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Senior Software Engineer

Posted: 16 Apr 2020 Closes: 17 Aug 2020
London (37.5 hours) Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005050

Register Your Interest with the FT for our 2020 Senior Software Engineer (Customer Products) - Talent Pool

The Talent team here at the Financial Times are continuously on the lookout for talented, innovative problem solvers to join our Technology team here at the FT.

We might not be actively hiring at your level right now, but if your background is particularly interesting it would be great to have a chat and consider you for upcoming positions later on in the year. 

Click Apply Now to register your details for our Senior Engineer (Customer Products) Talent Pool 2020. 

About us

The Customer Products group works on our award winning website, iOS and Android apps.

We are a multi-disciplinary, co-located team. We value transparency, accountability, shared responsibility and teamwork. We’re focused on our users and the FT’s mission to provide engaging world-class journalism.

Most Engineers work across the entire stack, although many have expertise with particular technologies and domains, for example client-side, performance, accessibility, building APIs, security and integration. We deploy to production many times a day and have full ownership of releases, the tools we use and site reliability.

What you’ll work on

  • Develop new features for and our mobile apps using modern web technologies

  • Collaborate with Product Owners, Delivery Managers, and UX Designers, contributing ideas to help achieve our company-wide goals

  • Maintain our high standards for web performance, security and accessibility

  • Help improve the way we work and the tools we use

Our technology

Here’s a list of things we use a lot. It’s not exhaustive, but gives you a taste of what our stack and tools look like:

  • Node.js; Heroku; AWS Lambda, Kinesis, and DynamoDB

  • Elasticsearch; Neo4j; Redis; GraphQL

  • Handlebars; Sass; Webpack; Preact

  • Fastly and VCL

  • Github; CircleCI; Sentry

  • Graphite; Grafana; Splunk

We don’t expect you to have worked with all of these, it will be a bonus for us if you have worked with some of them.

To find out more you can read about how we route traffic on and have a look at the code we make public on GitHub. You can also get an insight into how we work from our FT Product & Technology Medium publication.

About you

Your core skill set and expertise is web development and you're enthusiastic about contributing to all parts of the process.

Our ideal candidate will bring a unique point of view to the work that we do. We firmly believe that diverse perspectives help us create a great product and enhance the team.

Characteristics we value

  • Keen to take action whilst being pragmatic

  • Attention to detail and common sense

  • Being collaborative

  • Enjoy learning and teaching — whether that be pair programming, lightning talks, good documentation, leading workshops or mentoring more junior members of the team

  • A love of the web, an interest performance and dedication to accessibility

  • An understanding of design and UX principles

  • An avoidance of frameworks, to get things done you prefer the tools that are right for the use case and frameworks only where necessary.

Our hiring process

We understand that tech interviews are often stressful for no good reason, so we designed our interview process to be rigorous but friendly. We don’t do whiteboard coding or peer over your shoulder when you’re writing code.

We’re committed to equality and diversity in the tech industry, so we’ll be especially happy to see applications from under-represented backgrounds. We encourage this for example by considering part time roles and flexible working hours as well as tuning the hiring process to promoting diversity.

We have recently published our Engineering Progression framework and associated competencies for a Software Engineer.

What it’s like to work for us

Customer Products has over thirty engineers working in small cross-functional teams with 

opportunities to rotate to other teams.

We ensure engineers have the tools they need. People are free to choose the OS and device type that suits them, and we encourage exploration of new tools and techniques. We support informal knowledge sharing alongside more formal training opportunities.


Click Apply Now to register your details for our Senior Engineer (Customer Products) Talent Pool 2020. 


Life at the FT

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community. We have offices in more than 35 cities, including London, New York, Hong Kong, Beijing, Manila, Sofia, San Francisco and Tokyo. 

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. UK benefits include:


  • 25 days paid holiday annually, extending to 30 after two years plus the option of additional flexi-days at 30% pay

  • Double matched pension contributions up to 12% if you are 44 and under, and up to 16% from age 45 and over

  • Healthcare and Dental Scheme

  • Income Protection and Life Assurance

  • Child Care Vouchers

  • Season Ticket Loans

  • Eyecare Vouchers

  • Cycle to Work Scheme

  • Paid Volunteer Days

  • Charity Matching 

  • Flexible Working 

  • Subsidised Gym Membership

  • Employee Wellbeing Services. 

For the best round-up of some of the things you can expect from life at the FT, follow @LifeatFT on Twitter. 

Further Information

The FT is 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. 

Click Apply Now to register your details for our Senior Engineer (Customer Products) Talent Pool 2020. 

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