Lead Software Development Engineer

London (Greater) (GB)
24 Nov 2021
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23 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Lead Software Development Engineer
Department:    The World University Insights Ltd 
Location:    Red Lion Square, Holborn, London
Reporting to:    Team Lead - DataPoints

The World University Insights Ltd, publisher of Times Higher Education (THE), is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world.  As the company behind the world’s most influential university ranking, and with almost five decades of experience as a source of analysis and insight on higher education, we have unparalleled expertise on the trends underpinning university performance globally.  Our data and benchmarking tools are used by many of the world’s most prestigious universities to help them achieve their strategic goals.

For more information on Times Higher Education please visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com

Having inherited a large technology estate from our former parent company, we are undergoing a delivery and technology transformation – with a focus on building strategic solutions to deliver quality software rapidly and assuredly to four main product areas:

  • DataPoints, our flagship data and analysis tools for the world’s elite research universities.
  • WUR Portal, our data collection platform is a key component of our data pipelines, used by universities worldwide.
  • Academic, our B2B flagship website offering data-led content for academic audience.
  • Student, our latest B2C endeavor to segment and harness our huge student audience.

We are looking for passionate and talented people to join our engineering team, you should most definitely have an interest in data, whether producing data, visualising data, collecting data or supporting systems that manage data – we're passionate about our business and our business is data.
Specifically, this role will sit within the DataPoints team, who are currently undertaking a rewrite of a large portion of the platform.

THE offer a comprehensive benefits package to all its permanent staff.
We have multiple product-orientated (vertical) teams within Engineering including Data, Content, Student, Hiring Solutions and Platform Services who work as part of well-formed squads that include Product Managers, QA, UX/Design and Business Analysts.  In addition, we have several strategic technology groups (horizontals) which are championed by senior engineers and subject matter experts, this allows them to build capabilities and drive technology to solve technical challenges across the business.

This is an exciting time for THE and our software development teams (Product, Engineering and Delivery) as we’re building our teams and reshaping how we work together to build a world leading team.

We’re looking for engineers who are excited by technology, who can give knowledge sharing sessions on various subjects, mentor others and who are interested in promoting an inclusive and collaborative culture.

We want our software delivery teams to be excited to come to work and passionate about what we can achieve as a company and our leadership team is committed to making this a reality.


  • Experience working within small cross-functional teams with the ability to undertake development work independently while also working as part of the team
  • Some experience working with product owners/managers to design and develop solutions
  • The ability to work closely with other team member
  • An understanding of software design and test methodologies
  • Familiarity with Agile development methodologies
  • Experience working with common software development tools such a Git and Jira
  • A strong working knowledge of JavaScript/Node.JS and at-least one modern front-end framework (React is desirable)
  • A good working knowledge HTML & CSS
  • Experience or knowledge with front-end UI/UX design is desirable
  • The ability to create and work with HTTP APIs (GraphQL is desirable)
  • Experience working with data storage technologies such as MongoDB, Postgres or other SQL


  • Contribute to the success of a small product-focused, cross functional development team
  • Develop both front-end and back-end features
  • Work with the product manager to deliver leading class software solutions
  • Develop multiple applications and APIs, both internal and user facing
  • Write high quality, well-tested code
  • Conduct functional and non-functional testing
  • Troubleshoot and debug applications


  • You are a highly experienced software engineer with a broad experience of web technologies
  • You thrive in a cross functional environment and are keen to learn new things.
  • You can happily work on code in both the client and server, although you may have a preference between the two
  • You actively ask questions and are open to taking advice
  • You aspire to build amazing things

The World University Insights Ltd relies on the flexibility of its staff to ensure the continuity of the high standards and performance, as such this job description is only intended to be a guide to the most regularly performed duties, it does not form part of the contract of employment and is subject to amendment and change as may be considered.

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