James Andrew Smith

Senior Software Engineer
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James Andrew Smith

Senior Software Engineer

Senior Software engineer with 16 years of experience in full-stack development, technical leadership, and unique insights into delivering and scaling software. Proven experience with React/TypeScript, system languages, and associated principles. Direct impact and technical influence on organizations ranging from 3 to 50+ engineers.


  • Focusing on front-end, but with equally vast depth of knowledge in back-end, infrastructure, and cloud providers; including C#, Node.js, SQL, Kubernetes, Docker/LXC, git, and bash
  • Active community member through speaking and OSS contributions; including Gatsby, Cypress, Glamorous, VS Code Grammarly, VersionOne SDKs and component library, Coder Dojo lessons, Hacktoberfest
  • Experience with Kanban, Scrum, XP, and other techniques enabling agility
  • Polyglot programmer with interest in Python, Elixir, and Rust

Work Experience

Senior Software Engineer (64)

- MicrosoftRemote

Influential technical leader, mentor, overseeing delivery of high profile projects coordinated across 4 teams, with a focus on React, C#, GraphQL and microservices operating CMS driving all content for support.microsoft.com, Office applications, and Windows.

C#, TypeScript, Node.js, React, Redux, GraphQL, Azure, TDD, XP, microservices, distributed systems design

  • Achieved 90% reduction in key user-facing performance metrics through design and execution of CQRS and federated GraphQL in a distributed application architecture; leadership to plan and deliver across 3 teams
  • Expand technical leadership to 3 teams and mentor 5 engineers; including concrete applications of SOLID, React ecosystem, C#, federated GraphQL, and microservice architecture
  • Increase test coverage from 0% to 52% through institution of unit and component testing via Jest and Cypress; advocate practitioner for pragmatic TDD
  • Reduce time creating and communicating project timelines to leadership by ~80% by engineering forecasting tool, leveraging AI and historical data without requiring estimates
  • Reduce CI times by 83% via improving reliability with Yarn PnP, reducing complexity with Nx, and breaking monolithic apps into small packages

Lead Front-End Engineer

- Experience, LLCRemote

Guided all aspects of front-end development for 2 teams, communicated with stakeholders and executive leadership, ensured experiences that delight customers.

Java, Groovy, Grails, TypeScript, Node.js, React, Redux, TDD, Jest, Cypress, Docker, AWS, microservices, SCRUM, git

  • Leveraged data science and customer feedback to accelerate delivery of consistent user experiences with introduced design language and React component library
  • Established "Three Amigos" process drove improved alignment of delivered value with 75% reduction of engineering time investment, increasing the team velocity by 20%
  • Guided 3 teams of engineers; React, Redux, TypeScript, innovated usage of TDD and Cypress E2E testing and automation

Senior Software Engineer

- VersionOne, CollabNetAtlanta, GA (Hybrid)

Technical lead for over 3 high-profile features on flagship ALM product; including road mapping, time sheets, UI query filters in an XP and TDD environment.

C#, MVC.NET, Node.js, JavaScript, React, Redux, jQuery, AngularJS, Backbone.JS, TDD, XP, Kanban, gulp, git

  • Modernized front-end by owning adoption of React, Redux stack across 4 teams; comprehensive refactor of custom ES5 modules to ES6 and reduction of technology stacks
  • Established adoption of React as primary front-end technology stack used by 5 teams across 2 products; systematically replacing fragmented framework usages of jQuery, AngularJS, and Backbone.JS
  • Streamlined processes between UX and Engineering through the creation of React based component library and design language documentation; tested via Cypress and Storybook
  • Owned OSS JavaScript SDK with high impact to third party integrations; driving many internal business processes of Fortune 500 companies

Senior Software Engineer

- MATRIX Professional ServicesAtlanta, GA (Hybrid)

Engineer and coach, focused on full-stack development in C#, JavaScript, React, and TDD, for major clients. Presented a total of over 6 workshops; topics ranging from TDD, SOLID principles, and git.

C#, MVC.NET, PHP, Node.js, JavaScript, React, jQuery, KnockoutJS, TDD, Jasmine, Karma, MSTest, SCRUM, grunt, git

  • Prepared redesigned checkout process for a major e-commerce store; reducing steps to action by 50% and increasing sales by an undisclosed amount
  • Reduced defects in new features by ~60% through of testing mechanisms, including jasmine, mocha, chai, sinon, and karma, and CI automation via gulp and grunt
  • React early adopter; pioneered usage and incorporation into company's core competencies; including training of 7+ engineers
  • Founded company craftsman fellowship program and curriculum; onboarding 2 new hires into the program

Software Engineer

- MModalAtlanta, GA

Excelled in an position focused on Fluency for Coding, a medical coding and billing web application.

Web Application Developer

- Response Mine InteractiveAtlanta, GA

Guided design of custom CMS to manage content across over 10 web properties.

Senior Software Engineer

- DAXKOBirmingham, AL

SCRUM team, produced operational and membership management software for non-profits.

Software Engineer 3

- MedSEEKBirmingham, AL

Improved e-healthcare platform, Coldstone; leveraged by hospitals and healthcare providers.

Software Engineer 3

- Intermark InteractiveBirmingham, AL

Delivered features for high-profile BuyAToyota.com; handling Toyota's third tier marketing.

Adjunct Faculty

- Columbus Technical CollegeColumbus, GA

Taught web development and general computing courses; ensuring student preparedness for workforce.


Mentor - Community


Co-Organizer - ReactATL


Workshop Host - Learn Redux by Building It

Workshop Host - Connect.Tech Conference - React

Speaker - Connect.Tech Conference - Intro to React

Speaker - Meetup - React with GraphQL

Speaker - Connect.Tech Conference - Let's Talk about Flux

Speaker - Meetup - Let's Talk about Flux


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Columbus State UniversityColumbusGA