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New York Times Senior Software Engineer, Games in New York, New York

Job Description

The New York Times is seeking an experienced engineer to play an integral role in making our digital puzzle experience second to none for both solvers and creators.

A little more about us

Through Cooking, Games, and Parenting, the New Products and Ventures organization focuses on finding, building and growing new businesses that are complementary to the mission of The New York Times. The group focuses on building products through user-centered design, and is composed of tightly knit, interdependent representatives from product and project management, development and design. Through iteration, testing, empathetic research and experimentation, we are continuously evolving the products we deliver, and the team members strive to provide an extraordinary experience for everyone who interacts with them.

The Games team is made up of small, focused groups tasked with building great puzzle experiences on a variety of devices and platforms, including web, iOS and Android. We’re excited to be expanding our lineup of puzzles and games while continuing to improve our flagship Crossword app.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for a seasoned developer who derives great satisfaction from thinking through user experience problems with code. You also enjoy making iterative improvements to both the products you work on, and the processes used to build them.

In this role, you’ll help design and build modern, sophisticated digital puzzles from the ground up. You’ll work closely with your teammates, contributing to the expansion of our existing portfolio of games. You should enjoy finding creative solutions to technical challenges and appreciate the balance between conviction and flexibility. Depending on your experience level, there is room for responsibilities to grow further up the tech stack, as well as involvement in broader architectural decisions for the team as a whole.

Tools the engineer in this role will use:

  • The Go programming language

  • Google App Engine and Kubernetes

  • Stackdriver monitoring and alerting

  • CloudSQL, Spanner, Datastore and BigQuery distributed databases

To be successful, your background should include experience with:

  • Balancing construction of performant, responsive web apps with the need to rapidly prototype new experiences

  • Building testable code that’s easy to comprehend and extend

  • Pair programming and in-depth code reviews

  • Closely collaborating with product and design as part of the development process

  • Familiarity with the Go programming language

  • Familiarity with clearly documenting APIs via tools like Open API

It would be great, but not required, if you also have:

  • A passion or enthusiasm for puzzles and/or games

  • Some experience with creating and maintaining configurations for build systems (e.g. Travis, CircleCI or Drone)

Culture and Benefits

  • You’ll be helping to power, distribute and push the limits of what’s possible for our award-winning journalism. We’ve won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other organization, and you’ll be able watch their announcement with members of our newsroom.

  • We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We have frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples).

  • We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups 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 partners receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401(k) matching.


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.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

Whether it’s bringing new truths to light through reporting, optimizing products and formats to deliver a world-class digital and app experience, or analyzing data to better understand how we can best serve our readers, Times employees are part of a growing, unified team that is driven to build the best destination for journalism in the world.

That’s always been the case, but it is especially so today. In a time of uncertainty we’ve provided information and guidance to help readers navigate daily life — whether it’s understanding health risks or getting advice on staying sane and productive at home. This would not be possible without our journalists, data scientists, marketers, designers, engineers, project managers and many, many more.

Home to world-class talent

To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

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