Senior Backend Engineer - Node.js, London

London /
Engineering /
Full-time
Formidable is a boutique engineering consultancy and open source software organization, specializing in React, React Native, GraphQL, Node.js, and the architecture of large-scale JavaScript applications. We are a team of consultants working together to find holistic and sustainable solutions to challenging software and process problems for our clients. We build products for some of the world’s biggest companies while helping their internal teams develop the skillset to create and maintain thoughtful and scalable systems.

As part of our London team you will be working with other Formidable engineers using a modern JavaScript stack to implement new applications, features, and tools for companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 100s. You will regularly collaborate with client teams to provide project leadership, mentorship, and technical expertise. When you’re not working on client projects, you’ll have a chance to contribute to our community-leading open-source software.

We make sure our employees get opportunities to grow within Formidable and participate in daily decision-making processes. Our engineers are leaders in the community and frequently speak at key conferences. Working with other Formidables, you are guaranteed to continually cultivate your skill set by staying atop of industry trends and tools.

This role is a Formidable full-time position for residents of the UK.

In light of COVID-19, Formidable will continue to recommend that all employees continue to work remotely whenever possible. Currently, Formidable has no plans to require anyone to be physically present in a Formidable or client office.

If you’re interested in joining a collaborative community that supports employees and understands the importance of maintaining a work-life balance, we would love to talk to you!

You Have

    • An interest in working in a client service role – advocating for the positive long-term impacts of code health and smooth developer experience, while being sensitive to client goals and timelines
    • Understanding of engineering for the web: client/server architecture, REST, and modern best practices
    • Understanding of high-availability, monitoring, and reporting, incorporating them into each project from the very beginning.
    • The ability to communicate the benefits of technical solutions and architectural concepts to non-technical project stakeholders effectively
    • Patience and drive to both learn from and mentor others

Experienced In

    • JavaScript, both modern techniques and core concepts
    • Building production systems that scale
    • REST APIs and frameworks like Express
    • Persistence layers like DynamoDB or PostgreSQL
    • Setting up monitoring and alerting (NewRelic, CloudWatch)
    • Version control for code collaboration on teams
    • 3+ years of professional software development experience
    • 2+ years of professional experience in NodeJS


Extra Credit

    • Experience with GraphQL and frameworks like Apollo Server
    • Familiarity with Lambda / Cloud Functions / Kubernetes / Containerization
    • Experience with React and the surrounding Open Source ecosystem
    • Experience leading teams
    • Familiarity with Typescript
    • Familiarity with Terraform
    • Experience implementing CI/CD pipelines
    • Open Source contributor

UK Employee Benefits

    • Holiday - It is important to us that you take some time for yourself to do the things you love, recharge and refresh so we offer a holiday allowance of 25 days + bank holidays + Christmas closure (usually 4 days).
    • Flexible working - We are a fully flexible working company and support people working from home and remotely when travelling - this means you can pretty much work from anywhere and set your own hours. We only ask that you are available for team and client meetings and can dial in from wherever you are if you are working remotely that day.
    • Travel cards - London travel can be costly so transport to the office is on us! We will provide you with an annual Oyster card for the zone you live in or a monthly travel allowance if you live outside of London and use public transport to get to the office.
    • Pensions - We want you to feel like working at Formidable is contributing to your future, not just your career, so we will match 4% of your employee contribution with 4% to your pension.
    • Private medical insurance - We like to do what we can to give our Formidables peace of mind internally and externally so we provide full private MHD [medical history disregarded] cover with AXA PPP, including dental and optician add-ons (this can be extended to spouses and children too and Formidable will pay 75% of their premiums), as well as life cover & critical illness cover.
    • Home office stipend - Upon joining Formidable as a permanent employee, you will have access to a stipend of £/€1,750 to help provide a comfortable working space at home.
    • Health & wellness bonus - Health and wellness comes in all different forms so to support you in choosing what works, we give you an annual £1,250 bonus to spend on what is right for you.
    • Inter-office travel - We like our Formidables to get to know each other properly; what better way than a trip to visit and work with other teams around the globe? We will give you £850 annually to cover your travel and accommodation so you can go and work in one of our other locations and get to know the team better. (Pending COVID-19 restrictions)
    • Open source - We have incredible access to a wider community of coding experts who are as passionate about Open Source as we are + an internal ‘Sauce Program’ that enables you to earn extra money for any extra OSS hours you put in.
    • Training & development - You’ll receive unparalleled support from your peers + an all-you-can-eat professional development budget to ensure you can access all that you need to keep growing in your role and levelling up.
    • Collaboration & exposure - We work in a collaborative environment that leads to continuous, organic personal development. You’ll also have exposure to a wide variety of customers, from scale-ups to Fortune 100s.
    • Giving back - We also love to give back to our community - so if you give to charity and want to set this up through payroll giving, we will match your contributions by up to £1000 a year.
    • Feeling peckish?  Us too, which is why we have catered team lunches twice a week + a fully stocked office of snacks and drinks to keep you going throughout the day. (Pending COVID-19 restrictions)
    • Visiting HQ - Formidable was launched in Seattle so once a year we all descend on Formidable HQ for FormidaGathering - it’s quite a week away!
Salary

As a true example of how Formidable believes in equity and transparency, we have an “Open Pay” system that is linked to our career ladder. Depending on experience, the salary for this role would likely sit between £60-85k.

How do we work?

Our consultants act as an extension of our customer’s team, embedding themselves in the environment, and adapting to our clients’ requirements and challenges, so they can develop a truly impactful and innovative solution.

We take a lot of pride in both the work we do and how we do it. We love trying new approaches, challenging the norm and we’ll never stop striving to be at our technical best. It comes naturally to both our team and the community we work within to help each other’s growth, share and elevate ideas, and meaningfully collaborate as much as possible. Our people are more than the sum of their parts!

That’s why you’ll get an unusual amount of autonomy — you’re here because you’re brilliant, so we trust you to do your role in a way that works for you. Our high-trust culture is one of the things that makes us so successful, so you do you and we’ll be over here, listening and providing support where needed.
 
We have two core beliefs here:
 
1) The very best ideas are born from a community that is collaborative, high-trust and diverse. Creating a development-led culture is key to us so we do everything we can to cultivate knowledge sharing and personal growth within our team. That means your questions never go unanswered, and there will always be someone on hand to work through a problem.

2) People are at their best when they have what they need and we’re committed to providing the best possible working environment. Vegan snacks? Slippers for the office? Want to work from another country to spend more time with your family? We got you!

Inclusion is one of our core values. We don’t discriminate by race, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We are not offering UK visa sponsorship at this time and hence unfortunately require of our candidates that they have the right to work in the UK without visa sponsorship.