Front End Software Engineer

Job Locations United Kingdom-Birmingham
Software Engineering


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The Economist is looking for a Frontend Engineer to join our engineering team. 


We are investing in our website as an essential window into our outstanding content, text and audio. We’re growing our engineering team to help our users find and read more of our content, to keep coming back and to increase customer loyalty. You’ll work in an agile environment, shipping multiple times a day into production to ensure quick feedback loops around the success or not of our features and experiments.


This is the time to be joining a profitable, responsible business with a brand and culture that you can be proud of and with every opportunity to deliver success for the Group and yourself.


This role is available in our central Birmingham office, just a 5 min walk from New Street Station and 1 min walk from Snow Hill Station.


We offer flexible working and have systems in place to ensure working remotely when the need arises. However during the current Covid-19 situation, we are all remote, the intention is that when we are ready we will move back to spending more time in the office than not.


How you will contribute: 


Report to the Engineering Manager of the web team, you will be one of the technical specialists on the team

  • Work with our designers and product owners in our product organisation to create a seamless user experience
  • Work on the team that is essential to growing and retaining our subscriber base
  • Work within a Next.js and React app, deploying into AWS
  • Bring features from specification to production
  • Work with teammates to produce high-quality solutions. 
  • Ship to production on your first day

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for the role are:


Please consider applying even if you don’t think you tick everything below.


  • Commercial experience building for the web
  • A good understanding in core web and browser concepts (eg. how the browser parses and constructs a web page)
  • A good understanding of semantic HTML, CSS, and core JavaScript concepts.
  • Experience writing automated tests (eg. Jest, Karma, Jasmine, Mocha, AVA)
  • You’ll value well-thought-out and straightforward solutions to problems.
  • Interest in frontend performance, accessibility and user experience


We are committed to diversity and especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply. The Economist was founded in 1843 to make the world a better place through better education, open borders, open markets and diversity; our software is one way that we do that.


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