Backend Developer at Octopus Energy

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January 5, 2023

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Our teamAll technology is written and maintained by a multi-discipline engineering team of around 100 people. This includes server-side, client-side and mobile engineers working closely with UX experts, copywriters and designers. 

We follow a Kanban-like approach, using Google docs and Asana to specify and manage work; Github, CircleCI and Kubernetes Enterprise as part of an immutable-infrastructure, continuous delivery pipeline; and Loggly, Sentry and Cloudwatch to measure performance and monitor production. 

Some of our coding conventions are open-source. 

Octopus is a great place to learn, work with some talented engineers and level-up your skills.  

Our technologyOn the server-side, we mainly use Python. Most of our websites are powered by Django, Django-REST-framework and GraphQL (Graphene).  

We use AWS heavily, employing most of the "Hashistack" (eg Packer, Consul, Kubernetes) as part of a continuous deployment pipeline. See, for example, Django, ELB health checks and continuous delivery. 

Client-side, we use React, Redux and SASS; our mobile apps are built using native code or React Native.What you'll do We have lots of difficult design challenges to solve. The French energy market is complicated, outdated and process-heavy - there's an awful lot of domain modelling that we need to get right. Strong attention to detail is essential.We have difficult technical problems to solve. With the advent of smart meters, we'll soon be processing millions of meter readings a day. We need the right technology in place to handle this smoothly as well as feeding data into a machine learning pipeline that models and predicts consumption.There's a great opportunity for disruption in the French energy market. The big suppliers still dominate, but are not exactly popular. The energy landscape is changing as we move to more dis-aggregated forms of generation, with less predictability, more dynamism and smarter technology. Octopus Energy were the first UK supplier to introduce a "tracker" tariff whose prices track the daily wholesale prices: http://www.cleanenergynews.co.uk/news/efficiency/octopus-offers-transparency-with-wholesale-price-tariffYou'll be working for a company that’s fighting climate change. Our parent company is the largest investor in solar generation in the UK, and are funding wind and anaerobic digestion. As a supplier, we're helping people to use greener technology and renewable energy, all helping move France and the world towards a lower carbon future.What you'll have We're looking for someone with a keen interest in technology and problem-solving; someone diligent and thoughtful. It would be helpful to have experience/expertise in the following (in rough priority order):PythonDjango (or equiv. web framework)Domain modellingHTTP and REST APIsWriting robust and fault-tolerant softwareCelery and async processingPostgresPlus experience in the following would be a bonus:AWSKubernetes, Packer, ConsulReact and ReduxLanguage skills- B2 in English; C1 in FrenchWhat you'll love about us...Wondering what the salary for this role is? Just ask us! On a call with one of our recruiters it's something we always cover as we genuinely want to match your experience with the correct salary. The reason why we don't advertise is because we honestly have a degree of flexibility and would never want salary to be a reason why someone doesn't apply to Octopus - what's more important to us is finding the right octofit!Octopus Energy is a unique culture we won best company to work for in 2022, on Glassdoor we we're voted 50 best places to work in 2022 and our Group CEO, Greg has recorded a podcast about our culture and how we empower our people - this is the same here in FranceWe are an organisation where people learn, decide, and build quicker. Where people work with autonomy, alongside a wide range of amazing co-owners, on projects that break new ground. Equity option scheme, flexible working, excellent health insurance, soft mobility pack... we want your hard work to be rewarded with perks you actually care about!

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