Lead Platform Engineer

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Kraken is the technology behind Octopus Energy. 

We are a tech-focused energy supplier for the UK market and we're looking for a diligent and thoughtful Senior Platform, DevOps, or Cloud Infrastructure engineer to join and help lead our growing team.

Specifically, we're looking for a Lead Platform Engineer to manage a team of 3-5 Platform Engineers and help us build and scale “Kraken”, a cloud-based energy platform for interacting with both consumers (via the web, mobile and smart-meters) and the industry (e.g. data flows, consumption forecasting, trading on the wholesale market). We're an innovative and customer-focussed company, helping to drag the utilities industry into the 21st century.

Our teamAll technology is written and maintained by a multi-discipline engineering team of around 150 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, Kubernetes and Terraform Enterprise as part of an immutable-infrastructure, continuous delivery pipeline; and Datadog, Sentry and Cloudwatch to measure performance and monitor production.

Our technologyOn the server-side, we mainly use Python. Most of our websites are powered by Django, Django-REST-framework and GraphQL. We use Celery, RabbitMQ and SQS for background processing and have a data platform that uses Pandas, Numpy and Jupyter for analysis and forecasting.

We are heavy users of AWS. We host our applications in Kubernetes (EKS) and on EC2 and deploy and manage them with Helm/ArgoCD, or Packer/Terraform.

Client-side, we use React, Redux and SASS with increasing amounts of Next.js; our mobile apps are built using React Native.

This hybrid role involves both team leadership and hands-on engineering efforts.

What you'll do as a Team Leader Manage, support, and mentor a team of 3-5 Platform Engineers Prioritise tasks and manage workloads of your direct reportsIdentify and encourage areas for growth and improvement within your teamWork with other Lead Platform Engineers and the Head of Platform Engineering to define strategy and roadmapsWhat you'll do as a Senior Engineer Provide technical leadership and direction in the implementation of new Platform featuresIdentify, design and lead on initiatives that help us scaleSupport, maintain and expand our AWS infrastructureEnsure our systems and services are both reliable and performantCollaborate with Developers on new features and servicesWork with the Security team to ensure that the platform is secureHelp solve interesting and difficult problems. What you'll needThe ability to inspire, motivate and coach team membersGreat time management and organisational abilityExcellent written and verbal communication skillsExtensive Linux skills. Our services run on Linux, so you’ll need to be confident administering and troubleshooting Ubuntu and/or CentOSGood experience with AWS. We use a lot of different AWS services and not just the standard few.Experience with Terraform. We use Terraform Cloud to roll out changes to our infrastructureExperience with Python and Django (or equiv. Web framework)PostgreSQL, or similar RDBMS, particularly in Amazon RDS/Aurora. We use Aurora Postgres.A thorough understanding of troubleshooting distributed systemsExperience managing and supporting a large scale internet facing serviceWhat would helpPrevious team management experience would be advantageous, but is not an absolute requirement.An awareness of security processes and DevOps security toolsNetworking knowledge, particularly routing and VPNsExperience with RabbitMQ, or other messaging queuesCelery and async processingDocker and Kubernetes. We use Amazon EKS.An understanding of performance monitoring tools like DatadogWhy else you'll love it hereWondering 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. 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. We want your hard work to be rewarded with perks you actually care about! 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 Visit our perks hub - Octopus Employee BenefitsWe’re looking for someone who thrives on solving tough problems. Someone who can challenge those around them, and be challenged, while delivering delightful experiences for our internal and external customers. 

If this sounds like a great opportunity but you are based outside of London, we are also open to remote working 🏠

If this sounds like you then we'd love to hear from you.

Studies have shown that some groups of people, like women, are less likely to apply to a role unless they meet 100% of the job requirements. Whoever you are, if you like one of our jobs, we encourage you to apply as you might just be the candidate we hire. Across Octopus, we're looking for genuinely decent people who are honest and empathetic. Our people are our strongest asset and the unique skills and perspectives people bring to the team are the driving force of our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute. Our commitment is to provide equal opportunities, an inclusive work environment, and fairness for everyone.

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