Lead Software Engineer
At Plum, we're on a mission to help everyone be financially better off. We're building a quirky Messenger chatbot that links to your bank, understands your spending habits and helps you save more, invest in things that matter and avoid overspending on your bills. We like to think of Plum as your money's best friend 👫
Engineering at Plum
Our engineers come from a variety of backgrounds (physics, computer science, music, even history!) and we welcome all levels of experience. We ❤️ Python, React, Postgres and Redis but we don't care if you're a Pythonista or not – Python's elegance comes from its simplicity so you'll be able to pick it up quickly.
We value good engineering principles and healthy curiosity. We take a conservative approach to using external frameworks and we aspire to write simple, well-tested code, delivered in rapid iterations. It's actually a pretty exciting period as we've just started our move from Heroku to GCP and Kubernetes (scaling issues and all...) 🚀
Architect complex systems and teams
We're looking for experienced, talented and empathetic lean engineers to join our team in Athens. As a lead engineer, you'll be part of a squad and you'll probably spend 70% of your time coding/architecting and 30% mentoring and giving feedback to engineers in your squad. You'll also be involved in sourcing, interviewing and supporting new hires and making sure that we maintain a solid presence in the Athens tech scene.
If you're unsure whether you fit the role, feel free to email our CTO at [email protected] to discuss the specifics in more detail.
Our stack & approach
We ❤️ Python, React, Postgres and Redis. We don't care if you're a Pythonista or not – Python's elegance comes from its simplicity so you'll be able to pick it up quickly. We value good engineering principles and healthy curiosity. We take a conservative approach to using external frameworks and we aspire to write simple, well-tested code, delivered in rapid iterations. It's actually a pretty exciting period as we've just started our move from Heroku to GCP and Kubernetes (scaling issues and all...) 🚀
How we work
We work in "squads" – a more startup-appropriate name for saying small, cross-functional teams. Each squad has a mission and a set of KPIs to monitor and improve. We have 3 of these squads right now – Savings, Investments and Black Ops. As an engineer you'll primarily look after your squad but you can also reach out to and work with anyone in the company.
Our culture: openness and accountability
Even though you'll have a primary role, you can get involved in any aspect of the business you're interested in and contribute feedback and product ideas freely. In return, we'll expect you to back your decisions with data and logic. Features are considered finished when the data tells us that they've moved the needle.
What we look for
For this role experience (5+ years) in architecting and maintaining large production systems is essential. Bonus fist bumps 👊 if you have experience in the financial technology sector. We'd also like to see evidence of mentoring younger engineers and setting a culture of best practices.
Nevertheless, we are a startup treading in uncharted territory so attitude is even more important. We're looking for people that like uncertainty and want to figure out how to do things that haven’t been done before. You're a true team player and inherently positive. Where others see problems, you see solutions.
What we offer
- Bucketfuls of challenging problems to solve, so hopefully that's your thing! Our job is to take a complicated, archaic domain and make it simple and accessible to everyone.
- One of the best learning experiences of your life. You'll get to work with extremely smart and capable people, with backgrounds in finance, physics, history, computing, languages and more.
- Competitive pay and company stock options – we're all in this together.
- Work from our London office whenever you want.
- Team trip to secret destinations once a year ✈️
- Plants, lots of plants 🌱
- Fresh fruit (plums obviously), snacks with varying health benefits and great coffee. Because you can't be a startup without great coffee.
Be one of the first to join in Athens 🇬🇷
Plum's been a Londoner all its life. This is our first European office and it will house part of our engineering and operations teams. You'll play an integral part in shaping up the office and culture, as well as growing the team there.