Staff Engineer

London, United Kingdom
Technology – Development
Full-Time
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 towork.

There are currently over 400,000 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 a Staff Engineer to join us in our Bank, London office.

Our Tech Stack: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Scala, MongoDB, Spark, Redshift, RabbitMQ, Puppet, AWS, Docker, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and React

As a Staff Engineer you will:

    • Develop customer focused products in a culture which champions Agile, cross functional teams and continuous collaboration.

Responsibilities include:

    • Being hands on in developing our products using best practices, appropriate tools, and technologies
    • Working with other teams to resolve difficult technical implications that affect their projects. 
    • Championing Agile methodologies whilst creating amazingly useful systems in a collaborative way for our customers
    • Highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritisation
    • Being proactive in suggesting new tools, technologies and ways of working

What we are looking for:

    • Familiarity with at least 2 programming paradigms and can mentor others in their use 
    • Strong programming skills in Ruby
    • Ability to break down complex technical requirements (epics) into smaller stories to avoid large monolithic deliverables
    • Ability to define a technical vision which you can share and get other tech team members to contribute to
    • Willingness to challenge us! We love people who come in and challenge us and not be afraid to raise questions and help us improve
    • An advocate of engineering best practices

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).
    • Continuous innovation - we do fortnightly hackathons as one example to drive experimentation with new technologies and ways of working
    • Never chaining ourselves to a technology - using the ‘right tool for the job
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
Passed probation? Time to pick and mix from 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 stretchthemselves

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

Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customerstime andeffort

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