SENIOR AEM DEVELOPER – CHICAGO, IL (LOCATION NEGOTIABLE FOR RIGHT CANDIDATE)

Quality AEM developers can write their own ticket.

There is more demand in the market than talent, so the challenge isn’t finding a job, but finding the right job.

Here are three reasons that Freedom may be the right job for you:

  • All the Benefits of a Small Company with Big-Company Benefits. Small companies can be amazing work environments. Less bureaucracy means more flexibility—where anyone can impact company direction with a great suggestion and everyone has to do interesting work. Talent is rewarded and politics are non-existent. The downside is usually financial—where benefits are scarce and bankruptcy is a real possibility. This financial downside scares many of us into a purgatory of cubicles and TPS reports. Freedom offers the best of both worlds. We’re small but growing quickly with rock solid finances, which allow us to offer serious big-company benefits (see below).
  • Add Key Skills Useful for Next Wave of AEM Development. Freedom focuses on AEM Assets, Adobe’s Digital Asset Management product. As larger SIs build their offshore capacity for AEM Sites, there will be rate and salary pressure on basic AEM work. Smart developers stay a step ahead of market trends. If you’re seeking to differentiate your skills, we should discuss our data indicating that AEM Assets is the next big wave.
  • Enjoy Real Work-Life Balance. Our mission is to free our clients from the daily grind of menial and repetitive overwork. That’s the kind of mission we have to live ourselves to be authentic.  Freedom’s culture respects vacations, nights, and weekends. That’s not to say that we don’t work hard or have crunch times, but we are committed to respecting and encouraging a life outside of work.

NEED-TO-HAVE SKILLS

  • Quality AEM Experience. For less senior roles, we don’t require specific platform experience. But the Senior AEM Developer—along with our Technology Partner—will need to guide less-experienced developers in the right way to work within AEM. And if you’re the kind of person we’re seeking, you’ll be well aware of how critical this guidance can be.
  • Don’t be a Jerk. Freedom is a small company so culture is important. We believe in Bob Sutton’s research of on this topic that no genius is worth a negative work environment.

Nice-to-Have Skills

We’re firmly convinced that anyone with the two skills above will be great in this job, and that no one has every single one of the nice-to-have skills below. 

So consider the list below a preview of the kind of experience you will develop in this role. And if you happen to have a past job, internship, hobby, or class that will accelerate your learning curve in one or more of these areas, this is your chance to tell us about it and differentiate your application.

  • Exposure to Digital Asset Management systems. This is what we do.
  • Exposure to marketing theory and practice. Our clients are marketers. It helps to understand their work.
  • Exposure to user experience or product management disciplines. In building a complex system to help make people’s lives easier, there is a certain way of thinking that is very helpful in not achieving the exact opposite result.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite tools (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Our clients use these tools quite a lot. It doesn’t hurt to be able to speak their language.
  • Python. The language, not the animal.

Travel

Depending on the client and the project, up to 25% travel within North America may be required to such exciting locations as Cleveland, Indianapolis, or Washington, DC.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Attractive base salary
  • Quarterly bonuses based on billable hours
  • Healthcare
  • 401(k) with matching funds up to 4% of annual compensation
  • Monthly mobile phone stipend
  • Personal development training budget

If you’ve made it to the bottom of this posting, you’re just the kind of candidate we’re looking for. Please send a tailored cover letter via the contact us form telling us why we'd be crazy not to hire you. Feel free to include links to LinkedIn or GitHub. If we like what you’ve written, we’ll send you an email to start the conversation.

NO RESPONSE WILL BE GIVEN TO RECRUITERS OR DEVELOPMENT GROUPS.

 

Business Analyst - Entry Level - Washington, DC

Entry-level jobs are terrible.

They’re repetitive, menial, and deadly dull.

There are three exceptions—consultancies, armies, criminal enterprises—and we’re not completely sure about the last two. But we are looking for a motivated self-starter to join a fast-growing consultancy helping Fortune 1000 companies increase their creative production capacity to match the exponential demand for creative in modern marketing.

If you’re not 100% sure what that means, that’s OK. We’re working it out too. You can check out some of the things we’ve learned so far on our blog.

But let’s shift gears to talk about what we’re looking for in candidates for this position.

Need-to-Have Skills

  • Ability to learn quickly. Consultancies are rapidly changing environments where you rarely work on the same kind of task for long—you must be able to adapt quickly.
  • Proactive and self-directed approach to work. Freedom is a small company where the managing partner has to roll up his sleeves just like everyone else. While we plan to invest in your training and ramp up, once you’re up to speed, you’ll need to manage your own work without minute-by-minute supervision.
  • Clear, concise, and grammatically correct writing. Your work on client-facing deliverables will only be useful if senior team members don’t have to rewrite it.
  • Personal presentation and interpersonal skills. Clients pay a high hourly rate for consultants--when they meet you, they should feel they’re getting a bargain.
  • Fun co-worker. Culture is important to us—we’re all going to spend a lot of time together during the work day and we’d prefer to spend it around people whose company we enjoy.

 

Nice-to-Have Experience / Things You’ll Learn in this Job

This is an entry-level position and we will prioritize hiring the right candidate with the right potential over someone who slept through Intro to Marketing.

So consider the list below a preview of the kind of experience you will develop in this role. And if you happen to have a past job, internship, hobby, or class that will accelerate your learning curve in one or more of these areas, this is your chance to tell us about it and differentiate your application.

  • Real world or classroom exposure to marketing theory and practice. Our clients are marketers. It helps to understand their work.
  • Real world or classroom exposure to user experience or product management disciplines. In building a complex system to help make people’s lives easier, there is a certain way of thinking that is very helpful in not achieving the exact opposite result.
  • Real world or classroom exposure to principles of java or web development. Although we don’t expect you to write a single line of code, you will be providing requirements to developers. This is often easier to do if you’ve walked at least a few feet in a developer’s shoes.
  • Real world or classroom exposure to business process re-engineering—in particular Visio or other process diagramming tools.  We diagram a lot of workflows. That is more interesting than it sounds (unless it sounds super interesting—in which case, we’re probably overselling it.)
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite tools (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Our clients use these tools quite a lot. It doesn’t hurt to be able to speak their language.
  • Photography or videography. We don’t mean using your smartphone to post to Instagram or Vine. This is more about familiarity with RAW files and video codecs.
  • Spreadsheet wizardry. Spreadsheet formulas are your friend. Macros are not scary. Excel VBA … well, that is actually still a little scary.
  • PowerPoint skills. Making nice presentations is a key skill in consulting. Often useful in other walks of life as well.
  • Microsoft Project or other project management experience. We don’t expect you to run a six-figure implementation project on day 1. Probably not before day 15. But it is helpful to have an understanding scope, budget, critical path and dependency concepts.

Travel

Depending on the client and the project, up to 25% travel within North America may be required to such exciting locations as Providence, Minneapolis, Toronto, or Orange County.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Attractive base salary—less than investment banking but much better than retail
  • Quarterly bonuses based on billable hours

  • Healthcare

  • 401(k) with matching funds up to 4% of annual compensation

  • Monthly mobile phone stipend

  • Personal development training budget

If you’ve made it to the bottom of this posting, you’re just the kind of candidate we’re looking for. Please send a tailored cover letter and resume via the contact us form telling us why we'd be crazy not to hire you.