• Senior Software Engineer

    Job Locations United Kingdom-Birmingham
    Software Engineering
  • Introduction

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    The Economist Group is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our information through a range of formats, from newspapers and magazines to conferences and electronic services. What ties us together is the objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight, and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world.


    Our Digital Team is a product-centric organisation spanning many areas of technology and product development at The Economist.  We are strong believers that innovation comes from within and encourage exploration of new tools and techniques.  We use open-source technologies wherever possible and give back to the community by open sourcing code when appropriate. Many members of our team contribute to open source projects individually. We are actively changing our landscape, embracing microservices, engaging front-end experiences with Isomorphic JS frameworks, continuous integration and tightening the feedback loop through continuous delivery.


    We are searching for a Senior Software Engineer to join our growing team in our Tech Hub in Birmingham to help us accelerate our drive toward becoming a digitally enabled business, a huge part of this is the ability to deliver our technology solutions rapidly and reliably. We are looking for a new team member to help us deliver on our goals.


    The delivery of our solutions is carried out by mixed internal and external cross functional teams. The successful candidate will become a key, senior member of one of these teams. Working closely with a dedicated team of people they will collectively be responsible for the smooth running, enhancement and new features of one of our systems.


    We strongly believe in empowering each of our teams and the only way to do this is to empower the individuals in the teams. In this environment you will be expected to push the boundaries in the tools, processes and technologies used by the team, all the while ensuring that the end product meets the agreed requirements with the highest quality.


    How you will contribute:


    • Actively participate in designing solutions to meet new requirements, taking the lead in significant pieces of this work
    • Be able to own the delivery of complex solutions from design through acceptance and into production
    • Continually work with colleagues to improve the tools, technologies and processes used by the team
    • Ensure solutions are documented to a suitable level
    • Work with product owners to gain delivery acceptance
    • Actively propose enhancements, both technical and functional that will move the systems forwards
    • Partner with the rest of the team to ensure that processes are adhered to and continually improved
    • Take a leading role in estimation to ensure that no-one is asked to deliver in an unrealistic timescale
    • Ask for clarification of anything that is not clear and ensure that other team members do likewise
    • Ensure security concerns are built into all of the solutions they work upon

    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for the role are:


    • Understand Product Life Cycle management in a software engineering environment, with particular emphasis on Continuous Deployment
    • Ability to work in a close knit team environment
    • Mentoring or more junior team members
    • Excellent working knowledge of engineering and integration concepts/principles
    • Proactive, analytical and capable of providing decision support
    • Should be market aware, keeping up to date with technology
    • Experience in developing and maintaining distributed applications and RESTful APIs
    • Excellent understanding of web technologies like HTML, HTTP, CSS and JavaScript, ideal ReactGood understanding of integration approaches and best practices especially in integrating cloud based SasS solutions such as Salesforce. Specifically APIs, Enterprise Integration, REST/JSON, Enterprise Service Bus ideally Mulesoft
    • Advanced knowledge of fullstack JavaScript solutions would be an advantage
    • Experience working with AWS including hosting, messaging, and logging
    • Knowledge of containerization would be advantageous
    • Experience with distributed version control systems (Git)


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