Back End Engineer

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Nov 16, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is hiring a Back End Engineer for our subscription team to focus on providing personalized subscriber experiences. This role will primarily focus on building backend solutions to provide personalized experiences for our readers and functionality to also enable other teams to do the same. 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 interested in building out services that provide a tailored experience for users
  • You are driven to solve the toughest problems and love to collaborate to figure out solutions
  • You are driven to help solve engineering problems regardless of where they exist in the technology stack
  • 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.

  • Work 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 and engage in code review/quality assurance.
  • Write high-performance web services that scales to handling millions of requests while still retaining ultra low latency
  • Work with your partners from different teams and disciplines to create a scalable experimentation and personalization architecture.
  • Consult with your partners in Product to form sprint goals and break work into atomic units.
  • Optimize the underlying AWS infrastructure for subscription services for performance and cost.
  • Use your experience to help guide technical decisions and participate in technical architecture discussions.
  • This role requires limited on-call hours. An on-call schedule will be determined a couple of months after you join, taking into account team size and other variables.


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.
  • 2+ years of experience with JavaEE or Spring
  • 1+ years of experience/Familiarity with Application servers such as Wildfly, Glassfish, Tomcat.
  • 1+ years of experience with relational databases such as Oracle and MySQL.
  • 1+ years of experience with message/event buses such as JMS, ActiveMq, SQS/SNS (AWS).
  • 1+ years of experience/Familiarity with Web servers such as httpd and Nginx.
  • 1+ years of experience with DevOps technologies such as Docker and Jenkins.
  • 1+ years of experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) such as S3, ECS, EC2, and CloudWatch.
  • Experience with client-side scripting and JavaScript frameworks such as React and Angular is a plus!
  • Experience with Lambda/SAM/Serverless is a plus.
  • Experience with Splunk.
  • Experience writing unit and integration tests to ensure code quality.
  • Experience in agile software development teams and working iteratively with designers, product managers, and stakeholders.
  • AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certification is a Plus!

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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