IT & Internet
£60,000 Per Annum
Backend Software Engineer (Node.js/AWS/Agile) - London
£60k + flexi/remote working
My client, an award-winning Publishing House is looking to hire four experienced Backend Software Engineers (Node.js) to join an agile development team that is helping evolve their core Digital News products.
They are looking for engineers to help work on improving their digital presence, from enhancing the reader experience through to improving the editorial workflow. Their main strategic projects at the moment include evolving their digital platforms to support the next generation of news, and improving their sites to reflect each brand’s individuality.
They 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.
They want people who look further than the technical aspects of the work and care deeply about the human aspect of their products. You will be responsible for designing, testing and implementing improvements to their news products, and the work you do here will ultimately be consumed by millions of people.
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 their websites. The trend in recent years has been away from a Java monolith towards Node.js based systems and microservices. Theu 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 their considerable scale then we want to hear from you.
Their preferred way to run application code has become to run it either in a Docker container running in ECS or in a Lambda function. They extensively leverage other AWS services including RDS, CloudFront, DynamoDB, CloudFormation, CloudWatch and so on. They are strong believers in DevOps principles and infrastructure as code, and they 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 they 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.
Any of the following would also be useful but not mandatory:
Knowledge of GraphQL.
Experience with React / full stack development.
Experience with Infrastructure as Code.
Involvement with high traffic systems.
Experience in Java application development.
Experience configuring CI/CD pipelines.
Experience with Data Engineering.
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