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Data Engineer - eCRM

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 400,000 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. Join us and you’ll be part of our journey to creating something even better, for our customers and ourselves.

The role

A Data Engineer to join us in London.

Help us build an industry leading communications platform to support our US and UK business. Our tech stack:

  • Scala, Python and Ruby
  • Spark
  • Kafka
  • Redshift
  • Docker on AWS
  • Twilio APIs

We believe in the power of data to transform and improve any system, be it a single team, or for the organisation as a whole. Our teams are cross-functional – we believe in collaboration across the whole organisation and we see tech and business as one team working together on projects (in fact, we even have our business product owners writing code). And we’re all about continuous innovation – we do fortnightly hackathons to drive experimentation with new technologies and ways of working.

As a Data Engineer you will:

Help design, build and maintain our connected communications platform, including:

  • data pipelines and event-driven systems to communicate with our customers across multiple channels
  • integration with internal systems and third-party SMS, telephony, email and online marketing services
  • supporting other product teams to get the most out of the platform

Responsibilities include:

  • being hands on in developing our products using best practices as well as appropriate tools and technologies
  • highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritisation
  • being proactive in collaborating and communicating with your colleagues, both near you and across the ocean
  • championing data thinking whilst creating useful systems in a collaborative way
  • highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritisation

What we are looking for:

  • strong programming skills in Scala or Java. We also use Ruby and Python heavily but if you’re happy to learn them we will support you with that
  • strong desire to work collaboratively with business teams. We do not divide “business” and “tech” teams, we see both as one team as we are all working towards one shared goal
  • an interest in managing, shaping and developing high-performance teams through coaching and mentoring
  • experience with marketing and communications platforms is desirable
  • experience in event processing and related technologies like Kafka and Kafka Streams is desirable
  • experience working in distributed teams and strong interpersonal skills to work well in our very open and friendly environment
  • an understanding and appreciation of agile and lean methodologies

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 enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%)

The fun stuff

Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from 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, cheeky manicures, beer brewing, and lots, lots more.


London, Bank / Northampton

The Simply Business culture is truly unique. And you sort of have to come and spend time with us to appreciate it. So get that application in and we’ll take it from there.

How to Apply

If you are interested in working for us, then please email your application to careers@simplybusiness.co.uk, or uscareers@simplybusiness.com for roles based in the US, quoting the specific job role in the subject line.

Note for recruitment agencies We have an internal team in place for our recruitment needs, so we tend not to use recruitment agencies. If we do not have signed terms of agreement with your company, then we advise against you sending us any speculative candidate profiles. They will not be subject to any terms and conditions, regardless of whether we progress with the candidate.