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Senior Software Engineer (Data)

London, UKTechnologyPermanent (Full-Time)Data and Analytics

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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.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer who would like to make the transition into becoming a Data Engineer. As a team, we're responsible for building and maintaining our data platform and tooling. This includes: 
- data pipelines
- tools for creating, transforming and consuming data
- a data warehouse and a data lake
- supporting and empowering other Product teams to get the most out of the platform

As a data engineer you will:

  • be part of our wider Data and Analytics group – primarily the Data Platform team
  • be involved in coding, DevOps, design, and investigating new tech
  • code in a variety of languages including Kotlin, Python, Scala and Ruby. The team mostly works in Kotlin and Python, but we don’t expect you to know all of these languages
  • use a variety of big data platforms and frameworks, including Kafka, Airflow, DBT, Snowflake and Spring

Responsibilities include:

  • being hands on when it comes to developing our products – you'll use best practice and the appropriate tools and technologies to do this 
  • highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritisation
  • being proactive in collaborating and communicating with your colleagues, wherever their location
  • championing data and creating useful systems for our customers

What we're looking for:

  • strong programming skills, preferably in Kotlin, Python, Scala or Java. We're happy to support and train people to get to speed with other languages when needed
  • AWS skills and some DevOps experience – or an enthusiasm to learn these skills
  • the ability to communicate complex technical concepts to both tech and non-tech colleagues
  • experience working in distributed teams, with strong interpersonal skills who can work well in our open and friendly environment
  • an understanding and appreciation of agile and lean methodologies
  • a strong desire to work collaboratively with business teams. We do not divide 'business' and 'tech' teams – we see both as one team working towards one shared goal
  • someone who is proactive in suggesting new tools, processes and technologies – and anything which will help us continually improve
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 or gym subsidy, comprehensive private health cover, extra holiday, or a National Trust pass. 

The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• a salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day, generous annual leave
• life assurance (financial cover for your family, should the worst happen)
• a cash plan to reimburse your everyday medical expenses
• an extra day off if you get married or move house
• an automatic enrollment pension (employer-matched at 5%) 

The fun stuff
We also have a great deal more to pick and mix from, with things like:
• a full gym membership
• private medical insurance
• extra days annual leave
• shopping vouchers
• dental insurance
• travel insurance

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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