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Python Engineer working with the latest architectural concepts for the FT at Financial Times (London, UK)

There is no single type of person whom we employ at the FT; our strength is in our employees, from all different backgrounds, united by a passion for delivering compelling, smart journalism.

It takes a cutting-edge technology stack to provide the foundation for the cutting edge journalism that the Financial Times is renowned for. Keeping our users - customers and developers - safe is paramount across our diverse technology portfolio of platforms, products and services.

We’re looking for a skilled developer with a keen interest in security to help us deliver the tooling, practices and processes that keep our systems and applications safe across a wide platform of SaaS and PaaS, and the latest architectural concepts such as containerised microservices and serverless.

We’re committed to equality and diversity in the tech industry, and want to encourage applications from underrepresented backgrounds. We consider part-time roles and flexible working hours to help support this. 

This is an exciting opportunity to work across Technology and the wider business developing solutions that help our staff and customers work safely, including API development and automation of vulnerability, intrusion and compliance bots.

Skills & Requirements

Your core skill set and expertise is development with infrastructure engineering expertise and you're enthusiastic about cybersecurity.

  • Building security tools, infrastructure and API’s for developers and systems to consume

  • Provide support to other delivery teams at the FT and help them secure their platforms effectively.

  • Proactively identify and fix insecure practices and security vulnerabilities in the platform and network through audits, penetration testing and various other means

  • Advocate security to technology and business colleagues

  • Assist with system vulnerability scans, assessments and penetration tests.

  • Analysis and monitoring of cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities

Skills and Experience

  • Good understanding of Python and a willingness to learn new technologies and languages

  • Good understanding of how to build API’s and RESTful web services

  • Good unit testing skills

  • Log aggregation tools and techniques, analysis and reporting

  • Vulnerability management and analysis, including patching and remediation strategies

  • Hands on experience with AWS, especially cloudformation and lambda.

  • Excellent communication skills


  • Knowledge of Node.js or Go

  • Ability to work effectively with infrastructure and config management tools.

  • Experience integrating security tools into existing development workflows

  • Hold an AWS certification e.g. AWS certified solution architect - associate.

  • Client/server architectures & networking architecture, protocols and principles

  • Web application vulnerabilities and attacks

  • Knowledge of Linux internals

  • Experience with Agile, Scrum and working with delivery teams


  • Competitive salary plus bonus scheme

  • Holiday - 25 days leave, increasing to 30 after 2 full years service.

  • Season ticket loans: interest-free transport season ticket loans are available for staff offering a cost-saving compared to buying a monthly travel ticket.

  • Pension Plan: Current contributions - minimum employee contribution 2.5%. Maximum contribution: under age 30 - 5%, 30 to 44 - 6%, 45 and over - 8%. The FT will double your contribution up to 16%

  • Flexi-days: Option to buy additional leave at management authorisation

  • Gym Membership: Discounted gym membership with Nuffield Health

  • Healthcare scheme: Private health care. Taxable benefit.

  • Life Assurance: up to 14 times your salary

  • Dental Scheme

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