BookNet Canada wants you!
Join our nimble, creative team working at the intersection of books and technology.
Current opportunities: Software Developer
We are a not-for-profit agency dedicated to coordinating technological change for Canada’s book industry. We develop technology, standards, and education that make it easier for our stakeholders to promote and sell books, reach new audiences, and ride the ever-cresting wave of new technology. Our customers are spread throughout the industry and come in all shapes and sizes, from independent booksellers to multi-national publishing houses. We're a small, dedicated team of developers, project managers, and publishing pros making up, as The Globe and Mail puts it, "the book industry's supply chain nerve centre."
Working at BookNet
We have a serious commitment to work/life balance and our office environment is super important to us. We work out of a beautiful converted factory space in one of Toronto’s greenest office buildings in the heart of Queen West/Spadina — Green roof! Bike parking! Dark Horse Espresso Bar!
For contract and full-time employees, we offer medical and dental benefits, summer hours, flexible work times, RSP matching, and employer-sponsored volunteerism. We also know how to have fun, including baseball, curling, axe throwing, bowling, movies, and of course books!
Do you live in the Greater Toronto Area and love developing software? Are you hoping your next job will be outside the corporate grind? Have you got more than 3 years experience developing Web and Windows applications, but are looking for a work experience with a team of developers where you have more autonomy to drive the solution?
Sound interesting? READ ON...
Here's an overview
Our platform is Windows .NET. We maintain and manage several products defined by and built for our stakeholders, and are always looking for new ways to innovate and build robust solutions to solve common problems. Join our small, nimble development team in helping us design and develop our popular small- and medium-sized web applications.
All our web applications are built in C# and SQL server, but there are other opportunities to be creative with external APIs and Chrome plugins. Sometimes that involves taking a kernel of an idea and helping develop it from the ground up into a complete and robust solution. Sometimes the ideas will come from you! Pitch ideas that you think will improve our products and then get the opportunity to build them. Small projects like redesigning a processor and large projects like rebuilding core applications all came from developer pitches.
What we’re looking for
You like to participate fully in all aspects of the software development lifecycle, working on both the front and back ends of solutions. Sure you've built stuff before, but you're looking to help design and develop our products so they can meet the future head-on. You like to learn and bring that learning into your day-to-day. You've made mistakes in the past but you know how to learn from them and move forward. You like working in a collaborative, multi-faceted team, and you like working on code. On that note, do you want to show us some of your code? We have a process but are always willing to learn. Where we won't compromise are the basics: build, test, measure, improve.
Your skills should include, but not be limited to:
- 3 years of related experience
- A BS/MS in computer science or related field, or a combination of certifications and work experience
- Experience developing database-driven applications including SQL Server, including writing and interpreting database queries and stored procedures
- Experience working with XML files
We're also looking for:
- Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
- Someone who is well-organized with good attention to detail
- A great team player — your work with the team is going to matter a lot
- Someone who can work mostly on site
In the interview, you should be able to provide an example where you had to be a self-starter, tell us about a time when you had to overcome a difficult situation, demonstrate how you can be flexible when it comes to changing business needs, and show off the cool stuff you've built (and tell us what excites you about it).
If you’re interested, let us know why we should talk. We'll consider applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds, but make sure that you tell us why working at the intersection of books and technology is interesting or matters to you.
What we can offer
We have a small, dedicated team of great people. We have a serious commitment to work/life balance and our work environment is super important to us. We work out of a beautiful converted factory space in one of Toronto’s greenest office buildings in the heart of Queen West/Spadina — Green roof! Bike parking! Dark Horse Espresso Bar!
We'll offer a salary commensurate with experience, medical and dental benefits, summer hours, flexible work times, RSP matching, and employer-sponsored volunteerism. We also know how to have fun, including baseball, curling, axe throwing, bowling, movies, and of course books!
If this sounds like a good fit for you, send your resume and a cover letter including salary expectations and the subject line "Software Developer position" to email@example.com. Please, no phone calls or faxes.