Be part of a growing, successful company in an exciting and challenging field. Border States is 100% employee-owned, which means you’re empowered to make decisions, find solutions and receive rewards for your hard work.


This position will be located in: Fargo, ND  



Job Summary

Creates the applications and technology innovations that drive competitive advantage in our digital world. Leads the team in helping deliver game changing solutions to support our business partner (customer, vendors) relationships. Leverages platforms such as SAP Commerce Cloud and IaaS/PaaS provider Microsoft Azure, to ensure the right tools to unlock creativity and build innovative solutions.  Works in a team-based environment with an emphasis on web, mobile and API development. Leads development efforts on front-end and back-end applications using various technologies and languages. Identifies and implements strategies to overcome or mitigate risks with regards to application architecture, performance, security and continuity and acts as a primary driver for code reviews, code standards, source control, continuous integration, deployment, testing and relevant guidelines for the team.  Builds and supports business technology applications and platforms that enable Border States to exceed our Business Partner’s (customers, vendors and sales force) expectations on our Digital Transformation journey. Leverages the latest technology, to use creativity and expertise to deliver innovative solutions. Follows agile practices and striving to continuously learn and improve provides the responsiveness and flexibility in a constantly changing business environment.


Essential Functions

  • Leads development efforts on front-end and back-end applications using various technologies and languages.
  • Makes design and development decisions, articulates them to the team and stakeholders, and executes, as needed.
  • Fulfills various testing needs through unit testing, integration testing and headless browser automation.
  • Participates in monitoring and diagnosis of applications to ensure performance, availability and security.
  • Supports and develops for the Border States integration landscape.
  • Follows SDLC methodologies as they apply for a given project.
  • Applies expertise to identify, develop and implement solutions to improve efficiency, mitigate risks and solve problems.
  • Reviews or proposes adoption of new technologies, libraries and paradigms to improve, deliver business value or efficiency.
  • Identifies and implements strategies to overcome or mitigate risks with regards to application architecture, performance, security and continuity.
  • Ensures key end-to-end architectural paradigms are considered and implemented.
  • Acts as a primary driver for code reviews, code standards, source control, continuous integration, deployment, testing and relevant guidelines for the team.
  • Promotes and maintains the identity and reputation of BSE, ensuring customer satisfaction and addressing problems and complaints as they arise.
  • Collaborates with team members to help break down requirements and provide input to help create accurate estimates.

Non-essential Functions

  • Ensures business continuity and disaster recovery documentation remains up to date as it relates to the functional area(s).
  • Stays informed of evolving technology trends, best-in-class processes and innovations.
  • Responds to IT Helpdesk incidents where appropriate and perform off-hours support as necessary.
  • Collaborates, leads and directs work effort with contractors (both on and offsite) to perform assigned duties
  • Performs other duties as assigned by manager or designate.



  • 4-year STEM degree or equivalent experience.
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience.
  • 7+ years of experience working with API’s and Web/Mobile application development.
  • Advanced knowledge in Object Oriented Programming (OOP), MVC/MVW, DI paradigms.
  • Advanced knowledge in relational database systems, SQL, OLAP and OLTP and ORM.
  • Strong experience implementing and consuming web services (RESTful, SOAP).
  • Strong understanding of web and mobile development, producing and consuming API’s, API management, integrations and enterprise application architecture.
  • Strong experience designing and developing tiered applications and architectures – e.g.: presentation, persistence, business layers.
  • Broad knowledge with multiple technologies and disciplines such as Java, .NET, application servers, operating systems, presentation frameworks, transport protocols and data formats such as JSON, XML and serialization nuances.
  • Strong experience with user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design for web or mobile applications.
  • Strong knowledge of Agile/SCRUM development methodologies.
  • Strong experience with Angular/AngularJS and Typescript/ES6.
  • Experience with unit and integration testing.


  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure
  • Experience with Spring Boot and Spring Data, Spring Security, Hibernate and JPA.
  • Experience with ElasticSearch and Kibana.
  • Experience with Git and branching.
  • Experience with the SAP Commerce Cloud and SAP Customer Experience Technology Stack
  • Understanding of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and message-oriented middleware (message brokers, queues, topics).
  • Knowledge of architecture design patterns and/or enterprise integration patterns.
  • Experience with build management, continuous integration and deployment automation.
  • Experience with cloud PaaS solutions such as AWS or Azure.
  • Experience with event-based architecture paradigms (e.g.: event sourcing, event replay, aggregates).
  • Familiarity with Cordova, Ionic or React/React Native.
  • Familiarity with JetBrains tooling (IntellIJ, Rider, WebStorm, PHPStorm, etc).

