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Here at the The Financial Times, gold-standard journalism is just the beginning. 500-people strong, our Product and Tech team keeps us ahead of the ever-changing digital landscape by delivering cutting-edge products to over one million digital subscribers every day. Our plans for growth rely on a diverse, dedicated and dynamic group of product, tech, delivery and data specialists - everyone’s welcome in this friendly, forward-thinking team. And with entrepreneurial spirit, intelligence and opportunity at every turn, there’s no limits to where your FT career will take you.

We are looking for engineers to help us build and operate our AWS and Heroku cloud platforms, enabling us to deliver systems quickly, safely and cost effectively for the business.   Although this role is primarily based in Sofia, occasional travel to London will be expected.


What we offer you

  • A stimulating work environment where your input is valued in both product and technical choices
  • A good work / life balance and rewarding work environment
  • Colleagues you can learn from, and opportunities to share with others what you’ve learnt
  • A clear view on the reason you’re working on something and how its success will be measured


What you will work on

  • Developing solutions that help us run and govern a large AWS and Heroku cloud estate
  • Guiding other teams within the FT on how to use cloud platforms effectively
  • Providing self-service APIs and tools that enable delivery teams to utilise cloud platforms safely and effectively
  • Helping teams to understand the usage and costs of their cloud estate, thereby encouraging cost-effective infrastructure


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

  • Python 3
  • PyTest
  • AWS: Lambda; CloudFormation; Config Rules; Organisations; plus the usual suspects EC2, S3, RDS
  • GitHub
  • GoCD and CircleCI

We do not expect you to have worked with all these tools. If you have experience of some of these, it will be a bonus.


Key responsibilities

  • Work as part of an agile team implementing modern software development practices including test automation, continuous delivery, defining infrastructure as code and application monitoring
  • Collaborate with product owners and teams across the FT to understand problems and requirements
  • Be responsible for the development of functionality from accepting a story through to delivery of high quality solutions into Production environments
  • Understand that operating systems is just as important as building them
  • Help to mentor and coach more junior members of the team in modern software development practices through pairing and training sessions
  • Provide support to other delivery teams at the FT, helping them to utilise cloud platforms efficiently, safely, and cost effectively


Skills and experience we are looking for

  • Strong programming and engineering skills
  • A natural bias towards test-driven solution development
  • Taking ownership of solutions and demonstrating technical leadership within the team
  • A desire to encourage the creation of systems which are well architected, secure, resilient and supportable
  • Experience with AWS, particularly lambda & serverless
  • Able to set up and manage continuous integration jobs, continuous delivery pipelines and config management tools like Ansible and CloudFormation
  • Understanding of the principles of continuous delivery & infrastructure as code
  • Understanding of risk, cybersecurity, and governance functions and building secure solutions


Characteristics we value

  • Dedication to technical excellence, quality, security, and reliability
  • Ability to understand complex problems
  • Effective communication and openness to collaborative working practices
  • Understanding when a task is done, and steering others to complete tasks or decisions
  • Ability to decide appropriately when to buy or build, and to communicate the reasons to others


In return, we’ll give you many great benefits

Some standout benefits are:

  • Bonus incentive scheme.
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities including 10% time, on-site tech talks, internal conferences and opportunities to attend external conferences and training.
  • 25 days annual paid leave
  • Work-life balance and work-from-home practice
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Leave policy
  • Monthly Food Allowance
  • Multisports Card


The Financial Times Ltd. is committed to equality of opportunity. We are determined to create a diverse group at all levels of our Company, and we welcome all members of the community we serve to apply for openings with us.

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