Tech Lead - Winners of 'Top 100 Best Companies to Work for'


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Simply Business

We believe that people are our most important asset and one worth protecting. As such, 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’ in recent years – twice!

Simply Business uses technology and bleeding-edge data capability to create the best possible experience for startups and self-employed people who are seeking to ensure their businesses. This is via our best in class and award-winning online price comparison/brokerage platform built by our tech team.

The role:

- Being an architect with great judgement who can design and implement complex company-wide systems

- Leading tracks of Developers and Product Owners, responsible for technical delivery

- Championing Agile, Build­-Measure-­Learn and creating amazingly useful systems in a collaborative way.

- Highlighting areas for continuous improvement & drives their prioritisation (e.g. areas requiring major refactoring)

- Working with business to clarify requirements at the onset of projects and suggest different technical approaches.

- Active involvement in recruitment, line managing, onboarding and team reviews.

- Working with the rest of the Tech Leadership team to define the vision for whole tech team as well as best practices & processes.

Some things we believe in:

- Creating an best-in-class engineering culture – Agile / Lean / TDD / Continuous Delivery (we release software to production about 10 times a day on average) / Cross-functional teams / pair programming / cross-functional teams working together on projects (Dev/QA/UX/product) / 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, after-work clubs – like UX, Robotic, Data science clubs, ruby coding challenges over pizza, lunchtime TED talks and lot’s more!)

- Continuous learning – we look to pay for conferences and courses. Recently we have sent some of our Devs out to Miami, Portugal and Barcelona for tech events and conferences (paid for).

What we are looking for:

- Experience of leading teams (ideally cross-functional project teams)

- Proven architectural skills

- A superb level of coding ability (in any language)

- Strong understanding of Agile, Continuous Delivery and TDD

- Strong experience working in an environment of cross-functional teams

- Someone with the ability to challenge processes, suggest new ways of working and propose new tools/technologies which could benefit the business.

- A strong personality to be able to drive change across the organisation where needed

- Ability to set the vision and drive cultural change across the organisation

- An advocate of open source and ‘using the right tool for the job’

- Proven experience of working collaboratively with business and management teams

- Strong attention to detail

Our tech stack:

We are currently using technologies such as Ruby, Python, Scala, MongoDB, Spark, Redshift, RabbitMQ, Puppet, Boxen, AWS, Cucumber, RSpec, Jasmine, SASS, HAML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, CoffeeScript amongst others. You do not need to be experienced in this tech stack to apply – we are tech agnostic when hiring.

What we can offer:

- Competitive salary and discretionary bonus scheme

- Flexible working hours

- Days working from home

- A multi-award winning working culture and environment

- Life insurance

- 5% pension scheme

- Childcare vouchers

- Gym membership

- Private medical care

- Dental cover

- Extra holidays

- Money back on daily well-being costs (massage, contact lenses etc)

- A fun & social working environment

- The opportunity to work with a best-in-class team who are at the forefront of tech providing thought leadership and hosting meetup groups in our office and presenting talks on the subject

- Company trips abroad (paid for!) – We’ve been Brussels twice and Barcelona over the last few years!

- Career development – we look to fund relevant training courses and conference

- Free daily breakfast, snacks & hot & cold drinks

- A company that drives continuous innovation with fortnightly and annual hackathons

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 of the ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work for’ 2015 & 2016 – Sunday Times

- 3 Star (highest) accreditation in "Best Small Companies to Work for" – Best Companies Ltd 2015 & 2016

- Business Intelligence Project of the Year – Tech, Data & Analytics Awards 2015

- ‘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"

- Listed in "Sunday Times Tech Track 100" for fastest growing technology companies

Where we are:

We’re located in Bank, City of London.


Please apply through this website only. This is the only way to enter our candidate system and we will get back to you within 24 hours if we feel your application is suitable for this role.

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.

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