Engineering Lead – Continuous Delivery

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Engineering Lead – Continuous Delivery

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 13 million customers across the globe. We transferred over £54 billion in the Financial Year 2021 alone, 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.

Enter: our Product Platform squad! 🎉

For our customers, using Wise is as simple as sending money from A to B. Yet behind our app and website is a complex engine of currencies, routes, products and features, where we are releasing thousands of changes per week. Product Platform is responsible for enabling Wise engineering to deliver these changes in a high quality, fast and compliant manner. This means focusing on all parts of the development lifecycle, from starting as code on a developer’s laptop to deploying the release unit running live.

Our product has to be highly available in order for our customers to be able to trust and rely on it, but this has to be traded off with release velocity. As a Continuous Delivery Engineer, you will be responsible for building and operating our next generation continuous delivery platform – which will be based on Spinnaker OSS. We have 500+ microservices running in several environments, and would like to leverage Spinnaker so releases are completely automatic and we rollback quickly on failure.

The team that you will be working with: Continuous Delivery

The Continuous Delivery (CD) team mission is to help Engineering teams ship faster and more reliably – without having to watch a release manually. This means building and operating the next gen CD platform, working with teams to figure out their release requirements, and integrating toolchain and toolsets into the central platform.

Here’s how you’ll be contributing to the team:

As a Team Lead you’ll be expected to give your team members a high level of autonomy while assisting and mentoring them in a number of areas:

  • Team health: You’ll be responsible for the overall health and productivity of your team. You’ll help with setting the culture, and identifying and implementing the right approaches for working.

  • Architecture: When the team is making technical decisions you’ll provide feedback on architecture and approach, and help them make smart decisions about managing tech debt while delivering new features.

  • Prioritisation: You’ll lead a team responsible for understanding the pain-points faced by a large number of different teams. You’ll spend time thinking about the Wise Engineering organisation as a whole and focus on questions like: How do we continue to scale our team and our systems? What steps do we need to take to ensure teams are productive and have the required tools to perform high-quality releases?

  • Technical contribution: Working with your team and solving organisation level challenges will consume most of your time. But at times you’ll jump in and help your teams get a project over the line, or help them solve thorny technical challenges.

Technical Specifics

These (and feeling comfortable with the above) are the only must-have ones for this role – everything else is flexible! You have..

  • Hands-on software engineer – will be building the platform and applying best SDLC practices (development, testing, applications, monitoring)
  • Solid Java knowledge, experience with relevant application frameworks e.g. Spring
  • Knowledge of CI and CD platforms – e.g. GitHub Actions, Concourse, GitOps
  • Experience with cloud providers (prefer AWS), both in utilising its services and understanding of how Cloud infrastructure works
  • Experience with Docker containerisation and Kubernetes
  • Knowledge of architectural concepts such as microservices, service mesh
  • Experience in scaling and building with automation e.g. including tooling in pipelines instead of manual operational changes

Nice to Have

  • Scripting skills – in either Python/Bash/Go, especially building tools and CLIs 
  • Promoter and able to implement SRE and DevSecOps practices
  • Understanding the measurement and differences between SLI, SLO and SLAs
  • Good knowledge of Observability stacks and tooling – Grafana, ELK, Prometheus, Tracing
  • Good discipline and skill in producing written documentation and diagrams
  • Good knowledge of Cloud networking and security 
  • Experience working in regulated business – PCI etc
  • Have experience of capacity planning as well as performance and load testing
  • Be a customer of Wise

What you get back:

🚀 RSU’s in a growing company
💪 An annual self-development budget
🐶 Pet friendly offices
🏃‍♀️Lots of fun group activities like yoga, running and boardgame nights
🌍 Relocation and visa expenses covered
🏝️ A paid 6-week sabbatical leave after four years
Find out more about our benefits in our London office

Interested? Find out more:

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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