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Engineering Lead (New Tactics)

London, UKTechnologyPermanent (Full-Time)Engineering

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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 an Engineering Lead for our New Tactics Team based in London (we are also open to offering this as a fully-remote role to anyone living in the UK).

As an Engineering Lead you’ll be helping to drive our technical direction as we look to grow new opportunities. You’ll work with a cross-functional team as we discover the right products to build for our customers. You’ll be the lynchpin as we build an Engineering team to deliver this opportunity.
Our Tech Stack comprises: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, ReactJS, HAML, AWS, Docker, Kafka, and Terraform..


Responsibilities include:

  • building and leading a small project team of engineers 
  • being hands on in developing our products using best practices, appropriate tools, and technologies
  • developing knowledge of the business and insurance domain and collaborating with experts across the business to solve customer problems
  • working with small cross-functional collaborative teams to drive out requirements, highlight risks, and prioritise stories 
  • working with team members to identify areas for learning, and supporting them to develop through project work, external learning, and additional mentoring
  • championing agile methodologies and collaborating to create useful systems for our customers
  • highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving prioritisation in the team
  • proactively exploring new tools, technologies and ways of working 

What we’re looking for:

  • experience of leading a small team of engineers
  • strong programming skills in an object-oriented programming (OOP) language such as Java, Python, or Ruby
  • the ability to challenge us – we love people who aren’t afraid to ask questions and help us improve
  • strong communication and collaborative skills, and a desire to liaise with business teams
  • an advocate of engineering best practice

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.

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

Authenticity
We respect the uniques skills and perspective that everyone has

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

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

Pioneering
We lead with purpose and make things happen
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