News UK · Jan 7th 2021
We are: News UK is a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for storytelling, capturing moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world. Our newspapers reach more than 30 million people each week and include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. News UK is also home to Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations including talkSPORT, VirginRadio, talkRADIO and TimesRadio.
We are Technology: a department that has people and product at its heart. Lead by Christina Scott CTO of the Year (Tech Leaders) 2017, who comes with many years experience transforming technology in media companies. Christina has set out our vision of ‘passionate and trusted experts creating industry-leading solutions through attracting and developing the best talent’.
Your team; MAIN a backend product team that constantly strives to be the benchmark in subscriptions technology and actively engage in the transformation from legacy architecture to a new PaaS (Platform as a Service). We're looking to create a new identity, access and monetisation platform to allow companies to provide their users the right content with the right value proposition at the right time, irrespective of granularity. There is a lot of excitement around the possibilities this critical and highly visible project has to offer, with huge potential.
Your role: as a Principal Software Engineer you will be leading a small close-knit cross functional team, reporting to the Head of Engineering.
Day to day you will: be working on moving the current back-end system to Go, in a small, close-knit team with a strong say in the direction of the project. At the start there'll be many architectural decisions to be made as well as key technological choices. This will involve creating and iterating on prototypes and drafting technical and design documents as necessary.
As one of the primary audiences for our platform will be other developers, focusing on their developer experience (DX) by automating repetitive tasks for integrations of new clients will be vital.
There'll also be several cross-functional concerns such as orchestrating microservices, improving time to deployment, and reducing infrastructure costs with our metrics for success centred around sustainable delivery of change for the business.
What we’re looking for from you: You've worked on high-availability, low latency, fault tolerant services and optimised code for performance and scalability because you care about small details that form a larger whole. You know why distributed systems are hard and what approaches to take. They’ve been deployed by yourself to AWS or another cloud provider.
You're up-to-date with trends in best practice and emerging new technologies, with the ability to assess their costs, benefits and fit for the project. You love to embrace new stuff if it's the right thing to do!
You are adamant that you own features from design to coding, to testing, to deployment, without throwing anything over a wall of some kind, and are passionate about CI/CD. In fact, delivering code into production should be so regular to you, there is no ceremony.
Code craft is important and while software is about solving technical problems, developing code your colleagues also understand is tantamount to your thought process.
You have a commitment to understanding production issues by any means necessary including; tracing, profiling and measuring to fix the root cause rather than providing a work-around or plastering the symptom.
What's in it for you? We are a diverse and dynamic team, with opportunities to learn and develop your skills in a supportive environment. We’re remote first (though have an amazing office), a flexible working pattern and a great team culture. We’ll help you deliver your best work and grow you with career and personal development through training, conferences and courses.
We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK. Alongside pay, we offer:
A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
A comprehensive private medical scheme covering pre-existing conditions;
Maternity leave of up to 18 weeks full basic salary and paternity leave of up 2 weeks full basic salary;
Discounted rates for Fitness First gym membership for employees and immediate family;
A range of different flexible working options, which can be requested by employees;
Interest free commuter loan of up to £10,000 tax free
‘Bikes For Work’ scheme to save income tax and national insurance;
Up to four Volunteering Days per year for employees to use on charities of choice;
Health and wellbeing benefits including on-site physio/massage, counselling, legal advice, and others.
We are a diverse team and strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential. We want to create a productive environment where everyone feels valued, and where talents are fully recognised, utilised and celebrated.
News UK is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing equal opportunities for all its employees and applicants. We oppose all forms of discrimination in the workplace.
We thrive when we champion diversity and inclusion. We make better decisions, we’re stronger and happier, and it’s the right thing to do.