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Senior Backend Engineer – FT Specialist

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Senior Backend Engineer – FT Specialist




Company & Department Context

Financial Times in partnership with Xoomworks have established a research and development centre in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world’s leading business news and information organisations. We are recognised globally for our authority, integrity and accuracy. We provide a broad range of essential services, including news, comment, data and analysis, to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.

We think the Financial Times is a great place to work: we have a technical stack that is cutting edge – employing cloud-based, microservices architectures and using a wide range of open source and commercial technologies; our product development methodologies are very current – using a data driven approach, empowering everyone to understand and to delight our customers; our engineers are free to choose the tools they need and are able to influence the development process. Importantly, we ensure staff also have the ability to achieve a good work life balance.


Position Summary

An exciting opportunity for a senior engineer to join the Product & Technology department, of a growing business and a globally recognised brand.  Working in teams with Sofia, 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 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.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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.


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
    • Willingness to move to NodeJS
    • Cloud infrastructure: (AWS, Heroku, GCP or similar)
    • Databases, Document stores and search technologies like MySQL, MongoDB or ElasticSearch
    • 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

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