Sr. Software Engineer (Front-End/Full Stack) at Cars Commerce

1 month ago Development & Programming Senior Full-Time

At Cars Commerce, we’re fanatical about simplifying everything about car buying and selling. We do right by our customers and consumers to better connect the industry with simplified and tierless technology to enhance, measure and drive local automotive retail. Whether through our No.1 most recognized marketplace, Cars.com, our industry-leading digital experience, Dealer Inspire, our trade and appraisal technology, AccuTrade, or our new Cars Commerce Media Network, Cars Commerce is essential for success in the automotive industry.


No one ever travels alone here: at its core, Cars Commerce is collaboration. In fact, it’s built into the very fabric of our shared values. We like to say we Rise Together – putting people at the center of what we do, from consumer to customer to community. Life at Cars Commerce makes it easy when we share the ethos to be Open to All, encouraging open-minded communication because we know diverse thinking yields better outcomes. But critical to our success is Caring to Challenge and Taking Ownership, fueling a competitive spirit in a respectful environment where we think about tomorrow but act today. At our foundation, we have integrity, Doing the Right Thing, even when it’s hard. It’s our shared commitment to these values that makes Cars Commerce a place where growth becomes not only possible, but downright unavoidable.

But don’t take our word for it. As a U.S. News & World Report Best Company to Work For in 2024, we're obsessive about the employee experience. We are among the top 20% being declared “Best” of our industry based on six critical factors that are important to employee wellbeing, like quality of pay, benefits, work life balance and more.

Who you are

You have 5+ years of professional experience writing and maintaining production-level applications with a passion for shipping high-quality software and working with cross-functional stakeholders.

  • You are passionate about architecting, designing and developing front-end applications. You may be pro- or anti- React, Vue, Svelte or other framework, but those opinions are weakly held in favor of using the right tool for the application.
  • You are polyglot and highly proficient with some of these languages: Go, Elixir, PHP and are excited for the opportunity to learn the others.
  • You’re highly proficient in adapting and extending front-end frameworks, or have experience contributing to front-end framework projects.
  • You care about driving the adoption of best-practices in code-health, testing, maintainability, and solving problems.
  • You find inefficiency irksome and look for ways to simplify and speed up the software development life cycle. You take advantage of opportunities to improve frustrating processes to make fellow engineers more productive
  • You like teaching others to fill knowledge gaps on your team.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

You will be joining the Cars Commerce Platform Engineering team that is building foundational services to support our products. Our services include scaled data processing, IAM support, and customer experiences that cut across all of our product lines. Our goals are to consolidate duplicated systems and build best-in-class APIs and experiences to support internal and external customers.

As the team’s senior front-end engineer, you will be tasked with architecting the front-end layer for our platform applications. The applications use various stacks (Go, Elixir+Pheonix, PHP). You will determine how these backend systems manage routing and how they integrate with the front-end layer you develop.

In addition to this, you will be expected to drive the development of widgets and components that can be reused across multiple tech stacks.

  • Develop quality, scalable, efficient front-end software around our Elixir+Phoenix, Go, and PHP backends.
  • Practice good, consistent software development hygiene.
  • Own and organize clear documentation and testing tools
  • Provide thought leadership and an educated voice for technological direction of front-end systems within our team.
  • Lead and organize engineers to develop and maintain a scalable front-end
  • Act as a subject matter expert within areas of our tech stack.
  • Work across multi-disciplined teams in Engineering, Design, Product, and the rest of the organization, with the ability to influence & drive results.
  • Drive architectural decisions around our front-end implementations, including CICD.


In the spirit of pay transparency, we are excited to share the base salary range for this position which is not inclusive of bonuses, benefits or other forms of compensation that the position may be eligible for. If you are hired at Cars Commerce, your final base salary compensation will be determined based on factors such as skills and/or experience. If the salary range is close to what you're seeking, then we encourage you to apply and learn more about the total compensation package for this position.

Salary Range

  • $131,400—$164,300 USD
  • Our Comprehensive Benefits Package includes:
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Healthcare Plans
  • 401(k) with Company Match + Immediate Vesting
  • New Hire Stipend for Home Office Set-Up
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Generous PTO
  • Refuel - a service based recognition program where employees receive additional paid time away to learn grow and reset
  • Paid Holidays, Floating Holiday, Volunteer Day, Recharge Day
  • Learn more about our Benefits, Perks, & Culture on our LinkedIn Life Pages!

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