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About the role: Reporting to our Lead Engineer, you will work alongside Faethm’s AI Systems Engineers to solve interesting technical challenges and implement our product roadmap. To give you a sense of our work, we have designed and implemented systems like:

  • Large scale on-demand GPU clusters with Machine Learning / NLP pipelines to extract billions of data points from job ads within a few hours

  • High-concurrency, low-latency analytics environment across 7 geographic regions to serve enterprise customers all over the world

  • Libraries and APIs for bleeding edge transformer-based NLP model pipelines

Our Team: Workforce Skills – We provide upskilling and reskilling that ensures people can thrive in a digital, automated future. Faethm is a SaaS platform that uses artificial intelligence to help prepare people for the future of work and was acquired by Pearson in 2021. Workforce Skills is the newest division at Pearson with ambitious and exciting plans for growth.

Flexible working: We are committed to hybrid working practices and have adopted flexible remote and virtual working. Where possible our employees can choose to manage their attendance to the office more flexibly as agreed with their manager.

As a Senior Backend Engineer, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Build RESTful APIs and micro-services for compute heavy and data intensive Machine Learning models

  • Design and build highly scalable python backends

  • Support the consumption of Faethm’s APIs and data outputs by other teams and organisations

  • Drive code quality by facilitating code reviews within the team and ensuring that our engineering practices are followed in relation to testing, security and monitoring

  • Work closely with Product Managers to understand the product, needs of the customer and our business so that you can help shape it

*To be successful in this role, you will ideally have: *

  • 5+ years of experience in a software engineering role

  • Expertise in Python, including at least one web application framework like FastAPI, Django, or Flask

  • Proficient in SQL and/or NoSQL database technologies

  • Previous experience with micro-services, containerization, and orchestration tools like Kubernetes

  • Handled multiple projects in a production environment

  • Understanding of distributed systems and scalability

  • BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or related fields

  • Understanding of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Big data Concepts

Our tech stack: Python, Pytorch, Kubernetes, Terraform, AWS (ECS, Step functions, Aurora, Athena, Redshift), ElasticSearch

If you are as passionate as we are about changing lives through learning, then help us to learn more about you and why you want to work with Pearson. Click ‘Apply Now’ to create your application online.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

If you are an individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career site as a result of your disability, you may request reasonable accommodations by emailing [email protected].

Note that the information you provide will stay confidential and will be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.


Organization: Workforce Skills

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Req ID: 12980

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