Job Description

Every day, journalists at The New York Times report more than 200 stories from dozens of countries around the world on topics ranging from major international events to the best way to roast a chicken. Those stories are read, listened to, and watched by more than 100 million digital readers each month across our web and mobile products.

All engineers at The New York Times take great pride in building products that live up to the quality and reputation of our journalism. We value transparency and openness, diversity, learning, community, and continuous improvement. Check out some of our Times Open blog posts, written by engineers and other technical team members: how we prepared for the 2020 election, on working remotely, on developing your career, and working with next gen technology. See some of our open source projects. Follow us @nytopen on Twitter to see what we’re up to and come be a part of the digital revolution of a 168-year-old institution with a “mission worth believing in.”

The Subscription Platform Group

The Subscription Platform group develops the core backend services for the New York Times’ digital and home delivery subscriptions – including the billing, payment processing and subscription management systems that have enabled The New York Times to grow to over 7 million subscribers. We’re engaged in several projects to break down monolithic applications into microservices. In doing so, we need engineers with experience building and operating distributed systems at scale.

You will:

  • Design the next generation of our subscription platform to ensure NYT’s growth goals.

  • Work with your team to build resilient systems that can scale.

  • Incorporate state-of-the-art  telemetry and observability in our platform to allow operational excellence.

  • Identify security problems and improve the security aspects of our services.

  • Develop processes for automating, testing, and deploying your work.

  • Work with Project Management, Product Management and other professionals within your team and across the organization.

  • Contribute to our mission of reaching 10+ million paid subscriptions by 2025.

You should apply if you have:

  • Experience working with ecommerce/payment/subscription systems.

  • Deep knowledge of object-oriented programming and other scripting languages: Java, Go, Python, …

  • Experience building microservices or distributed cloud-based software systems, with an emphasis on fault tolerance, resilience, observability and operability.

  • Experience with system design and architecture, with an emphasis on building distributed systems at scale.

  • Experience data modeling and working with transactional data using both SQL-based and NoSQL database systems.

  • Experience with multi-tier application architecture and concepts of networking, load balancing, and Linux OS.

  • Experience with container orchestration systems: e.g. kubernetes, docker.

  • Experience with public cloud platform services: Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

  • Experience with Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery techniques and tooling (e.g. Jenkins, drone, ansible).


  • We’ve won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other organization (including two in 2019), and you will help power, distribute and expand what is possible for our award-winning journalism.

  • We believe diversity fuels development and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups dedicated to promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment.

  • We are a New York-based engineering organization with a remote-friendly workplace that includes engineers around the world.

  • We are committed to career development and have a formal mentoring program. We encourage our engineers to participate in conferences and we frequently host talks by industry leaders (such as Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates).

  • Every person within the tech organization will spend five full days focusing on learning. We have a generous tuition reimbursement program and you can use this time on career-relevant activities like attending formal classes, internal company training, online training, a self-developed learning program and teaching others.

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.