Principal WordPress Engineer


We are very flexible with working arrangements - and mostly work async. We consider application for a 4 day work week

  • 4 day week offered
  • Remote, Worldwide

What You’ll Do at XWP

Provide Technical leadership

  • Lead out some of our most complex and challenging large scale enterprise WordPress projects, making decisions in alignment with organizational goals
  • Write clear, readable, maintainable, production-ready code and provide in-depth code review to team members
  • Serve as an expert within XWP for multiple codebases and related skillsets (Backend, Frontend, Web Performance, Gutenberg), including the breadth of components and how they interact
  • Take responsibility for organizational practices and processes and their continuous improvement
  • Foster a culture of mentoring and support others in their growth as mentors
  • Promote big picture prioritization, clearly communicated expectation setting, and cost-vs-value economic thinking across the organization

Be An Engaged Team Member

  • Deliver praise and constructive feedback across the organization and work to foster a culture of seeking out feedback and using it as a tool for growth
  • Demonstrate the cultural value of effective communication: Identifying the audience and listening to understand
  • Foster a culture of documentation and knowledge sharing, where people are encouraged to share in a respectful manner

Write Secure, Performant, Scalable Code

  • Develop custom WordPress plugins for use at enterprise scale
  • Create custom React-based Gutenberg Blocks
  • Utilize WordPress technologies like WP-CLI and the WP-REST-API
  • Use package management and build tools as part of CI/CD workflows
  • Implement WordPress, PHP, Javascript and CSS best practices across projects
  • Debug across a wide range of browsers and devices

Strategic impact

  • Support our organization's strategies and how they relate to the engineering discipline, our processes, workflows and technical guidelines
  • Understand and work at a strategic level, influencing decisions to achieve organizational alignment on major goals and ensure successful implementation
  • Actively seek to create or redefine roadmaps across the organization with project & business counterparts

What Success Looks Like

  • Growing the percentage of projects using the tools and processes from our documented best practices
  • XWPs tools and processes are helping our team, our clients, and the greater WordPress community
  • Client projects delivered on time and on budget
  • Contribute to our community in a visible way, further establishing expertise and leadership
  • Engineers feel supported to deliver quality solutions and code efficiently
  • You’ve invested in learning and developing your skills

Payscale & Benefits

  • Trust and support from your colleagues (we look out for each other and work together towards our shared goals and vision)
  • The rewards of a highly collaborative culture (we’re a team, not a working group)
  • Remote work done right! High levels of flexibility, skip the commute, time to invest in family, caregiving, and interests outside of work
  • The chance to play an important part in helping XWP achieve its full potential and make a meaningful difference for our clients, team members and the open web
  • An expected starting salary range of USD $110,000 to $135,000 or contractor rates of $65-$85/hr
  • Unleash+ allowance of $2,500 per year to enrich your life, and other benefits


Apply now (link below) and tell us about yourself, what this role will mean to you, and why you are who we’re seeking. If you’re not the person we are looking for, please share this with anyone you know who might be!

We build world-class web solutions for enterprise media and technology companies.

Working Week

We are very flexible with working arrangements - and mostly work async. We consider application for a 4 day work week

Our 4 day week = any day off

Remote Working Policy

We are a fully distributed remote team located in 18 different countries.

  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Poland
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • UK

Company Benefits

  • Healthcare (US, Canada, Aus)
  • 401(k) contribution (US)
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Dentalcare (US, Canada, Aus)
  • Company retreats
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 80 across 13 departments:

  • engineering
  • education
  • operations
  • arts and design
  • sales
  • marketing
  • +7 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

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