Senior Software Engineer

Job Locations United Kingdom-Birmingham


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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.


The Economist is looking for a Software Engineer to join our Content Engineering team, based in Birmingham but working remotely during the current Covid-19 situation. 


Our Content Engineering teams build and run the products driving The Economist’s digital content, including articles, audio, video and interactive content. Our team’s mission is to facilitate digital content creation and build an efficient back-end system to serve it to our apps. As editorial engineers, we are a crucial part of creating new user experiences powered by The Economist’s most engaging content.


This year we are growing our Birmingham-based engineering team to deliver an overhaul of our content ecosystem and build the foundations of our future editorial and user experiences. 


You’ll work in an agile environment, shipping to production often to ensure quick feedback loops around the success—or not—of our features and experiments. 


Now 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 Economist Group and yourself. 



This role is available in our central Birmingham office, just a five-minute walk from New Street Station and minutes from Snow Hill Station. We offer flexible working and have systems in place to ensure working remotely when the need arises. During the current Covid-19 situation, however, we’re all working remotely – the intention is that when we are ready, we’ll move back to spending more time in the office than not.


How you will contribute:

  • Report to the Engineering Manager of the Editorial Tools team
  • Work with product owners in our product organisation to create a seamless user experience
  • Work on the team that is essential to building the home and distribution of The Economist’s most engaging content
  • Work across our stack
    • Build backend services, both real-time and event-driven.
    • Consume, transform and serve content on GraphQL or REST APIs
    • Deploy into production on AWS, coding the underlying infrastructure via tools like CDK.
  • Bring features from specification to production.
  • Work with teammates to produce high-quality solutions

Experience, skills and professional attributes

The ideal skills for this role are:

  • Commercial experience in web development 
  • You’re interested in building distributed backend systems
  • A keen interest in DevOps culture and practices
  • Experience writing automated tests, deployment pipelines and automation in general
  • Confident with spinning up new cloud infrastructure to support various workloads
  • Knowledge of API design and best-practice (e.g. to support user experimentation)
  • Experience using logging and monitoring tools to answer questions like “how do I know if my service is performing well?”
  • You’ll value well-thought-out and straightforward solutions to problems


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