Software Engineer (Tools, Infrastructure, Process, Automation)

Here at The Guardian, we believe the open exchange of information, ideas and opinions has the power to change the world for the better. 

More people than ever before are reading, watching and listening to Guardian journalism from across the world. Over the past year The Guardian achieved record digital traffic with our highest number of regular readers and monthly page views averaging over 1.1 billion. 

In 2019 we hit our highest revenues in a decade and achieved the goal we set three years earlier to break even. We’re now on a path to achieve the goal we announced last month of two million people supporting The Guardian by 2022.

That’s where you come in. 

We are looking for a Software Engineer, (Tools, Infrastructure, Process, Automation) to contribute to products that deliver our journalism to over 150 million readers around the globe, craft the tools our journalists use to write their stories, or develop the services that will safeguard our financial future.

About the role

Your personal brief will be to design and implement technical solutions to the quality issues faced by your team. In doing so you’ll also be pivotal in shaping the culture of your team and in embedding quality throughout the whole development process. You’ll be researching new techniques, tools and processes and encouraging discussion within the team about how and where we can use them.

There is a wide scope for this role, so we are excited about creative developers & engineers who can explore and create solutions for a fast-paced, cutting edge development team. You’ll mostly be programming in Scala and JavaScript, running in AWS, but we use the tool that best fits the problem, and are interested in applicants with experience in any language.

Much of our code is openly available on GitHub, and some of our projects are widely used throughout the Open Source community. Many of our developers regularly attend and present at conferences. Please visit our Guardian Developers site , Guardian Developer blog and our SETI blog for more information about working in the Digital Development team.

About you

• As a Software Engineer (Tools, Infrastructure, Process, Automation), you’ll be comfortable working on the back-end and front-end. We typically use Scala and JavaScript; you may not be familiar with Scala yet, but you should have a solid back-end knowledge in an equivalent programming language

• You are very familiar with continuous integration and delivery

• You are a creative, engaged, and intelligent person who loves web technologies.

• First-hand experience improving existing processes

• You are excited by the opportunity to shape the future of digital journalism.

• Your interests go beyond just your team’s objectives; you are curious about where the organisation is moving as a whole.

• You can make reasoned choices regarding what technologies to use and when to use them.

Starting salaries for our Engineers are £49,500 or above depending on skills and experience.

Does this all sound like you? Then we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply, please upload your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you are attracted to this role, and why you’re a great match for what we’re looking for.

About Us

The Guardian offers 26 days’ holiday and a competitive benefits package including a generous pension, healthcare, dental insurance options, cycle to work scheme and 2 paid volunteering days per year.

We have a strong commitment to your learning, development and wellbeing, with hundreds of different courses available - ranging from bite-sized e-learning courses, to on-site workshops and professional certifications.

It’s the talent, energy and commitment our people bring to our business that make us who we are. Across our business we have some of the brightest and best people in media and beyond: award winning journalists, cutting edge commercial teams, industry leading digital talent and much, much more.

We are a vibrant and diverse community with many events groups and forums to get involved in. Our Kings Place offices overlook Regents Canal, with the newly-developed Coal Drops Yard, Granary Square and St Pancras Square shops, restaurants and pop-ups.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future. The Guardian actively encourages applications from BAME candidates.

At The Guardian, many of our staff work flexibly and we will consider all requests for flexible working arrangements.