We are SpringTree: two software engineers that decided to cut out the middle men. Our customers ideas and challenges became distorted by the time they reached our drawing board so we decided it was time for a change. Between us we have almost 30 years of experience as software architects working in both small and very large organizations. With SpringTree we can now unleash all our potential tempered with the experience of various successful projects at some major players in the Netherlands.
Who wouldn't want to solve puzzles for a living? Puzzles of technology versus requirements and puzzles of time and effort. We love a good challenge.
Our biggest kick however comes from finding simple and elegant solutions to complicated challenges. Creating order where most would only see chaos. We live in a turbulent time technology wise and keeping up with all the changes is part of the fun to us. Our surfboard is riding the wave of all things web and mobile.
Mobile is here. A new channel has emerged where you want your business, services or voice to be heard. Our software development approach aims to reuse as much as possible between traditional browser solutions and the new mobile space. Even the server side of things shares in the re-usability. We leverage the power of emerging mobile devices and the latest web browsers while still supporting the tried and tested software of today. When it comes to mobile we believe the best apps are those that are focused and simple to use.
We live in a world of poly-fills, frameworks, isomorphic code, responsive design and progressive enhancements. All these things might seem like alien technology to you but that shouldn't be a problem. When someone builds a house for you it doesn’t matter how the mortar is mixed or how much is applied and where. You only need to know the purpose of the mortar and be confident in the builders ability to apply it. We can explain the purpose of all those pieces of alien technology because we have successfully applied them before. We firmly believe in using the proper tool for the proper job. Technology (like people) also has its failing and short comings. We don’t sugar-coat those as we believe in clarity and honesty when it comes to limitations. Like the SpringTree we prefer to be firmly rooted in Terra firma.
The problems and challenges you face as a business might be similar to what others are going through. Your business and the way you practice it however is unique to who you are and the same applies to us. Ideally IT solutions should shape themselves to your business not the other way around. In practice some middle ground must be reached favoring the business side of things. The only way to reach middle ground is to have a good discussion and therefor we would love to talk with you and exchange ideas. Over the years we have noticed that by pooling our customers ideas with our own creates the best results. Often times resulting in smaller and more successful projects then bigger prestige projects.
Yet I am now faced with a devilish dilemma: A few years ago I founded a small business with a like-minded software architect called; SpringTree. We were tired of being 'managed' by people who did not understand software development, and did not think it necessary, after all it was about earning money.
Hence our logo; a 'spring tree'. We have our roots firmly in the clay. Read; we prefer to write software every day. We know what we're doing. In addition; innovation is very important to us. We're not afraid of change (kill your darlings) hence the "spring" part. It is no exception that we decide, in the middle of a project; "Ok ... that was not the best solution, we need a different approach" and then just do it differently.
Now a few years later we have grown quite a bit. We are now five strong, excluding offshore and hiring. And we continue to grow. Customers are satisfied and keep coming back. So back to my dilemma; I have to recruit people. I must convice people who do not know me that my customers are the best, that my company is the best, and that you would be crazy to avoid the chance to work at SpringTree. But if we are honest; I do not know you, you do not know me. You have no idea who my customers are and what people work at SpringTree.
I am looking for software engineers. People who "understand how it works". If you are still doing what you have learned at school, or from your first employer; then you may not be what we are looking for. If you're not interested in front-end technology and prefer to do only back-end; then you may not be what we are looking for. A SpringTree software developer can build an API in a Kubernetes cluster, as well as creating an iOS app, just as well as creating a web portal in Angular and TypeScript. If you don't know how to do all these things yet? No problem, as long as you want (and can) learn it.
Ok, this is not your average vacancy, but we are not an your average company. We are looking for people who "understand how it works". People who do not hesitate to drink a cup of coffee with an unknown company that write wierd vacancies like this.
I'd like to extend an invitation to you to join us for a cup of coffee on the 29th floor of the WTC Almere. (see photo) to learn more about SpringTree and what we do. And maybe, just maybe, you become enthusiastic (and we too) and you come to work with us. And maybe it's only going to be a cup of coffee and a beautiful view and that's good too.
With kind regards,
Jan van den Berg
Send your resume, including code you have written that you are proud of, to firstname.lastname@example.org If you have a GitHub account, let us know.