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Lead Software Engineer - Product - London

Description

uSwitch's purpose is to simplify complex marketplaces with intuitive and accessible applications that genuinely improve people’s lives. Saving a few hundred pounds a year on bills makes a fundamental difference to vulnerable people who sometimes have to choose between paying for utilities or groceries.

Our platforms serve millions of users a month, process thousands of comparisons a day, and drive hundreds of complex integrations with vastly different partners. We’re a tech-driven business that focuses on agile delivery and cross functional product teams.

We are creating the next generation of comparison platforms, and as we scale we are looking for passionate, empathetic engineers to build highly performant, accessible, and beautiful consumer experiences to facilitate switching and comparisons on the web.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Direction: You’ll be responsible for setting the technical and product direction of your team alongside the product owner
  • Leadership: Lead and build a team of engineers around a cross functional product team, mentoring them and helping them grow in their careers
  • Technical vision: Evaluate the current state of play; influence on large uSwitch technical direction and set the standard for the product team you’ll be working in
  • Growth and culture: We value our company and engineering culture and are continuously looking to evolve it and make it better
  • Engineering excellence: Using your technical knowledge and expertise to help build a better uSwitch, and bringing people along with you on that journey
What you might be working on:
  • Building the future of the micro front-ends at uSwitch leveraging some of our packages such koa-core, ustyle, and frameworks like Inferno, Redux and GraphQL
  • Delivering integrated and accessible full checkout journeys for additional uSwitch products like Credit Cards and Broadband
  • Coming up with new and innovative ways to optimise and engage users on our Energy end to end consumer journey
  • Working with multiple other teams to help drive consumer personalisation and wider uSwitch initiatives; working in Clojure, Go, Elixir and deploying to Kubernetes
  • Creating a personalised experience on the uSwitch homepage and our new “manage my bills product”
  • Building performance tooling to continuously improve our TTFB across the site, and optimising for a PWA experience with offline caching and push notifications
We pride ourselves in delivering accessible, performant, and functional experiences to the consumer, hopefully you do too.

Requirements

Essential skills:

  • You’ve had experience managing teams and engineers within agile teams (large or small) and are a looking to continue to do so
  • A source of enthusiasm in the team, continually driving people to think of the bigger picture and make impactful changes
  • You’re pragmatic and deliver thoughtful and awesome solutions to solve business problems
  • Care about the product life cycle and the lifetime value of the customer - without our customers we wouldn’t have a business
  • You want to grow within your career and are looking for a place that lets you have immediate, meaningful impact - we deploy up to 150 times a day
  • Passionate about accessibility, performance, UX, and A/B testing
  • Get deeply involved in the larger engineering community, influence and contribute back to that community through open source projects and conferences
  • Have a deep understanding of web applications and the surrounding stacks
    • We aren’t wedded to languages, but you should know how an application works for a customer

Benefits

What we’ll give back to you:

  • A competitive salary and bonus package
  • A healthy learning and training budget, as well as the chance to go to conferences around the world every year
  • The latest equipment - be it a Linux or Apple or Windows machine
  • Free breakfast, healthy snacks, coffee and soft drinks
  • Paid parental leave for those key moments in your life
  • Health insurance
  • Moving day off, birthday day off, charitable day off
  • In office gym and pilates + yoga classes
  • Flexi holiday policy
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Season ticket loans for those long commutes
  • Employer matching pension up to 7.5%
  • We also want to help you with your life events, so offer interest free loans for special moments in your life like moving home, buying your first home and your wedding
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