Back End Engineer

Washington, DC
Sep 07, 2022
Sep 17, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Description

Job Summary

The Washington Post is seeking a Software Engineer for our Subscriptions Engineering team. This team of engineers focus on acquiring and retaining digital subscribers across our platforms. As a backend engineer, you will build features, services and tools for our subscribers and the subscriptions business.

You will be part of a fast paced, collaborative team that supports the full lifecycle of our subscribers and delivers high quality products. You will have an opportunity to work with colleagues from all parts of the company from Marketing to the Newsroom. This role reports to a Director of Engineering.

  • You are energized with learning new technologies and platforms
  • You have an eye for detail and passion for quality
  • You are obsessed with understanding the big picture and how your work fits in
  • You will have opportunities to work on multiple projects and deliver a variety of features and services.
  • You are driven to solve the toughest problems and love to collaborate to figure out solutions
  • You have an aptitude to simplify and communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • You have a passion to write flexible and reusable code

  • Deliver enhancements across many backend services which power subscriber experiences onsite and in native mobile apps.
  • Write high-quality code with best practices and design patterns in mind
  • Engage in code review and quality assurance processes
  • Collaborate with partners in Product, Marketing, Analytics and Accounting to define sprint goals and break development work into atomic units.
  • Optimize the underlying AWS infrastructure for subscription services for performance and cost.
  • Guide technical decisions and drive technical architecture decisions
  • Participating in the on-call rotation. An on-call schedule will be determined a couple of months after you join, taking into account team size and other variables.


  • Minimum of 3+ years of development experience
  • An established track record of development with Java EE; familiarity with other frameworks such as Play! And Spring is valued
  • Practical experience with message/event buses such as JMS and SQS/SNS (AWS).
  • Exposure to Application servers such as Wildfly, Glassfish, Tomcat and Web servers such as httpd and Nginx
  • Knowledge of DevOps technologies like Docker, Jenkins, and AWS Products.

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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