Back End Software Engineer

Washington, DC
Jun 14, 2021
Jul 25, 2021
Full Time
Job Description

Work at the Washington Post with the team responsible for building and maintaining the site infrastructure, back end services and publishing pipelines. This team is responsible for delivering the news from the tools used by reporters to the site, apps and distributed platforms for our readers. This team works closely with the rest of the site team, as well as other engineering teams at the Post, by providing centralized content logic as well as shared infrastructure and best practices. We shepherd content from the publishing tools the newsroom uses to our readers across all of our platforms. We build tools that allow the newsroom, and our partners on the front end to surface stories to readers in a meaningful way. Your role on our team will focus on performing technical analysis and designing/developing enhancements of applications based on user requirements. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of special projects.

**This position could be 100% remote in the US for the right candidate.

  • Gather business and technical requirements by working closely with clients and others within Engineering.
  • Evaluate, assess, design and develop high-level solutions to meet these requirements by understanding and analyzing current system functionality and following established development methodologies and standards.
  • Participate in data and object modeling sessions.
  • Identify detailed characteristics of solution design and write detailed specifications when appropriate.
  • Research available technologies outside of the company and recommend appropriate design solutions.
  • Plan, develop, and conduct unit testing; assist in planning and conducting other testing (e.g., integration, system, etc.).
  • Provide timely and effective maintenance support and problem resolution for existing systems by collaborating and coordinating with vendors and others.
  • Perform impact assessment in all system/application changes as needed; follow appropriate change management and control procedures.
  • Maintain documentation of production problems and their solutions.

  • Bachelor's degree preferred; focus in computer science, engineering, business or related technical field preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant technical professional experience required; prior experience in a similar role preferred. Training and certification in lieu of experience will be considered.
  • Strong analytical, evaluation and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in Python and Flask
  • Ability to develop solutions by applying relevant technologies and ensuring maintainability, extensibility and code reuse.
  • High level of proficiency in core language development with good understanding of code optimization and application performance.
  • Knowledge of testing and quality assurance practices including unit testing and code documentation.
  • Excellent verbal/written communication and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to deliver quality solutions within established timelines.
  • Desirable experience, but not required:
    • Celery
    • Kafka
    • NGINX
    • CDN
    • Mongo
    • AWS, ECS
    • Docker

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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