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Position & Team Summary

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

A key part of the business, providing significant revenue and contribution to the FT, is Specialist Titles. 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.

FT Specialist brings together a portfolio of niche digital publications, including ones with more than 160 years of tradition.

You will have the autonomy to select the tools and technologies you need to build and operate services responsible for FT Specialist 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.

Working in the FT Specialist team you will be responsible for delivering innovative technical solutions as you build and operate world class platforms to grow the Financial Times strategic business models. 

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


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:

  • JavaScript
  • React
  • GraphQL
  • Node.js
  • CircleCI
  • Fastly
  • Heroku
  • AWS
  • Splunk


Main Duties and Responsibilities are

  • Work directly with senior stakeholders and product owners to fully shape solutions from inception to deployment and beyond
  • Provide technical leadership to an engineering team
  • 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.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of FT Specialist underlying data and data flow.


Candidate Profile

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. 
    • Deep knowledge of at least one programming language
    • JavaScript, React, GraphQL, Node.js
    • Cloud infrastructure: (AWS, Heroku, GCP or similar)
    • Marketing Technology platforms e.g. Bloomreach
    • Editorial Technology e.g. CMS and Event Management Platforms
    • Databases, document stores, search technologies and data warehouses like MySQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, BigQuery or Redshift
    • Message queues like Kinesis, SQS etc.
  • Application performance tuning and optimisation.
  • Understanding of CI and CD delivery pipelines like CircleCI or Jenkins
  • Designing for fault tolerance
  • Writing automated unit and end-to-end tests – with best practice in mind – for feature development
  • 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 CDNs and the role they play is web application architecture. e.g.Fastly, Cloudfront, Akamai etc.
  • Instrumenting for observability and operability
  • Understand how to build and maintain APIs
  • How to design software to support easy scaling using a methodology like the 12 factor app


Our Social Package includes

  • Great remuneration package
  • 25 days paid leave
  • 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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