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Senior Engineer

Posted: 26 Mar 2021 Closes: 16 Jun 2021
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR006330

About Us

Across the FT Group, our people are united by a mission to deliver world-class information, news and services to our global audiences. We're a digital-first organisation made up of journalists, technologists, product managers, event planners, strategists, commercial and finance experts, marketing and communications specialists - and much more. Our strength is in our employees, who hail from all different backgrounds and walks of life.


Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace

At the FT, we aim for employees across all regions to have a voice so that diverse perspectives are heard and valued. We believe that a supportive workplace is one where employees feel they can be themselves at work and have the flexibility they need to meet their personal needs. We'll continue to remove barriers for all, and in particular barriers facing employees from underrepresented groups.

The Role / Position Overview

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 FT, is Specialist Titles (part of the wider FT Group Products portfolio*). 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.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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 organisation to ensure best practice in other areas is understood and adopted where it makes sense to do so.

Essential skills and experience

  • 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 optimisation.

  • Extensive current experience in either frontend development with CSS, Javascript and React or backend with NodeJS Experience with the tooling, monitoring, and engineering that enables highly fault tolerant systems in cloud environments., preferably AWSWriting automated unit and end-to-end tests – with best practice in mind – for feature development

  • Experience in A/B and multi-variant testing and the integration of tools for product experimentationAbility 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 skills and experience 

  • 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, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

The FT are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help. 



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