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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 750,000 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.

Working here as we get back to normal

After working remotely for so long, we have a vision for how our people will work with each other now and in the future.

Every employee should have the choice and flexibility to work in a way that’s best for their job, their team, and their life.

We know that being together in person is usually the best way to get work done, which is why our offices will become ‘hubs’ that we expect our employees to visit every so often. That said, there’s no one-size-fits all solution, so all of our people and teams will find the rhythm that suits them best.

We need a Staff Engineer to join us in our Bank, London office. (Remote Friendly) 

Our Tech Stack: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Scala, MongoDB, Spark, RabbitMQ, AWS, Docker, Kafka, Terraform, JavaScript, HAML, SCSS React, WebPack, Typescript, Jest, NPM, ESLint, Babel, Storybook, Cypress.

As a Staff Engineer you will:
- Develop customer-focused products in a culture which champions Agile, cross-functional teams and continuous collaboration.
- Support and drive development on our modern FE stack to allow us to reap benefits from a growing range of tooling and UI frameworks to help deliver innovative user experiences that will help drive value to our customers.

Responsibilities include

  • Providing technical leadership to influence and drive best practices and technical excellence within your teams and wider organization through the Technical Architecture Group.
  • Being hands on in developing our products using best practices, appropriate tools, and technologies.
  • Working with other teams to resolve difficult technical implications that affect their projects. 
  • Collaborate with our engineering leads  to define the long term tech strategy for our frontend platform.
  • Drive UI architecture that optimizes for usability, performance and speed.
  • Represent your area, and potentially lead, Communities-of-Practice/ forums for target architecture and tech excellence in the company

What are we looking for

  • Direct experience architecting and developing scalable web applications with modern JS frameworks (React, Angular, web components) and tools (Webpack, etc)
  • Familiarity with at least 2 programming paradigms and can mentor others in their use 
  • Familiarity with back-end technologies (NodeJS, Java, Ruby, or similar).
  • Knowledge of best practices & patterns for large scale applications in javascript.
  • A passion for UI, UX, and Design Systems and working with designers to create engaging and intuitive experiences.
  • Comfortable working on the server-side and collaborating with backend teams.
  • Working knowledge of web performance and optimization techniques
  • Ability to break down complex technical requirements (epics) into smaller stories to avoid large monolithic deliverables.
  • Ability to define a technical vision which you can share and get other tech team members to contribute to.
  • Willingness to challenge us! We love people who come in and challenge us and not be afraid to raise questions and help us improve
  • An advocate of engineering best practices
Our culture is inclusive and diverse

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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