Backend Engineer

London /
Engineering – Software Development /
Full-Time, permanent
Founded in mid-2015 to make consumer research simple and accessible for anyone, anywhere, Attest is a fast-growing scaleup backed by investors including Silicon Valley leader NEA. Attest is striving toward a world in which anyone can put consumers and data at the heart of every decision, to create and deliver better, more useful services, products and experiences for real people and communities worldwide.

In 2019, our team tripled to nearly 100 people, and together we achieved huge commercial, technical and people success. Our plans for 2020 and beyond are big and exciting, and our team is growing fast.

A robust set of shared values unites our team. We invest in each other to ensure every Attester has the opportunity, support and encouragement to realise their full potential. We strongly believe everyone should have the autonomy to freely explore new ideas and have a voice in shaping the future of Attest, whilst making sure that the work we do genuinely makes a difference. 

About the Technology team

Engineers join us for the technical challenges we overcome and stay for the incredible culture our Engineers create and grow, from talking at meetups such as the monthly 'London Microservices Meetup' to contributing regularly to open source software (we're lucky to have the core contributor to Vue.js in our ranks).

We work closely with Product, Design, business ambassadors, and others from the broader business in cross-functional squads, each of which has the autonomy to practice agile in the way that works best for them. We're also excited to build out a Data Science function here at Attest, focusing on ML and NLP techniques to provide more significant insights to our customers and safeguard our high data quality.

Our tech stack utilises some of the latest technologies, on the backend we work with gRPC, linkerd2, Postgres and elasticsearch (to name just a few) all running on Kubernetes. We mainly code in go and java, and going forward we are focussing on building event-sourced systems in go.

Over on the frontend, we build out applications that use our REST and GraphQL APIs, written in Vue.js/React supported with TypeScript, and powered by Webpack.

We've open-sourced our Engineering Handbook, where you can explore our Engineering Growth Framework and see how we work together in squads and chapters.

About the role

We’re looking for an excellent Backend Engineer with an all round high-quality developer skill set. You’ll build out a range of applications written in Go or Java as part of our event-driven architecture. At Attest you’ll:

Collaborate with the whole team to identify and create best-in-class products.
Deliver features regularly, be comfortable with ambiguity, and push for code quality always.
Participate as a fully trusted member of a cross functional squad, inputting into squad goals and key results, breaking down ideas into technical tasks, and having the opportunity to lead experiments.
Explore innovative ways to solve problems, and become expert in high demand systems.
Design modular software, following separation of concerns, among other common design principles.

As a member of the backend chapter, along with our other backend engineers, you will share best practices, improve the way we build our applications, and work together to produce high quality code.

You’ll have a major role at Attest. As Attest grows, we’ll invest in growing the team around you, with people you help hire. A wonderful opportunity to be a major part of a high-growth startup, with full funding & support.

Who you are

A team player. Collaborative, self-motivated, creative, entrepreneurial & thoughtful style.
You love delivery. You love to see your solutions available to real users.
Willing to contribute to open-source code. We like to take part in the community.
Thrive with opportunities. Enjoy building intuitive interfaces for modelling complex data.
Results-driven. With proactive use and exploration of new technologies and methodologies.


What you’ll bring to Attest

Expertise in either Golang or Java.
Expertise in building and maintaining event-driven architectures.
Expertise in developing, testing & debugging highly-available distributed systems.
Experience with databases: PostgreSQL / mySQL / DynamoDB / Redis.
Experience with infrastructure technologies: Terraform, Ansible, Docker and/or Kubernetes.


In return, we’ll give you…

Our benefits and perks are designed with a focus on the wellbeing, engagement, and growth of our Attesters. In addition to the below overview, we publish details on all benefits available, including location-specific benefits, openly and transparently on our Notion pages.

>A competitive salary - that fairly recognises your experience and potential;
>25 days (UK) or 23 days (US) paid holiday (+public holidays) per year - we care about our team’s wellbeing, so we make sure you have time to fully switch off, rest, and recharge;
>Up to 2 additional full company days off annually for Attest's Christmas 'office closure'. These are set by Attest, and are usually the days of Christmas Eve and New Years Eve to the extent they fall on business days. We will let everyone know in advance which days will these will be.
>Flexible working hours and remote working - whether you have parental responsibilities, just need some headspace, or prefer to structure your working balance a bit differently, we value responsible autonomy and default to trust; we’ll support you in making your work and personal life a manageable blend. We're currently working fully remotely due to covid-19; you can read more about how we approach that in our Guide to fully remote working at Attest.
>10% time - to invest in charitable activities, your growth and development, and/or side projects for Attest;
>10 fully-paid sick days per year - mental health and physical health are treated equally at Attest and apply regardless of location. Whether you’ve been knocked out with the flu, are having an operation, or need some time off to manage anxiety, stress or depression, for example, we encourage all our Attesters to rest up and come back when they’re feeling more like themselves;
> £/$500 per person annual Growth & Development fund - we care deeply about your personal and professional growth and development, so in addition to other structured Growth & Development initiatives we offer throughout the year, we also provide every Attester with £/$500 via Sunlight.is annually, to spend on courses, books and further development of your choosing.
>Sanctus - Remote coaching sessions with fully qualified coaches 2 x per month through Sanctus. Sessions are private to you and your coach, and a space for you to use as you see fit. As coaches are usually UK based, we ask all Attesters to be mindful of booking afternoon slots where morning slots are available, to be considerate of our international colleagues who may only be able to make use of slots that fall later in the day.
> 24/7 Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - all Attesters have access to Employee Assistance Programmes, including accessing confidential telephone counselling 24/7, advice on debt, housing, and beyond.
>High-quality Equipment - we’ll invest to provide you with the right tools and set-up to help you do your best work;
>A values-led working environment - that encourages putting people first, honesty, curiosity and leadership.
> A Dog Friendly work environment - during coronavirus, we've gone fully remote. But in our previous office and in future offices, we're a dog-friendly bunch!

Is this role not quite the right fit for you? Or, have you not seen a suitable position available on our careers site? We’re always on the look-out for curious, motivated and bright people to join our team. Connect with us, and we’ll let you know if and when we have new opportunities. 

Diversity at Attest

Everyone's welcome at Attest, regardless of what you look like, where you come from or what you’re curious about. Our product is for everyone, globally, and so is our work space. The more diverse our range of perspectives in our business, the more we all thrive, together. So tell  us about your background, personal experiences and perspective on the world and help us further enrich our offering to enable better made decisions to make the world a better place.

Do let us know if there are any adjustments you’d like us to make to ensure the most inclusive interview process we can - we’re learning too, so we’re more than happy to adapt and accommodate whenever possible.

Attest aims to change the way decisions are made, and to help people understand the data that responds to their curiosity. Our mission is to put data at the heart of decisions. Everything we do at Attest is driven by curiosity, honesty, responsible autonomy and collaboration. Our team is growing - will you be next to join the adventure?