Element • London, United Kingdom

iOS Developer (UK/EU Remote)

Employment type:  Full time


Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

We’re looking for an iOS developer to join our team!

As iOS Developer, you'll spend most of your time working on Element, our flagship iOS client, you can take a look at the code on here and here. Give it a spin!

Here are examples of some of the team's recent projects:

  • E2E Encryption by default and cross-signing.
  • Rebranding Riot to Element.

Since (almost) everything we do is open source you can get a great feel for exactly what it would be like to work on Element. Why not join our developer channel at #element-ios:matrix.org to provide a window into the core team and the community. Come and say hi!


The most important thing is that you believe passionately in the mission of decentralisation of the internet. More specifically that you believe that communications should not be centralised in the hands of a small number of very large organisations and instead individuals should control their own data and choose who they share it with.

We don’t have hard requirements for the role, we just want to build the best possible team, but we'd be particularly excited to speak to you if you have experience with some of the following:

  • Designing and building performant, maintainable iOS applications in Swift and in Objective-C (Not all our codebase has been updated yet).
  • Designing UI using the Interface Builder
  • Employing established UX conventions with an eye for aesthetic design
  • Working with or as part of an open source community
  • Providing and receiving peer code review
  • Working in an Agile/Lean development environment

Additionally we are looking for someone who is:

  • Smart, curious and enthusiastic
  • Passionate about building software people love
  • A tireless advocate of code quality (understanding the need for trade-offs in the short term whilst keeping us honest in the long term)
  • Empathetic, with both their colleagues and the end user
  • Located in an EU/UK Time zone

Why this role?

  • Now is a great time to join: We’re well funded and have rising revenues from a host of interesting customers— from The French Government and Mozilla to others we’re not allowed to talk about yet(!).
  • You’ll work on highly visible projects: Our early adopters are in the tens of millions and almost all of our work is open source and we receive regular feedback from our community of users. We’re figuring out how to best practise ‘open design’ in open source and you’ll be able to help shape that. We also speak regularly at conferences, meetups and talks.
  • You’ll be joining a small mission-led team with a supportive culture. In this role, you’ll work alongside talented Engineers, Product Designers & other senior stakeholders sharpening your skills.
  • Benefits

    People tend to stay with the company for a long time, we take this as a sign that we have a cohesive, supportive culture, that we have engaging challenging work and that people can develop their skills and careers here for the long term. We also have a family friendly environment, many of the team have small children and we look to accommodate that as best we can. Since our technology is relevant to anything that requires real-time comms, the role provides exposure to a wide range of domains from web and app dev through to VR, VoIP and IoT.

    Our package generally contains:

    • Private Health Insurance
    • Pension
    • Annual Bonus
    • Share Options
    • Home Office Allowance
    • Coworking Space Allowance
    • Annual leave (40 days including local bank holidays)
    • Company Socials (virtual or in person)
    • Annual Global Offsite
    • Plumm Health (mental health platform)

    You can find a more detailed explanation here and you might be eligible for other benefits depending on your location.

    Currently we can consider applicants, from these countries: Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA

    Element does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

    Company benefits

    Open to part-time employees
    Open to job sharing
    Work from anywhere scheme
    Enhanced sick pay
    Pregnancy loss leave

    The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

    First we assess the flexibility options Element provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Element is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

    We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

    Working at Element

    Company employees


    Gender diversity (male:female:non-binary)


    Office locations

    London, UK and Rennes, France

    Funding levels

    What employees are saying

    "Element is 100% one of the most flexible companies I've ever worked for, and it makes a big difference. I've had recruiters offer me salaries that are £60k higher, and it's still not enough to make me want to leave this lovely place. Founders make a BIG DEAL about flexible working. In fact, they have apologised company wide for sending emails a bit late or a bit early. And they've made it VERY CLEAR that this is because they take their children to school or take time out, and the rest of us aren't supposed to feel pressured by that. It's just a lovely environment all round and I feel very lucky!"

    Anonymous Element Employee

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