Atom Bank • Durham/London/Home-Based

Backend Engineering Manager

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £90,000 – £110,000 per annum

Remote-first – Monthly office presence

4-day week

Job Description

We’re Atom..

The bank that’s leading the fintech charge!

We’re not like the rest. We’re true innovators, and we’re redefining what a bank should be. Ours is a bank for today and the future, a mobile-first bank. Forget the stuffy branches, with Atom you can bank whenever, wherever, faster, and simpler.

Could you be the next innovator to join us?

Want to join us?

Technology is at the heart of the business, and we have a world-leading Technology stack that enables us to offer the most efficient, user-friendly app-based bank. The Technology team has end to end responsibility for all aspects of our Technology, from architecting the future, engineering solutions, to deploying and managing our technology services.

Atom is hiring an Engineering Manager to lead our Backend Engineering Practice, where you’ll be responsible for the capability development across our Microservices, Data, Core Banking, and Integration Guilds. We have recently organised our Technology team into long-lived value stream aligned teams, focused on delivering technology change safely and at pace to support our business growth.

In this role you will use your passion for developing others by building a high performing team whilst supporting team members to develop and provide them with the guidance and skills to succeed. It’s not all people focused though, as we’ll need your technical expertise to help diagnose and solve complex technical issues and bring new ideas of modern engineering practices to Atom.

You’ll coordinate across departments including Architecture, Data, Engineering & Delivery to accomplish collaborative goals.

What will your ‘typical’ day look like…. (there’s no two days the same in Atom):

  • Manage continued capability development, with a particular focus on ensuring the delivery teams have the right engineering skills and experience to enable elite delivery
  • Build a culture of engineering excellence with a focus on performance, scalability, privacy, and security
  • Lead by example with engineering practices to increase our engineering maturity
  • Own technical roadmaps across all Backend Engineering Guilds
  • Set and ensure standards for backend development are adhered to
  • Generate and implement process improvements
  • Foster technical decision making from the team but make the final decisions when necessary
  • Collaborate with other areas of Engineering to ensure the software development life cycle is optimised for safety and flow.
  • Map product level customer journeys.

What do we need from you?

  • A passion for people management, great products, and product design
  • Excellent brokering and collaboration skills, regularly achieve consensus amongst departments
  • Ensure high technical standards are adhered to by instituting processes (architecture reviews, testing) and culture (engineering excellence)
  • Significant experience of working with Backend Technologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A broad understanding of full stack development in an Agile/DevOps environment
  • Working Knowledge of best practices/standards in API, data and microservices development.

What you’ll get from us:

  • Flexible Hybrid & Remote working
  • 4-day work week
  • Annual Share Option – performance-related
  • Incredibly generous company pension scheme (maximum of 13% of Atom input – candidate can put in more)
  • ‘All About Me’ fund: £200 per year to spend on personal development
  • 22.5 days annual leave plus public holidays
  • Private Medical Insurance for you and your full family
  • Health Cash Plan – expenses paid on Optical/Dental/other appointments/treatments
  • Life Insurance – 4 times annual salary
  • Critical illness cover – 1 x lump sum annual salary
  • Cycle to Work Scheme.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
4-day week
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
22.5 days annual leave + bank holidays
Teambuilding days
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Working at Atom Bank

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

Durham & London

Funding levels


Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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