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You’ll play a key role in helping us develop the Django REST backend and supporting technologies, take ownership of the development of new features, solve difficult technical challenges, be part of architectural decisions and the planning around scaling our throughput by 10-100X, investigate the suitability of new technologies and approaches, and be grow with our fast growing team and company.
The ideal candidate will have worked in a developer/software-engineering role for at least 3+ years, including preferably at other high growth startups. We value a broad range of experience and skills, the salary is negotiable based on experience and very senior candidates are also encouraged to apply.
This is your chance to get involved in a fast-moving startup where you’ll have huge influence over the trajectory of the product. Since it’s a startup, you’ll have the opportunity to suggest how you can best add value, and make any recommendations about improving the processes and product. We're a fast-growing company and we want to help you grow with us.
These are some of the tools and frameworks we are use, however we aren’t wedded to any particular technology. Experience with these tools is valuable, but we are also interested in what you like to use and why.
Experience working with Python in web development (ideally Django/Flask).
Experience in creating secure, high-performance web applications.
Experience several of the following, or similar technologies:
How we interview & hire
Our hiring process usually begins with an introductory online interview to help you get to know us better, and vice versa. At this stage, we would like to better understand your motivation for the role, get to know about your interests and personality, and learn about any relevant past experience or skills you might have. If this initial interview is successful, we'd then invite you to complete an assignment (<2 hours, you'll be compensated for the time spent), which will be reviewed by one of our engineers. This will be followed by an in-depth, face-to-face interview in Oxford, UK, with the key people in our startup (CEO Katia, CTO Phelim, and COO Jim), which will provide an opportunity to discuss the assignment, explore value fit, which incentives you care about, and learn how you would work with the team on a daily basis.
You’ll be joining an enthusiastic team of eight based in Oxford, UK (although two of us work remotely, in Glasgow and Newcastle).