Senior Software Engineer – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract

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Hearst Communications, Inc.

Hearst Communications, Inc.

At Hearst UK, there’s always more to the story. Join us as our Senior Software Engineer to start the next chapter in your career.

We’re the UK’s leading premium publisher, and the people behind iconic media brands such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Country Living. We’ve created a working environment that encourages everyone to pull together. We never stop looking for brave new ideas. We’ll always try to develop and improve, we trust each other to do our best, and we have fun as we build on our heritage to make history.

Hearst’s Media Platforms division is Hearst’s internal product, technology and design group, which spans both CDS Global and Hearst Magazines. Media Platforms is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to build performant web applications using a modern JavaScript stack. You will be working on the app that is the first point of contact for the 150 million people that we reach through our iconic and diverse brands mentioned above. And that’s just the United States, our global reach is even larger. At Media Platforms, our technology, tools, services and solutions touch hundreds of millions of lives by driving experiences, and growing businesses. Our team of engineers, product managers, data scientists and designers build a suite of products to lead the way in shaping and managing the future of publishing.

You’ll join a diverse, supportive community of engineers who are creating a modern content technology stack – built from the ground up – to give our clients and users, tools that enable them to tell amazing stories and run their businesses more effectively. We’re using modern web technologies to do this, like Python, JavaScript, Node.js, GraphQL, and React. We’re building an open, service-oriented platform driven by APIs, and believe in crafting simple, elegant solutions to complex technological and product problems. Our platform is built on AWS and Kubernetes with deployments automated through Slack bots.


  • Build the next generation of our world class publishing platform using industry leading providers and technologies serving Hearst’s many acclaimed brands.
  • Participate in product and software design discussions, working directly with other engineers, product and design teams, DevOps, and other stakeholders.
  • Use well-reasoned, appropriate design patterns and best practices.


  • You take initiative to constantly improve individually and as a part of a team.
  • You have 5+ years of experience building web applications and services.
  • You have the ability to take a feature to full completion – from inception through design, implementation, delivery, and post-release in an iterative agile environment.
  • You have 3+ experience with client and server-side programming in React, Node.js, Python, and other similar languages. You’re not tied to a specific language or technology and you’re able to quickly adapt and learn new skills.
  • Experience using Docker / Docker Compose for local development.
  • Cloud development – Kubernetes on Amazon AWS or Google Cloud.
  • You have experience designing database schemas, querying for data, and optimizing existing queries in PostgreSQL.
  • You write tests to improve the quality, modularity, and maintainability of your code.
  • You have an understanding of, and experience with, concurrency and asynchronous programming and relational and non-relational databases and data models.
  • You have a Computer Science degree or equivalent real-world experience and knowledge of Computer Science fundamentals.
  • You have strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • You’re an effective communicator.


At Hearst UK, you can choose from a huge range of perks and benefits that can help you learn well, work well and live well including:

  • 25 days’ holiday (with the option to buy up to 5 additional holiday days) – pro rated for part-time or fixed-term employees
  • Hybrid working – Three days per week in the office
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Spend a charity day with your favourite good cause
  • Life assurance and pension scheme
  • Regular socials and more!

There’s more to your story than you imagine. And the next chapter begins right here.

Hearst UK is deeply committed to using our influential brands to reflect the world we want to live in – one that respects, protects, represents and uplifts the voices and opinions of all people. As a business, we recognise the significant benefits of creativity, collaboration and innovation that comes with diverse teams. Not only is diversifying the voices in our organization the right thing to do, but it also helps us to make powerful and exciting content that can be enjoyed by many more people. This is why we’re working to build a sense of true belonging within our business and foster a culture in which everyone feels heard.

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