Motorway • London, United Kingdom

Lead Backend Engineer (Tech lead)

Employment type:  Full time

3–4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

Job Description

About us:

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used car marketplace – our award-winning, online-only platform connects private car sellers with thousands of verified dealers nationwide, ensuring everyone gets the best deal. Founded in 2017, our technology-led approach has redefined the experience of selling a car, generating thousands of monthly car sales and helping us to grow to a team of more than 400 people across our London and Brighton offices.

About the role:

As a tech lead you'll be on a mission: to create the most personalised vehicle acquisition platform on the planet. But you won't be alone! You will work closely with our senior engineers as well as coach and mentor your team to ensure the timely delivery of features and architecture changes. You will be the technical point of contact for the team, ensuring code quality, promoting good practices and improving existing systems and processes to ensure stability, security, and performance of our platforms.

This is a greenfield opportunity for you to solve very interesting problems in the industry while having great impact. Help us build something no one has done before in the industry!

You will work in a cross-functional squad (Product Managers, Design Leads, and Engineers) to deliver new platforms and solve some interesting problems in the industry!

What you'll do:

  • Overall responsible for the architecture, design, code quality, platform stability and resilience of the features your team produces - you don’t do it all, you work with your team to make it happen!
  • Work with your team to scope complex tasks and projects, working closer with the Product Manager to break them down into smaller, tangible tasks and stories
  • Be a people leader – You'll lead, mentor and promote career growth by providing feedback, learning & development opportunities to your team.
  • Partner with your Product Manager and Engineering Manager to help with decisions around prioritisation, work division, goal setting and tech debt
  • Develop new features - at least 50% of your time, preferably 70% should be writing new features
  • Engineer a better code base with your team
  • Help evolve development standards and processes
  • Model the behaviour you want to see in the team


We encourage you to apply, even if you might not meet all the requirements

  • Significant commercial experience with JavaScript. In particular, experience with ES6 and Node.js.
  • Excellent communication skills. You're capable of bridging the gap between engineering and stakeholders.
  • You are autonomous, reliable and accountable.
  • Demonstrable experience leading technical teams.
  • Experience planning and confirming technical specs for features or system design (Convert requirements from stakeholders to tasks that need to be implemented).
  • Experience of agile software development practices and working collaboratively in a team environment
  • You enjoy helping other Engineers become better Engineers
  • Be hands-on with development teams, you’ll understand what good code looks like and see the bigger picture, taking architecture into consideration with a DevSecOps mindset.
  • Previous experience working in a company scaling up is useful, but not essential.


  • A competitive salary
  • Annual learning budget - you can choose how you like to learn and find the best learning experiences to support your progression.
  • BUPA health insurance
  • Discounted dental through BUPA
  • Discounted gym membership through BUPA
  • On-Hand volunteering membership and one paid volunteering day per year
  • Hybrid working from home (approximately 1-2 days in the office a week)
  • Pension scheme
  • Motorway car leasing scheme - lease a zero-emissions electric vehicle at a significant discount
  • Enhanced parental leave
  • Top spec M1 MacBook Pro and accessories
  • Regular social events
  • Cycle to work scheme

Equal opportunities statement

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all employees. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where people can maximise their full potential. We believe our workforce should reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Company benefits

Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Health insurance
Mental health platform access
Compassionate leave
Dog friendly office
23 days annual leave + bank holidays
Buy or sell annual leave
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Meditation space
Annual pay rises
Share options
Teambuilding days
Volunteer days
Personal development budgets
L&D budget
Lunch and learns
Company wide holidays/offsites
Open to job sharing
Optional unpaid leave
Pregnancy loss leave
In office massages
In office yoga classes
Open to part-time employees

We asked employees of Motorway how satisfied they were with flexible working, and this is what they told us

Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are moderately 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 Motorway

Company employees


Office locations

London & Brighton

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom