Engineering Manager
The Economist
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2d ago


The Editorial Tools Engineering Manager will report directly to the Head of Engineering for The Economist, be based out of our Birmingham engineering hub and is responsible for driving architectural design, coding best practice and optimising delivery for our editorial tools.

The appointee will join the team at a time of significant development and growth and the need for technology excellence and digital customer experience becomes paramount in our ability to deliver this.

We are therefore looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to lead our Editorial Tools team.

Our Editorial Tools Engineering teams build and run the products driving The Economist’s digital content, including articles, audio, video and interactive content.

Our team’s mission is to facilitate digital content creation and build an efficient back-end system to serve it to our apps.

As editorial engineers, we are a crucial part of creating new user experiences powered by The Economist’s most engaging content.

This is the time to be joining a profitable, responsible business with a brand and culture that you can be proud of and with every opportunity to deliver success for the Group and yourself.

You will have the opportunity to set the technical direction and to make your mark on a global brand's flagship product and we’re looking for someone who has not only done this before but is excited to join us and do it again.

This role is available in our central Birmingham office, just a 5 min walk from New Street Station and 1 min walk from Snow Hill Station.

We offer flexible working and have systems in place to ensure working remotely when the need arises. During the current Covid-19 situation, we shifted to all working remotely and the intention is to continue to spend more time working remotely than in the office.


How you will contribute :

  • Reporting to the Head of Software Engineering, you will be a part of the product engineering leadership team establishing and advocating engineering best practices across the organisation
  • Work with product owners and architects to provide technical leadership within the Team
  • Collaborate with engineers in your teams to break down large programmes into deliverable projects
  • Help prioritise the technical roadmap, we spend 25% of engineering time on technical debt and improvements
  • Work in a mixed technical environment, Go / TypeScript / NodeJS deploying into AWS
  • Support senior engineering management and the recruiting team to lead the hiring, onboarding and retention of diverse and talented software engineers
  • Support and develop software engineers through regular 1 : 2 : 1’s, mentoring and providing
  • Experience, skills and professional attributes

    The ideal skills for the role are :

  • You have experience managing the performance and development of high-performing software engineers at all career levels
  • Previously worked as a software engineer at a senior level, ideally within teams building and supporting distributed backend systems
  • Experience with infrastructure as code tooling, and DevOps culture
  • Understanding of the importance of using metrics to influence product and technical decisions
  • Experience working in an agile environment
  • Technical project management
  • Care for the problems our customers are facing, and how the solutions we produce affect the interaction with our product
  • Experience in automation quality tooling, CI / CD and automated testing
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