Senior Software Engineer – PHP
News UK
London, GBR
1d ago

Job Description

Senior Software Engineer - PHP

We are : News UK is a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for storytelling, capturing moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world.

Our newspapers reach more than 30 million people each week and include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. News UK is also home to Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations including talkSPORT, VirginRadio, talkRADIO and Times Radio.

We are Technology : a department that has people and product at its heart. We use technology to innovate and lead the global conversation on the future of journalism and storytelling.

We proudly are part of TechCharterUK as over 27% of our Tech roles are filled by gender minorities.

Content Platforms is a technology team within News UK Tech that provides content planning, management, authoring, curation and distribution capabilities that allow the flexibility for reuse across News UK brands, enabling our content creators to deliver the most trusted and compelling journalism in the world.

Our platform underpins some of the biggest publishing brands in the UK, including The Times and The Sunday Times, and the UK’s most widely read publication, The Sun.

Content Platforms are poised to change the way our newsrooms create, develop and interact with content, helping to solve the major challenges of transforming to a digital first organisation while inspiring and empowering our newsrooms to expand their horizons and push the boundaries of how stories will be told in the future.

We are an agile, cross-functional and diverse team of just over 50 strong, located in London, Sofia and Bangalore.

Day to day you will : As a Senior Software Engineer you will be helping us reshape our architecture and systems, working with our Principal Engineers to ensure what we build is fit for the future.

You will be working with a variety of different codebases and systems, primarily written in PHP (WordPress) and JavaScript / TypeScript, but other languages too.

You’ll be helping to build new tools and improve existing ones to improve the lives of our colleagues in the newsrooms.

What we’re looking for from you : You’re a true engineer with a passion for clean, well crafted and tested code, considering everything from architecture and security to performance.

You understand agile methodologies and enjoy collaboration. You lead by example, encouraging your peers to constantly improve.

You have a continuous improvement mindset and are proactive in driving positive change, encouraging those around you to do the same.

You love engineering and constantly want to learn more. You do thorough code reviews to be sure what we produce is of a very high standard.

You understand the value of and are a practitioner of TDD / BDD. You are very experienced with PHP and / or WordPress and are flexible and open to learning everything we have to offer, expanding your skillset with us.

As a Senior Software Engineer you’ll be ensuring our applications and infrastructure meet modern and high standards and best practices.

You’ll be a mentor to your team members and a source of technical expertise in your areas of strength and will learn from others with different strengths.

You’ll find these skills useful in this role :

  • Deep understanding of PHP and / or WordPress and best practises
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal

    Knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    Leading and nurturing developers of different abilities

    Understanding of JavaScript / TypeScript, React or similar is a bonus

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