Skills and Abilities

  • Not afraid to challenge the existing ways of thinking.
  • Desire to think outside the box and passion to disrupt how wholesale distribution goes to market 
  • Ability to ensure best practices are followed and tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  • Ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Ability to perform duties with limited guidance.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize workloads.
  • Strong critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to develop completely new problem-solving approaches and formulate innovative solutions.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with customers and others.
  • Excellent customer service skills include being competent, accurate, responsive, and engaged.

Physical Requirements

Frequency at which you would carry/lift in a typical day:
Occasionally 0 – 33% Frequently 34 – 66% Continuously: 67 – 100%

  • Lift from Waist:
    • < than 10 lbs. – Not at all
    • 10 to 25 lbs. – Not at all
    • 26 to 50 lbs. – Not at all
    • 51 to 75 lbs. – Not at all
    • 75 to 100 lbs. – Not at all
    • 100+ lbs. – Not at all
  • Lift from Floor:
    • < than 10 lbs. – Frequently
    • 10 to 25 lbs. – Occasionally
    • 26 to 50 lbs. – Occasionally
    • 51 to 75 lbs. – Not at all
    • 75 to 100 lbs. – Not at all
    • 100+ lbs. – Not at all
  • Carried for Distance:
    • < than 10 lbs. – Not at all
    • 10 to 25 lbs. – Not at all
    • 26 to 50 lbs. – Not at all
    • 51 to 75 lbs. – Not at all
    • 75 to 100 lbs. – Not at all
    • 100+ lbs. – Not at all

Physical Activity

Frequency at which you would do the following in a typical day:

  • Sitting (a continuous period of being seated) – Continuously
  • Standing (for sustained periods of time) – Frequently
  • Walking (moving about on foot to accomplish tasks) – Frequently
  • Bending/stooping (downward and forward) – Occasionally
  • Crawling (moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet) – Not at all
  • Climbing/Walking Stairs (ascending or descending) – Occasionally
  • Reaching (extending arms in any direction) – Frequently
  • Crouching/squatting (bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine) – Occasionally
  • Kneeling (bending legs at knee to come to rest on knee(s)) – Occasionally
  • Balancing (maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling) – Occasionally
  • Repetitive motion (substantial movement (motions) or the wrists, hands, and/or fingers) – Continuously
  • Pivoting (movement in any direction with one foot, keeping the other in contact with the floor) – Occasionally
  • Pushing/Pulling (using upper extremities to press against or draw or tug) – Occasionally
  • Grasping (Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm) – Continuously
  • Fingering (picking, pinching, typing; working with primarily fingers and not whole hand) – Continuously
  • Talking (expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word) – Frequently
  • Driving (the control and operation of a motor vehicle) – Occasionally
  • Desk work (work usually performed at a desk) – Continuously
  • Use of a computer – Continuously
  • Use of a telephone – Occasionally
  • Hearing (Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels) – Frequently
  • Exposure (to adverse weather & temperature conditions) – Not at all
  • Travel (travel needed to perform job duties) – Occasionally

Additional Information

This job description is a summary of the job duties and responsibilities and is not intended to cover all possible job duties and is subject to change at the employer’s discretion. Employees must be able to perform the essential job duties and satisfy job requirements either with or without a reasonable accommodation.


Our History

Border States is a leader in the electrical supply distribution industry with over 100 locations in 22 states. Our employee-owners are second to none in delivering top-notch customer service and in demonstrating extra-ordinary people skills. We are one of the largest independent electrical distributors in the United States providing products and services to the construction, industrial and utility industries. Border States has a competitive benefit package and is a 100 percent employee-owned company. Employee-ownership is a significant part of our culture and our success stems from the dedication of our employee-owners. We practice open-book management and our employee-owners are empowered with clearly defined levels of authority to be innovative and decisive, allowing us to respond quickly to the needs of customers. Employee-owners understand their roles in the success of the company and care about customers’ needs, which drives our focus on adding value to everything we do. We recognize that not all customers are the same and each has specific requirements. Our employee-owners understand these diverse needs and have the commitment, resourcefulness and flexibility to outperform all others.


As a Border States employee-owner, you’re responsible for living our mission, service philosophy and service standards.

Border States provides value to our customers by delivering innovative product and supply chain solutions.

Service Philosophy
We earn customer loyalty and confidence by caring about their needs and adding value to everything we do.

Service Standards
Border States employee-owners are competent, accurate, responsive, and engaged .

Your career
Join an experienced team at one of the largest electrical distributors in the United States. What are you waiting for?


Border States has a competitive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Accident, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity
  • FSA & HSA
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Disability Benefits
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Volunteer Time
  • Personal Leave time and more!

Border States provides bonuses to their employee-owners upon the achievement of branch and company goals.


Equal Opportunity For All

It’s not just the law.  It’s something  we’ve believed in since our founding.  We value the diversity of all of our employee-owners and will always be an equal opportunity employer.


Drug Free/Smoke Free workplace