Software Engineer

Washington, DC
Dec 22, 2020
Jan 27, 2021
Full Time
Job Description

The Audience Development and Analytics department drives strategic and operational decisions for The Washington Post.  This highly visible team applies analytics and research to support strategic initiatives and day-to-day operational support company-wide and is currently seeking a Software Engineer.

As our Software Engineer, you will report to the Director of Analytics and work in close collaboration with newsroom, marketing, product, engineering, advertising and finance departments on a diverse range of products and projects that have a critical and strategic impact on all aspects of the company. You will architect, design, build and deploy state of the art analytics products and tools that will be used by thousands of users daily.


· You will work with stakeholders to understand business needs and develop highly scalable solutions and make recommendations to help solve problems or improve processes

· You will architect, build and maintain analytics applications and products which includes connecting data sources, analyzing data, building business logic, and configuring visualizations

· You will be creating, maintaining, and integrating large-scale databases and other cloud-computing infrastructure. You will also be understanding and working with multiple data sources to meet business rules and supports analytical needs. Analyze potential data quality issues to determine the root cause

· You will participate in ongoing evolution, improvement, and automation of products and solutions

· You will be applying agile and software engineering principles to gather business requirements and translate to functional/technical specifications

· You will document technical work and ensure quality throughout the software development lifecycle

· You will prepare and present work products to various stakeholders including executives


Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor's degree in Computer Science

· 2-3 years of professional experience in Software Development

· Computer Science fundamentals in object-oriented design, data structures and algorithm design

· Knowledge of professional software engineering best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations

· Proficiency with front end languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (including frameworks such as Angular JS and React) and server-side languages such as Python, Ruby, Java, PHP and .Net.

· Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, to collect requirements, describe software product features, and technical designs.

Preferred Qualifications

· Proficiency in databases (relational and nosql) and big data systems (Hadoop, Redshift) that support highly distributed, massively parallel computation needs

· Experience creating and maintaining APIs and shared web services is highly desirable

· Understanding and experience with key platform technologies including APIs & Management, Platform Services, Streaming Systems, Stream Processing, and Persistent Storage for Analytics and Applications

· Experience deploying applications in a cloud environment and improving web latency in complex large-scale deployments

· Experience with Web Analytics tools (Adobe Analytics/ Google Analytics), clickstream data and visualization tools like Tableau, R Shiny, D3 or other visualization/ reporting tools is strongly preferred

· Ability to take a project from scoping requirements through actual launch of the project

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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