The Washington Post | Manager, Software Engineering, Professional Services - Technical.ly

Manager, Software Engineering, Professional Services

The Washington Post |  Washington, D.C. | Dev / Eng

Job Description
Perks + Benefits
Company Culture
Technical.ly Coverage

Overview
Arc Publishing is a SaaS startup within the Washington Post for publishers and brands to produce, maintain and publish content for newsrooms and marketing teams. Arc is quickly becoming the leader in publishing focused software development.

The Professional Services team is responsible for developing bespoke solutions for new client onboarding onto the Arc Publishing platform. We’re seeking a talented engineering manager to join our diverse team of engineers that is shaping the future of how we do client development at the Post.  If you are highly motivated, passionate about clean code, and seeking a collaborative, inclusive environment, we’d like to hear from you.

Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage full stack teams of software engineers that design, implement, instrument, test, deploy and support their own code.
  • Be responsible for the overall planning, execution, and success of complex technical projects in an Agile process.
  • Coach team members on a daily basis, set goals and conduct performance reviews.
  • Own the full lifecycle of your team’s QA and Operations.
  • Have a deep understanding of how our products and client solutions are built and sometimes contribute technically to client soutions.
  • Have an understanding of client needs and design solutions for how to achieve them.
  • Work with Technical Delivery Managers and Product Owners to maintain a roadmap and project plan that meets the demands of our clients.
  • Turn the roadmap into staffing needs and a hiring strategy.
  • Implement a technical strategy that ensures future success of your products and teams.
  • Contribute to design and architecture of systems that span multiple teams and/or products.

Qualifications

  • Several years in an engineering management or senior engineering team lead role
  • Experience architecting and implementing solutions on top of AWS
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Other
  • Work from Home
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Generous Parental Leave
  • Mother Rooms
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

The Washington Post is no doubt an iconic fixture in the world of journalism. For over a century, it has been breaking news, setting journalistic standards and even sharing the silver screen with movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

One might ask oneself, “Where, oh, where might a technologist like me fit in?” The answer would be right smack dab in the middle of the newsroom.

To be on the tech team at The Post is to work at the pulse of breaking news directly alongside journalists and editors. Engineers have the unique opportunity to collaborate with content creators and invent new ways to captivate readers, whether it’s powering important election updates or finding clever, simple ways to help amateur chefs master a featured recipe.

Owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and led by one of AdWeek’s “Most Indispensible Executives,” CIO Shailesh Prakash, The Post has undergone a masterful transformation from formidable print newspaper to innovative media technology company. In fact, it landed eighth on Fast Company’s 2018 “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” list.

With a “build not buy” philosophy, Prakash has empowered engineers to invent industry-changing software that does everything from delivering breaking news alerts faster to telling stories through augmented reality. This has led The Post to pursue an entirely new line of business: selling its in-house content management system, Arc, as a service to companies across the globe.

The ongoing emphasis on innovation means that engineers get to dip their toes in a variety of projects. Every couple of weeks ushers in a new development opportunity, feature or update, eliminating the risk of the team’s motivation growing stale.

Though many employees enjoy the buzz of newsroom energy emanating throughout the office, most find The Post has a surprisingly flexible work style. Employees within the software engineering department are first and foremost motivated by the needs of The Post and its readers, but are trusted to work remotely or get their work done off-hours, if needed.

The culture is decidedly down to earth. Described as an ‘inspiring and transparent environment,’ even the conference rooms are filled with light and surrounded by glass. Additionally, it has been noted numerous times that one of the most active Slack channels around the organization is affectionately labeled ‘Leftovers,’ where people post whatever leftover food they have from meetings or events.

Whether you’re a junior software engineer or top political reporter, everyone is a part of the team. And, really, what’s a better way to get acquainted and produce some killer news content than sharing ideas over a cold dish of half-eaten mac and cheese?

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