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Software Engineer, Frontend

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • 💴 No salary range given
  • 🏡 Fully remote
  • 🧪 Minimum years of experience unspecified
  • 💬 Fluent Japanese
  • 🌏 Apply from abroad
  • 🧳 Relocate to Japan

About SmartNews

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, 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

As a frontend engineer, you are responsible for delivering quality information in a format that renders it instantly accessible and easy to read for both mobile and desktop products for both our Japanese and global users.

This includes:

  • Rapid frontend development of hybrid apps to deliver information that meets users’ real-time demand (e.g., Corona Virus Real-Time Updates, Olympics, etc.)
  • Collaborating with product managers and UX designers to provide web applications from formulating user stories, designing, implementing, and to production
  • Collaborating with other engineering teams to develop frontend platforms, components, and APIs for global team members
  • Feature development (such as SmartView) to improve user experience
  • Providing technical innovation to promote good usability, improve product reliability, and system resiliency
  • Standardizing web foundation to increase internal engineering productivity at scale.
  • Participating in the product development life cycle for features build using web technologies, including planning, design, implementation, and maintenance, focus on UI/UX design both for PC and mobile


  • Strong proficiency of JavaScript / TypeScript, CSS, and HTML
  • Experience in building and scaling modern web applications
  • Experience with common frontend development tools (Babel, Webpack, Rollup, etc.)
  • Ability to prioritize and work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment

Nice to haves

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

  • Experience with modern frontend frameworks (React, Vue, Svelte, etc.)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mobile web development
  • Strong interest in new web specifications and standards
  • An eye for detail, a sense of aesthetics, and a love for user experience

Hiring Process

  1. 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. 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. 3


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

  4. 4


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

Meet SmartNews's Developers

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

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Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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