Ruby Software Engineer

London, UK /
Technology – Engineering /
Permanent (Full-Time)
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. If you don’t have access to either of these, or you need support with your application, get in touch with us at Similarly, please email us if you’re not well, you’re self-isolating, or if you want to pause your application for a bit – we’ll be happy to keep you updated on future opportunities like the one below.

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

Who are Simply Business? 
We insure over half a million small businesses in the UK alone and have offices in London, Northampton and Boston, USA. We have over 100 talented software engineers working on our platforms and are proud to have been voted the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For in 2015 and 2016. We’re expanding fast and are looking for exceptional individuals to help shape the next phase of our journey – maybe that could be you?

Why Simply Business?
We really care about best practices, developing our engineers and improving our codebase. Our engineers have formed working groups around code quality, design direction and techniques like domain-driven design. They run regular workshops on code refactoring, technical book clubs and give presentations on modern technologies. We support this by giving all our engineers paid time dedicated to personal development, along with running regular internal workshops and training. We even send people to different external conferences, courses and events each year.

We have mentorship schemes and would love for you to be involved, both as a mentor and as a mentee. We’ll support your career in the direction you’d like it to go, whether it’s learning how to lead teams or by giving you the chance to solve more difficult technical problems. If you’re looking for flexibility or the option to work remotely, you’re in luck! We have engineers who are fully remote and also engineers who split their time between working remotely and coming into the office. Whether you cut down on the commute by working from home or not, you’ll have a great work-life balance

More about the role 
Our technology:
tech stack – Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, React, Scala, MongoDB, Spark, Redshift, Kafka, Ansible, AWS, Docker we’ve got a great dev ops team with modern CI/CD and one-click deployment for the majority of our platforms

Your responsibilities

    • being hands-on with code and developing our products using best practices, along with appropriate tools and technologies
    • working with cross functional teams, helping to clarify requirements at the onset of projects and suggesting different and relevant technical approaches
    • championing Agile processes across the team
    • highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritisation
    • mentoring junior members of the team where needed
    • being proactive in suggesting new tools, technologies and ways of working

What we are looking for

    • strong programming skills in Ruby
    • an advocate of engineering best practices (particularly in regards to testing)
    • experience of working closely with business teams when building products
    • experience of working with Agile methodologies
    • strong interpersonal skills to work well in our very open and friendly environment
    • proactive in suggesting new tools, processes and technologies – anything that will help us continually improve
    • the ability to communicate technical concepts to non-technical members of the team
There’s all the serious (but important) benefits we call ‘core benefits’. This includes an automatic enrolment pension (employer-matched at 5%), generous annual leave, life assurance and a salary that reflects your experience. 
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,  dental or extra holiday days. 

At Simply Business, we pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce. Unfortunately, research has shown that some candidates, particularly women and people from other underrepresented groups, are put off applying for a job if they don’t fit every single one of the criteria.

But hiring at Simply Business isn’t a box ticking exercise – we’re much more interested in meeting people who’re excited to work with us. So if this job appeals to you and you think you’d be a good fit, send us your CV.

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.

We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretch themselves

We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive

We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customers time and effort

We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them

We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better  experiences