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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 are committed to excellence and integrity and the best traditions of the FT.

 

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.

 

Overview: Team and Role

The FT is looking for a Senior Engineer to join the Cloud Enablement team to help us build and operate our AWS and Heroku cloud platforms effectively. The team enables other technology teams at the FT to deliver systems quickly, safely and cost effectively using cloud technologies. 

We’re committed to equality and diversity in the tech industry, and want to encourage applications from underrepresented backgrounds. We support and encourage flexible working, to be as inclusive as we can.

What you will work on

  • Develop solutions that help us run and govern a large AWS and Heroku cloud estate

  • Provide self-service APIs, tools and support that enable our tech teams to use cloud platforms quickly, safely and cost effectively

  • 10% time - a half day every week to work on your own projects and develop your skills

 

Tech we work with

We use the following technologies a lot: Python; Git; GoCD; AWS; Heroku; Lambda; API Gateway; CloudFormation; Config Rules; S3; Cloudhealth. 

We don’t expect you to have worked with all of these but experience with some of them will be a bonus.

 

Key responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team using modern engineering practices including simple design, test-driven development, continuous delivery, defining infrastructure as code and service monitoring.

  • Be responsible for the development of high quality software - from idea through to delivery, into production and including ongoing maintenance.

  • Help to mentor junior team members and share technical knowledge within the team.

  • Provide support to other delivery teams at the FT, helping them to use cloud platforms efficiently, safely, and cost effectively.

 

Skills we are looking for

  • Strong programming and engineering skills with Python and working with AWS.

  • A natural bias towards test driving solution development.

  • Ability to take ownership of outcomes, and feel responsible for ensuring systems are available and operating well.

  • Understanding of the principles of continuous delivery and infrastructure as code.

  • Understanding of risk, cyber security and governance functions and building secure solutions.

 

Characteristics we value

  • Dedication to technical excellence, quality, security and reliability.

  • Effective communication and collaboration. We work together a lot. 

  • Knowing when a task is done, and steering others to complete tasks or decisions.

  • Ability to decide appropriately when to buy versus build, and to communicate the reasons

 

The hiring process

After we review your application, the first stage will be a short video call with our Technical Recruiter. Following this we will invite you to meet with senior engineers and other members of FT Product & Technology. As part of this, the first step is a pair programming exercise in Python, with the aim of allowing you to demonstrate your strengths. This technical interview will be followed by a final stage cultural interview where we'll be able to decide whether we're a fit for each other.

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

 

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.

 

Hybrid working / office location

Whilst we are currently operating 100% remotely, we will be moving to a hybrid model from April 2022 onwards. Our hybrid setup means staff are expected to come into the office 2 days a week on average. We operate flexibly and thus this 2 day a week figure should be taken as a general ratio of the time you will spend in the office.

Our office is located across the street from St. Paul's Cathedral and is easily accessible from all corners of London. There are the main train terminals such as Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Blackfriars, City Thameslink or Waterloo all situated within walking distance or there are several tube stations within a few mins walk such as Mansion House (District or Circle line), St. Paul's (Central line), Bank (Central or Waterloo & City line) or Barbican (Central, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan lines).

 

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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