Photo: Matt Taylor

We’re hiring a newsroom developer

We’re looking for a new member of our team, we think there are lots of great reasons to join The Times and Sunday Times digital team, here are just a few:

There is a big year ahead of us, we’ve just launched a new website and smartphone apps. We have the EU referendum, Euro 2016, the Olympics in Rio and the US election to come and these are just the major events we know will happen for sure.

We’re a small and nimble team with a great hackday calibre (we even run our own) and offer the opportunity to work, and influence digital culture in one of the most historic newsrooms in the world.

You can read more about the work our team does and about our open source projects here. (Fire any questions to @timesdevelops on Twitter.)

We also feel obliged to point out that regular trips are made to Konditor and Cook for brownies, we have a pretty decent group of bakers in the team, Borough Market on our doorstep and a pub on our 14th floor roof terrace…

Scroll down for the job description and how to apply


The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our newsroom development team to help us tell award-winning stories that capture the imagination of readers across a variety of digital platforms.

Our team sits in the newsroom close to the action and you will be a key member of a small but agile team with wide-ranging responsibilities and a high level of autonomy

A typical week

  • Thinking about how you can put creative tools in the hands of journalists to help them tell stories
  • Spending time improving our existing newsroom tooling and working on new ideas for tools to make them faster and more powerful
  • Working with journalists and editors on exciting long-term projects such as the US election, Rio Olympics, Euro 2016 and the Queen’s 90th birthday
  • Working with the graphics team to cover big breaking news such as terror attacks and plane crashes
  • Working with our data team to help them process, visualise and present stories built around data

Skills you will need

You will have experience in some or all of the following

  • An interest in journalism and storytelling is a must. Experience working with journalists is useful but not essential
  • Experience as a web developer or mobile developer building digital products in multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience with modern web workflows (Gulp, Yeoman, Webpack, etc.), modern JS libraries (Angular/React/Polymer) and Git version control
  • Experience building RESTful web services
  • Experience working with large and/or complex data sets
  • Experience writing solid, production-quality PHP and/or Node code
  • Passion and enthusiasm for open source technologies
  • A team ethic that manifests itself in an eagerness to constantly improve your output and the output of the team you work in
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to explain complex technical concepts to journalists, designers and other engineers, including a willingness to build strong relationships with other departments
  • The ability to take responsibility and go into challenging situations with few guardrails with the view to making things better
  • A curiosity about how things outside our team work and how to make complex processes work more effectively

It would be great if

  • You have experience working in journalism, student media, and/or a journalism BA or Masters
  • You have experience or knowledge of cloud-based deployment (AWS, particularly S3, EC2, RDS; CloudFormation, etc.) and general server administration
  • You possess strong computer science fundamentals: data structures, algorithms, distributed systems, and both SQL and NoSQL databases
  • You have a portfolio of recent work, displaying new and experimental ways of presenting content
  • You have the ability quickly to pick up new programming languages
  • You are good at seeking advice in order to make the best decision

This role isn’t for you if

  • You struggle to manage multiple deadlines and to drop and pick up projects as dictated by news deadlines
  • You struggle to work at speed
  • You would like to work in a heavily structured, SCRUM environment

Please include the following for your application

  • An updated CV
  • Links to examples of your work — either live or on Github
  • A cover letter — this is your opportunity to really showcase how you think and why you want to work in a newsroom. Please include the following:
  • Your favourite sources of information (news or development related)
  • Your favourite app or library we will not have heard of and why you like it
  • What you think the biggest challenges/opportunities for newsrooms are in 2016

You can apply here. If you have any further questions please send them to nick.petrie@thetimes.co.uk or @petren on twitter