Principal Full Stack Engineer Rendering Platform

Washington, DC
May 18, 2022
May 29, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

Job Description:

The Washington Post is seeking a Principal Full Stack Engineer to join our Rendering Platform team. This team's mission is to ensure that the rendering platform our engineers are using to deliver the best features to our readers is stable, performant and developer friendly. Our goals are to create a stable, reliable rendering platform and to transform the way article and homepage engineers release features. We are increasing the pace of development across all our products and need to deploy new code to our site more quickly and frequently, while making sure our systems stay stable and performant.

Your Role:

Under limited supervision, the Principal Full Stack Software Engineer performs technical analysis, design and development or enhancement of applications based on user requirements in a variety of technical environments. The Principal Engineer exemplifies engineering best practices and sets an example for the rest of the team. The Principal Software Engineer demonstrates expertise in a broad range of related technologies and provides guidance to other team members. The Principal Full Stack Software Engineer demonstrates a high level of expertise in all facets of the and can take the lead on large and/or complex assignments.

  • Facilitates releases and deployments.
  • Gives accurate estimates for delivery of features.
  • Evaluates, assesses, designs, and develops high-level solutions by gaining in-depth knowledge of the supported business areas, understanding, and analyzing current system functionality and following established development methodologies and standards.
  • Writes detailed specifications when appropriate.
  • Performs data modeling and design.
  • Researches available technologies outside of the company and recommends appropriate design solutions.
  • Plans, develops, and conducts unit testing; assists in planning and conducting other testing (e.g., integration, system, etc.).
  • Provides timely and effective maintenance support and problem resolution for existing systems by collaborating and coordinating with stakeholders and others.
  • Performs impact assessment on all system/application changes as needed; ensures clear understanding of implications of technical choices made and follows appropriate change management and control procedures.
  • Maintains documentation of production problems and their solutions.
  • As a member of the project team, contributes to project scope definition activities, provides input to project plan development, prototypes high-risk project tasks, and advises on complex technical issues
  • Successfully carries out assignments that are technically large or complex or have extensive or complex business implications.
  • Assists in establishing standards. Guides and mentors others. Performs code reviews.

Core Requirements


Bachelor's degree preferred; focus in computer science, engineering, business, or related technical field preferred.


Minimum of 8 years of relevant technical professional experience preferred. 2 or more years in a software development role required.

  • Strong analytical, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in
    • Front end development
    • Back end development
    • Systems design
    • JavaScript
    • AWS
  • Other desirable skills
    • React (v16+)
    • Familiarity with performance tools like Lighthouse
    • Node.js
    • GraphQL
    • Next.js
    • Unit and integration testing, Jest, Enzyme, Testing Library, Cypress, Playwright
    • Accessibility
  • 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.

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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