Multiverse • London

Principal Engineer, UK

Employment type:  Full time

3–4 days/week at home

A little flex time

Job Description

We are Multiverse, a tech scaleup with a social mission. We’re creating a diverse group of future leaders by building an outstanding alternative to university and corporate training, through the power of professional apprenticeships.

We’re one of the fastest-growing businesses in Europe and rapidly expanding in North America, working with over 500 clients including Facebook, KPMG, Morgan Stanley and the NHS. In June 2022, we broke the EdTech funding record (again!) by announcing our $220m Series D, making Multiverse the UK’s first ever EdTech unicorn.

Join us on our journey to democratising access to the best careers and learning opportunities.

The Opportunity

Principal Engineers at Multiverse operate inside a business domain supporting multiple cross functional product teams. They are the most senior engineers in the Multiverse team and aim to act as a multiplier for teams impact. We’re not looking for gatekeepers, whiteboard only architects or people in ivory towers, this is a collaborative role, working with teams to build excellent products.

Specifically, you will:


  • Work with other Engineering leaders and teams to help define medium to long term technology strategy taking into account both technical and business needs

  • Work across multiple product teams in a domain providing guidance and technical leadership to help them to be effective


  • Act as a role model for Engineering, advocating best practices and providing mentorship and support to other Engineers

  • Mentor other engineers to help raise the bar for the Engineering team

  • Represent Engineering in cross functional meetings with the rest of the Business

Design and build for scale

  • Help teams build repeatable patterns to ship well tested code with security, observability and quality built in

  • Research and development. You’ll investigate new technologies and tools, working on proof of concepts and reference implementations to maximise the teams impact

  • Help to grow the Engineering community at Multiverse being involved in both defining our hiring strategy and the hiring process itself

About you:

  • You’re comfortable working with multiple technologies. We mainly use Elixir running on AWS ECS for our web development, but have some pieces of Javascript, Rust, Python, Terraform, Bash. We will try and choose the best technology for the task.

  • You have a deep interest in engineering best practices (Clean code, DDD, TDD etc.)

  • You think about products and opportunities at a system level, you aim to deliver impact at scale

  • Experience building complex frontend systems (e.g. micro frontends) and splitting monoliths in distributed systems will be a plus

  • Great at collaborating, facilitating decision making and driving consensus. You will be providing Engineering leadership and direction and bringing Engineers along with you

  • Proactive and comfortable with autonomy, you’ll be able to find problems and drive the team towards amazing solutions.


  • Time off - 27 days holiday, plus 7 additional days off: 1 life event day, 2 volunteer days and 4 company-wide wellbeing days

  • Health & wellbeing - private medical Insurance with Bupa, a medical cashback scheme, life insurance, and access to Spill - all in one mental health support

  • Hybrid & remote working - weekly or monthly visits to the London office

  • Equity - every Multiverse employee has ownership in the business through equity options

  • Team fun - weekly socials and regular offsite events

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We’re an equal opportunities employer. And proud of it. Every applicant and employee is afforded the same opportunities regardless of race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. This will never change. You can read more about our commitment DEI here.


All posts in Multiverse involve some degree of responsibility for safeguarding. Successful applicants are required to complete a Disclosure Form from the Disclosure and Barring Service ("DBS") for the position. Failure to declare any convictions (that are not subject to DBS filtering) may disqualify a candidate for appointment or result in summary dismissal if the discrepancy comes to light subsequently.

Company benefits

Health insurance – cover provided by Bupa
Work from anywhere scheme – work for up to 45 days/year abroad
27 days annual leave + bank holidays
Gym membership
Enhanced sick pay
Volunteer days – 2 days/year
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Company shutdown periods
Mental health days
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Meditation space
Fully stocked snack cupboard
Life insurance
Salary sacrifice
Share options
Lunch and learns
Employee discounts
M-powered days - Company wide wellbeing days where the whole company shuts down once per quarter.

We asked employees of Multiverse 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 largely 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 Multiverse

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, New York & Remote

Funding levels


Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States
Awards & Achievements

Flexa100 2024

Most flexible companies

Industry awards 2023

EdTech & Education

Flexa100 2023

Most flexible companies