• Software Engineer (Engagement)

    Job Locations United Kingdom-Birmingham
    Software Engineering
  • Introduction

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    The Economist is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. We deliver our content through a range of formats, from our weekly international print editions to VR Experiences. The objectivity of our opinion, the originality of our insight and our advocacy of economic and political freedom around the world are our hallmarks.

    With a growing global circulation and a reputation for insightful analysis on every aspect of world events, The Economist is one of the most widely recognised and well-read current-affairs publications.


    We are looking for a Software Engineer to join our growing Tech Hub team 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 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
    • Own the delivery of moderately 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.
    • Participate in estimation to ensure that no-one is asked to deliver in an unrealistic timescale
    • Ask for clarification of anything that is not clear.
    • 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
    • Good 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
    • Good 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
    • 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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