Software Engineer - Manila, PH

  • Manila, NCR, Philippines
  • Full-time

Company Description

Balsam Brands is a multi-brand e-Commerce retailer with roots in holiday and home décor. Based in Silicon Valley, the company operates market-leading website such as We strive for excellence in everything we do and have been honored to receive the following awards as a result:

  • Forbes: America’s Best Small Companies (2016)
  • Inc. 5000: America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • San Francisco Business Times: Fast 100 – Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal: 75 Fastest Growing Private Companies (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

The company’s outward focus on building trusted consumer brands along with its internal focus on excellence and being a great place to work have propelled it to consistent, rapid growth.

Balsam International is our Regional Operating Headquarters in the Philippines functioning remotely with a team of hard-working, passionate professionals who contribute significantly to the company’s success. The team in the Philippines enjoy full employee benefits including mandatories (SSS, PAG-IBIG, PhilHealth), 13th month pay, healthcare coverage +2 dependents, internet subsidy (after regularization), continuous learning benefits, access to counselling sessions, paid time off including volunteer days and holiday breaks. The meal subsidies, company trips and other perks are just cherry on top of the work-from-home setup.

Job Description

Balsam International is looking for a Software Engineer who will be responsible for coding and modifying e-Commerce websites functionalities according to the company’s specifications. Our ideal candidate will be writing Java, AngularJS and HTML codes, extending Hybris extensions and components, and working with our Development and Quality Assurance team to ensure the delivery of projects on a timely manner. You will directly report to the Web Development Manager.

What you'll be doing:

  • Writing reliable and stable backend codes with unit testing and code review 70% of the time.
  • Provide technical analysis on platform enhancements and customizations and other back-end technologies 10% of the time.
  • Work with ORACLE, MySQL and HSQLDB Databases and other data & configuration files such as MS Excel, XML, JSON.
  • Assisting in the management, maintenance, and on-going support for existing e-Commerce websites.
  • Building webpage and templates on a variety of platforms and CMS’s, including Volusion and Hybris.
  • Making systematic edits to HTML, CSS and JS codes based on given mocks including slicing photoshop files.
  • Investigate and resolve issues that arise in the system.
  • Provide scoping and estimation on projects and tasks.
  • Create proper documentation and integration guide on all applications developed.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as business needs evolve.

 What you bring to the table:

  • Has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in Java and Spring Framework.
  • Has a minimum of 2 years’ experience in MySQL & Oracle Database.
  • Has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in AngularJS, HTML and CSS.
  • Have some knowledge in Hybris and SCA Development.
  • Strong problem solving skills, adaptable, enthusiastic, and willing to take ownership.
  • High standards for documentation, unit testing, code reviews, continuous integration & deployment, and a preference for agile methods.
  • Strong attention to detail and proven multi-tasking ability, especially with multiple high-priority tasks.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong dedication to a team environment and to meeting deliverables.
  • Comfortable in working through a task via electronic means (email, chat and task management applications).

Required Technologies and Tools:

  • JAVA/JEE and Spring Framework
  • AngularJS, AJAX
  • GIT
  • SOAP and RESTful API
  • Advanced level in HTML and CSS
  • Agile/Scrum
  • Jira & Confluence

Our must-haves:

  • Must live within Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan or certain parts of Laguna only (Biñan, Cabuyao, Calamba, Los Baños, San Pedro and Santa Rosa).
  • Must be willing to join occasional in-person meetings.
  • Must have a dedicated, functional laptop that meets the following specifications:

        For Windows users:

  • Operating System: Windows 10 - 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
  • RAM/Memory: 4GB or higher
  • Hard Drive: 500GB or higher

        For Mac users:

  • Processor: 2GHz Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8GB 1600 MHz DDR3
  • Start-up Disk Macintosh HD
  • Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536MB
  • Must have a back-up laptop or desktop for use, if primary laptop encounters issues.
  • Must have a fast, reliable DSL, Fiber or Broadband connection (not mobile or broadband stick) as the primary internet connection with a minimum actual speed of 5MBPS.
  • Must have a back-up internet connection of the same speed, if primary connection becomes spotty.
  • Must have licensed MS Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) including Outlook.

Note: An online assessment will also be part of the recruitment process.

Status: Full Time.

Location: Our corporate offices are based in Northern California with a Regional Operating Headquarters (ROHQ) in the Philippines. The Software Engineer role is a remote working position for Balsam International Unlimited Philippine ROHQ in Manila. Team members in the Philippines are ideally located within easy driving distance to Metro Manila for occasional team meetings and trainings. They have a great working environment at home with at least 5MBPS internet connection speed. Company executives visit the Philippines regularly so team members attend in-person meetings from time to time.

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