Job Description

This is an important moment in the life of The New York Times. We have declared ourselves a subscription-first company, staking our future on producing journalism that is worth paying for and is unparalleled in its quality and depth of coverage. Connecting our expanding readership to our quality journalism is one of our most necessary and exciting challenges as we move towards reaching our goal of 10 million subscriptions by 2025.

Engineers in the Engagement mission’s UX Foundations group are concerned with the scalability, extensibility, and health of our most important and highest traffic surfaces, including our Home page, Story pages, and Search across the web and mobile apps. To this end, their focus is on engineering these surfaces as platforms, formulating a complex design system to make a holistic experience across surfaces, collecting data and summarizing analytics for the Newsroom, and providing the best developer experience building, testing, and scaling brand new features for our readers.

You will report to the Executive Director of Engineering for the Engagement Mission, and work with Editorial, Design, Product, and Data to provide experiences that delight and inform our readers.

This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to be at the very center of readers’ experiences of the news. It involves evolving technology and consumer behavior, and the chance to help foster a daily habit with quality journalism in new ways for a whole new audience of people.

What you’ll do:

  • Work with product, design and editorial partners to maintain and scale our biggest surface platforms in our applications on iOS, Android and the web

  • Set and maintain a high standard for the quality, scalability, security and reliability of the product

  • Mentor a team of over 30 engineers, including direct management of three engineering managers, while creating a culture of understanding and transparency

  • Oversee the technical roadmap for our product, facilitating its development at the intersection of individual engineers and other functional leaders

  • Keep up-to-date on technical innovations, both inside and outside the team, which could inform the product roadmap and its implementation

  • Stay up-to-date with overarching legal and business requirements

  • Partner with other engineering teams, both as client and provider, to accomplish the goals of your group and to help other teams accomplish their own

  • Contribute to our broader engineering organizational efforts, including hiring, career growth, remote work and other company-wide projects

What you’ll bring:

  • Experience managing a complex, multi-platform engineering organization

  • A skill at building long-term roadmaps for evolving foundational systems while delivering on near term needs

  • Comfort with managing engineering managers and giving them the support, context, and latitude to be effective

  • Experience managing diverse teams and co-leading those teams with Product and Design partners

  • A user-focused mentality

  • A grasp of the primary technologies and engineering challenges facing consumer products

  • At least two years managing managers or six years managing engineers

This role may require limited on-call hours. An on-call schedule will be determined when you join, taking into account team size and other variables.  On-call hours are unpaid, unless informed otherwise by your manager.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local “Fair Chance” laws.