always. hiring. makers

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We’re always looking for makers. T-shaped people who know lots, pick up lots more, enjoy working with each other, and get the job done. At MetaBroadcast, it’s fast, it’s high quality, it’s alway open to improvements. It’s less talking, more making. It’s weekly iterations where each person cracks five big problems and fifteen small ones and helps others along. Makers have fun doing it all; it’s how they roll, it’s how they stay happy. If you’re a maker:

  1. meet our recruiting process, it’s fast and refreshing

  2. see how we keep it fun and tasty

  3. check us out for real

and get in touch at me @ metabroadcast dot com or by applying with LinkedIn. Whether you’re after one of the open positions below or happy to carve a place for yourself at MetaBroadcast, start by telling us… why you?

creative technologist (1) | lord of the data (1) | product manager (1) | software engineer (3) | systems engineer (1) | team lead (1) | TV fanatic (2)

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All MetaBroadcast positions are full-time and based in Central London. Due to ridiculous governmental policies, we can’t hire awesome makers unless they already have the right to work in the UK. We can hire from most, but not all EEA countries, and Switzerland, as well as those Commonwealth citizens with UK ancestry who already have a work permit/ visa. This sucks, and there’s no way around it. Washington Post agrees with us. We look forward to hearing from candidates, not recruiters. Allowing an agency to charge 1/3 of a candidate’s annual salary creates less jobs and is a false economy (!). NO AGENCIES. Agencies and other recruiters should not in any way contact MetaBroadcast, attempt to intermediate a hire, or submit CVs to us. We are not responsible for any related fees.

creative technologist: 1 position

Our Creative Technologists bridge the gap between complex technology and real users. They work on an interesting mix of quick prototypes and products that reach the mass market. We build prototypes in collaboration with some of the biggest names in media, but only when we really like the idea. The best ideas turn into real products, which are used across the industry.

Javascript and HTML on client and node.js on server are the mainstays, but the jobs also include a big dose of sketch wireframes, CSS, and some backend code in other languages. We don’t expect you to know all about Cassandra, Spark and the latest data processing technologies, but working with our Software Engineers will bring you right up to speed.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our recruiting process, and apply now.

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lord of the data: 1 position

CSV, XLS, XML, DB tables, you name it. Data is beautiful and you’ve never seen a set that is not of use and which cannot be structured. You’re proficient at gleaning insights, creating mappings, and generating statistics, be it through pivot tables or other tools available to you.

You have previous experience or a keen interest in being part of a highly performing engineering team and product team. You understand your work will be essential to product improvements as well as day to day operations. Familiarity with content metadata (TV, radio, music) and scripting languages or SQL a plus.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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product manager: 1 position

Product management at MetaBroadcast is unusual. Our team is largely self-organsing, yet the skills of great product managers go beyond that. Your role is to help keep everything running smoothly — not only through usual organising and chasing, but by evolving our systems and processes, then helping our demanding, lovely customers and our talented team to work with each other. Previous experience in a similar position is a plus, even if informal.

A taste for working closely with customers is a must. Often you will be the main point of contact when they need new services, or are facing a complex problem. Meanwhile, you will ensure systems are in place for routine queries to be handled automatically, or across our team. We rely on your good judgement to spot and address potential issues before anyone else does. You will be familiar with the usual development methodologies, but not wedded to any particular approach. Your knowledge of the state of the art will help us improve how we do things here, not just follow a template.

We are makers — we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our recruiting process, and apply now.

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software engineer: 3 positions

Software Engineers at MetaBroadcast build practical distributed systems. We’re the first to adopt AWS, NoSQL (Mongo, then Cassandra), Hadoop, Storm, Spark (and whatever comes next) when they help us solve difficult problems. We code in Java (Minimalist Java, we call it, to keep it palatable), with the occasional prototype in other languages. We work hard to make sure our build, test, monitoring and hosting systems are nice to use. Our blog posts and talks have established an audience.

The systems we run process huge volumes of data about broadcast and live events (TV, radio, music, social, etc.) in realtime or near. We run sophisticated analytics to help end-users find content, and help customers understand how their content is used. Performance is really important: we want our user interfaces to be fast and responsive, and we process too much data to afford the costs of badly engineered systems.

We are makers — we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our recruiting process, and apply now.

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systems engineer: 1 position

Systems Engineers at MetaBroadcast do amazing things. Our systems service millions of end-users with large amounts of data, in realtime, and according to demanding SLAs. We’re always adding features and making things work better. At MetaBroadcast we don’t tolerate systems with poor performance just because there might be a CDN on the front, or poor uptime like everyone would allow a scrappy B2C startup, or slow change like in a big company. We’re about fast, reliable, scalable, and ever improving.

Our systems make heavy use of the latest technology, especially where they easily distribute across instances and datacentres. Cassandra, Kafka, Docker et al are our friends. We’re currently hosted entirely on AWS, but we’re not wedded to them. Our instances are Livestock, not Pets. We have good tools for automatically managing them, because there’s no time to massage instances individually. Finally, we’re very proud of our monitoring, which can graph almost anything, and quickly see the alerts that matter. This makes the life of a Systems Engineer much more pleasant, and allows support duties to be shared with Software Engineers.

We are makers — we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our recruiting process, and apply now.

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team lead: 1 position

They say you’ve mastered a task when you can explain how someone else should do it. Good software engineering is hard to master, so it’s also hard to explain. We’re looking for a rare individual who’s cracked this puzzle. Unlike many organisations, at MetaBroadcast we don’t want to take you away from engineering. Far from it. We want you to get more into it, by coding yourself for the majority of your time, by getting involved in a range of our hardest problems, by helping others in the team when they hit those inevitable hurdles, and by helping to define and refine great ways of working here. Previous experience in a leading engineering position is a plus, even if informal.

Software Engineers at MetaBroadcast build practical distributed systems. We’re the first to adopt AWS, NoSQL (Mongo, Cassandra), Hadoop, Storm (and whatever comes next) when they help us solve difficult problems. We code in Minimalist Java, with the occasional prototype in other languages. We work hard to make sure our build, test, monitoring and hosting systems are nice to use. Our blog posts and talks have established an audience.

The systems we run process huge volumes of data about broadcast and live events (TV, radio, music, social, etc.) in near realtime. We run sophisticated analytics to help end-users find content, and help customers understand how their content is used. Performance is really important: we want our user interfaces to be fast and responsive, and we process too much data to afford the costs of badly engineered systems.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our recruiting process, and apply now.

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TV fanatic: 2 positions

You love TV and you’re not afraid to say so. Nothing escapes you and everything excites you. If only everyone saw the treasure trove in Sherlock and The Simpsons, The Antique Roadshow and late night teleshopping!

This is a one of a kind opportunity to put all that knowledge to work and turn TV watching into bread, butter and beyond. You will be joining a specialist TV data team of product people and engineers who help keep track of who watches what across of all UK telly: schedule, catch-up, other on demand (online only content, archive, you name it). You will also work closely with editors and content operations people in the teams of our demanding, lovely customers. In short, there will be a varied array of tasks to keep you busy day in, day out.

No particular degree or work experience is required, though if you’ve done data entry you’ll be off to a much better start. You’ll be using sophisticated tools to categorise content online and against the clock (sometimes outside office hours, from the comfort of your couch), helping the team make interfaces and processes better (do you have an eye for quick wins and opportunities?), and resolving queries from potentially every broadcaster known to (wo)man. The first to see will buy 🙂

We are makers — we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our recruiting process, and apply now.

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