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Senior Technical Engineer Job at TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

Job Title: Senior Technical Engineer
Company: The World University Insights Ltd
Department: Engineering
Location: Red Lion Square, Holborn, London
Reports to: Head of Engineering, Applications and Services


The World University Insights Ltd, publisher of Times Higher Education (THE), is the data provider that underpins academic excellence on every continent of the world. As the company behind the ranking of the world’s most influential universities and with nearly five decades of experience as a source of analysis and insight into higher education, we have unrivaled expertise in trends underlying university performance globally. Our data and benchmarking tools are used by many of the world’s most prestigious universities to help them achieve their strategic goals.

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Having inherited an extensive technology base from our former parent company, we are undergoing a delivery and technology transformation – with a focus on building mission-critical solutions to quickly and securely deliver quality software to four main product areas:

  • Data pointsour flagship data and analytics tools for the world’s top research universities.
  • WUR Portalour data collection platform is a key part of our data pipelines, used by universities around the world.
  • Academicour flagship B2B website offering data-driven content for an academic audience.
  • Studentour latest B2C initiative to segment and leverage our vast student audience.

We’re looking for passionate and talented people to join our engineering team, you should definitely have an interest in data, whether it’s building things that produce data, visualizing data, collecting data, or to support systems that manage data – we are passionate about our business and our business is data.

Specifically, this role will report to the Head of Engineering, Applications and Services, who manages multiple teams undertaking a rewrite of our data platforms. You will lead a small team of engineers to help develop applications, services or build capabilities that will take our business and product teams to market.

You must be successful independently and be able to communicate with high-level stakeholders, as well as excellent technical abilities, including in architecture. You have previously held a technical/team lead role and are looking to take on exciting new projects and further your career in a management, technical or specialist area.


THE offers a comprehensive benefits package to all of its permanent staff.

We have several product-oriented (vertical) teams within Engineering, including Data, Content, Student, Hiring Solutions and Platform Services, working as part of well-trained teams including product managers, quality assurance, UX/design and business analysts. In addition, we have several strategic (horizontal) technology groups that are championed by senior engineers and subject matter experts, enabling them to develop capabilities and drive technology to solve technical challenges across the entire enterprise. ‘company.

This is an exciting time for THE and our software development teams (product, engineering, and delivery) as we build our teams and reshape the way we work together to create a world-leading team.

We are looking for engineers who are passionate about technology, able to give knowledge sharing sessions on various topics, mentor others and who want to promote an inclusive and collaborative culture.

We want our software delivery teams to be excited to come to work and passionate about what we can accomplish as a company and our leadership team is committed to making that a reality.


  • Experience working in small cross-functional teams with the ability to undertake development work independently while also working within the team
  • Experience working with product owners/managers to design and develop solutions
  • Able to own and drive a few projects and solutions at the same time
  • The ability to work closely with other technical/team leaders
  • Understanding of software design and testing methodologies
  • Knowledge of Agile development methodologies
  • Experience working with common software development tools such as Git and Jira
  • Experience working with data storage technologies such as MongoDB, Postgres or other SQL
  • Strong working knowledge of JavaScript/Node.JS and at least a modern front-end framework (React is highly desirable)
  • Experience with cloud providers is a must, Kubernetes, Terraform and AWS are advantageous
  • Experience with data engineering platforms or processes is desirable
  • Excellent working knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Experience or knowledge of front-end UI/UX design is desirable
  • The ability to create and work with HTTP APIs (GraphQL is desirable)


  • Contribute to the success of a small cross-functional product-focused development team
  • Develop front-end and back-end functionality
  • Work with the Product Manager to deliver best-in-class software solutions
  • Develop several applications and APIs, both internal and intended for users
  • Write high-quality, well-tested code
  • Perform functional and non-functional tests
  • Troubleshoot and debug applications


  • You are a very experienced technical manager with extensive experience in web technologies
  • You thrive in a cross-functional environment and are eager to learn new things
  • You can happily work on code on both the client and the server, although you may have a preference between the two.
  • You actively ask questions and are open to advice
  • You aspire to build amazing things

The World University Insights Ltd relies on the flexibility of its staff to ensure continued high standards and performance, as such this job description is only intended to be a guide to the tasks most regularly performed, it does not not part of the employment contract and is subject to change and modification as needed.

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