Senior Performance & Stability Engineer

    • Washington, DC

Job Description

The Washington Post is hiring a Senior Performance and Stability Engineer to work on our subscription platform across all Washington Post surfaces and respective engineering teams. Digital subscriptions is a fast paced, high growth environment that focuses on results. We are looking for a self-driven engineer with a conscientious mentality and a relentless commitment to quality and stability. In this role, you have a direct impact on The Post's top line performance, ensure system stability during an election year and the opportunity to work with colleagues from all parts of the company from Marketing to the Newsroom. 


  • Plan, implement, and perform load tests to validate system performance and stability

  • Analyze test results and work with developers and network engineers to identify and fix root cause issues

  • Provide analysis of performance testing results and provide insights into where optimization opportunities and application inefficiencies exist

  • Oversee system performance lifecycle and identify key metrics for performance improvements

  • Generate periodic performance reports for management and team review

  • Integrate performance testing into CICD pipelines

  • Train and mentor junior team members of the team


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, equivalent field, or equivalent experience.

  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in front-end architecture, including performance optimization

  • Deep knowledge and a passion for coding standards, especially HTML5, CSS / CSS3, and Javascript

  • 5+ years of demonstrable performance engineering experience

  • Strong experience with JMeter, Micro Focus, Load Runner or other relevant load testing tools

  • Expertise in thread-dump and memory analysis

  • Strong and demonstrable experience creating and designing performance tests in a microservices architecture

  • Experience with code SonarQube or other code analysis tools

  • Strong experience working with GitHub and continuous integration tools (Jenkins or GitHub Actions)

  • Experience working with MongoDB and PostgreSQL databases

  • Practical experience working with data mining tools (Splunk experience preferred) and monitoring tools (DataDog preferred)

  • Experience working with AWS preferred

  • Deep understanding and experience with Agile SCRUM methodologies and operations

  • Exposure to working with onshore/nearshore team(s)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building web applications on AWS.

  • Practical experience in client-side build/config management and testing tools like Webpack, Jasmine, Karma etc

  • Experience with end-to-end testing frameworks.

  • Working within cross-functional engineering teams as well as peer teams in building an integrated solution

  • Excellent communication, documentation and presentation skills for technical and business audiences

  • Experience analyzing application and cloud environment performance.

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