Join a massive website, and make a massive impact

Salary: £30k – £45k
Holidays: 34 days (incl. bank holidays)
Location: 100% remote (if based in the UK), our London Euston/Kings X head office, or our Folkestone coastal satellite office
Benefits: Bupa, bonuses and much more… (see below)

We may be a top ten UK media publisher, our websites loved by millions. Yet despite our huge success, we’ve jealously protected our start-up culture over the past 20 years. Which means today, we’re still a company where everyone who joins us gets to make a massive impact.

Our ethos and news product are well proven, but we know we’ve more to do to be the best site on the web for those seeking news from all the angles.

That’s why we are now looking for permanent, full-time web developers, who will work directly with our Founder & CEO on a wide array of UI/UX challenges.

About the role

You will join the engineering team, working together on some of our biggest challenges for 2017:

  • Ad blocking
  • Implementing our ‘mobile first’ roadmap.
  • Native advertising integration.
  • Auxiliary content integration.
  • Crowd-sourced ratings that drive editorial quality improvements.
  • Launching a US version of the site, NewsNow.com.
  • Developing an entirely new news product, which will eventually replace the website’s homepages.

Our engineers don’t just code. At NewsNow, product development is a team sport. You’d be invited to collaborate with the Founder & CEO, and other members of our engineering team, in conceiving the direction of development efforts, researching and designing the product, and ultimately helping specify your own tasks, as your experience develops.

Projects will generally combine server-side and client-side development. You’ll also be expected to review other’s code, and there will be opportunities to play a role in administering our systems, and keeping NewsNow running 24/7.

You and your skills

We want to hear from you if you are confident that you can learn what you need to know quickly and are not afraid to master new methods and discover new approaches. On-the-job training on the specifics of our systems, and even on the programming languages we use, will be provided.

For this role you will need:

  • Prowess in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/ES5, jQuery and responsive design.
  • Skills in image manipulation using PhotoShop / Illustrator.
  • A keen eye for visual detail and typography.
  • OO programming experience in e.g. JavaScript, Python, Java, Go, PHP, Perl, Ruby, C++

In addition, one or more of these would be great to have:

  • Copywriting.
  • SEO.
  • HTTP, Apache2.
  • MySQL/SQL, database design, and/or query optimisation skills.
  • ES6
  • Familiarity with the Unix command line and bash, dpkg, apt-get and git.
  • Android / iOS development.
  • Amazon S3/EC2/CloudFront.
  • Layer 2+3 networking.

You’re also someone who:

  • Is open to new technologies, but isn’t a slave to them: you relish crafting elegant solutions to hard technical and business problems, using whatever is the best tool for the job.
  • Thrives in a small, open and collaborative team, where the best ideas can come from anyone. You’re confident and articulate about what you know and what you don’t.
  • Is passionate about any area of news or sport, or creating the best product for people who are.
  • Lives within a reasonable distance of our London or Folkestone offices, or is comfortable working 100% remotely.

About the company

NewsNow is the UK’s largest independent free-to-web real-time news aggregator. A one-stop shop for news for 15m unique monthly visitors, we aim to be the best site on the web for those seeking news from all the angles. Running stably and profitably since our start in 1997, since 2009 we’ve been experiencing even greater commercial success as an industry leader in programmatic advertising technologies. In February, The Guardian ranked NewsNow among the top ten UK media publishers for news consumed by British people online.

We are always looking for new ways to reward the loyalty of our massive fan-base, and to grow our reach to new people seeking news from all the angles. We are a driver of quality in the news media and today set editorial standards for much of the content we link to.

Our highly experienced multi-disciplinary engineering team can afford to run lean. Our compact set-up lets us keep hierarchy and bureaucracy to a minimum. Which means today, we’re still a company where everyone who joins us gets to make a massive impact. In short, we offer all the excitement and agility of a start-up, but with the stability and benefits of an established business.

We run a LAMP stack, which employs mostly OO code in Perl 5, ES5, NodeJS (ES5+ES6), Go, with some C running on Debian Linux, deployed on co-located raw metal and in the cloud. We do our client-side development in HTML5, CSS3, OO JavaScript and jQuery.

NewsNow is also very proud to be the first digital member of the DEC charity’s Rapid Response Network, which helps alert the UK public efficiently to its vital emergency fundraising appeals.

Benefits of working for us include:

  • Fully paid Bupa private health insurance
  • 34 days paid annual leave (incl. bank holidays)
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Competitive salary + bonuses
  • Macbook
  • Flexible/homeworking
  • Choose your location: strategically located offices in London Euston/Kings X, in Folkestone, or 100% remote
  • Cycle to work
  • Social activities
  • Sabbatical proposals considered

Apply now

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 23 January 2017.