Lead Software Engineer (front end)

Contact: Dom Barker [email protected] (CTO)

  • £40-70k + equity, depending on experience

  • Mainly front end side javascript, some full stack too.

  • Holborn office

About fluid.ly

Fluid.ly is a very early stage fintech startup that’s still in stealth mode. We’ll tell you more about what we are doing in person, but for now all we can say is that it’s a software as a service (SaaS) platform aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s). We’ve raised a healthy but prudent amount of seed funding from some leading angel investors (including 4 VCs in a personal capacity) giving us the benefit of their advice and a great runway to execute on. We are in some shared space in Holborn at the moment.

The Founders

CEO: Caroline Plumb OBE

Caroline is a serial entrepreneur (FreshMinds) and fluidly will be her third business. Fluidly was born from personal frustrations with regard to getting invoices paid. She was twice-named as one of Management Today’s 35 under 35 & the youngest ever on the list. Caroline has an MEng in Engineering, Economics and Management from Oxford University and is mother to three young children (7,5 & 2). Her hobbies are centred around Lego and Playdoh.

CTO: Dom Barker

Dom is a startup veteran with experience from being the first technical hire of scrappy pre-seed companies right the way through to taking post series B juggernauts to maturity. He has a diverse range of engineering experience and has worked on racing yachts as well as the London 2012 Olympic Games. He has a stellar reputation for engineering management and eating crisps.

About the role

You will be reporting to the CTO and will be one of the first members of the engineering team. Your job is initially to help us get our Minimum Viable Product shipped in Q1 2017 and after that it’s building out the product for production. Your focus will be on the front end and will be trained by the CTO as he is also an expert FE engineer. It’s a very small team and we all need to help each other out so there will be some exposure to the full stack. This helps us all communicate better.

Technology wise, the solution is a full stack javascript (react + node) monolithic application. We aim to add other tech such as golang, clojure and microservices to the stack, but for now productivity is our main priority so we are keeping things simple.

Take the lists below as a guide - you don’t need to have everything.

  • React

  • Redux

  • Nodejs

  • Ava test runner

  • LESS

  • ES6 with Babel via Webpack

  • MongoDB

  • Postgres

  • Redis

  • Git

  • 3+ years professional experience

  • Fintech / finance experience

  • Start up experience

  • SaaS experience

  • Core javascript with and without frameworks

  • Core programming and software engineering

  • Problem solving

  • Attention to detail

  • An eye for UX and Design - we work with specialist designers but a front end engineer needs to be able to fill in the gaps.

Personal attributes
  • Curious

  • Humble

  • Quick to learn

  • Passion for technology and startups

Interview process Phone call

A short conversation of 15-30 minutes with our CEO Caroline to find out a little bit more about you and tell you all about the company and what we are trying to achieve.

Take home technical exercise

Everyone hates technical exercies so we want this to be as painless as possible. We have a standard exercise that will take 1-2 hours depending on experience - you can do this at home on your own equipment without a stranger standing over you.

On site interview

You will bring in your technical exercise and we’ll talk through your solution and your experience more generally. After that we will do a pair programming exercise that’ll take about an hour. This will be as relevant to the real work you’d be doing as possible, ideally fixing a real bug or perhaps a simple implementation of a real feature. It’s as much for you to find out if you like our tech stack and way of working as anything else. You will not being doing any silly puzzles or high pressure whiteboarding exercies (although one will be available if you find them helpful for explaining things).

Meet the Team

Depending on our / your schedules this might be a on different day to the technical interview. Come and meet the rest of the team and ask us anything.

  • The most competitive salary we can afford. We are an early stage startup and have to make our seed funding last. This means we can’t afford to compete directly on salary. As we grow, we will close this gap quickly. Dependent on experience (DOE).

  • Meaningful equity. We want people to have a serious stake in the business so that all of our interests are aligned. It’s your baby too. DOE.

  • 25 days holiday - and we will make you take it. Sure, there will be some long days, but burnout is not big or clever.

  • Limitless challenge and scope for development. You are joining us at a very exciting time and have the opportunity to take this role in your preferred direction as we grow.

  • As much of our time as you need. You professional growth is important to us, and we want to help you to be awesome. It’s not just technical, Caroline will be helping build your commercial and business skills too, if that’s something you are interested in.

  • Sensible problem that will add real value to real people. This isn’t a HBO parody company.

  • Flexible working where possible. We like being in the office because it should be fun. All the same if you need to leave early on ${DAY} to make the school run, that’s no problem.

  • The best kit money can buy. Even that absurdly priced escape-key-less macbook. If you want it.

  • All the crisps you can eat.

Salary range £40,000 — 70,000

meaningful equity DOE