About SmartNews

Shibuya, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

About the position

We are looking for mobile developers capable of developing state-of-the-art Android mobile applications that are smart, engaging, and user-friendly for our users while contributing to our aggressive business growth.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, execution, and performance optimization of an Android application used by tens of millions of users
  • Closely collaborate with global cross-functional teams (product managers, designers, data scientists, backend engineers, etc.) to build new mobile product features
  • Optimize mobile platform with the latest Android and Kotlin technology to improve user experience and mobile engineering productivity
  • Analyze and optimize UI and backend application code for efficiency and performance
  • Rapid prototype development to visualize impactful product for the user and the business
  • Proactive, innovative, creative technical problem solving with a focus on metrics

Technologies We Use

  • Languages: Java, Kotlin
  • Libraries: Firebase, OKHTTP, ExoPlayer, Lottie, Coil, Timber, Jackson, detekt
  • Tools: GitHub, Slack, CirecleCI
  • Issue Management: JIRA
  • Document Management: Notion

Teams

As an Android Engineer, you’ll be joining one of these teams:

  • Mobile Foundation. Provide a positive engineering experience for application software engineers by building a scalable mobile foundation.
  • JP Activation. Provide fantastic onboarding experience and collect more user signals that unlock the full value of SmartNews.
  • Ads Mobile. Contribute to business growth by developing advertisement features for the Japanese and the US market with reliable and efficient code.
  • News Mobile. Deliver great and relevant news to our users. Working on the content delivery and content ranking in the news feed which is the core of SmartNews mission.
  • Top Card. Drive user engagement by giving users the power to explore inspiration, reveal relevant information, and stay up-to-date to their interest with our content offering.

Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience with Android application development
  • Experience with coding in both Kotlin and Java
  • Experience building maintainable and testable code bases, including API design, and unit testing techniques
  • Experience with multithreading programming and mobile memory management

Nice to haves

These aren’t required, but be sure to mention them in your application if you have them.

  • Experience developing Android applications from start to finish
  • Experience with other programming languages
  • Experience with mobile CI/CD, ideally on a customized cloud setup
  • Experience with Android performance tools
  • Experience with applying unified architectures in a large-scale mobile project
  • Familiar with design patterns and architecture design (e.g. UML)
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams

Hiring Process

  1. Application review

    When you submit your application to SmartNews, it will be reviewed by our recruitment team, to make sure it is relevant to the position.

  2. Online coding test

    When you pass this initial screening, you’ll then be sent out an online coding test. The results of this test and your resume will then be reviewed in more detail by one of our engineers.

  3. Interviews

    After you pass this secondary screening, you’ll be invited in for a round of interviews, covering both behavioral and technical topics.

  4. Offer

    Once you’ve passed these interviews, we’ll make you an offer.

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Key benefits

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  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

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