Technical Lead (E-Commerce, Django)

Division: Time Out Digital
Location: Kings Cross, London
Reporting to: Tech Manager
Internal: Technology


Role Overview
The Time Out ticketing and e-commerce platform is built on top of Django and has a series of improvements and maintenance required to keep pace with business and technological demands. We are seeking a skilled Senior Developer/Engineer with hands-on experience in developing and maintaining Django applications to help meet those demands. Work in the area will be full stack - from dealing with the application and database model - all the way up to the front end rendering and display using React. This role will evolve as the business needs and demands change - leading to the possibility of the leadership of a small group of engineers to pursue new opportunities in the area. With this possibility - experience leading and guiding small teams is an additional attribute that would be attractive for this role.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner closely with Engineering, Product and Business counterparts to prioritize work and drive execution against business goals.
  • Spend about 90% of your time working in the code base and contributing to the project.
  • Work on the back end, front end, user facing aspects and application structure to deliver business and technical goals.
  • Work with third-party payment and commerce delivery partners to achieve goals.
  • Work with the DevOps team to help in production application delivery and maintenance tasks.
  • Help make architectural decisions about new and existing platforms and frameworks, have a voice in the future of a growing business. Focus on improving the way we work.
  • Take on additional tasks across our tech stack, including configuring databases, developing schemas, pulling data from APIs, and whatever else it takes to deliver products. 


Skills and Experience

  • You have at least a BS/BA in Computer Science/Math or equivalent experience
  • Been writing software for at least eight years
  • Must be comfortable with the Django framework and production deployment of Django.
  • Must be comfortable in Linux, able to take a plain machine and deploy a custom web site
  • Must have experience working with databases using SQL
  • Experience with React.js for developing single page web applications is a strong plus.
  • Experience developing web pages with HTML, CSS and Javascript is a strong plus.
  • Experience using modern source control systems
  • Understands potential breakpoints when scaling systems for web applications
  • Able to communicate clearly verbally and in written documentation
  • Strong understanding of software development cycle, programming techniques and tools
  • Has opinions on coding practices and technical design rigour
  • Has experience leading and mentoring more junior engineers 

Interested in applying but don't tick all the boxes on the list? Please apply, we can train you on what's missing so we'd still love to hear from you. 

What we look for in a candidate
Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics and values we all share. To join our team, you’ll want to… 

  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Be a team player and ready to engage and debate - understanding tradeoffs are necessary
  • Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive
  • Pragmatic instead of dogmatic - make design decisions based on engineering and human principles.
  • Be flexible but persistent - ready to change how you get things done, but persistent in the pursuit of excellence.
  • Be ready and willing to work in an environment that is still maturing and figuring out processes and technologies in the pursuit of getting things done.
  • Be a lifelong learner, independent in the pursuit of stoking your own growth, and willing to roll with change.
  • Be commercially astute - make decisions and tradeoffs against business and revenue considerations. 


Culture Fit
At Time Out Group we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people.  We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth so we can all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

“Right now is a great time to join the Time Out Tech team! Time Out is an amazing global brand helping people around the world to explore the best of the city. We are operating in an industry that is constantly evolving which means we need to stay nimble as we continue to transform our business. We're looking for motivated team members who care deeply about user and audience engagement to help us build a better online experience, with a deep focus on driving community and loyalty. We believe in experimentation, collaboration and continuous learning. If this sounds like the right environment for you, please apply to join our team!” Theresa Meyer, Head of Product and Engineering –

About Time Out Group plc

 Time Out Group is a global media and entertainment business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best of the city.

It all started in 1968 in London when Time Out helped people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Time Out Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better.

Time Out Media’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, mobile, social media, magazines and Live Events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by professional journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 315 cities and 58 countries. Time Out is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce. Since its launch over 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.  The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon and quickly turned into a huge success; with 3.9 million visitors in 2018 it is now Portugal’s most popular attraction. This unique format, which is all about making high-quality fine food affordable and accessible for all, is now coming to other great cities around the world. New Time Out Markets are set to open in Miami, New York, Boston, Chicago and Montreal in 2019; in Dubai in 2020, London-Waterloo in 2021 and Prague in 2022 – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences.

In June 2016, Time Out Group was listed on London's AIM stock exchange, raising investment to position the company for the next stage of its growth and development. It’s an exciting time as we’re transforming this iconic brand into a global media and entertainment brand and continue to shape the future of the city experience for both locals and visitors.

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.

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