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Backend Engineer (Python)

Employer
iwoca
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Sep 2021

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Sector
Technology & New Media
Contract Type
Permanent
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Join one of Europe's leading Fintech startups

iwoca is breaking down the barriers that stop Europe's 20 million small businesses from accessing finance. We believe finance should make life easier, not harder, for small businesses. When small businesses go to traditional lenders they are forced to deal with long waits, absurdly rigid criteria, and impersonal bureaucracies. We believe small businesses deserve a financing service that strips out the hassle; that gets to know each customer's needs; that generates opportunities instead of problems. iwoca is finance, custom-built to expand possibilities for small business.

We're still near the start of our journey - our aim is to finance one million small businesses within a decade and we need more smart, hands-on people to help us reach this goal.

We work hard to make iwoca a place where everyone feels welcome, where you can confidently be yourself. We understand that diversity isn't an optional add-on, it's the core ingredient of what makes us great.

About The RoleAt iwoca we are dedicated to building the smartest lending platform in the world as we believe that finance should be as simple, seamless and powerful as electricity. We like to use Agile(ish) processes, which means features or projects go live in days or weeks rather than months or years.

We run our Django-powered site on AWS, use asynchronous tools (Twisted, Celery) for time-consuming tasks and scientific libraries (numpy, scipy, pandas) for risk aspects. Application orchestration is done with Docker/Terraform/ECS and our monitoring is set up using DataDog/Sentry.

In this role, you'll have the opportunity to learn lots on the job and develop rapidly within a high performing team of engineers.

RequirementsWe look for people that are smart, humble, motivated and who are always looking to improve. Ideally, you'll have
  • Very strong numerate background, e.g. Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or equivalent
  • A high technical aptitude and strong attention to detail
  • Experience programming in Python / Django (but we will definitely consider ambitious graduates looking to kickstart their career)
  • Self-starter with ability to work autonomously in an unstructured environment
  • Understanding of web technologies
  • Industry experience with full stack architecture
  • Relational databases (esp. PostgreSQL)
  • Willingness to learn!
Not required but would be great to see
  • Typescript / React
  • Experience with Docker
BenefitsWhat's life like as an iwocan?

We all enjoy
  • Bright, modern office spaces in Covent Garden & Leeds. We have always supported flexible working however during the current pandemic the majority of iwocans are working from home. We have taken every precaution to keep our offices COVID-19 secure for those that need to use them.
  • A calendar of 'remote friendly' events each week including Bingo, Comedy Nights, Escape Room challenges
  • Two company retreats a year (in places like the French Alps or Spanish seaside)
  • Pool, ping pong, foosball tables and tournaments
  • Virtual Yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning
  • An ever-growing number of clubs including climbing, chess, football and boxing
  • Plenty of drinks and snacks in our office kitchen
Just for you
  • Medical insurance from Vitality, including discounted gym membership
  • We take your well being incredibly seriously, so you'll have instant access to emotional and mental health support services via our partner Spill
  • Share options
  • Enhanced maternity and shared parental leave
  • A workplace nursery tax benefit scheme. Save £££ on your nursery costs.
  • 25 days holiday per year and an extra day off on your birthday
  • All the equipment you need to set up your home working space up
  • Paid volunteering time for you to support your chosen charity
  • Bring your dog to work days, we're dog friendly on Tuesday and Thursdays in our London office.
  • Extra leave if you want to travel or study
  • Special celebrations for anniversaries and long service including sabbatical
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
And to make sure we all keep learning, we offer
  • L&D budget including a book budget to encourage you to keep learning
  • Company-wide talks with internal and external speakers
  • A calendar of meetups we host at our office
  • Access to learning platforms like Treehouse to improve your coding skills or learn a new coding language.
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