Ben โ€ข Berlin

Senior Back-End Engineer

Employment type:ย  Full time

2โ€“3 days/week at home

A little flex time

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Let's start with our BENefits

(... It's all in the name! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

๐Ÿ’ฐ Competitive base salary + equity, so you own what you build

๐Ÿ’ณ ยฃ100 monthly personal Ben Balance: for whatever works for you, whether that's Netflix, Spotify, or a really expensive cup of coffee! This allowance will increase by ยฃ50 for each year of service until you reach ยฃ250

๐Ÿ”‹ ยฃ1000 annual Learning & Personal Development Ben Balance: plus 3 days paid study leave a year to support you with your professional development

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป ยฃ1000 work from home set up allowance, which you can put towards your home office

๐Ÿ” Weekly lunch provided in office so you can spend quality time with the team over some tasty food!

๐Ÿ– 28 days of holidays a year (plus bank holidays, which you have the option of swapping for days of celebration that are significant to you)

๐ŸŒด ...and an option to buy or sell 5 days per year. Also, your holiday entitlement will increase to 30 days at your 3rd year of service!

๐Ÿผ Enhanced parental leave and workplace nursery scheme to support with the cost of childcare in a nursery setting

๐Ÿง  Comprehensive and tailored mental health support through a leading provider

๐Ÿ’ช Access to a Gympass membership!

โค๏ธ Comprehensive Private Medical Insurance

๐Ÿฟ Team activities: we have quarterly team social budgets to support spending time together and we frequently organise company wide events

๐Ÿ“… Flexible working - we're serious about life/work balance

Diversity and Culture at Ben

(...because it doesn't belong at the bottom of an ad!)

Our culture is ever-evolving and is defined by our people. We donโ€™t hire clones, we hire individuals.

  • We celebrate diversity

  • We listen to our people

  • We work autonomously


  • We have fun!

Your Mission

As part of our engineering team, you will develop the foundational building blocks in our technology - from payment APIs to backend services.

Weโ€™re looking for self-starters who are seeking a fast-paced environment where they can make a difference. Our team is small, which means high autonomy, ownership, and responsibility. We love what we do, have fun and, while we ship on time, take life-work balance seriously.

What you'll be working on

  • Design, implement and deliver software features with full ownership, using your technical expertise

  • Specifically, implement payment card APIs, payment transaction handlers and backend services for our employee benefits management platform

  • Deliver your implementations from start to finish, including deployment of new services by expanding our application infrastructure within AWS

  • Take ownership of business critical components, ensure their stability & maintainability

  • Collaborate with product stakeholders and other members of the team to scope and estimate optimal solutions for business problems

  • Ensure that security considerations are taken into account, based on current best practices (e.g. OWASP Top 10, AWS Well-Architected Framework) in all software development and infrastructure projects

Behind the scenes

Our cross-functional delivery team is focused on business goals and solving problems in an efficient manner. We want the team to collaborate on new ideas and projects to find the best solutions.

Ben is built on Python 3, Django, PostgreSQL and React. We run on AWS and follow engineering best practices, with a pragmatic approach.

Your Skills and Experience

  • Strong Experience in Python and at least one of it's associated frameworks (Django/Flask etc.)

  • Excellent software engineering knowledge: Clean architecture & design patterns, SOLID design principles and clean code

  • Experience in working with AWS services such as EC2, SES, S3 etc.

  • Applied information security in building secure web applications and infrastructure configurations

  • Understand and appreciate the principles and practices of agile and lean ways of working, but with a pragmatic edge

  • Excellent communication skills adaptable to both tech and business audiences

and you...

  • are a self-starter who thrives on autonomy, enjoys a rapid pace and wants to make a difference

  • have a continuous improvement mindset. You appreciate that there are always ways to do things better and ensure your team does too

  • have a preference to action-oriented behaviour with just enough analysis, as compared to too much time spent doing analysis with no action

  • have the ability to make decisions balancing different factors such as business requirements, technical integrity, overall priorities etc.

  • appreciate the opportunities and challenges of a distributed work environment

  • are solution-focused with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving

Company benefits

28 days annual leave + bank holidays
Buy or sell annual leave โ€“ 5 days per year
Work from anywhere scheme โ€“ Up to 3 weeks, 2 times a year
Personal development days โ€“ 3 days a year
Bank holiday swaps
Teambuilding days
Enhanced maternity leave โ€“ 3 months at full pay
Enhanced paternity leave โ€“ 3 months at full pay
Adoption leave
Enhanced sick pay โ€“ 10 days
Pregnancy loss leave
Equity packages
Work from home allowance
L&D budget
Personal development budgets
Dog friendly office
Life assurance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Employee assistance programme
Mental health platform access
Gym membership
Cycle to work scheme
Employee discounts
In office catering
Compassionate leave

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

Employees are largely happy with their working location freedom
Employees are largely happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very 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 Ben

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female)

38% of employees identify as female

Office locations


Funding levels

$16 million

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom