Sifted is looking for a full stack developer to join our fast-growing team of journalists, engineers, designers and data analysts, and help us build a new media platform for Europe’s startup community.

About us

At Sifted, we’re taking a fresh look at Europe’s startup and tech world, and building a diverse readership and community of founders, investors, innovators, thinkers and makers. We want to become the essential, trusted and independent resource for European tech – and our early team members will play a big role in making that happen.

We’re backed by the Financial Times and based at its London HQ, but we work as a small, nimble, independent team. We value interpersonal skills as much as coding skills, and care deeply about supporting each member of our team’s personal growth and development.

The role

You’ll work with our tech lead Duncan and design lead Gaetan as the third member of our product team.

Your day-to-day work will include:

  • Daily standups and bi-weekly sprint planning meetings

  • Writing and maintaining good-quality code which is released very frequently via Continuous Integration

  • Pair programming by default. When it’s not practical to pair, participating in code review via GitHub.

  • Contributing to technical decisions affecting both the product itself and the technical architecture of the system

  • Working alongside journalists to come up with ways to present news, features and data in the most compelling way possible

  • Providing inputs for, and parsing outputs from, user research exercises

As this is a new project, you will have significant say in the technologies we use. While we expect to use a modern front-end framework like React, if you preferred to work in ClojureScript or TypeScript, for example, that would be welcome.

About you


  • At least 2 years’ professional experience as a software developer

  • Experience with React or Vue.js

  • Experience with agile development methodologies like Test-Driven Development and Extreme Programming

  • Proficiency with git

  • Solid grasp of basic networking technologies such as HTTP and DNS

Nice to have

  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams

  • Experience with Ruby

  • An interest in journalism, especially data-driven journalism

  • An eye for design

The next 12 months

Sifted is a new company with 10 employees. Over the next year we will grow far beyond that, picking up journalists across Europe and expanding our tech team here in London. As this happens, you’ll have the chance to level up your technical abilities as well as — if you like — your leadership skills.

What we’re like to work for

  • We’re all in this together: we offer everyone in the team equity in the company

  • We have a small-company mindset, but can draw on many of the strengths and benefits of a world-respected brand, the Financial Times

  • We’re friendly, hard-working and passionate about what we do

  • We all have a flat structure, collaborate across disciplines, and everyone has impact across many areas of the business

  • We value feedback, honesty and clear communication

  • We have flexible working hours and sometimes work from home

  • We have regular (optional) team socials, free subscriptions to the FT, and a seemingly endless supply of snacks

  • 25 days paid holiday (plus bank holidays)

Our hiring process

Once we’ve received your CV, a member of the team will be in touch for a chat on the phone before inviting you for interview if appropriate.

Technologies we use

- Rails

- React

- Docker

- ElasticSearch

- PostgreSQL


- WordPress

Salary: £50,000

Equity: Yes