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Lead DevOps Engineer

London, UKIT Service & OperationsPermanent (Full-Time)DevOps

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We’re Simply Business

We insure small businesses and enable big dreams – not just for our customers, but for our people and communities too. With over 850,000 active insurance policies, we protect builders, bakers, landlords, and more than 1,000 other trades. 

We harness cutting-edge data ability, believe in experimentation, and build our own technology to deliver better experiences for our customers and employees. This means we’re as much a technology company as one that sells insurance. We build, we fail, we learn, we improve. We’re a B Corp too, which recognises our strong track record of having a positive impact on people, society and the environment.  

If Simply Business sounds like the kind of place you’ll thrive, we’d love to hear from you

We're looking for a Lead DevOps Engineer to join the team in London.

Here's what you'll be doing

  • contributing to our Platform as a Service and DevOps culture (test driven infrastructure, automate everything, self-service tooling)
  • we’re product driven, not project driven. Our PaaS built on cloud infrastructure is our product and the rest of the business our customers
  • we’re 100% hosted at AWS (and annually attend re:Invent) and have built a PaaS on top to allow our product teams to deploy their applications using region agnostic, blue-green automated deployment pipeline; this offers both AMIs and Docker images for deployment to our respective AWS EC2 and ECS production environment
  • we offer a fully-automated production environment using a DSL-based approach for creating and managing our apps with regards to DNS, SSL certificates, traffic manager routing, container orchestration and monitoring
  • this framework is all done as Infrastructure as Code, including integrations of other AWS services (e.g. RDS, S3), with a focus on providing the guardrails for immutable systems and making it as self-service as possible for the Engineering Teams

We're looking for someone who is

  • experienced in team management along with mentoring and leading DevOps engineers to develop their skills and help the team deliver to a high standard
  • able to work with other teams in the business to ensure our infrastructure is relevant, reliable, secure and performant 
  • hands on in creating solutions to build and automate environments for production use
  • understands the need to build scalable, auditable, reproducible, usable infrastructure and remove undifferentiated heavy lifting
  • able to work with our architects and third party vendors to constantly drive our infrastructure platform forward and to keep up to date with the latest industry trends and the company's evolving needs
  • security-minded and endorses chaos engineering along with the approach of “you build it, you run it” and “you break it, you fix it”

A few more details about the role

  • To add some flavour, here are a few tasters of current and upcoming workload:
  • moving our 3TB+ production database to a S3 backed real-time data store
  • moving from Jenkins to Github Actions and AWS Code Build for orchestrating, building and deploying with our CI/CD pipeline
  • deploying API Gateways with Cognito authentication as re-usable Terraform modules for our Engineering teams to use
  • building a world-class observability platform to consolidate and improve our current use of Datadog, New Relic and ELK
  • embracing DataOps and ML Ops to help our data team automate more of their workload
Our culture is inclusive and diverse

We Embrace Individuality We value what’s important to each and every SBer. Whether that be providing access to cutting edge wellbeing support, or being part of one of our many diversity networks and communities.  We also take personal development seriously - we’re all about enabling big dreams.

We Trust Who We Hire We empower SBers with choice and flexibility to make the right decisions based on the needs of their roles and we’ve been working this way long before Covid19. 
There’s no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to how often we get together in person, so all of our people and teams find the rhythm that suits them best when it comes to working from home or hub.

We’re innovative We've created a place for people to be curious, experience new things, and bring unique ideas to the table. If you want to learn how we do all this - head over to our Careers page where you’ll see us walk the talk 

Our mission is to make Simply Business synonymous with fairness, belonging and inclusivity. We won’t be happy until we’ve created a truly inclusive culture – where every employee, whatever their background, role, or location, feels comfortable being their authentic self at work.

We all have a part to play – to learn more, to do more and to go further – in building this new reality that’ll be befitting of the diversity of the customers we serve. At Simply Business, we’re all in.

What are the benefits?

At Simply Business, our benefits let you balance life and work properly:

flexible parental leave – you can choose to take shared parental leave, plus we offer full pay for the first six months of your maternity leave and four-week fully paid paternity leave, subject to meeting the qualifying criteria
remote working – more of us are currently working remotely than usual, but longer-term you can balance working remotely with working in the office, giving you the opportunity to connect with colleagues
mental health and wellbeing resources – we take your wellbeing seriously, giving you access to counselling (through our Employee Assistance Programme) as well as technology to support your mental health (through the Unmind app)
paid sabbatical – two weeks off when you’ve been here for five years and four weeks off when you’ve been here for 10 years
a dedicated learning platform – including a management and leadership programme – the platform lets you balance both work and life goals

And we compensate you fairly:

• a competitive salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• the potential to earn an annual bonus based on business performance (those on commission-led roles will be rewarded monthly)
• we match what you put into your pension up to five per cent
• a health cash plan reimburses your everyday medical expenses (with the opportunity to increase the level of your plan in your flexible benefits)
• a generous holiday entitlement of 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
life assurance of four times of your basic salary
Smart Health services including unlimited access to a 24/7 virtual GP
• a flexible benefits scheme with an allocated allowance each year to choose from benefits including private medical insurance, dental insurance, travel insurance, up to five days extra holiday, and gym membership

These values are important to us and our people
- Learning
- Empowerment
- Authenticity
- Pioneering
- Simplicity

These all mean something unique to every person at Simply Business, but if you’re thinking about working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.

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