Staff Software Engineer, Workflow

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.

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Job Description

The New York Times is looking for a Senior or Staff Software Engineer to join the Workflow team. In this role, you'll report to a Senior Engineering Manager and join a cross-functional team of engineers, designers, and product managers to help us build the in-house tooling the newsroom uses to manage the home page and its equivalent in the New York Times iOS and Android apps . This is an opportunity to make a big impact on a vital team, and you'll be part of an engineering organization that values transparency and openness, diversity, learning, community, and continuous improvement.

Our work is unprecedented and challenging. We're building an entirely new version of our editorial process and the applications that power it, while maintaining all our mission-critical standards for publishing news. We get to partner with a terrific team of internal users -- we know their names and they know ours. This role is a great opportunity for someone who wants to work on a highly collaborative team that thrives on end-user feedback, and who wants to directly support the mission of The New York Times.

About the Workflow team

When news breaks, readers around the world turn to The New York Times for trustworthy, authoritative coverage. Our team makes sure the newsroom can publish those updates, 24/7. We take pride in high reliability and high usability, so the newsroom's talented editors can focus on the content of the journalism, not clicking buttons and dealing with error messages.

We're working hard to make the home page and home screen a better, more useful product. Beyond breaking news, The Times also offers a huge volume of high-quality journalism: exclusive feature-length articles, features coverage, opinion and commentary, audio and video, NYT Cooking, Wirecutter and more. Traditionally, our newsroom has packaged all of this so that everyone loading the home page sees the same coverage at the same time. This sense of a "shared experience" is vital to us because we stand for trustworthy, unbiased news -- an alternative to the echo chambers of social media. We want to preserve everything that's great about that while evolving the home screen into a better experience. We're bringing techniques like A/B testing and algorithms powered by data science into the newsroom, putting them into the hands of journalists, and using them to help the right articles find the right readers at the right time. That increases the reach of our journalism (and drives engagement for our subscription business too). We aim to amplify our newsroom's editorial judgment, not replace it.

Our tech stack

The core technologies used on our team include Javascript (React, Redux, Typescript), and Google Firestore.

You'll be an ideal candidate if you:
  • Have 5+ years of software development experience
  • Desire to be given problems to solve, as opposed to solutions to implement
  • Have strong opinions about building maintainable software, but are also willing to have constructive debates and work towards the best options for the team
  • Love collaborating: sketching with designers, ideating with product managers, and pairing with other engineers
  • Have a growth mindset: you embrace challenges, learn from mistakes, and are always learning
  • Enjoy mentoring other engineers and seeing your teammates grow and flourish
  • Freely give and graciously receive feedback
  • Have empathy for application users and desire to improve their experiences.
  • Are excited about working with and learning about the newsroom

In this role you'll:
  • Propose solutions for system designs and architecture that directly impact users
  • Contribute to technical discussions to gather requirements and develop product features or solutions while maintaining standard methodologies
  • Work with your team to build systems that are highly scalable and fault tolerant.
  • Collaborate with Design, Project Management and Product Management and other professionals within your team and across the organization
  • Grow the skills of colleagues through pairing, design reviews, and code reviews

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.

This role is open to full-time remote and NYC based in-office employees.


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.