iOSiOS Developer Job Description Template

An iOS developer is responsible for developing applications for mobile devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system. Ideally, a good iOS developer is proficient with one of the two programming languages for this platform: Objective-C or Swift. They must also have a strong understanding of the patterns and practices that revolve around the iOS platform.

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An iOS developer is responsible for developing applications for mobile devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system. Ideally, a good iOS developer is proficient with one of the two programming languages for this platform: Objective-C or Swift. If you are looking for a Swift developer specifically, please refer to our Swift Developer Job Description Template. iOS developers must also have a strong understanding of the patterns and practices that revolve around the iOS platform.

Writing a good job description and advertisement for an iOS developer requires an emphasis to be placed on the specific technologies necessary for the project. When you are looking for an advanced iOS developer to fill a specific niche, posting a generic iOS developer description in your job ad will bring numerous applications from people who are unfamiliar with the required technologies or have very limited knowledge of the platform as a whole.

This article will provide you with a sample iOS developer job description that will help you write a perfect job ad, and assure that you easily find and hire the person that matches your specific criteria.

iOS Developer - Job Description and Ad Template

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Company Introduction

{{Write a short and catchy paragraph about your company. Make sure to provide information about the company’s culture, perks, and benefits. Mention office hours, remote working possibilities, and everything else you think of that makes your company interesting.}}

Job Description

We are looking for an iOS developer responsible for the development and maintenance of applications aimed at a range of iOS devices including mobile phones and tablet computers. Your primary focus will be development of iOS applications and their integration with back-end services. You will be working alongside other engineers and developers working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and the creation of quality products is essential.

Responsibilities

  • Design and build applications for the iOS platform
  • Ensure the performance, quality, and responsiveness of applications
  • Collaborate with a team to define, design, and ship new features
  • Identify and correct bottlenecks and fix bugs
  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization
  • {{Add other responsibilities here that are relevant}}

Skills

  • Proficient with Objective-C or Swift {{depending on project requirements}}, and Cocoa Touch
  • Experience with iOS frameworks such as Core Data, Core Animation, etc.
  • Experience with offline storage, threading, and performance tuning
  • Familiarity with RESTful APIs to connect iOS applications to back-end services
  • Knowledge of other web technologies and UI/UX standards
  • Understanding of Apple’s design principles and interface guidelines
  • Knowledge of low-level C-based libraries is preferred
  • Experience with performance and memory tuning with tools {{such as Instruments and Shark, depending on project needs}}
  • Familiarity with cloud message APIs and push notifications
  • Knack for benchmarking and optimization
  • Proficient understanding of code versioning tools {{such as Git, Mercurial or SVN}}
  • Familiarity with continuous integration
  • {{Make sure to mention any frameworks, libraries, or any other technology relevant to your project}}
  • {{List education level or certification you require}}
See also:Toptal’s growing, community-driven list of essential iOS interview questions

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