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CBRE Principal Front End Engineer in Seattle, Washington

About CBRE (NYSE: CBG): At CBRE, you are empowered to take your career path into your own hands. Enjoy workplace flexibility in a global organization with tremendous scale. Work in an inclusive and collaborative environment with supportive teammates. Come experience the employee advantage at CBRE.

CBRE has a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

As a Fortune 500 worldwide leader in real estate services, CBRE’s more than 70,000 professionals provide exceptional outcomes for clients in 60+ countries. When it comes to real estate, CBRE sees potential everywhere. We turn scale into strength, expense into performance, and property into prosperity.

Role:We’re looking for a Principal Front End Engineer (8+ years of experience, at least 4 years of which are in a leadership role) who can help us expand our existing platform and associated client-facing web applications. This person would begin immediately as a full-time employee in Seattle, WA.

Backed by senior CBRE executives, our growing, dynamic team is on a mission to change the space of commercial real estate through our suite of simple, intuitive client-side applications. Our current infrastructure is loosely comprised of:

  • A flexible, scalable, cloud-based application layer

  • An API layer for client-side consumption

  • Client-side applications designed for specific user groups

As our platform continues to grow, we would like you to help expand and improve the capabilities of our front end and mobile applications. Though you will have the opportunity to touch many different technologies (Scrum teams work on the entire stack), your primary responsibility would be leading our front end team and developing the front end components of our client-facing applications. Expertise in JavaScript and related frameworks (such as React or Angular), knowledge of other current front-end tools, and a passion for learning new technologies is required.


  • Writing beautiful code and implementing fantastic solutions for our client-facing web and mobile applications

  • Leading a team of other engineers to establish and document coding best practices based on industry standards

  • Working with a team of engineers (with a variety of technical capabilities), along with a Scrum Master, to identify, spec, and implement elegant features and solutions along two week iterations.

  • Ensuring that we are continuously raising our standard of engineering excellence

  • Identifying and addressing bugs/enhancements/new features/refactoring requirements

  • Guiding technical direction for web development, including feature development forecasting and scheduling as it relates to the users and the business

  • Establishing and managing Test-Driven Development (TDD) practices

  • Leading technology and tools selection and pushing deployments


  • Professional experience with JavaScript, HTML5/CSS3 (& SCSS)

  • Strong experience with JavaScript frameworks (React, Angular, VueJS, Ember, etc)

  • Strong background with MVC testing frameworks

  • A solid understanding of Git, or a similar version control system

  • Experience with Agile/Scrum software development cycles

  • Experience with automating end-to-end testing frameworks across device types

  • Strong collaboration, communication, and leadership skills

Bonus points for experience in these areas:

  • Solid understanding of JavaScript mapping libraries, such as Leaflet, and GIS technologies, such as ESRI

  • Experience with Ionic, React Native, or a related framework

We offer:A solid compensation package, with medical/dental/vision/401(k)/disability/conference attendance, etc.

An awesome team with whom to collaborate

A dedication to your career (plus a generous, annual continued education stipend)

An open-source culture that encourages learning and contributing back to the community

A flexible work environment (WFH Fridays)

A downtown Seattle office that’s convenient to mass transit and the Seattle bus tunnel

A sample of the technologies we use:

Backend App/API – Python 3, Django, Django Rest Framework, Celery, Pandas, NumPy, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Node.js

Infrastructure & Related – AWS, Ansible, Rundeck, Terraform, GitLab CI, Ubuntu

Development Workflow – JIRA, GitLab, Slack

Client-Side, Single Page Apps – AngularJS (1.x and 2.x), React, Redux, D3.js, ESRI, Leaflet, Ionic, VueJS, React Native

About our team:We’re a software engineering team within CBRE’s Digital and Technology group. We are uniquely positioned within the organization to access global data, tools, resources, and leaders throughout the industry. Our mission is to add new value by developing targeted, scalable technology platforms for internal and external consumption.

We solve complex commercial real estate problems by bringing together good people, great minds, and top-tier technologies. We believe in leveraging and supporting open-source projects and their broader communities whenever possible. We love Unix-based systems (we use Macs) but appreciate other flavors. We believe that personal growth is just as important as company growth, and that they are interdependent.

If we aren’t discussing the latest open-source news, we are chatting about our latest food discoveries, our pets, the most current (or timeless) music/audio technologies, or one of our upcoming lunch and learn events. We value good people first, and often enjoy hanging out at happy hour or other team events.

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