Financial Times visual & data journalism — senior engineer

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Joanna Kao

Dec 21, 2021, 11:26:18 AM12/21/21
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The Financial Times is hiring a full-time senior engineer to join the Visual and Data Journalism desk in London. We are a team of data-, visual- and developer- journalists reporting into the product & technology department, but working in the newsroom with reporters to develop engaging pieces of journalism including data visualisations, complex data analysis, immersive, visual-first explainers and investigations. We’re looking for creative, interdisciplinary thinkers with technical expertise — a background in journalism is not required but would be advantageous.

Role and responsibilities:

You will work on a variety of projects from complex investigations to fast-turnaround graphics and applications, both independently and as part of a team. You'll play a pivotal role in a variety of projects that have global impact. From ideation to delivery, you'll create new and innovative ways to find and tell stories. You might be designing systems to automate reporting election results one day, investigating companies by scraping millions of public filings the next, and building an online game explaining the economics of Uber after that. You will also develop and promote best practice in the use of technology for visual & data journalism to colleagues across the newsroom.

The kinds of projects you could be involved in: 

Characteristics we value:

  • An interest in global business, finance and politics

  • Developing creative solutions to diverse problems

  • Being a positive, collaborative and proactive team player

  • Mentoring and teaching colleagues with various levels of technical backgrounds — whether that be pair programming, lightning talks, good documentation, leading workshops or mentoring more junior members of the team

  • Dedication to accessibility and a keen interest in design and UX principles (e.g. user testing, human-centred design, micro-interactions, animation)

  • Flexibility and pragmatism to balance technical needs and editorial goals that may require rapid adaptation on deadline

  • A desire to experiment and learn continuously to keep your skills at the forefront of industry best-practice

Happy to answer any questions at!

Joanna S. Kao (she/her)
Financial Times
PGP 0x81CFC062 | @joannaskao

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