IT & Internet
£60,000 Per Annum
London / UK
Backend Engineer, Remote - (Node.js) – London/UK
My client, an award-winning Publishing House is looking for anexperienced Backend Engineer (Node.js) to join an agile development team that is helping evolve their core Digital News products.
NB: This role is fully remote, but you have to based and living in the UK to apply.
The Publishing House is one of the largest commercial publisher and digital platforms in the UK and is home to the UK and Ireland’s most iconic digital platforms, magazines and newspapers. Last year they sold millions of newspapers, with millions of readers for just one of their brands each month.
Their network of websites is extensive and provide 24/7 coverage of news, sport and showbiz stories, with billions of page views per year.
We’re looking for two engineers to help work on improving our digital presence, from enhancing the reader experience through to improving the editorial workflow. Our main strategic projects at the moment include evolving our digital platforms to support the next generation of news, and improving our sites to reflect each brand’s individuality.
We are looking for people who care deeply about the code they write while at the same time are able to bridge the gap between the technical and the business areas of the company effectively. We want people who look further than the technical aspects of the work and care deeply about the human aspect of our products. You will be responsible for designing, testing and implementing improvements to our news products, and the work you do here will ultimately be consumed by millions of people.
The Ideal Candidate
The main products use a Java-based CMS, running in Tomcat and hosted in AWS. This is used for both content creation and delivering the presentation layer for our websites. The trend in recent years has been away from a Java monolith towards Node.js based systems and microservices. We are currently planning a more extensive re-platform which will accelerate this trend towards cloud native event-driven architectures. If you’re enthusiastic and have some experience in working with such technologies, and know or are willing to learn about developing systems at our considerable scale then we want to hear from you.
Our preferred way to run application code has become to run it either in a Docker container running in ECS or in a Lambda function. We extensively leverage other AWS services including RDS, CloudFront, DynamoDB, CloudFormation, CloudWatch and so on. We are strong believers in DevOps principles and infrastructure as code, and we are continuously trying to improve in that direction.
The current frontend is primarily built in vanilla JS within an ES module structure, Sass for CSS and Pug templates for producing HTML. As with the backend stack we are looking to re-architect and modernise the frontend presentation layer.
The ideal candidate for this position will:
Be experienced in Node.js development with an interest in working across the stack.
Be experienced in building cloud native systems in AWS.
Have a strong understanding of HTTP, caching and how the web works.
Have experience with backend build systems and with automated testing.
Work collaboratively within an agile web development team, be self-directed and be happy to work on their own initiative.
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