Android Developer

Here at the Guardian, we believe the open exchange of information, ideas and opinions has the power to change the world for the better. Our independent journalism holds power to account across the globe and brings information that's suppressed into the public domain.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to have 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.

We're looking for an Android Developer to join our growing team.

You can learn more about our Engineering culture here.

About the Role

The Guardian's Android App is the gateway to our award-winning journalism, covering the latest opinion, sport, politics, finance & business news. With 5 million + downloads, it is amongst the most widely used News apps globally.

As an Android developer, you may work on improvements and features for the core experience of the app, or as a member of a multi-platform squad working on a specific part of the app. You'll be working closely with other Android developers, product managers, designers, iOS and server-side developers.

Key responsibilities

  • Programming of software products, features and services for Google's Android platform within the mobile product roadmap.
  • Participation in software design, estimation of development tasks, unit-testing, QA process, troubleshooting & code debugging.
  • Liaison with stakeholders including Product Managers, Designers, developers and third party SDK partners.

About You

  • 2 years + experience developing Android apps - we'd love to see links to the apps you've worked on in your application.
  • You'll be confident with Android programming in Kotlin and preferably Java.
  • You're comfortable working with both cutting edge technologies as well as legacy code.
  • Commercial experience with Jetpack Compose is a bonus.

You can see the full job description here.

We strive for transparency in remuneration. The salary for new Android Developers at The Guardian is between £60,000 - £80,000 per annum.

How to Apply

To apply, please upload your latest CV and a cover letter which outlines why you'd love to take on this role, and why you're a great match for what we're looking for.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 2nd August 2023.

Our Android Developer interview process involves 2 stages:

1. Face to face interview

2. Pairing test

We are currently running the interview process remotely.

Please let us know if there are any changes we could make to the application process to make it easier and more comfortable for you. Contact Rose Mustard - rosemary.mustard@theguardian.co.uk so we can work with you to support you throughout your application.

You must be eligible to work in the UK at the time of your application.

Benefits at the Guardian

Culture & Wellbeing

We want everyone to feel like they belong at the Guardian and we champion diversity of thought. Our various employee forums provide a platform to use their voice to foster an inclusive workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to hear unique insight from our journalists in our morning conference, a live discussion on the news story of the day.

We offer great tools to help you prioritise your wellbeing including free yoga and pilates. These run alongside our corporate gym membership and cycle to work scheme.

Learning & Development

We encourage personal and professional growth. Employees have access to a broad range of tools and solutions, and we are happy to support the pursuit of professional qualifications through vocational courses and apprenticeships.

Our Working Environment

We take pride in our surroundings and are pleased to offer versatile meeting rooms and colourful communal areas. We have a brilliant canteen that caters to breakfast, lunch and dinner, with views overlooking Regent's Canal. Our multi-faith prayer room provides privacy for those who require a safe space when in the office. Also, coming soon, the Yellow room, a dedicated space for expressing if you are breastfeeding.

Additional Benefits & Policies

We offer 30 days annual leave per annum, plus an additional 5 day holiday purchase scheme. Our pension scheme is generous; if you contribute 5% then we will contribute 8-12% (depending on your age). We believe in giving back, which is why employees are given 2 volunteering days annually and the option of payroll giving. Season ticket loans are also available.

You are entitled to life cover, income protection, healthcare, sick pay and eye tests. You can also opt in to dental insurance.

We have enhanced maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave policies in place. We also support our employees by offering an IVF, menopause, baby loss, and trans equality policy.

Flexible Working

We are a remote-friendly company.

We see real value in face-to-face collaboration and we also understand the benefits of working remotely and the flexibility this offers.

In particular, we want to build diverse and inclusive teams, where everyone can do their best work.

Different roles carry different expectations, and for the role for which you're applying, we'd typically expect to see you in the office, on average, one day per month. If you want to come in a lot more than that, that's great too.

We also support a variety of flexible working requests.

About Us

We welcome applicants with a diverse set of backgrounds, different lived experiences and different perspectives. A diverse team means we can better reflect and engage our global audience.

We believe in hiring the best people from the widest pool, fostering a culture where people's voices can be heard and our employees look forward to coming to work.