About SmartNews

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

About the position

News Mobile’s mission is to drive user engagement by defining how users access and interact with their news across regions.

As part of the News Mobile team, you will define, prototype, implement and optimise user-facing product features for Japan and the US, such as the new daily News Digest feature to our US users to help them further access the most important news of the day.

You will collaborate closely with other engineers, product managers and designers from different regions. Curiosity and a proactive mindset are also most welcomed, as you will have the opportunity to share and own your ideas. Engineering-driven initiates are also encouraged to further accelerate product growth.

You will be working with exciting teams from JP and the US, where you can shape the future of new products by building and iterating on new solutions while ensuring scalability, performance, reliability, security, and many other good engineering practices, especially for the Android team.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the design, execution, and performance optimization of an Android application used by tens of millions of users
  • Closely and proactively collaborate with global cross-functional teams (product managers, designers, data scientists, backend engineers, etc.) to build new mobile product features
  • Optimize mobile platform with the latest Android and Kotlin technology to improve user experience and mobile engineering productivity
  • Analyze and optimize UI and application code for efficiency and performance
  • Rapid prototype development to visualize impactful product for the user and the business
  • Proactive, innovative, creative technical problem solving with a focus on metrics and user experience

Technology

  • Language: Kotlin, Java
  • Libraries: Firebase, Epoxy, Dagger2, OKHTTP, Coil, Timber, Jackson, detekt
  • Tools: GitHub, Slack, CircleCI
  • Issue Management: JIRA
  • Document Management: Notion

Requirements

  • 3+ years of experience with Android application development
  • Experience with coding in both Kotlin and Java
  • Experience building maintainable and testable code bases, including API design and unit testing techniques
  • Experience with multithreading programming and mobile memory management
  • Experience with multithreading programming and mobile memory management

Nice to haves

These aren’t required, but be sure to mention them in your application if you have them.

  • Experience developing Android applications from start to finish
  • Experience with other programming languages
  • Experience with mobile CI/CD, ideally on a customized cloud setup
  • Experience with Android performance tools
  • Experience with applying unified architectures in a large-scale mobile project
  • Familiar with design patterns and architecture design (e.g. UML)
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams

Hiring Process

  1. Application review

    When you submit your application to SmartNews, it will be reviewed by our recruitment team, to make sure it is relevant to the position.

  2. Online coding test

    When you pass this initial screening, you’ll then be sent out an online coding test. The results of this test and your resume will then be reviewed in more detail by one of our engineers.

  3. Interviews

    After you pass this secondary screening, you’ll be invited in for a round of interviews, covering both behavioral and technical topics.

  4. Offer

    Once you’ve passed these interviews, we’ll make you an offer.

Meet SmartNews's Developers

Engineering freedom at SmartNews

with YuCheng Chen

YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

Read his story...

Engineering management at SmartNews

with Cortland Klein

Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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Being one of SmartNews’ first overseas hires

with Robert Speller

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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About SmartNews

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

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