Engineering Lead – Connect

Engineering, London





Salary (annual)

95,000 - 130,000 EUR + benefits

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 16 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.

We need an Engineering Lead to join our mission and help us build a global platform that’s scalable, reliable and secure. You’ll dive right into projects developing our purpose-built in-house service mesh and supporting infrastructure. This team has a wide remit on how we discover/connect/secure/scale our microservices and AWS estate.


About the role 

We are looking for an Engineering Lead with a passion for supporting people and finding impact through their team. They will be excellent communicators and have a track record of delivering impact. 

In Wise, our Platform Engineering Lead position is responsible for guiding a specific domain from roadmap through to operation, as well as the people side of the team.

Our team Connect team sits within our Platform tribe at Wise, which designs, builds and operates the foundational technologies that power the product that moves £4bn every month. 

How we work

We operate on a strong belief in automation, programmatic implementation, and reusable design. We’re looking for people who can step back and think holistically about the ecosystem, but also follow through and help implement the design; drawing on the resources across the rest of the platform tribe.

As we grow, the requirements on our service mesh increase specifically around speed and security. We need to sustain this growth by continuously iterating on the products we provide, with a focus on availability, security, and convenience. 

We’re looking for a lead with relevant experience who can understand complex requirements and deliver simple solutions. This enables our teams to achieve our mission, with speed and confidence. 

What will you be working on?

  • Coaching and mentoring engineers, encouraging their development and overseeing their performance. Managing personal project goals, contributions, and career progression.
  • Actively collaborating with product, operations, business and other technology teams to ensure alignment and coordination of efforts.
  • Collaborating with HR in recruiting new talent, interviewing prospective candidates and making hiring decisions.
  • Overseeing and streamlining operational processes within the team while ensuring compliance with overall company goals and standards.
  • Contributing to the design, architecture, and strategic plans for the service-mesh product implementation and enhancements.
  • Overseeing the maintenance and operational health of the service mesh, ensuring it remains reliable, efficient and effective.
  • Creating an inspiring team environment where ideas are shared, and openness is valued
  • Staying updated on industry trends and implementing new technologies where beneficial. Encouraging the team to do the same.
  • Designing and operating business critical information systems, including managing or participating on a oncall-rota


What do you need?

People and Leadership

  • Experience in managing teams (3-8+ team size), 
  • The ability to inspire, mentor, and facilitate personal and professional growth of team members.
  • Excellent communication skills to clearly articulate ideas, concepts, and processes. Skills in fostering a positive and collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to plan, execute, monitor, and close projects effectively.


  • Experience working on software projects of medium size and complexity in both IC and delivery manager roles. 
  • Ability to understand complex data, issues, and workflows to drive problem resolution and innovation.
  • Experience or interest in distributed systems, protocols and API’s
  • Experience with microservices architecture (we have 500+) running in a containerised environment – ideally Kubernetes
  • Exposure or experience working with Service Mesh Architectures i.e Istio, Linkerd i.e http routing, service identity and traffic management 
  • Broad design and operational experience on public cloud – ideally on AWS
  • Passion for automation, building and testing the tooling needed to build better products

You get back:

  • The ability to choose your own path to success – you’ll have the freedom to define the vision 
  • The freedom to have real impact
  • The opportunity to inspire teams 
  • A fun work environment with social activities and events
  • Find out more about our benefits in our London office.

Interested? Find out more:

What do we offer: 

Key benefits:

  • Flexible working – whether it’s working from home, school plays or life admin we get that flexibility is essential and you’re trusted to do the right thing and be responsible
  • Paid annual holiday, sick days, parental leave and other leave opportunities
  • 6 weeks of paid sabbatical after 4 years at Wise on top of annual leave



Salary (annual)
€95.000€130.000 EUR

We’re people without borders — without judgement or prejudice, too. We believe teams are strongest when they are diverse, equitable and inclusive. We’re proud to have a truly international team, and we celebrate our differences.

Every Wiser should feel that they can be themselves at work. Inclusive teams help us live our values and make sure every Wiser feels respected, empowered to share their contributions towards mission zero and able to progress in their careers.

Having diverse teams that reflect our diverse customer base helps us build a better product. We can be more creative and empathetic to our customer’s needs and life experiences and makes sure we leave no-one behind on our journey to mission-zero.

If you want to find out more about what it’s like to work at Wise visit Wise.Jobs.

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