News Algorithm Engineers - Fully Remote

Salary: £40k – £65k (according to location and exp.)
Holidays: 26 days plus bank holidays
Location: 100% remote, UK resident
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 and discovery platform NewsNow.co.uk.

NewsNow presents curated and breaking headlines from around the world for those who want to read more widely, and think more critically. By presenting different perspectives and stories covered from a range of angles, it helps people to compare and contrast opposing viewpoints, spot differing presentations of the facts, challenge their preconceptions, make their own minds up, and stay abreast of topics they are passionate about.

Founded in 1997 to democratise and disrupt the market for news, NewsNow has built up a solid brand and huge, loyal 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.

Now in our 23rd year, we're in the fortunate position of having a proven product and the capital to invest in tackling some major growth and product development plans, both here in the UK and abroad, and creating even more social capital out of what has been an extremely successful platform.

That’s why we’re expanding and now looking for permanent, full-time news algorithm developers, who will work on a wide array of exciting projects including developing an entirely new news product for the site, which will eventually replace the site’s homepages.

About the role

You will join our highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary engineering team, playing a leading role in one of our biggest projects to date: working to create dynamically-generated live and topical news content digests across a range of subject areas that will engage, inform and entertain and promote critical thinking among our userbase.

As a News Algorithms Developer, you will author content generation algorithms that process article text, taking into account metadata, traffic levels, user ratings, editorial hints and other signals to sift our vast volumes of aggregated news for the best articles to meet our and our users' needs.

Your projects will largely be server-side, and will always comprise results analysis. Which means, it will be part of your responsibilities to demonstrate that the developments undertaken have delivered the desired results.

You will also be expected to review others’ code and there will be opportunities to learn to contribute across the entire stack, 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 OOP skills in any modern high-level language e.g. Python, Java, Go or C++.
  • An understanding of the principles behind great software design, allowing you to write complex code that’s clean, fast and scalable.
  • Experience of some of: machine learning, data mining, signal processing, statistical analysis, natural language processing, lexical/semantic analysis, lexical datasets (e.g. WordNet, YAGO).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Skills and confidence in debugging complex systems.
  • A track record of remote working or working with remote team members.

Our ideal candidate would also have:

  • Experience with relevant cloud-based solutions.
  • Training in mathematics (statistics, probability), computer science, data science or a related field.
  • MySQL/SQL/NoSQL, database design, and/or query optimisation skills
  • Familiarity with the Linux command line, bash, and Git.
  • Experience with NodeJS and React.

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 knowledgeable and passionate about at least one of: current affairs/politics and/or sport/football.
  • Lives within a reasonable distance of our London offices, or is comfortable working 100% remotely.

About our development team

We offer all the excitement and agility of a start-up, but with the stability and benefits of an established business.

Our highly experienced multi-disciplinary development team runs 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.

We’re a developer-driven company. Two of the company’s three directors are developers - and that includes the CEO. This means that development is core to the business, developers are appreciated for their creative input, and the importance of investment in development - and avoiding technical debt - is understood.

We operate a cutting-edge and bespoke containerised development model, that makes agile development convenient and cheap. For each new task, a disposable Docker container (talking to a disposable live database clone) provides a ready-built development environment running a full live NewsNow stack, complete with high-end browser-based IDE. This makes forking a breeze. From conception through roll out, branches and staged developments are continuously available as needed to developers and managers for collaboration and review.

We run a LAMP stack with Python 3, Perl 5, ES6, NodeJS and some C on the server-side, running on Debian Linux, deployed on co-located raw metal and in Google Cloud. We do our client-side development in HTML5, CSS3, SASS/SCSS, OO JavaScript and jQuery.

Our culture

  • Open: we share and collaborate within and across departments
  • Scientific: peer review and experimentation is in our DNA
  • One team, one vision: no office politics
  • An appreciative environment: expect to hear ‘thanks’ a lot
  • Room to grow: development of skills and responsibilities is encouraged and rewarded
  • Virtual: we run a remote-first development team (but with periodic London meetups)
  • Family-friendly and flexible: we understand sometimes personal needs must come first

Our remuneration policy

NewsNow is an exceptionally stable business that values long-term relationships with its employees. We run a programme of annual (or even more frequent) appraisals and pay reviews, with the aim of ensuring our employees are motivated, fulfilled, and that their remuneration reflects and recognises their developing expertise (whether transferable skills, or knowledge of our particular stack), their value to NewsNow, and on the wider job market.

Benefits

  • Fully paid Bupa private health insurance
  • 26 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Competitive salary + bonuses
  • MacBook
  • Fully remote: work from home 100% of the time (for remote roles)
  • Developer playtime for research & development
  • Budget for books and resources
  • Sabbatical proposals considered

More about NewsNow

NewsNow is the UK’s largest independent news aggregation and discovery platform. A one-stop shop for news for 12m unique monthly visitors, NewsNow is a UK top 50 website, and a global top 50 news destination.

We’re a developer-driven company. Two of the company’s three directors - which includes the CEO/Managing Director - are developers.

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.

NewsNow is proud of its place within the media ecosystem, providing a platform particularly for smaller and independent publications to reach their audience, and helping to grow media plurality. We are a driver of quality in the news media and today set editorial standards for much of the content we link to.

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

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