Senior Backend Engineer, Games @ The New York Times - New York, NY

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Senior Backend Engineer, Games

The New York Times - New York, NY

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.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.


The New York Times is looking for a Senior backend software engineer to join the Games team. In this role, you’ll join a cross-functional team of engineers, designers, and product managers to help create incredible, immersive gaming experiences across The New York Time’s suite of unique games. You will have the opportunity to make a major impact in a rapidly growing team that deploys new functionality to production frequently, and you’ll be part of an engineering organization that values transparency and openness, diversity, learning, community, and continuous improvement.

Your work will include development of Project Moogle: a stats and social engagement backend that will power the future of all of our games. You’ll work closely with front end and site reliability teams to build systems that scale to the tens of millions of players of NYT Crosswords, Wordle, Spelling Bee, and others.

We generally build APIs in Go, web applications in Node.js, and front-ends in React with accessible, semantic HTML and SCSS. We’re hosted almost entirely on Google Cloud Platform.

An ideal candidate will be:

  • Experienced in implementing backend APIs and system architectures that power web and mobile frontends

  • Determined to work on solving extremely complex technical problems with code, such as developing APIs that can scale to hundreds of millions of requests

  • Interested in and have hands on experience with designing system architecture and implementing and monitoring cloud infrastructure, including databases, queues, caching layers, container runtimes, content distribution, and more

  • Comfortable writing performant server-side code with any of: Go, Java, Python, or .NET

  • Eager for the opportunity to work autonomously alongside a highly skilled team of engineers

  • Interested in working for a mission-driven organization like The New York Times

  • Interested in working on games and large scale distributed systems

  • Prioritizing a growth mindset: you embrace challenges, learn from mistakes, share learnings with others, and always curious and thirsty to learn more

  • Interested in mentoring other engineers and seeing your teammates grow and flourish

About Games

New York Times Games helps people bring fun, intelligent and rewarding play into their daily lives through an ever-expanding slate of original games, classic puzzles and the iconic New York Times Crossword. The Games team is a subscription-first business that focuses on building through user-centered design. We work in tightly knit groups that include representatives from product and project management, development and design. Through iteration, testing, empathetic research and experimentation, our products constantly evolve, and we strive to provide an extraordinary experience for everyone who interacts with

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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.

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