Senior Software Engineer, Subscriptions

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Nov 03, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

Job Description

The Washington Post is hiring a Senior Engineer for our Subscriptions Engineering team to focus on building out support for new privacy technology and code for legal compliance requirements. This role will focus on building out tools that support both our internal engineering teams and our users who wish to access their privacy-related rights. Subscriptions Engineering is a fast-paced, high growth environment that respects its engineers and customers. We are looking for a self-driven engineer with a conscientious mentality and a commitment to innovate with high quality work. In this role, you will have the opportunity to work with colleagues from all parts of the company - Marketing, Legal, Advertising, Analytics and the Newsroom.

  • You are energized by learning new technologies and platforms.
  • You are driven to protect our readers' data and assure private and safe experiences.
  • You seek out opportunities to understand and become capable of explaining complex data systems.
  • You are intrigued by the idea of helping to form the next generation of privacy technology both at The Post and on the open web.
  • You are driven to solve the toughest problems and love to collaborate to figure out solutions
  • You have an aptitude for and enjoy simplifying and communicating technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • You have a passion for writing flexible and reusable code.
  • You are driven to make your code efficient and fast.

  • Develop and implement solutions to ensure privacy and compliance policies are correctly implemented across cross-team initiatives. The implementations should advance compliance with legal forms of data use as well as support business use of data.
  • Work to align advanced technologies and Privacy by Design principles from first stages of development and ensure that the data use meets established regulatory compliance needs.
  • Collaborate with data product development teams creating new uses of data that employ privacy features.
  • Program software enhancements for new data streams with a goal of mitigating privacy vulnerabilities and preventing potential future privacy risks.
  • Write high-quality code with best practices and design patterns in mind and engage in code review/quality assurance.
  • Develop tools and extendable code others can use to preserve and improve privacy protections.
  • Document current practices around user data at the Post along with new more private solutions.
  • Participate in discussions internal and external about future web privacy standards and determine how to apply them at The Washington Post.


It's okay to not meet 100% of these requirements! We're primarily looking for people who meet some of these requirements and are motivated to learn new technologies and expand their skill set.
  • Experience with client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks such as React and Angular.
  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) such as S3, Lambda, EC2, and CloudWatch, especially in Node.
  • Experience with databases such as Mongo, DynamoDB and MySQL.
  • Experience writing unit and integration tests to ensure code quality.
  • Experience in agile software development teams
  • Working knowledge of Java or Python is desirable, especially where they intersect with machine learning.
  • Strong software development skills.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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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