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Senior Software Engineer

Posted: 5 Oct 2020 Closes: 22 Dec 2020
Sofia FT Competitive
Permanent & Full-time JR005492

Company & Department Context

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. Join us and find an inclusive and fast-paced environment with unique opportunities to support every step of your career. Learn more about the FT, including announcements and career opportunities, at

Position summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an engineer to join the FT Core group as part of Product & Technology organisation within FT that brings together key digital assets like:

  • Content and Metadata - enabling content publishing, smart metadata annotations, content discoverability and delivery in various forms and formats.
  • Membership - powering a seamless subscription/payments/access and the whole newspaper distribution customer journeys
  • Data Platform - enabling storing, processing and getting insights from readership data

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.

The Content and Metadata team is responsible for the digital content publishing pipelines within Financial Times. Once processed the content is annotated both manually and automatically with smart metadata and delivered in various formats to the consumers. The content annotation mechanism is powered by a comprehensive knowledge graph and artificial intelligence

We have recently published our <Engineering Progression framework and associated competencies for a Software Engineer relevant to this position

The Tech stack

We often use these, it's not an exhaustive list but gives you a taste of what our technology stack and tools look like:

  • Programming languages: Go, Java & Nodejs

  • Various DBs - MongoDB, Neo4j, MySQL

  • AWS & Heroku

  • Docker, Kubernetes, Helm

  • Grafana, Splunk, Pingdom

  • Jenkins, CircleCI

The 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 have tech tests requiring minimal code writing and algorithms understanding, a friendly system design exercise and a set of questions to encourage you to tell us about your strengths and what makes you happy at work.

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 by considering flexible working hours as well as tuning the hiring process to promote diversity.

This role will be right for you if you are happy to:

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

  • Work within (with an opportunity to lead) a team of engineers in an agile delivery team

  • Tackle complex technical challenges that you have never faced before.

  • Learn new things and adapt quickly to the constantly changing technology landscape.

  • Write design documents and architectural diagrams from functional specifications.

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

  • Be a team player with focus on the importance of cross team communication and collaboration.

The ideal candidate profile is:


  • Good command of written and spoken English

  • High proficiency with one of the two programming languages used in the Content & Metadata platform  - Go and Java, but we are open to people willing to learn Go even if they don’t have Java proficiency.

  • Proficiency using cloud infrastructure providers such as AWS or GCP

  • Experience in provisioning cloud infrastructure as code

  • Good understanding of the principles and trade-offs of a microservices architecture

  • Experience with monitoring of production systems

  • Experience in using third party solutions

  • Being able to mentor other team members

  • Being able to establish and be promoter of good code practices

  • Being able to architect and lead the development of solutions based on functional requirements


  • Experience with graph databases 

  • Experience with Kubernetes & Helm

  • Experience with distributed systems

  • Proficiency using Docker

What is 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, medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages and subsidised gym memberships. Full details of our benefits can be found here.

Further Information

At the FT, we are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer that 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. We aim to treat all employees in a fair and consistent manner, promote good working relationships to encourage high standards of conduct and performance within a work environment free from harassment, bullying and discrimination. 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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