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Lead Software Engineer - FT Specialist

Posted: 29 Apr 2021 Closes: 5 Jul 2021
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR006480

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.

A key part of the business, providing significant revenue and contribution to the Financial Times, is Specialist Titles (part of the wider FT Professionalportfolio). This is an exciting time for Specialist Titles as we are creating a large new cross functional product & technology team in Sofia to support the needs of this part of the business

FT Specialist is entering a new era. We have a golden opportunity to renew our technology estate, to use best practices and to build a modern sustainable technology stack that will underpin the success of the business for years to come.

We are looking for Lead Software Engineer who will be responsible for:

  • Help with technical decision-making to support the technology strategy

  • Aid and support personal development of more junior team-members

  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the business domains within FT Specialist. Use that understanding to shape the development of the platforms you build.

  • Work within the department's strategy and guardrails, and contribute to their ongoing refinement.

  • Have a practical approach to working with a large portfolio of products that leverage a diverse range of technologies.

  • Communicate widely within the organization to ensure best practice in other areas is understood and adopted where it makes sense to do so.

We are looking for Lead Software Engineer with the following skills/ experience:

Essential

  • Extensive experience using the wide range of technologies and patterns required to build modern web products and services along with the tools that enable their creation. From CDNs, networking, cloud infrastructure and databases through to performance tuning and optimization.

  • Extensive current experience in either frontend development with CSS, JavaScript and React or backend with Node.js

  • Experience with the tooling, monitoring, and engineering that enables highly fault tolerant systems in cloud environments.

  • Writing automated unit and end-to-end tests – with best practice in mind – for feature development

  • Ability to clearly reason about and articulate reasoning behind technical trade-offs (e.g. red/blue technical debt)

  • Able to balance the customer and business product needs with those needed to build high quality products.

  • Understand the importance of diversity and equality in a well functioning team

  • Be able to communicate clearly and concisely

Desirable

  • An understanding of modern front-end development

  • Have built software using the 12 factor methodology

  • You have an understanding of design and UX principles.

  • Understanding of web technologies, their strengths and weaknesses, and their impact on users in performance and accessibility.

  • Instrumenting for observability and operability

What’s in it for you? Our Benefits:

Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidized gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

We are looking forward meeting you so send us your CV!

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