Software / ProdOps Engineer


Location:- Dundee

Closing Date:- Wednesday 15th August 2018

About Findmypast

Findmypast​ ​is​ ​the​ ​technology​ ​company​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​online​ ​genealogy​ ​brand​ ​Findmypast​ ​and the​ ​social​ ​history​ ​brand​ ​The​ ​British​ ​Newspaper​ ​Archive.  We have millions of registered users and billions of records that we can surface to them. Engineers at Findmypast directly​ ​impact​ ​the way​ ​people​ ​research​ ​social​ ​and​ ​family​ ​history.

​​In​ ​March​ ​2018​ ​we​ moved​ ​into​ ​the​ ​new​ ​state​ ​of​ ​the​ ​art​ ​DC​ ​Thomson offices​ ​at​ ​Meadowside​ ​in​ ​Dundee​ ​city​ ​centre.


Working as part of our ProdOps team:

We are hiring junior and experienced software engineers to join our ProdOps Engineering team in Dundee which manages a product stream for small valuable features that fit outside the strategic product roadmap.  ProdOps at Findmypast keep BAU (Business As Usual) software engineering work moving at all times and minimise distractions for Product delivery teams.

Our ProdOps team also act as the bridge between our Product delivery and Customer Service teams to calmly triage, diagnose, debug and resolve the incidents.  You will help ensure the satisfaction of our users and the business by taking ownership of live site incidents and ensuring that full service is restored as quickly as possible.  Consequently, this role will have a tangible impact on user satisfaction.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain exposure to our varied tech stack which includes .NET/C# (our legacy stack) and JavaScript (Reactjs & Node.js) which is the foundation of our new tech stack.  Don’t know our stack?  We​ ​help​ ​​our​ ​newly hired​ ​engineers​ ​get​ ​up​ ​to​ ​speed​ ​quickly with our technology through​ ​a​ ​thoughtful​ ​and​ ​supportive​ ​induction​ ​program.  We give all our engineers 1 hour per-day self-learning time and run Guilds to help people learn and develop.


In the role you will:

  • Develop your skills as a polyglot web developer, learning about all aspects of application delivery and support.
  • Add new exciting functionality to our portfolio of websites.
  • Take ownership of live site incidents (e.g. a bug being reported) and work with other engineers to investigate and fix the problems.
  • Take ownership of post-mortem investigations of live site incidents with engineering teams.
  • Update and maintain a system to ensure that incidents are tracked, categorised and handled effectively.
  • Help create and maintain tooling to automate any and all manual repetitive tasks.
  • Maintain contact with our Software Engineering, Customer Support, Marketing, Analytics team and other stakeholders helping them complete their tasks.
  • Constantly work towards improving recovery time across our websites.


Essential skills and experience:

  • Excellent communicator
  • Excellent hands-on investigative, troubleshooting and problem solving skills including experience in debugging software applications.
  • Working experience of writing SQL queries.
  • Knowledge of a programming language (preferably C# / Java or JavaScript)
  • At least 2 years of commercial experience in an engineering role


Things we believe in:

  • Continuous improvement and learning – we have a​ ​self-directed​ ​daily​ ​learning​ ​hour, mentorship,​ ​and​ ​engineering​ ​guilds
  • Engineering​ ​practices​ ​like​ ​pair​ ​programming,​ ​TDD,​ ​continuous​ ​integration / deployment,​ small and regular commits to master
  • A lean-agile environment, DevOps culture and flat hierarchies

Please read our tech blog: for more insight into our engineering practices and culture.



Benefits​ ​include​ ​pension,​ ​private​ ​medical​ ​cover,​ ​gym​ ​discounts,​ ​dedicated​ ​yearly​ ​training budget​ ​to​ ​use​ ​as​ ​you​ ​see​ ​fit,​ ​relaxed​ ​dress​ ​code,​ ​informal​ ​environment​ ​and​ ​morale​ ​events. We​ ​host​ ​yearly​ ​tech​ ​summits​ ​where​ ​all​ ​the​ ​engineering​ ​team​ ​members​ ​come​ ​together​ ​off site,​ ​share​ ​knowledge​ ​and​ ​hang​ ​out.


To apply for this role, please follow our online application process.


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