Engineering Lead

Boston, MA
Technology – Engineering
Full-Time
Simply Business is more than our name. It's how we approach small business insurance: Make it clear. Make it simple. Make it affordable. Founded in 2005 (with our first international office in Boston launched in 2016), Simply Business is an online business insurance brokerage that specializes in one thing: protecting the businesses that entrepreneurs have worked hard to build.

Through blending a combination of technology, data, and insurance knowledge - with 10 years of expertise in the UK in how to build great products for our customers - we are looking to simplify the insurance-buying process for all small businesses across the US.

Right now we’re at the start of that journey. We need people who are looking for a challenge and have the drive and ambition to challenge the boundaries in whatever exciting project they believe in. We believe that people work more productively and imaginatively when they are free from rigid hierarchy and structures and we’re creating a colorful and collaborative environment to help support you in meeting your ambitions.

If you’re smart, passionate about delivering brilliant customer experiences across an integrated online and offline user journey, and enjoy solving complex challenges then you should apply to join our team.

We need an Engineering Lead to join us in Boston, MA.

In this role, you will develop customer focused products in a culture which champions Agile, cross functional teams and continuous collaboration.

As a Engineering Lead, you will:

    • Work with small, cross-functional, collaborative teams to drive out requirements, highlight risks and prioritize stories
    • Work with team members to identify areas for learning and helping them grow in these areas via project work, external learning, or additional mentoring

Responsibilities include:

    • Being hands on in developing our products using best practices, and appropriate tools and technologies
    • Leading a small project team of engineers based in Boston and London
    • Championing agile methodologies whilst creating useful systems for our customers in a collaborative way
    • Highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritization
    • Being proactive in suggesting new tools, technologies, and ways of working

What we are looking for:

    • Experience of leading a small project or product team of Engineers
    • Strong programming skills in any language. We look for strong engineers and our philosophy is that a strong engineer is not defined by the technologies they use, so Ruby experience is not essential. You’ll just need to be happy to cross-over to Ruby if you join us – and we’ll support you with that
    • The ability to challenge us! We love people who come in and aren’t afraid to raise questions and help us improve
    • Strong communication and collaborative skills and strong desire to liaise closely with business teams
    • An advocate of engineering best practices

What are the benefits?
 
Working in our Boston Office, you will have the chance to shape a business from the very beginning, and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills across various technology and business areas as you desire.
 
Plus there’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call "core benefits".
 
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
• Group plan for medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
• Short term disability, long term disability and life insurance coverage
• Participation in the Company’s bonus program
• Participation in 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match
• Commuter benefits to help cut down on commuting costs
• 25 days of vacation time plus 10 company holidays
• Flexible working hours and working from home
 
But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose)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. We trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching and lots, lots more
 
It’s a big claim but we genuinely believe the Simply Business culture is truly unique. 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!
 
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 believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretch themselves
 
Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive
 
Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customers time and effort
 
Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them
 
Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better experiences