Senior Ad Platforms Engineer

The New York Times Company New York , NY 10007

Posted 4 months ago

Job Description:

The New York Times seeks a Senior Ad Platforms Engineer with deep domain knowledge--including familiarity with ad serving technologies and the development of rich media display advertising--for its proprietary ad format business.

This individual will be responsible for developing template code, supporting services, and tools for our premium formats and native units, as well as for building custom solutions for individual advertisers. This will require an ability to collaborate with product, market, and design experts and execute a quarterly roadmap of initiatives while simultaneously working on other projects with shorter turnaround times to meet commitments made to individual advertisers. To be successful in this role, the selected individual will need strong judgment in determining when to build something flexible and durable and when to focus on speed. In either case, he or she will need to be attentive to detail and willing to QA thoroughly across clients. Candidates should be disciplined engineers who value consistency, scalability, and usability in their approach to delivering a portfolio of products to users.

The senior engineer will be a technical resource to his fellow teammates and will also collaborate with the product lead to provide training, documentation, and support to the team who produces and trafficks the units for advertisers.


  • Partner with product, market, and design experts to develop new responsive proprietary display formats for The New York Times

  • Act as a technical consultant during the scoping phase to help evaluate new formats for market

  • Build templated code for repeatable formats and native units, taking into account the ease and flexibility of the associated production workflow

  • Focus on design and performance when building or improving formats

  • Develop bespoke executions for campaigns with unique objectives and/or make customizations to templates for individual campaigns

  • Perform QA by testing thoroughly across devices, screen sizes, connection speeds, etc.

  • From time to time, collaborate with other Ad Tech engineers or vendors to execute larger products, services, and tools to support the formats business

  • Keep abreast of industry initiatives related to new ad products and make recommendations on which represent capabilities we should develop in house

  • Help vet vendors providing services or capabilities we won't develop in house

  • Provide support to Ad Solutions and Advertising Operations for our ad format products and related tools


  • B.S./B.A. or equivalent

  • Extensive familiarity with digital media ecosystem and ad serving technologies; knowledge of Google Ad Manager and Sizmek's ad server preferred

  • 5+ years of experience in developing display media formats or rich media executions

  • Expert level knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

  • Fluency in Java, Python or Perl

  • Working knowledge of database management systems (MySQL, Postgres, Oracle, etc.)

  • Experience with mobile advertising concepts and protocols (MRAID / HTML5)

  • Strong troubleshooting skills with web, mobile web, and app platforms, as well as familiarity with debugging tools

  • Demonstrated ability to understand business issues and apply solutions with a strong customer focus

  • Possession of a diligent work ethic, self-motivation, and the ability to switch contexts

  • Strong verbal and writing skills. Ability to convey technical information to a non-technical audience

Benefits and Perks:

  • Make an impact by supporting our original, independent and deeply reported journalism.

  • We provide competitive health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families

  • We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match.

  • We offer a competitive parental leave.

  • We are committed to career development and ongoing learning, and provide employees $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement.

  • We have frequent panel discussions and talks by a wide variety of newsmakers and industry leaders.

  • Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.

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Senior Ad Platforms Engineer

The New York Times Company