Software Engineer (Back End)

Telegraph Media Group

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time



At the Telegraph we build an amazing, engaging, fast, reliable and secure digital product (website and app) that showcases our journalism, encourages subscription and makes that process as seamless as possible.

As a Back End Engineer, your primary purpose will be to develop backend domain software applying modern best practices to deliver quality user experiences to support the Telegraphs subscription strategy.

Our Engineering principles are based on BUILD it, RUN it, OWN it.

You will ensure your code is delivered to the highest standard in line with the product goals, on time and within budget, and you will be part of the rota to provide technical support for the systems in production.

You will collaborate in the development of our performance and verification pipelines, and the cloud, the infrastructure required to run these, with the constant aim of full automation.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain an enterprise-class website by building applications and custom workflows using AEM (Adobe Experience Manager).
  • Work closely within a cross functional team of Delivery Managers, Business Analysts and Engineers whilst collaborating with Product Managers and Designers to ship product features.
  • Architect, design and develop features on the roadmap applying modern best practices in your designs and implementations.
  • Be a contributor to technical scoping and estimation of new work that comes to the team.
  • Work with a DevOps mindset to help build, run and own your own code in a production environment.
  • Provide 2nd line operational support as part of the on-call rota and proactively prevent, address and resolve production issues if they arise.
  • Help with the hiring process to build a strong high performing team.
  • Help define, roll out and evolve our testing strategy.
  • Keep up with the latest technology innovations in media, cloud and software development.
  • Be an active member of the Telegraph Engineering Team, contributing to the vibrant culture and promoting the Telegraph Engineering brand through public channels such as open source communities, blogs and meetups.


  • Have an expert understanding of internet technologies, architectures and general application development.
  • Be able to apply agile development principles and champion modern best software practices to continuously improve our software and the development processes.
  • Have a strong understanding of the full software development life-cycle and be eager to influence the processes adopted by the team in delivering projects.
  • Act as a strong advocate for quality in product development, continuous integration and automation and have a deep understanding on how to achieve these through the latest test strategies and using automation frameworks.
  • Collaborate in all aspects of software development with a focus on quality, performance and verification pipelines with the constant aim of full automation.
  • Contribute towards architectural designs and development techniques and standards.
  • Be product-minded and understand the tradeoffs between quality and delivering fast.
  • Have experience working across the entire software stack, from provisioning of infrastructure through to software design, development and support.
  • Be able to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.

Technical skills required for the role

  • JAVA latest editions
  • JUnit unit-testing framework
  • A firm believer in test-driven development and continuous deployment with tools such as Jenkins.
  • Prior experience with Docker containers and CI/CD servers such as Jenkins
  • Experience of software delivery within a high web traffic/high volume transactional online/digital/media environment.
  • Best practice knowledge of security, performance and accessibility.
  • Been part of a high-performing, autonomous, Agile development Team.

Additional skills useful for the role

  • Working knowledge of cloud platforms and serverless architecture with AWS and/or GCP.
  • Server Side Includes/Edge Side Includes(SSI/ESI).
  • OSGI Configurations based on run modes.
  • Previous usage of workflow tools such as JIRA and/or Trello
  • Performance and Load Testing (Jmeter/Blazemeter).


The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and parental leave (six months fully paid maternity leave and enhanced paternity/partner leave), to life assurance, and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Training and development

With support from your manager and colleagues, you’ll also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Our commitment to inclusion

At Telegraph Media Group, we foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds. We believe in equality of opportunity and welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic background, religion and/or belief.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer as part of the government’s Disability Confident Scheme. If you are disabled or have a long-term health condition and would like support in applying for any of our roles or if you require any reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

To find out more about Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Telegraph Media Group, and for more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.

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