Font Engineer

Sunnyvale, CA
Job Terms:
up to ~$90/hr DOE
Start date:
Posted By:
Sara Truesdale

Job Description:

Our client's Marketing Communications group oversees all advertising and marketing to ensure the flawless development and execution of world-class communications.
In the role of Font Developer you will build fonts for the client's marketing needs worldwide to ensure a cohesive and quality typographic experience for customers across all marketing communications.
You will join a team of specialists who ensure high-quality design standards for brand identity graphics and typography.

Key Qualifications
You have a track record of collaborating with designers and engineers to develop fonts.
You have deep understanding of font development and editing tools such as FontLab Studio 5, Glyphs, FontForge and or RoboFont.
You have a passion for typography and experience with non-Latin and complex scripts for an international audience.
You have good technical skills and experience with source management systems, preferably Git and Subversion (SVN).
You can follow the special requirements of Mac Software Engineering for font source management as well as font security protocols.
You can work effectively with creative directors to achieve desired results for brand typography.
You have scripting skills, preferably Python.
You are familiar with command line editing tools such as AFDKO, TTX fontTools and/or client's Font Tool Suite (FTX)
You can ensure that our fonts work effectively across a wide variety of marketing media including web fonts, OEM print requirements, video, AR.
You understand SWQA methodology for multi-platform web fonts and desktop fonts.
You can receive font sources from regional developers and integrate them with the client's Latin font used on marketing communications.
You are familiar with tools such as TTX fontTools, fontmake and Fontbakery to create reliable cross-platform infrastructures.
You possess excellent critical thinking, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills.
You possess strong familiarity with Unicode principles.
Your past experience with Adobe, OpenType, and AAT shaping and layout tables is a plus.

Maintains a wide range of font repositories for marketing communications fonts' requirements such as .ttc, .ttf .otf. .woff, etc.
Builds marketing communication fonts to meet both standard and unique format
Works with designers, engineers, and producers to launch new regional fonts as client expands its marketing worldwide.
Works multi-functionally to respond to and fix bugs, iterate on existing font features, and launch new features, from concept to deployment.
Finds ways to optimize and improve existing pipeline and tools to help improve the delivery of Interactive web fonts.
Explore new font technologies such as variable fonts that will improve delivery systems and web page performance.
Explore technical options as they become available for subsetting CJK web fonts dynamically.
Works with design teams to support the brand typography experience worldwide.
Promotes software development standard methodologies and upholds team standards.

A Bachelor's degree or at least four years of relevant industry experience is preferred.

Client Description:

Our client, a leader in consumer electronics, is one of the greatest, most innovative, world-changing companies ever created! More like a cluster of start-ups versus a large company, they are single-handedly credited with creating some of the most impactful products of this generation.

Working alongside some of the brightest and most talented people, the work you do here will add up to something big that could not be done anywhere else.  There is no doubt that your best work will be brought out achieving some hefty goals at a heroic pace.

One thing we know is that you WILL NOT ever be bored.​

Here are some more things you can expect:

  • Wi-fi equipped shuttle service
  • Free parking
  • Onsite cafeteria

WORKING WITH AQUENT: long-term assignments with Aquent gets you access to some pretty cool things:
- You're paid weekly
- Subsidized health (including term life and LTD) and dental benefits after your first four weeks of work (averaging at least 20 hrs/wk)
- Access to Fidelity 401(k)
- Access to FSA Program
- Direct deposit for your pay check
- Access to our Talent Rewards Program (we reward for referrals!)
- Access to free online courses via Aquent's Gymnasium, to help you develop your skills: http://gymnasium.aquent.com/
- Access to free online courses via Lynda.com
- Aquent support: your Aquent Agent checks in with you during the course of your contract to make sure you're happy and progressing according to your expectations (we're also there to be looking for new opportunities for you when you're close to wrapping up)