Senior Backend Developer

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Help us make a big green dent in the universe. We're on a mission to drive the global renewable energy revolution, and we need loads more people to help us make our vision a reality.

Our teamYou'll be working in a small team on a greenfield project as a part of a multi-discipline engineering team of around thirty 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 Trello to specify and manage work; Github, CircleCI and Terraform Enterprise as part of an immutable-infrastructure, continuous delivery pipeline; and Loggly, Sentry and Cloudwatch to measure performance and monitor production.

Engineering standards are high. We pair program, thoroughly review and test code before it deploys, and maintain fast, high-value test suites. We have weekly tech talks, monthly blitz-days (eg sharpening our internal tools, upgrading dependencies) and can often be found at tech meet-ups and conferences.Our coding conventions are open-source and we maintain a tech blog.

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 and the Django-REST-framework.

We use AWS heavily, with continuous deployment to EKS

Client-side, we use React, Redux and SASS; our mobile apps are built using Native Android + KotlinWhat you'll doManaging a team of field engineers is a difficult design problem.  Because we're customer focussed getting engineers to the right place at the right time is hard.As demand for new technologies grows OES is growing with it.  The problems you'll solve will make the lives of everyone better - for the customer, the back office staff and the field engineers.There's a great opportunity for disruption in the UK 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 the UK towards a lower carbon future.What you'll haveWe'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:AWSTerraform, Packer, ConsulReact and ReduxWhat you'll love about us Our company culture - we won best company to work for in 2019 and our CEO, Greg has recorded a podcast about our culture and how we empower our people   Flexible working environment - genuine work life balance here, we are in the top 5 companies in the UK, we treat you as a human, and do our best to make work and life merge smoothly together Relaxation - we don’t count your holidays here, we work hard, and so we know you need to play hard as well (within reason of course) Equity Options Scheme - you own your own part of the business, share options in the whole Octopus Energy Group so we all work together towards success Office culture - have a certain tech requirement? We’ll do our best to get it. Our offices are also stocked with fruit, breakfast, great coffee and soft drinks. Weekly on a Friday we all get together (this happens virtually too) for company updates and drinks - we call it Family Dinner Social Events - we sponsor YeoValley’s summer festival, valleyfest, every year for our big offsite Summer party (we take our kids too) and we also aim to have 3 parties a year Parents - get access to tax free childcare and maternity and paternity pay.  We’re always looking for new ways to support parents, during lockdown we created OctoKids TV to help keep your kids occupied and entertained Your development is important - we support and help with development including internal and external courses, learning, study support etc, all bespoke to you SmartPension Scheme - employer 5% employee 3% and you can contribute more Cycle to Work Scheme - to help lower your carbon footprint whilst good for your health

Above all, we’re looking for someone who thrives on providing alternative opinions, challenging those around them and being challenged.

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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