Careers @ Phenix

Become part of the team that makes it happen

Phenix is an exciting and fast-growing high-tech company that is changing how people connect. Our technology revolutionizes real-time content delivery and provides means for human connection in the digital age.

Our headquarters are in Chicago's blossoming technology epicenter in the River North neighborhood, though our team is located around the world. We are always looking for talented people to join our ranks — focused, dedicated, inspired, fun people who are ready to make things happen.

We take pride in how we build our systems, mentor our team members and interact with our customers. We follow the manifesto for agile software development and practice SOLID object-oriented design. Most of us have extensively used many programming languages during our careers. We see programming languages as the means of getting things done, not the essence of what defines us as engineers. We become experts in new technologies not because it is exciting (it is!) but because it enables us to create something better and faster. We strive for end-to-end perfection in delivering flawless features to our customers. A happy customer is the ultimate reward for our time. We are egoless because we believe that everyone can learn something from everyone else.

Open Position

Project Manager

The Project Manager will play a pivotal role in driving the success of our internal engineering projects as well as client success. S/he will be responsible for overseeing enterprise-level technology development projects from kickoff through launch, coordinating and collaborating with cross-functional teams to create exceptional user experiences, while managing timeline and budget. The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational, communications and problem-solving skills, and a passion for applying cutting-edge technologies to create innovative business solutions.

We Are Looking For Someone Who:

  • Has knowledge & experience related to technology development including cloud, web, mobile and back-end and, as a bonus, IP video streaming
  • Has managed client development projects across a range of industries, technologies and project management methodologies (agile, Kanban, waterfall)
  • Has a proven ability to improve on existing practices and thrive in a culture that consistently delivers high quality software in a rapidly changing market
  • Thrives in a fast-paced startup environment and is capable of anticipating and meeting business demands
  • Is an effective communicator with both technical, business and executive team members and customers
  • Operates with a sense of urgency and has a demonstrated ability to self-motivate and push projects through from inception to post-production release
  • Values accountability and displays a high degree of integrity

Responsibilities:

  • Overall accountability for project profitability and timeline
  • Proactively manages client communications and expectations to ensure client satisfaction in partnership with internal teams
  • Defines and scopes client requirements and deliverables
  • Creates and maintains detailed project plans
  • Collaborates with internal teams and client stakeholders to creatively solve problems and brainstorm solutions
  • Coordinates tasks, assigns appropriate resources, and ensures proper task completion
  • Identifies risks, threats, or opportunities that could impact the success of the project, notifying the team and escalating issues when appropriate
  • Identifies deviations between project scope and desired deliverables, initiating change requests as needed
  • Controls quality by reviewing deliverables prior to client presentation; enhances internal and external deliverables/documents as needed; suggests process improvements as appropriate
  • Establishes a deep understanding of the client's business, processes, and procedures and applies that knowledge to affect the project's success
  • Ensures the use of best practices and applies lessons learned from previous projects; shares findings with other project management team members

Requirements:

  • 4+ years of relevant project management experience, preferably within a consulting firm or digital agency
  • Experience managing complex projects, with budgets and timelines in excess of $300k and 3 months
  • Experience in a client-facing role as the main point of contact
  • Experience coordinating, encouraging and motivating internal teams
  • Experience in, and a high comfort level with, a fast-paced, deadline-driven culture
  • Experience working in start-up and enterprise-scale environments
  • An understanding of industry trends, development principles, and project methodologies
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience

Perks:

  • Located in downtown Chicago
  • Competitive benefits package
  • Collaborating with and learning from a world class team of business professionals and technologists
  • Working with a global and diverse customer base
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Open Position

Video Engineer

As a Video Engineer you will help deliver state-of-the-art video playback experiences that allow users to stay engaged in the interactive video experiences that we deliver via our real-time streaming platforms.

We Are Looking For Someone Who:

  • Has knowledge & experience related to video streaming, cloud computing, and computer science
  • Understands the impact of delivering high quality, non-buffering playback experiences to users across a wide range of networks and devices
  • Has a proven ability to improve on existing practices and thrive in a culture that consistently delivers high quality software in a rapidly changing market
  • Thrives in a fast-paced startup environment and is capable of anticipating and meeting business demands
  • Is an effective communicator with other engineers as well as colleagues on the business side
  • Operates with a sense of urgency and has a demonstrated ability to self-motivate and push projects through from inception to post-production release
  • Values accountability and displays a high degree of integrity

Responsibilities:

  • Optimize video and audio codec usage, compression and platform support
  • Create and optimize support for additional codecs such as VP9, AV1, H265
  • Implement systems and feedback loops that allow us to optimize for KPIs related to the video playback experience
  • Collaborate with our DevOps team to put in place methods and tools for state-of-the-art content delivery
  • Collaborate on building a content encoding pipeline that encodes content using state-of-the-art methods
  • Partner with internal teams to troubleshoot streaming challenges across all supported platforms
  • Work with DRM vendors and solutions to provide studio-compliant DRM playback across all platforms
  • Follow standards bodies around audio and video compression codecs and device playback capabilities (SMTPE, W3C, DASH-IF, AV1, HDR, et al.)

Requirements:

  • BS in Computer Science
  • 4+ years of working with common encoding software such as ffmpeg, Elemental and similar
  • 4+ years of experience coding with C/C++

Bonus Points:

  • Hardware accelerated encoding and decoding experience
  • Video encoding and decoding on mobile devices (Android & iOS)

Perks:

  • Located in downtown Chicago
  • Competitive benefits package
  • Collaborating with and learning from a world class team of business professionals and technologists
  • Working with a global and diverse customer base
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Open Position

Full Stack Engineer

Phenix is hiring an experienced frontend engineer to help support the ongoing development of Phenix real-time video streaming platform that provides low-latency streaming at high quality and massive scale.

A successful candidate has significant frontend development experience, is an expert in Node.js and JavaScript and has demonstrated tenacious attention to detail.

Responsibilities: Full Stack Development in Javascript (Node.js / React)

Requirements:

  • Experience practicing SOLID development methodologies
  • Ability to write clean modular and reusable components
  • Extensive experience with Promises (e.g. bluebird, ES6)
  • Extensive experience with Node.js
  • Familiarity with video technologies
  • Familiarity with testing frameworks such as mocha
  • Experience working on large code bases
  • Experience with message-based and service-oriented architectures
  • Experience in successful triaging issues in high-volume logs of a distributed system
  • Experience with docker
  • Familiar with ssh and bash/zsh
  • Basic familiarity with cloud platforms (gcloud, oci, azure, aws)

Helpful Skills:

  • Experience with HLS/DASH workflows
  • Experience with mission critical software environments
  • Experience with React + redux (async actions (thunk or sagas), reducers, selectors)
  • Experience with HTML5 and Modular CSS
  • Knowledge of cross-browser compatibility
  • Webpack + babel/transpiling experienceExperience developing for multiple platforms (OS, devices and browsers)
  • Experience developing real-time applications
  • Experience with mobile development
  • Familiarity with amqp (RabbitMQ)
  • Familiarity with key value stores (No SQL)
  • Familiarity with web sockets
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