Web Developer (Mid/Senior) - Fully Remote

Salary: £37,500 – £65,000 plus an annual bonus (according to experience — see our remuneration policy)
Holidays: 26 days plus bank holidays
Location: 100% remote, UK resident
Benefits: Bupa, bonuses and much more…
Type: Full-time
Closing date: 7th January 2022

About NewsNow

NewsNow — now in its 25th year — is a rare UK-based .com success story: a news organisation using technology to support and promote credible, independent and public interest journalism, via the extremely successful news aggregation and discovery platform NewsNow.co.uk.

Founded in 1997 to democratise and disrupt the market for news, NewsNow has since become a global top 50 news website with millions of loyal users who discover news from thousands of publishers.

NewsNow presents curated and breaking headlines from around the world for people who want to stay abreast of topics they are passionate about, weigh up differing presentations of the facts and viewpoints, and challenge their preconceptions all as they make up their own minds.

We believe what we do helps make society better, but huge challenges remain. Now, in this era of fake news and polarisation, and as we proudly enter our 25th year, we're in the fortunate position of having a proven product and the capital to continue investing in endeavours to support and promote credible, independent and public interest journalism.

Learn more about how we operate, our mission, and ethos.

That’s why we’re expanding and now looking for permanent web developers, who will work on a wide array of exciting UI/UX challenges.

About the role

You will join our highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary product development and engineering team, enhancing the functionality of the website and improving our web codebase and infrastructure through both client-side and server-side development.

Our priorities for 2021 and beyond include:

  • Developing our entirely new design – built in Vue – which represents the biggest upgrade to NewsNow's format in its nearly 25-year history;
  • Evolving into a social news site by crowdsourcing feedback and ratings from users to drive quality and user-centric improvements;
  • Implementing various mobile initiatives, such as the development of a progressive web application (PWA) and push notifications to not only make accessing NewsNow easier, but also put us at the forefront of peoples' minds at critical moments;
  • Continuing our mission to provide a healthy news diet through publishing headlines linking to breaking and curated news from a diverse range of credible, independent and public interest news sources.

You will be expected to contribute authoritatively towards our web development projects, implementing new UI functionality through Vue components (and where necessary in the backend) to a high level of design precision.

You will also easily grasp the detail and the "big picture" of systems you come into contact with, and as you learn, you will be able to correctly anticipate the interactions of these systems, particularly given planned modifications to their behaviour.

You will be able to engage authoritatively in technical discussions and debates around the specifications of projects: from UI components, state management and APIs, through writing business logic and prototyping.

Last but not least, you will also consistently produce high-quality code that is secure, readable and stands the test of time, and which requires relatively few changes when reviewed.

At NewsNow, we are highly collaborative, so you'll also be invited to work closely with other members of our product development and engineering team in conceiving development efforts, researching and specifying planned product enhancements, and reviewing each others' code.

You and your skills

We want to hear from you if you are confident that you can learn what you need to know quickly and are keen to master new methods and discover new approaches. On-the-job training will be provided on the specifics of our systems and on the technologies we use (as necessary).

For this role you will need:

  • Prowess in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript/ES6, and responsive design
  • Vue; or experience working with a modern front-end framework such as React or Angular and a willingness to pick up Vue quickly
  • A keen eye for detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

In addition, one or more of these would be nice to have:

  • Design skills (we use Figma)
  • Programming experience in another high-level language like PHP, Ruby, Python, Go, Java or Perl
  • OO programming principles
  • Node.js
  • SASS
  • Webpack
  • SEO
  • MySQL/SQL
  • Familiarity with the Linux command line, bash, and Git
  • HTTP, Apache2
  • Amazon AWS and/or Google Cloud
  • Copywriting

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 open about what you don’t
  • Is passionate about any area of news or sport, or creating the best product for people who are
  • 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 use a cutting-edge containerised development model, that makes agile development convenient and cheap, using Dockside. For each new task, Dockside lets us launch a disposable development container — aka a devtainer — which provides a self-contained fully-functioning development environment running a full live NewsNow stack (talking to a disposable live database clone) complete with high-end browser-based VS Code-compatible IDE. This makes forking, staging and code-review a breeze. From conception through roll out, branches and staged developments are continuously available as needed to developers, managers and testers for collaboration, feedback and review. (Learn more about our open-sourced Dockside on GitHub).

We run Debian Linux, Apache, MySQL with Python 3, Perl 5, and Node on the server-side, with TensorFlow/Keras for ML, and HTML5, CSS3 (SASS/SCSS) and modern JavaScript (OO ES6+ & Vue framework) on the client-side.

All our software is containerised and deployed using Docker Swarm services on our own co-located raw metal or in Google Cloud.

Our culture

  • Open: we share and collaborate within and across departments
  • Rigorous: We like to be clear about what we're doing, and why. Experimentation and peer-review are 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 are today a fully-remote company (planning in-person meetups when circumstances permit)
  • Family-friendly and flexible: we understand sometimes personal needs come first

Our remuneration policy

NewsNow is an exceptionally stable business that values long-term relationships with its employees. As an incentive to join NewsNow, we will look to offer the most attractive candidates a respectable increment over and above their current salary.

Furthermore, 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
  • Budget for books and resources
  • Fully remote: work from home 100% of the time
  • Flexible working
  • MacBook and home office allowance
  • Occasional social meetups

Location

We are today a fully-remote company, arranging in-person meetups periodically, as circumstances permit.

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 ad funded — experiencing great commercial success as an industry leader in programmatic advertising technologies — however today we are actively exploring how, together with other news organisations, we can move towards a future where public interest news and journalism is funded sustainably by the people it serves.

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. Read more about our mission, our ethos and how we support and promote public interest journalism.

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.

Apply now

If this interests you, get in touch and tell us about yourself. We’re hiring continuously so there’s never a bad time to say hello.

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