washington Post web-site and see a picture you want to own for  
yourself, when you click to “buy” the picture, it takes you to our web- 
site and we handle all the transaction order and fulfillment.

We are a privately funded entrepreneurial venture which has recently  
made a strategic and management restructuring. At this new stage of  
our growth, we are very excited to be advancing to the next level in  
our company’s development!

Culture: At Pictopia we have a relaxed, intimate and informal  
environment. As a growing dot com we work hard but like to have fun  
doing it. Every team member is a valuable contributor to achieving the  
company’s objectives. Our flat corporate hierarchy supports team  
players, not strong egos.

Benefits: Pictopia provides many big-company benefits in a small  
company setting including:

• Medical, Dental, Vision and prescription coverage
• Health care Flexible Spending Account
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Basic Life and Personal Accident Insurance
• 401K and 529 College Savings Plans
• Professional training and development 

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