Overview

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for. 

 

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

 

About the Position

Wirecutter is seeking a Platforms Software Engineer to collaboratively build and maintain the digital platforms that enable our journalists to share our product research and expertise, helping our millions of readers make informed buying decisions.  As a Platforms Software Engineer, you will be a member of a cross-functional team that includes other engineers, a product manager, a project manager, and internal users of our platforms.  Our mission is to be the most trusted and helpful recommendation service, and you will be a part of getting us there.

We have a respectful and inclusive culture that values learning, creative problem solving, supportive teamwork, and shipping value.  We focus on scale, reliability, performance and product agility, which means picking the right tool for the job, while also being pragmatic and flexible as needed.

Wirecutter is powered by a modern web stack consisting of a variety of languages and frameworks including:

  • PHP – WordPress, Laravel

  • Javascript – Node.js, Express, Apollo, React

Responsibilities

  • Working with a team of Software Engineers, Project Manager, Product Manager, Engineering Manager and peers from other internal teams to develop new features.

  • Work on a variety of primarily back-end PHP platforms that store the core content and product data for Wirecutter.

  • Develop features, from start to finish, that enable internal teams to share their journalism with our readers and produce actionable information about the impact of Wirecutter’s work.

  • Research and analyze bugs and support issues to triage and develop solutions.

  • Perform code reviews with helpful and meaningful feedback for your teammates.

  • Mentor and grow peers in new technologies and methodologies.

  • Research, document, note trade-offs and recommend potential solutions around future product features.

  • Work collaboratively across the engineering department to ensure standard methodologies and processes are followed.

  • Lead by example.

Qualifications

  • Experience developing features for back-end web applications using PHP.

  • Experience with front-end web development, including Node.js and React.

  • Knowledge of GraphQL is a bonus.

  • Knowledge of software principles, application architecture, data structures, coding conventions, and security practices.

  • A team-first mentality and a desire to work with and learn from other disciplines.

  • Strong communication skills that allow you to convey complex ideas in writing and in person.

  • Ability to focus on core business needs and goals.

  • Analytical and creative problem-solving skills.

  • Empathy for users and desire to improve their experiences.

  • Ideally, you have previously worked on a distributed or hybrid team.

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.

We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here.

Locations

Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NE, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 16 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.

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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.