Senior Software Engineer, Platform Engineering

Washington, DC
Jul 14, 2022
Jul 22, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

Arc XP is a cloud-based digital experience platform that helps enterprise companies, retail brands and media and entertainment organizations create and distribute content, drive digital commerce, and deliver powerful multichannel experiences. A division of The Washington Post, Arc XP has powered the digital transformation of customers across the globe, currently serving over 1,900 sites in more than 25 countries that reach nearly 2 billion unique visitors monthly. Built 100% on AWS, the Arc platform follows a microservice architecture. All of our software teams use devops to deliver and maintain products. Our processes are lightweight, which allows our teams to innovate quickly to bring new ideas to market. New features and products are deployed to our customer base every day. The platform is operated by Arc as Software as a Service.

We are currently looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join the Authentication platform engineering team to architect, implement and support web applications that enable Arc's customers to access and use the platform. The engineer on the Authentication team is responsible for creating experiences for customers to access all of the capabilities of the suite of tools Arc XP offers. You will primarily be dealing with backend applications, identity providers, and AWS infrastructure. You will partner with product owners, architects and Arc clients to build a world-class, bleeding-edge set of applications focused on delivering multi-channel storytelling tools. You will play a crucial role with opportunities to bring your unique ideas around development practices, testing and deployment strategies to the table.
  • You are eager to evolve and grow your personal skill-set by learning and sharing knowledge about new software languages, tools and applications.
  • You are motivated to contribute independently and move the team and organization forward.
  • You care deeply about media. You believe in freedom of the press and are proud to work on tools that allow for the free flow of information.
  • You are energized by problem-solving and love to ideate solutions for difficult problems.
  • You are eager to learn and help others evolve and grow their skill set. Sharing knowledge about new software languages, tools, and applications.


  • Building secure and highly-scalable backend services to support customers using the Arc platform
  • Meet our goals using technologies like AWS ECS, Lambda, Docker, Cloudformation, Grafana, Athena, DynamoDB, among others
  • Own responsibility for r­­unning applications using CI/CD practices such as automated builds, deployments, and tests.
  • Setting up and reacting to production application monitoring.
  • Active participation in team agile activities such as story refinement, planning work backlog, work estimation, sprint planning, retros, demos, etc.
Qualifications Minimum Qualifications
  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5+ years experience building highly-scalable customer facing applications.
  • Proficiency in at least one server-side programming language; Node, Go, Java or Python.
  • Familiarity with web service proxy components such as NGINX and AWS API Gateway.
  • Familiarity with identity management, SAML, SSO, MFA and OAUTH solutions such as Okta.
  • Familiarity with continuous-integration tools and patterns.
  • Experience with multiple database and event processing systems.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience building web applications on AWS and/or AWS Lambda.
  • Experience with end-to-end testing frameworks.
  • Experience with devops teams that own the full engineering lifecycle.
  • Experience supporting a production application in an on-call rotation.
  • Experience analyzing application and cloud environment performance.
  • Experience working with client development teams to realize solutions on top of existing platforms.
  • Experience working with HTML, CSS and JavaScript in the React JavaScript framework.

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.

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