Senior Front End Software Engineer, Reader Experience

Washington, DC
Apr 11, 2022
Aug 26, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is seeking a Senior Front End Engineer to join our Reader Experience team. This team works closely with engineering, product, and design to build new features that enhance our reading experience. You will be responsible for participating in each step of the development lifecycle from development and code review to automated testing and deployments.

We aim to maintain an accessible and performant site. This team will ensure that our vision impaired have the best experience possible on our site, and that those with slow internet connections can experience the Washington Post in an efficient and pleasurable way. We will be optimizing our search performance to deliver the news to the most readers possible.

  • Facilitate releases and deployments and give accurate estimates for delivery of features.
  • Gather business and technical requirements by working closely with other engineers and product.
  • Evaluate, assess, design, and develop high-level solutions to meet these requirements by gaining in-depth knowledge of the supported business areas, understanding, and analyzing current system functionality and following established development methodologies and standards.
  • Write detailed specifications when appropriate.
  • Research available technologies outside of the company and recommends appropriate design solutions.
  • Plan, develop, and conduct unit testing; assist in planning and conducting other testing (e.g., integration, system, etc.).
  • Provide timely and effective maintenance support and problem resolution for existing systems by collaborating and coordinating with stakeholders and others.
  • Perform impact assessment on all system/application changes as needed; ensure clear understanding of implications of technical choices made and follow appropriate change management and control procedures.
  • Maintain documentation of production problems and their solutions.
  • As a member of the project team, contribute to project scope definition activities, provide input to project plan development, prototype high-risk project tasks, and advise on complex technical issues
  • Successfully carry out assignments that are technically large or complex or have extensive or complex business implications.
  • Assist in establishing standards and perform code reviews. Guide and mentor others.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred; focus in computer science, engineering, business, or related technical field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant technical professional experience required including 2 or more years in a software development role.
  • Strong analytical, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to develop solutions by applying relevant technologies and ensuring maintainability, extensibility, and code reuse.
  • Knowledge of testing and quality assurance practices including unit testing and code documentation.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to deliver quality solutions within established timelines.
  • Advocate for accessibility in our platforms.
  • Proficient in React and JavaScript
  • Other desirable skills include React hooks, familiarity with performance tools like lighthouse, Node, NextJS, unit and integration testing, Jest, Enzyme, Cyprus

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?


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