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Recruiter: The Telegraph
Listed on: 8th April
Location: London
Salary Notes: competitive + excellent benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

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To develop web tools and content that innovate our editorial storytelling. You will need to develop tools using JavaScript (React, Node) that are used internally by our journalists to supplement their content. Bespoke content needs to be created for special events and big stories using dynamically generated data delivered via restful API's or remote JSON files. All content needs to be responsive, function the same and look amazing on all digital platforms.

The editorial development team operates in an entirely lean way, is entirely innovation driven, and focuses relentlessly on minimising the time it takes to roll out and optimise new editorial formats on, The Telegraph app and 3rd party content providers. This is accomplished by assessing new technologies on a regular basis to trial their usefulness, usability and most importantly whether they're fit for purpose.

Along with an editorial new formats team, designers, journalists, audio and video production we:

  • develop and experiment with visual storytelling formats, before rolling out proven successes across the newsroom to help journalists publish faster and more efficiently
  • quickly create bespoke, quality interactives in breaking and trending news situations

Our benefits

The nature of our industry means life at the Telegraph Media Group is fast-paced, demanding, and interesting. We also want it to be rewarding for everyone who works here. From dynamic working opportunities, medical cover, and equal parental pay (six months fully paid for mothers and fathers), to life assurance, and season ticket loans, you can choose from a range of flexible benefits, designed to support your lifestyle and help you achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Team collaboration, training and development

You'll have the opportunity to "show and tell" your work, for example; get deep into any seemingly unsolvable tech problem that you've managed to finally crack or maybe you've found a great new feature in the latest release of the ES standard which could help others. Of course, you can also just listen in and soak up all the tech talk. The Editorial Development team hosts these show and tell meet-ups every two weeks, we welcome anyone to join, sometimes it even includes journalists who have played a part in a recent collaboration and want to know how we do everything!

With the working dynamic and the role the Editorial Development play within The Telegraph you'll often prototype new ways of achieving innovation in your content. You'll receive support from your manager and colleagues about how to approach any given task to ensure newsroom deadlines can be efficiently met.

With support from your manager and colleagues, you'll also have access to a variety of training and development opportunities through The Telegraph's internal training network The Academy. Covering a range of personal and professional skills, our courses enable you to develop an enjoyable and rewarding career.

Our commitment to inclusion

We want you to feel you belong here and welcome candidates from all backgrounds.

We have a number of internal networks that are totally inclusive and open for anyone to join. These include internal inclusion networks covering employees from ethnic minority backgrounds, working families, LGBTQ+, disabilities and long-term conditions, gender, wellbeing, and women in tech.

Your wellbeing is paramount, so we have trained over 100 Mental Health First Aiders in the last two years to help support our employees. We've also signed the Tech Talent Charter, and are committed to driving greater inclusion and diversity in tech.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop tools that can be used internally for The Telegraph's visual storytelling team to create bespoke content.
  • Develop with a lightweight front end framework in the form of units of embed code, that will render front end components into pages they are embedded in. The embeds will be rendered/delivered within The Telegraph's AEM Content Management System.
  • Rapidly prototype new editorial formats in the latest javascript technologies along with HTML5 and CSS3 - these prototypes will be small, focused, and very specific. They will be rendered by embed code into pages on, and often be real-time and data driven.
  • Develop and work with in-house APIs using javascript technologies and AWS services.

Key skills

  • A well proven track record of building lightweight front ends from scratch, using up-to-date, cutting edge Javascript. (React, Vanilla)
  • Excited by rapid, lean development procedures with very little administrative overhead.
  • Experience with dynamic graphic elements, like SVG, and be comfortable at establishing workflows for producing and adapting them rapidly.
  • Understand gradual degradation, progressive enhancement, and a proven track record in responsive design.
  • Experience in building self-updating real-time front end components using HTTP/REST API calls and the Websocket protocol.
  • Strive to receive feedback in the form of real user stats, as quickly as possible after building, and relentlessly drive this time-to-feedback downward.
  • Comfortable with the fact that decisions and output will be proven wrong by stats and thrown away. Adapt very quickly.

The Telegraph's goal is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and we are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives, and backgrounds.

We are an equal opportunities employer, hiring solely on merit and business need. We encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, and disability. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please make us aware.

For more information on our purpose, beliefs, and people values, please visit our website.