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A brief update on Covid-19 (coronavirus)

Simply Business is well prepared to deal with unprecedented events. We’re an agile business by nature – and our hiring and interview process is no exception. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some parts of our hiring process may take a little longer than usual.  Please bear with us, and rest assured that we're happy to hear from you and receive your application.

If it looks like you could be a good fit for the role, we’ll ask you to interview on Zoom – you’ll need WiFi and a laptop, or a 4G-enabled smartphone.

Technology. Award-winning customer service. Bleeding-edge data ability. Simply Business is a new type of insurance company, using all of the above to create the best possible insurance experience for small businesses and self-employed people. We love working here, and have even taken the number one spot in the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For 2015 and 16 lists; we’ve stopped entering now to focus on a few bigger projects, but you get the idea.

It’s a great place to work.

There are currently over 500,000 active Simply Business insurance policies in the UK alone. And we have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA. Talking of offices, ours are bright, airy and geared up for really smart working. We’re flexible, with plenty of remote workers coming in and out, and we believe work and life should be hand in hand, rather than a juggling act. So no need to worry about school pick-ups, or a horrible commute.

Our people are our most important asset, so we focus on building a working life that helps us thrive, not stick. We're proud of our inclusive and supportive culture, and we're passionate about creating an environment where everyone's cultural backgrounds, skills, and perspectives are valued. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

Brexit Statement:

UK-based EU citizens that wish to retain the right to work in the UK without a visa must apply for settled or pre-settled status by 31 December 2020.
Therefore, from 1 January 2021, any EU citizens applying for UK-based Simply Business roles must evidence that they’ve applied for settled or pre-settled status under the UK government’s settlement scheme. 
Simply Business will no longer accept an EEA or Swiss passport alone as evidence of a permanent right to work in the UK for new employees from this date.
Any EU citizens that are unable to evidence their settlement application will need to prove their immigration status and permanent right to work under the new immigration system before an offer of employment is made.

We need a Devops Engineer to join us in London

As a team we are responsible for:
As a team, we’re a full stack DevOps team responsible for the production environments, CI/CD pipeline, observability, and vendor relationships.
We believe in cloud computing and are hosted at AWS – and we annually attend re:Invent. We’ve built a PaaS on top of AWS. This allows our Engineering teams to deploy their applications using a Jenkins/Docker/Ansible/Terraform driven, region agnostic, blue-green automated deployment pipeline. This offers both AMIs and Docker images for deployment to our self-healing, auto-scaling, multi-region production environment.
Our Engineering teams can define their applications infrastructure using a simple DSL that generates the infrastructure as code to automatically provision the infrastructure. This include self-service load balancing, DNS, SSL certificates, data persistence, logging, and monitoring. 
This framework – including integrations of other AWS services such as RDS and S3 – provides the guardrails for immutable systems and creates a self-service environment for the Engineering teams.
We work in an agile and start-small manner. We experiment. We review the highest pain points for both development and IT operations and solve those first. We continuously re-evaluate using the right tool for the DevOps job.

As a DevOps Engineer you’ll:

  • contribute to our platform as a service 
  • adopt our DevOps culture of test-driven infrastructure, automating everything, and self-service tooling
  • engage in a product driven, not project driven environment – our PaaS is built on cloud infrastructure and is a product, the rest of the business is our customer
  • be hands on in creating solutions to build and automate environments for production use
  • understand the need to build scalable, auditable, reproducible and usable infrastructure
  • be security minded and endorse chaos engineering 
  • adopt an approach of: you build it, you run it, you break it, you fix it
  • join an on-call rota, but through well-designed systems and automation you should never need to be called

Current and upcoming work includes:

  • migrating our 4TB+ production database to an S3 backed real-time data store
  • re-engineering our CI/CD pipeline to move from Jenkins to Github Actions and AWS Code Build for orchestrating, building and deploying our apps
  • creating reusable Terraform modules to build API Gateways, with Cognito authentication and authorisation, for our Engineering teams to use
  • adding service discovery and service mesh to our production platform
  • consolidating and improving our current use of Datadog, New Relic and ELK to build a world-class observability platform
  • embracing DataOps and MLOps to help our data team automate more of their workload

What we’re looking for:

  • Linux systems administration
  • strong programming skills (in any language)
  • experience of cloud hosting, such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform
  • experience with continuous delivery, provisioning, and deployment
  • familiarity with the infrastructure as code concept
  • experience of hosting internet applications, including DNS, load balancing, internet protocols, and SSL
  • experience of monitoring and logging tools such as Pingdom, New Relic, Datadog and ELK
  • experience of container technologies such as Docker
  • experience of TDD
What are the benefits?

There’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call ‘core benefits’. On top of that, you can pick and choose from the more exciting options we offer – whether it’s a full gym membership, lifestyle pot, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
These are available to all staff from your first day. Here’s the summary:

• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)
• generous holiday entitlement
• life assurance – 4 x your basic salary
• a health cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• unlimited access to 24/7 virtual GP
• bupa nurse healthline
• employee assistance programme (EAP)
• eye care vouchers
• local discounts

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:

• a full gym membership
• lifestyle pot (a pot of cash to be used against anything you want need: well being, personal development, hobbies or childcare costs)
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave (up to 5 days)
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance
• merlin pass
• taste card

But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance and memberships. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose), cycle to work, eye test vouchers, and season ticket loan schemes, and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.

Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. Forget a simple Give As You Earn scheme (although we’ve got that too) – we trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, and meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching, yoga, manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.

Our values

Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering. In practice, these will mean something unique to every  person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

We're trusted to get the right stuff done in the way that suits us best

We respect the uniques skills and perspective that everyone has

If we can make it simpler, we do, and if we can’t then we explain it so everyone can understand

We’re always learning, developing and improving, and helping others do the same

We lead with purpose and make things happen
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