Engineering Lead & Senior Developers - FinTech

Simply Business

London | Full-Time

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Simply Business – We are looking for an Engineering Lead & Senior Developers!

We believe that people are our most important asset and one worth protecting. We’re known for creating an enviable working culture to keep our employees smiling on a day to day basis.

In fact, our impressive and enjoyable working culture has earned us 1st place winners in the ‘Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work for’ – two years in a row!

Who are we?!

We are in the Fintech space and use technology and bleeding-edge data capability to create the best possible experience for startups and self-employed people who are seeking to insure their businesses. We've taken an old-fashioned and stuffy industry like insurance and turned it on it's head by bringing it into the online age and making it easy and straightforward for our customers to understand and buy protection for their business. We want our customers to sleep easy knowing they are covered so that they can get on with their main job of running their business. We do this via our best in class and award winning online price comparison / brokerage platform.

We currently have two different roles available. We are looking to hire both Engineering Leads and Senior Developers:

The role of Engineering Lead:

  • Leading a small project team of Engineers based in London and Boston (from our London office)
  • Delegating effectively to other engineers and supporting the team by removing blockers
  • Working with team members to identify areas for learning and helping them grow in these areas
  • Being hands on in developing our products using best practices, appropriate tools, and technologies
  • Working closely with Product Owners to flesh out requirements, highlight risks, prioritise tasks/stories and allocate time and effort effectively
  • Leading on technical discussions and applying suitable design techniques 
  • Highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritisation
  • Championing Agile methodologies and being proactive in suggesting new tools, technologies and ways of working

The role of 'Senior Developer':

  • Being hands on in developing our products using best practices, appropriate tools, and technologies
  • Working within small cross functional collaborative project teams (Dev, QA, Product Owners and other Business stakeholders), helping to clarify requirements at the onset of projects and suggesting different and relevant technical approaches
  • Championing Agile processes whilst creating amazingly useful systems in a collaborative way for our customers
  • Highlighting areas for continuous improvement & driving their prioritisation
  • Being proactive in suggesting new tools, technologies and ways of working

Some things we believe in

  • Creating an best-in-class engineering culture:
    • Agile & Lean processes
    • Continuous Delivery -we release software to production about 14 times a day on average) 
    • Small cross functional teams where business and tech are sitting and working together - we even have our business people/product owners trained on github and writing code and tests! It took us a while to perfect, and we're now in a great place!
    • Active participation in open source
  • Never chaining ourselves to a technology – always experimenting and ‘using the right tool for the job’
  • Thought leadership – we host meetup groups and present talks in our office and the community
  • Creating a great working environment and culture:
    • modern open plan office
    • flexible hours
    • remote working
    • regular team events
    • paid company holidays abroad
    • quirky afterwork clubs – like UX, Robotic and Data science clubs, lunchtime coding challenges over pizza, lunchtime TED talks and lot’s more!
  • Acting as a force for good in the world – We’re a proud BCorp and passionate about workplace diversity as well as creating the best workplace in the world (so far, we have conquered  the UK by winning the 'Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies' Award - twice!)

What we are looking for

  • Strong programming skills (in any language). We are tech agnostic when hiring so we hire people from Ruby, Java, C#, PHP, Python and various other backgrounds in the past. You just need to be happy to cross over to Ruby if you join us - and we'll support you with that
  • Experience leading a small team of Developers - this is required if you are applying for the 'Engineering Lead' position. Previous experience of leading a team is not needed to apply for the 'Senior Developer' position.
  • The ability to challenge us! We love people who come in and challenge us and not be afraid to raise questions and help us improve.
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills to liaise with various different teams
  • An advocate of engineering best practices
  • A strong desire to work with business teams and to understand the business side of our product development. We see tech and business as ‘one team’ here – all working together to reach the same goal of creating awesome products to serve our customers best.
  • An understanding and appreciation of Agile methodologies

Our tech stack

We are currently using technologies such as Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Scala, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Puppet, Boxen, AWS, Docker, Cucumber, RSpec, Jasmine, SASS, HAML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, Redux ,amongst others. You do not need to be experienced in this tech stack to apply. We are technology agnostic when hiring.

What we can offer

  • Flexible working hours and working from home
  • A multi-award winning working culture and environment
  • Life insurance, 5% pension scheme & childcare vouchers
  • A ‘pick & mix’ benefits package consisting of:
    - Gym membership
    - Private medical care
    - Dental cover
    - Extra holidays, and more!
  • Money back on daily well-being costs (massage, contact lenses etc)
  • A fun & social working environment
  • Company trips abroad (paid for!) – We’ve been Brussels twice, Barcelona and Berlin over the last few years!
  • Career development – we look to fund relevant training courses and conference
  • Free daily breakfast, snacks & hot/cold drinks

Awards and Achievements

  • Certified as a ‘B Corporation’ in 2017. B Corps maintain the highest standards of social & environmental impact to prove that business can be a force for good in the world
  • Signed members of the ‘Women in Finance Charter’ to affirm our commitment to diversity
  • Insurance Provider of the year – British Small Business awards 2017
  • Winner (1st place ranking) in ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work’ – Sunday Times 2015 & 2016
  • 3 Star (highest) accreditation in "Best Small Companies to Work for" - Best Companies Ltd 2015 & 2016
  • Business Intelligence Project of the Year – Data, Analytics and Technology Awards 
  • Customer Experience Team of the Year- National Quality & Customer Experience Awards 
  • Best Use of Audience Insight - Digi Awards
  • Use of Organic Search (SEO) Dadi Awards
  • Accredited "Geared for Giving employer - outstanding contributions to charity
  • Most Agile Aware Organisation Award - Agile Awards
  • Best Use of Mobile Technology Award - Technology in Insurance Awards
  • Named in the "Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA

Where we are

In a modern and open plan office in Bank, City of London

Due to the volume of applications we receive across the entire business, we unfortunately cannot respond to each applicant with individual feedback. If you have not heard from us within 3 working days then please assume you have been unsuccessful.


Please apply through this Unicorn website only – this is currently the only way to enter our database – we will email you within 24 hours if your application looks relevant  


We are now actively interviewing for these roles - please apply ASAP to ensure we can arrange an interview before the positions are filled. Thanks for reading :)