JavaScript/Ad Tech Engineers

Salary: £40k – £65k (according to location and exp.)
Holidays: 26 days plus bank holidays
Location: London Kings Cross
Benefits: Bupa, bonuses and much more…

About NewsNow

NewsNow is a rare beast: a UK-based ‘dot com’ success story; a publisher and technology company running the extremely successful news aggregation platform

Founded in 1997 to democratise and disrupt the market for news, NewsNow has built up a solid brand and huge user base. Our small & agile team, together with a focus on adtech and algorithms right on the cutting edge, has delivered a run of outstanding financial results and industry-leading success metrics.

Our large, loyal audience visit multiple times daily, excited by the potential to discover the latest and broadest range of content on the news issues of the moment, as well as the sports they love. We aim to inform, surprise, challenge and delight, 24/7.

Now in our 20th year, we're in the fortunate position of having a proven product and the capital to invest in tackling some major growth plans, both here in the UK and abroad, and creating even more social capital out of what has been an extremely successful platform.

Our ethos and news product are well proven, but we’ve huge plans to fulfil our mission to be the best and fastest website for news from all the angles.

That’s why we’re expanding and now looking for permanent, full-time JavaScript/ad tech engineers, who will work on a range of exciting projects, driving the company's commercial success as an industry leader in development and application of programmatic advertising technologies.

About the role

You will join our highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary engineering team, working to grow revenues and improve UX on our biggest programmatic advertising challenges for 2018 and beyond:

  • Programmatic native (ES6, ES5, NodeJS).
  • Header bidding (ES5) integrations and optimisation.
  • Server-to-server bidding (ES6, ES5, NodeJS).
  • Ad format and positioning optimisation.

As a JavaScript/Ad Tech Engineer, your projects will generally combine elements of server-side and client-side development. They will always comprise results analysis. Which means, it will be part of your responsibilities to demonstrate that the developments undertaken have delivered the desired effect.

Given your expertise in JavaScript (ES5 and ES6), you will also be expected to review others’ code, and there will opportunities to contribute across the entire stack (according to your particular skills), and play a role administering our systems and keeping NewsNow running 24/7.

At NewsNow, product development is a team sport. So you'll also be invited to collaborate with other members of our product development and engineering team in conceiving development efforts, researching and specifying planned product enhancements, according to your particular skills.

You and your skills

For this role you will need:

  • Advanced ES5 (OO) and a good grasp of ES6.
  • A good understanding of high-performance Node.js web services development and familiarity with common Node.js libraries.
  • Experience of developing complex computer software and solving scalability challenges.
  • A good understanding of the networking and rendering performance of modern browsers, or the skills to find out.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skills and confidence in debugging complex systems.
  • SQL and spreadsheet data analysis skills.

Our ideal candidate would also have:

  • Training in mathematics (statistics, probability), computer science, data science or a related field.
  • Familiarity with the Linux command line, bash, and Git
  • DNS and HTTP
  • Experience of network analysis tools e.g. mtr, tcpdump, tshark
  • Experience with data analysis tools, e.g. pandas; Python, machine learning
  • HTML5, jQuery, Go, CSS3

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 excited about how tech can be used to electronically trade advertising.
  • Lives within a reasonable distance of our London 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. Recently, 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.


  • Fully paid Bupa private health insurance
  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Competitive salary + bonuses
  • MacBook
  • Flexible/homeworking opportunities
  • Choose your location: strategically located offices in London or 100% remote
  • Cycle to work
  • Social activities
  • Sabbatical proposals considered after 2 years

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