Engineering Lead

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.

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.

We need an Engineering Lead to join us in our Bank, London office.

Our Tech Stack: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, ReactJS, HAML, SCSS, MongoDB, Python, Scala, AWS, Docker, Kafka, Terraform.

As an Engineering Lead you will:

    • Be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of outcomes within a team.
    • Lead a team of engineers and/or engineers in test.
    • Lead technical discussions within the organisation and apply appropriate techniques, such as Domain-Driven Design, to solve problems.

Responsibilities include:

    • Collaborating with the product manager of your team to produce the roadmap to deliver complex projects.
    • Organizing the work of your team using Agile practices, allocating effort effectively.
    • Ensuring that technical tasks and maintenance of the systems are prioritised with the product manager.
    • Supporting the career development of the engineers in your team.
    • Doing hands on development in our products code bases.
    • Applying best practices, driving the use of appropriate tools and technologies.
    • Working with cross-functional team-members such as insurance product managers, insight analysts or user researchers to drive out requirements, highlight risks and understand user stories.

What we are looking for:

    • Solid experience of leadership within a team.
    • Strong programming skills in a programming language in our stack.
    • Strong communication, collaborative skills and strong desire to liaise closely with business teams.
    • Ability to break down complex problems.
    • Understanding of trade-offs between technical and business implications.
    • Willingness to provide feedback to the technical direction.

A handful of things we believe in:

    • Continuous delivery - we currently release software to production   around 14 times a day on average
    • Cross functional teams – we believe in collaboration across the whole organisation and we see Tech and Business teams as ‘one team’ working together on projects (in fact, we even have our business product owners writing code).
    • Agile and Lean Start-up methodologies
    • Never chaining ourselves to a technology - using the ‘right tool for the job
We want to meet you
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. With any luck we’ll be seeing you at interview soon.

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.

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