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Junior Engineer to join the FT Product and Technology department at Financial Times (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Company & Department Context

The Financial Times (FT) is one of the world’s leading business news and information organisations. We are recognised globally for our authority, integrity and accuracy. We provide a broad range of essential services, including news, comment, data and analysis, to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.

We think the Financial Times is a great place to work: we have a technical stack that is cutting edge - employing cloud-based, microservices architectures and using a wide range of open source and commercial technologies; our product development methodologies are very current - using a data-driven approach, empowering everyone to understand and to delight our customers; our engineers are free to choose the tools they need and are able to influence the development process. Importantly, we ensure staff also have the ability to achieve a good work-life balance.

Position Summary

An exciting opportunity for a junior engineer to join the Product & Technology department, of a growing business and a globally recognised brand.  Working with the team in Sofia, or in distributed teams in London and Sofia, you will be part of a team delivering innovative technical solutions as you build and operate world-class platforms to grow the Financial Times strategic business models. Your team will have the autonomy, within defined guard rails, to select the tools and technologies needed to build and operate services responsible for FT brand critical capabilities.  Someone who is comfortable with the ever-changing technical landscape and is keen to contribute to the company’s processes and broader know how would thrive in this role.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Work within an Agile delivery team to design and implement low maintenance, well monitored, secure and scalable solutions to customer problems

  • Participate in the design, build and operational phases of solutions, from cradle to grave, which meet both functional and non-functional KPIs

  • Understand and play an active part in designing the architecture, tooling and release cycle processes used by the engineering teams across Product & Technology

  • Contribute to company-wide processes, frameworks and guidelines

  • Develop a close relationship with our customers and provide operational support

Person Specification (Candidate Profile):


  • Good command of written and spoken English

  • Good understanding of the concepts of both Object Oriented and Functional programming

  • Some level of familiarity with either Java, Node.js or Go

  • An open mind to explore new ideas, and the willingness to learn

  • Good understanding of Software Development best practices such as SOLID, TDD, CI/CD and pair programming

  • A keen interest in keeping up with the current trends in technology

  • Comfortable working in a Linux environment


  • Will hold an industry certification in a key platform, tool or domain used within Engineering at the FT.

  • Knowledgeable about the concept of Cloud Computing

  • Understand the principles of the Agile Software Development Methodology

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