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Technical Director – Financial Times

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Technical Director – Financial Times



Company & Department Context

Financial Times in partnership with Xoomworks are establishing 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.

FT Core is a label for the underlying platforms that power the award winning and other Financial Times commercial channels.  The platforms are diverse, spanning the FT’s pioneering digital subscription systems, newspaper distribution, content publishing and semantic knowledge graph.  Additionally the data warehouse platform, which provides customer data intelligence and plays a crucial role in shaping the culture of analytical thinking across the business –  and vital to the success of the FT.


Position Summary

This role will, for the first six months, report into the current london based Technical Director for FT Core.  After six months, the role will transition to report  into the CTO.  As Technical Director of FT Core, you  will lead the building of a world class engineering capability in the Financial Times office in Sofia.  You will be pivotal in establishing FT journalistic mission, our ways of working and culture  in our Sofia office.  Critically, this includes an active commitment to and champion of our values and our goal of delivering a truly diverse team (gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age).    The role will have the responsibility to ensure that the ownership and operation of all existing services within FT Core are transferred to their teams, whilst maintaining high levels of service reliability, data security and productivity against delivery outcomes.  The role will have the remit to transform the way FT Core is structured, through talent management, ways of working and technology choices.  The role will be be ultimately leading a team of up to 80 people.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Build, continuously develop and lead a large team of high performing engineers
  • Embed FT’s journalistic mission and business models into the engineers’ thinking
  • Embed FT’s culture and diversity goals into the engineering organisation
  • Support the building of a diverse talent pipeline. This encompasses gender, LGBT, ethnicity and age
  • Ensure delivery is aligned to the department technology strategy, principles and standards, including challenging and updating them where appropriate
  • Ensure all deliverables have an agreed service level and are operationally supported
  • Set, drive and influence priorities to satisfy your accountabilities and meet business outcomes
  • Organise your team to deliver the outcomes in the most productive way (who, how, when, where)
  • Work with PMO and Governance, manage the technical operating costs top to bottom, for the lifetime of the product, service or capability
  • Work with Product Management to understand and communicate the total cost of ownership and return on investment
  • Work with Product and Programme Management counterparts to deliver against defined outcomes within a budget cycle and to continuously improve
  • Ensure teams are aligned with agile and lean working methodologies. Ensure teams are able to transition into feature teams to support cross-party deliverables.
  • Actively contribute via membership of the Technology Leadership Group, towards the development and evolution of the technology strategy
  • Be a leader, an active citizen across the whole of technology


Person Specification (Candidate Profile):


  • Good command of written and spoken English
  • Will have a track record of delivering well engineered solutions using current technologies
  • Proven experience building a large engineering team over a sustained period and can demonstrate excellent leadership across technology domains like development, quality, support, architecture and integration
  • Expertise with stakeholder management with strong commercial awareness
  • Experience in business process mapping and process engineering – optimising workflows
  • Experience with cloud computing, including selection of infrastructure, platform and software as a service models. And how platform choices can impact costs in the medium-to-long term
  • Experienced in product development life cycles and working in lean agile methodologies.
  • An active member of the broader technology community with an understand of current leading trends
  • Able to work across multiple products simultaneously
  • Capable of executing a consistent strategy over several years
  • Can balance tactical and strategic requirements
  • An ability and willingness to travel to London on a frequent basis



  • Experience within media and publishing environment
  • Experience within digital commerce, particularly in the subscription business is preferred
  • Experience within customer and enterprise identity management
  • An understanding of how metadata can drive content discovery and promotion of relevant content to readers
  • Deep understanding of best practice for cyber security and relevant data protection compliance
  • An understanding of how business intelligence can be employed to make both strategic business decisions and to aid data-driven product innovation


In return we’ll give you:

  • Private healthcare
  • Meal tickets
  • Gym subscription
  • 25 days holiday

The Financial Times Ltd. 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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