Backend Engineer – Activity

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London

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Engineering

Salary Range

£75,000 - £100,000

Wise is one the fastest growing companies in Europe and we’re on a mission: to make money without borders the new normal. We’ve got 10 million customers across the globe and we’re growing. Fast.

Current banking systems don’t let us send, spend or receive money across borders easily. Or quickly. Or cheaply. 

So, we’re building a new one.

And, we need a talented Senior Backend Engineer to join our mission and build our product, creating a scalable, performing platform so that Wise works as it should. 

In this role you’ll get to work on challenging technical problems across the full product life-cycle. You’ll be building complex systems that translate in a smooth customer experience.

The team you’ll be working with: Activity

The Activity team is a diverse and full stack team that builds products and platforms that all our customers, as well as other teams, use. 

As the team is a central part of the company, we collaborate heavily with other teams across Wise to build the best international account experience, at scale, for our customers. 

Some of the products we own, on all platforms, are:

  • Home page experience 
  • Transactions activity feed (list, search, details)
  • Insights (currently only for spending, but scope will increase)
  • Customer communications platform (push, email, in-product)

In order to get there, one of our challenges is to provide a bespoke experience to our customers while still allowing them to understand in a transparent way how their money is behaving, which is why we still have a long way to go before reaching our goal.

What does it take?

  • A strong product mindset and passion for user experience, you prioritise work with the customers in mind and make data-driven decisions to fix customer pain-points
  • Great communication skills and the ability to articulate complex, technical concepts to non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work independently while also being a good team player. Your work will frequently involve cross-team collaboration.
  • Ability to break down complex projects into incremental milestones that deliver customer value
  • Experience in developing web applications and distributed systems in a production environment
  • Experience with common design and architectural patterns coupled with a passion for writing clean code that is performant and well tested
  • Curiosity and drive for continuous learning and improvement
  • Following and advocating best coding practices, continuous delivery and code reviews
  • Experience working with relational and non-relational databases, query optimisation and designing schemas is a plus
  • Knowledge of Java and Spring boot and experience with a messaging system, like Kafka, is a plus

…but don’t worry we don’t expect you to know everything!

What does success look like?

  • You’ll have onboarded and found your place through understanding your team and tribe vision and how you can contribute
  • You’ll understand how our values can help you guide your work
  • You’ll understand the reasons behind problematic payments and customer difficulties and how to go about solving them
  • You’ll be raising the automation level to enable scaling of the product
  • You’ll understand our customers and the impact our product makes in their lives
  • You’ll help us scale-up and build a world class global banking product by finding solutions to our technical challenges and opportunities

What you get back:

  • 🚀 Stock options in a growing company 
  • 💪 An annual self-development budget
  • 🍎 Daily free breakfast, weekly lunch and lots of snacks 
  • 🐶 Pet friendly offices 
  •  🏃‍♀️Lots of fun group activities like yoga, running and boardgame nights 
  • 🌍 Relocation and visa expenses covered 
  • 🎉 An annual, all-expenses-paid company trip, Summer Days 
  • 🏝️ A paid 6-week sabbatical leave after four years 

Find out more about our benefits in our London office.

Interested? Find out more:

 

…or check out our Engineering blog.

 

We’re people without borders — without judgement or prejudice, too. We want to work with the best people, no matter their background. So if you’re passionate about learning new things and keen to join our mission, you’ll fit right in.

Also, qualifications aren’t that important to us. If you’ve got great experience, and you’re great at articulating your thinking, we’d like to hear from you.

And because we believe that diverse teams build better products, we’d especially love to hear from you if you’re from an under-represented demographic.

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Application Review

The first step is the application form. Here we ask you to include your CV detailing your past experience and achievements, a cover letter and a few questions related to the role.

Chat with Recruiter

In this round you will have a short chat with our recruiter to introduce you to Wise, our engineering philosophy and the role. We’ll get to know you a bit better – you won’t need to prepare anything in advance, but we do recommend finding out more about Wise if you haven’t already done so. You’ll also be able to ask us any questions you might have.

Pair Programming Interview

The goal of a pair-programming interview is to verify that a candidate can solve a “medium level” coding task within 40-45 minutes. In order to achieve it, we will use an interactive coding platform on HackerRank where the idea is for an interviewer to collaborate with the candidate and help him/her to solve a given task. You can find out more on Pair Programming here.

Technical Interview

The Technical Interview round will usually comprise of a casual chat with the interviewers about some of your recent work that you are proud of, you could expect questions around justifying some of the choices you’ve made or discussing solutions for hypothetical problems that interviewers present. There will also be a coding round, a language-agnostic solution designing  and you will also have a chance to ask questions so you can find out more about Wise.

Product Interview

The product interview focuses on evaluating your ability to understand details of a problem and how to prioritise what to build when solving it. You can find out more about how we think about Product Engineering on this blog.

Final Interview

The final interview’s focus will be around the feedback you got from the previous interviewers  (which we will keep you informed about) and also with a bit of culture fit, motivation and your vision on how you see yourself working at Wise. The final interview usually takes 1 hour + will still involve some technical questions.

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