Senior Backend Engineer

    • New York, NY

The Position:

First Look Media is looking for an experienced and forward-thinking senior backend engineer to join our top-notch engineering team.

Candidates should be self-motivated professionals who have experience working with building long lasting data models and APIs (both as a provider and client of APIs). A broad set of experiences is ideal - creating and maintaining simple, easy to use services is core to the role, but building solid ETL pipelines, imagining scalable workflows, and robust cloud deployments are all important skills to have or develop.

As Senior Engineer you’ll have a great deal of autonomy so you should be organized, outspoken and love creating great products. You should also have an open-source mentality, thinking both about how to build projects as sets of reusable components that can be shared with the world as well as accepting and working with internal developers on our private projects to refine and accept pull requests.


  • Architect and implement backend systems and services
  • Manage and improve our infrastructure and tooling
  • Build robust two-way integrations with a variety of third party services
  • Work with the wider engineering team and stakeholders to constantly refine our processes

Our Tech Stack:

We use the best tools for the job and are always open to new technologies, but our basic stack includes: 

  • Node
  • AWS
  • GraphQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Elasticsearch
  • Kafka
  • Docker
  • CircleCI

Background & Qualifications:

  • At least 3 years as a backend engineer
  • Experience building an evolving data model and API
  • Someone who works easily and collaboratively with the team
  • A record of shipping products and features
  • Experience working as a client of many different APIs
  • Someone who’s worked with Cloud services (ideally AWS)
  • Comfort in a dynamic environment

About First Look Media

First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, First Look Media was created with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy. 

First Look Media is currently in the market with its flagship properties, The Intercept, Field of Vision, and the recently launched Topic SVOD service, and plans to continue expanding its mission of supporting independent voices via a variety of new brands, formats and platforms as well as through foundational technology helping creators and audiences develop, distribute, discover and connect with meaningful stories.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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