We’re hiring a Ruby and JavaScript Developer

We’re hiring again! This time, for a Ruby and Javascript Developer, ideally based in Glasgow, but we also welcome remote candidates. If you, or anyone you know would fit the description below, we’d love to hear from you. And should you wish to spread the word on your social medias, that’d be very helpful. On with the blurb…

Newspaper Club helps people make and print their own newspapers. Since 2010, we’ve printed over 5 million papers, built a tool, ARTHR, for designing a paper in your browser, and launched a print-on-demand marketplace: The Newsagent. This piece on our Long Good Read project with The Guardian is a nice overview of some recent work. But, there’s still more to do!

We’re improving our site, so that anyone can design and print a paper, whatever their experience, and further developing The Newsagent. Alongside that, we’ve just launched PaperLater – a ‘read it later’ service like Instapaper or Pocket, but delivered to your door in a beautiful newspaper.

We’re looking for a full-time developer to join our existing engineering team of two. You’ll lead the development of our main site and tools, and shape the product and technology strategy. This position might suit someone who has few years experience as a developer and is looking to lead a small, but growing team.

Our language of choice is Ruby (specifically, modern Ruby on Rails), with an increasing amount of JavaScript (primarily Backbone.js). We’re looking for someone with proven experience writing modern, tested, production-ready Ruby, and to a lesser extent, JavaScript. Alongside that, you’ll need to be comfortable writing solid, semantic, HTML and CSS, but don’t have to consider yourself a front-end developer.

As part of the team, you’ll share responsibility for managing our Linux servers (Ubuntu, on a mixture of dedicated servers and VMs). You don’t need to have lots of systems administration experience, but you’ll have a good understanding of the basics and a desire to learn more.

Experience with some of the following would also be useful, but not necessary:

  • Working with payment systems, such as PayPal or Stripe
  • Using Git and GitHub to manage source code
  • Configuration management tools, such as Chef or Ansible
  • Monitoring and logging tools, such as Nagios and Logstash
  • Objective-C/Cocoa – the high-performance rendering engine for our layout tool is a server side OS X application (it’s not as bad as that sounds)
  • PDF files, and the printing process in general

We’re a small team, and you’ll coordinate between the operations and customer support team in Glasgow, the engineering team (London and remote) and external designers, to set priorities and lead the development process. As we’re a distributed team we use Campfire, Basecamp, and Google Hangouts along with other tools, so clear communication skills are a must.

You’ll be a pragmatist and will be able to balance the demands of a small and growing business, with the need to build well engineered software. You’ll know when to take on technical debt and when to pay it back.

This position is ideally based in our beautiful, always sunny, central Glasgow office, working closely with the team there. Remote candidates are welcomed, providing you can travel to Glasgow every few weeks. We also have a small London office, with the option of a desk there.

In return, we’ll offer a competitive salary (up to £50k for this position), flexible hours and a relaxed working environment. We believe in having fun, doing work we’re proud of, and going home on time.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email to jobs@newspaperclub.com, describing why you’d be right for this role, with a link to your site, CV, portfolio, GitHub page or similar.

Please, no recruiters.

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We’re hiring – Full-time Commercial Manager position available in Glasgow

We’re expanding our team in Glasgow. If the following job description sounds like you please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

Commercial Manager (Glasgow, £22-25k and bonus per annum)

We help people from all over the world make their own newspapers and we’re working on new ways to make printing from the web easy and useful. We’re into our third year but have already made thousands of customers happy, printing over a million newspapers on the way. We’ve even won a few awards. Our rapid growth means we’re looking for someone to join the team who can quickly take on a number of important commercial tasks. But we also want someone with the potential to grow with us.

We’re based in two places: London, where we do the programming, and Glasgow, where we run our operations. The role is based in our Glasgow office and involves looking after our customers and managing our receipts and payments. We’ll also want you to keep a close eye on orders, analysing the facts and figures. Quite soon we’ll want you to take an active role in developing the business.

We’d like someone who’s resourceful, practical, insightful, flexible and with excellent communication skills (it almost goes without saying that we also want someone who’s friendly, enthusiastic and enjoys working in a small, close team). We’d prefer a graduate with a bit of work experience; any degree subject might do. It’s essential that you have an interest and familiarity with the web and its business models. It would also be very handy if you were familiar with Excel.

Does this sound like the sort of thing you’d enjoy? Please send a cv and a short covering email to gareth@newspaperclub.com by 24 April 2012.

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We’re Hiring a Front-End Developer

Working here is as fun as shopping here!

We’re quite excited about 2012 at Newspaper Club. It feel like there’s a real head of steam building behind us at the moment, and it’s time to start pushing ahead with some of our big plans.

But it’s not going to be easy and we’re going to need some help to do this.

We’re looking for a talented front-end developer to work full-time alongside Tom, our co-founder and engineer, in our London office.

In case you’re new here: we help anyone make and print their own newspapers. We believe the web is too important to be left to screens, and that newsprint is a highly evolved technology too. We build things that combine the two, using each medium for what it’s best at.

Amongst a number of things, we’ll be completely overhauling ARTHR, our tool that lets anyone make a paper in their browser, developing a print-on-demand marketplace, and building a number of products and services that use personalised newsprint in completely new ways.

Things like the Postcode Paper we built for Data.gov.uk. Or the prototype of the Telepaper, which turns Readability + Instapaper content into a delivered newspaper.

We like people who can think like both a designer and an engineer, with a good sense of product intuition. We’re especially interested in folks with experience building complex Javascript web apps, or (dare I mention) Webkit development.

Enthusiasm, attitude and interest counts more than years of experience. We’d like to see things you’ve made and code you’ve written.

Our London office is in a small co-working space in Shoreditch, next to Moo, with a handful of interesting folks like the Really Interesting Group, MakieLab, IRCCloud and others. We believe in having fun, doing work we’re proud of, and going home on time.

If you’re interested, drop us a line at jobs@newspaperclub.com, with a note about yourself and links to things you think we’d find interesting (eg. Github account, CV or portfolio).

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