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Data Engineer

Posted: 25 Jan 2021 Closes: 26 Apr 2021
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005939

Company & Department Context

The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world’s leading business news and information organisations. We are recognised globally for our authority, integrity and accuracy. We provide a broad range of essential services, including news, comment, data and analysis, to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.

We think the Financial Times is a great place to work: we have a technical stack that is cutting edge - employing cloud-based, microservices architectures and using a wide range of open source and commercial technologies; our product development methodologies are very current - using a data driven approach, empowering everyone to understand and to delight our customers; our engineers are free to choose the tools they need and are able to influence the development process. Importantly, we ensure staff also have the ability to achieve a good work life balance.

Position Summary 

An exciting opportunity for a data engineer to join the Product & Technology department, of a growing business and a globally recognised brand.  Working in teams with Sofia or in distributed teams in London and Sofia, you will be responsible for delivering innovative technical solutions as you build and operate world class platforms to grow the Financial Times strategic business models. You will have the autonomy, to select the tools and technologies you need to build and operate services responsible for FT brand critical capabilities. Someone who is comfortable with the ever changing technical landscape and is keen to contribute to the company’s processes and broader know how would thrive in this role.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work directly with product owners and senior stakeholders to fully shape solutions from inception to deployment and beyond.

  • Maintain and monitor the quality of the data within the Content & Metadata platform. 

  • Maintain and monitor the quality of the data in the Knowledge Graph supported by the C&M team.

  • Collaborate with 3-rd party vendors providing NLP capabilities and evaluate the quality of their services.

  • Contribute to company-wide processes, frameworks and guidelines.

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of FT’s underlying data and data flow, data structures.

  • Develop a close relationship with our customers and provide operational support

Person Specification (Candidate Profile): 


  • Good command of written and spoken English.

  • Experience in modern database technologies (AWS/cloud-based/in-memory etc.), scripting languages,.

  • Good database design and development skills in any relational database technology (MySQL, PostgreSQL)

  • Experience with document based databases (MongoDB).

  • Experience working with data sources of varying volumes, variety and velocity

  • Good knowledge of optimisation techniques like indexing/performance tuning on both relational and document based databases.


  • Experience working with Graph oriented databases such as Neo4j.

  • Experience with taxonomy or ontology management tools (Smartlogic - Semaphore)

  • Experience working as part of an Agile delivery team, using methodologies like Scrum or Kanban.

Personal Attributes

  • Inquisitive, innovative, lateral thinking

  • Thorough/attention to detail

  • A proactive and determined approach to problem solving

  • A passion and aptitude for working with business data

  • Capable of prioritising multiple streams of work, in varying states of completion

  • Have a passion for the web, digital and emerging technologies

  • A natural collaborator and team player 

The Financial Times Ltd. committed to equality of opportunity. We are determined to create a diverse group at all levels of our Company and we welcome all members of the community we serve to apply for openings with us.

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