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Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an engineer to join the FT Core group as part of the Product & Technology organization within FT.

FT Core brings together key digital assets like:

  • Content and Metadata - enabling content publishing, smart metadata annotations, content discoverability and delivery in various forms and formats.

  • Search and Recommendation - offering end user search, recommendation and insights APIs bridging the gap between content and user data.

  • Print and Digital Subscriptions - powering a seamless subscription/payments and the whole newspaper distribution customer journeys

  • Access and Identity - enabling several authorisation and authentication mechanisms as well as a powerful access decision engine

  • Data Platform - enabling storing, processing and getting insights from readership data


The Access & Identity team as the name implies is responsible for two sets of capabilities - deciding whether to give access to content in different FT domains and supporting a set of different authorisation and authentication APIs as well as different functionalities regarding our B2B customers, GDPR deletion flows and users' profiles.

You will be responsible for delivering innovative technical solutions as you build and operate world class platforms. You will have the autonomy, within defined guard rails, to select the tools and technologies you need to build and operate services.

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:

  • Java (Spring Boot, Dropwizard)

  • Go Lang

  • Kubernetes (EKS)

  • AWS

  • Node.js

  • Elixir

  • GraphQL

  • Cron and kubernetes jobs

  • Jenkins

  • DynamoDB

  • Kafka


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

  • Work directly with product managers and senior stakeholders to fully shape solutions from inception to deployment and beyond

  • Work within a team of engineers in an agile delivery team

  • Design and implement low maintenance, well monitored, secure and scalable solutions, from cradle to grave

  • Understand and play an active part in designing the architecture, tooling and release cycle processes used by the engineering teams across Product & Technology

  • Contribute to company-wide processes, frameworks and guidelines

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


The ideal candidate profile is


  • Good command of written and spoken English

  • Highly proficient in Java, Go or Node.js

  • Has a track record of delivering well engineered solutions using current technologies and best practices such as SOLID, TDD, CI/CD and pair programming

  • An active member of the broader technology community with an understand of current leading trends

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

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

  • Good working experience of at least one cloud infrastructure, ideally AWS

  • Good SQL knowledge

  • Comfortable working in a Linux environment

  • Being able to establish and be promoter of good coding and engineering practices

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

  • Being able to mentor other team members


  • Experience in an environment where operational support and monitoring of code and systems is part of the culture (DevOps)

  • Experience designing and developing RESTful APIs

  • Experience with Spring or Dropwizard Java Frameworks is a plus

  • Ability to accurately monitor and analyse system performance using tools like Grafana

  • Holds an industry certification in a key platform, tool or domain used within Engineering at the FT. This could be any relevant certification but currently we are recommending it's an AWS Associate certificate


Our Social Package includes

  • 25 days annual paid leave

  • Annual bonus scheme

  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program

  • Life Insurance (after first 6 months)

  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Leave policy

  • Food Vouchers

  • Multisport Card

  • Work-life balance and work from home practice

  • Both in house and external training programs

  • Your own training dedicated budget (for conferences, courses etc.)


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