INSHUR • Brighton, United Kingdom

Distributed Systems Software Engineer

Employment type:  Full time
Salary:  £80000 - £110000 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

Are you keen to work somewhere that’s stimulating and friendly, with loads of opportunities for growth and plenty of freedom to make a real impact? This could be the place for you!

We are looking for a Distributed Systems Software Engineer to join us at INSHUR; we are based in sunny Brighton (sea, chips and seagulls included) and we split our working between home and the office (hybrid working), which typically includes working from our Brighton office at least once a week. We prioritise face-to-face over remote work for planning and workshops, but welcome everyone working remotely when getting on with their work.

You’ll be working on re-inventing insurance in exciting markets across multiple territories including the UK, New York and the Netherlands, and new European countries and US states as we expand.

We've got a great team of Engineers who work to deliver innovative and effective solutions to modern insurance problems. We have a positive and supportive culture and we are proud of the people we have. Check out our Glassdoor reviews to see what our colleagues say!

We value high performance and care deeply about making INSHUR feel like a place where everyone is building something really special, that we can all be proud of, and doing it with friends.

Our Software Engineers are supported by and report to a Principal Engineer. The Principal Engineer will work alongside you and help you in your role, including mentoring to develop your skills and career.

What you’ll do

As an expert in distributed systems, you will work on a number of projects at INSHUR built using a mixture of languages and help to architect, improve, monitor and debug those systems. We currently use Java 16, Golang, Kotlin, Typescript and Python to deliver many services into our GCP-hosted kubernetes cluster, but aren’t afraid to try new technologies or solutions as the architecture dictates.

We’re looking for candidates who:

  • Exhibit experience delivering working code into production environments
    • We use Java, but proficiency in other languages is not only admissible but welcome!
  • Strong and proven experience with distributed systems and event driven architectures (5-10 years)
  • Real world experience with messaging frameworks such as Pubsub, Kafka or MQ
  • Experience with NoSQL and Eventually Consistent storage mediums e.g MongoDB, Cassandra, ElasticSearch
  • Write appropriate integration and end-end tests in a BDD style
  • Hold themselves accountable for code and engineering quality, and not only their own.
  • Have knowledge of working with containers, ideally within Kubernetes.
  • Are also able to solve solutions without containers: FAAS, SaaS solutions
  • Can articulate the benefits of and execute delivery into a cloud computing environment. We use GCP, but any of the big three will suffice.
  • Isn’t afraid to speak up if they disagree. Can articulate their reasoning. Is willing to disagree and commit.
  • Has had exposure to Domain Driven Design

How we work

  • Work as part of an agile team. We don’t follow any strict methodology: teams do what works for them. We currently use tools such as:
    • Event Storming
    • Example Mapping
    • Event Modeling
  • Be given a place to strive and grow, where you will have the opportunity to work on interesting, yet challenging projects. Applying your thinking to build a better world founded on intelligent technologies alongside highly skilled and like-minded individuals.
  • Be supported in your personal and technological development by a team of like-minded individuals
  • Be able to move from idea to execution in a short period of time.
  • Given space to mentor and improve less experienced members of the team.

What we offer

We provide a friendly and stimulating environment for everyone to grow, learn and thrive in. We operate in a hybrid of remote and office-based work and we encourage a flexible way of working to adapt to personal circumstances and individual and business needs.

Our budget for this role is £80-110k and we will take into account any previous experience and location of work when agreeing on the final offer.

We offer all our employees stock options and we will pay into your pension monthly. We've also built a benefits package that invests in our people’s long-term personal and professional growth and wellbeing.

Here’s a sample of what this includes:

  • 30 days of holiday annually in addition to bank holidays
  • Private healthcare scheme for you and your family
  • Life Insurance
  • up to 13 weeks parental leave at full pay, regardless of your gender
  • Flexibility to choose your own place of work (UK only) and flexible working hours
  • Annual personal training allowance and regular learning opportunities
  • Monthly flexible wellbeing allowance to help you stay healthy and productive

We provide everyone with a top spec Mac or Windows laptop, monitor, top of the range kit, and any software you need to perform your job.

About Us

Following a successful Series B funding in 2021, which fuelled our ambitious growth plans and enabled us to invest in technology, recruit the best people, and bring new insurtech product lines to the market, we are continuing to keep INSHUR at the forefront of urban mobility. With a mission to make insurance fair & easy for everyone, we are committed to changing the way customers buy and feel about insurance, for good.

As a global team of around 110 people based in the USA, UK and the Netherlands, we value:

  • Generosity, inclusivity, open-mindedness and diversity
  • The delivery of great results and learning in the open
  • Freedom to make long-term, high-impact decisions
  • The wellbeing of their teammates and the people around them
  • Enjoying the ride

Founded in 2016, we are one of the fastest-growing and commercially proven Insurtech companies in the new insurance landscape. Working closely with globally recognised partners, we provide fully digital auto insurance for taxi, TLC, ride-share, delivery, private fleet and private hire drivers, enabling them to get from a quote to a full policy cover in the shortest possible time. Our products are currently live in the USA, UK and the Netherlands and we have exciting plans to expand to new territories and add new product lines in the future.

Equal opportunities

We believe that having a diverse team where everyone can be their authentic self is the key to our success. We are passionate about equal opportunities and improving the tech industry for the better, so we encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. We don't discriminate based on race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, marital status, disability or age. Our offices, when open, are child-friendly, dog-friendly and fully wheelchair-accessible.

While this position is advertised as full-time, we are flexible on the specific arrangements for the right candidate and would be happy to discuss part-time, job-share or other flexible arrangements, if required. Let us know in your application if you have accessibility requirements for your interview and we will do our best to accommodate.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Work from home allowance
30 days holiday on top of any company holidays
Private healthcare (or insurance) for you and your family
Generous quarterly Personal Development stipend
Generous annual training allowance and regular learning opportunities
Monthly Flexible Wellbeing allowance to help you remain healthy and productive

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

First we assess the flexibility options INSHUR provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure INSHUR 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.

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Awards & Achievements

Flexa100 2023

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Industry awards 2022

Finance & Insurance