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Engineering Privacy

Software Engineer - Big Data

£60k – £100k • 0.0% – 0.2%
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Due to the current coronavirus situation we are now conducting all interviews entirely over video remotely. We are also able to onboard new starters remotely.

Heard about Facebook/Cambridge Analytica and the data challenges facing organisations today? or perhaps you have seen the 'Great Hack' on Netflix?

We are looking for multiple talented and passionate engineers who love to build products that have a tangible, positive impact on the world. We are currently open to all levels of experience, from graduates to experienced senior developers.

Privitar is a dynamic, Data Privacy start-up based in London, building software to enable the safe and ethical use of valuable data for analytics and machine learning. We work with large organisations worldwide in healthcare, financial services, telecommunications, pharma and government, enabling them to get the most out of data without compromising on privacy and security.

Backed by world-leading venture capital funds who’ve invested in companies like Facebook, Slack, Dropbox, Atlassian and Spotify, we have recently completed a $80 million Series C funding round, and are in a phase of hyper growth.

Ideal candidates for this role learn and adapt quickly. You’ll combine state-of-the-art technologies with leading-edge algorithms to understand and tackle hard data security and data anonymisation problems. You will also be involved in performance, integrations and UI.

Our Eng Culture

As engineers at Privitar, we are excited and engaged with the problems we are working on. We work together in small teams in a supportive way, developing our skills, learning from each other, and building on each other's ideas. We take a deep pride in the products we build and care about writing clear, well-tested code.

We have a positive, constructive and proactive approach and enjoy working to design and architect solutions, choose technologies, and constantly improve how we work as a team. We are not afraid to question something that might seem obvious or to give it a go and learn how to do things better.

About you

Less experienced candidates

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Computer Science or a Science or Engineering discipline. We can make exceptions to this for exceptional candidates.
  • Experience of coding in Java. Or experience in a related language and evidence of commitment and ability to ramp up in Java.
  • Demonstrable interest and knowledge of maths, big data, security or privacy.
  • Excellent communication skills

More experienced candidates

  • The more Java experience the better.
  • You are comfortable with being dropped into challenging technical problems and being given the responsibility to solve them.
  • Experience building a software product, ideally over the full lifecycle from design to production and ongoing support and enhancement.
  • Experience of and commitment to automated testing.
  • Ability to deliver results with rapidly evolving propositions, client demands and business needs.
  • Knowledge of multiple programming languages


  • Experience of multithreading or concurrent programming
  • Experience building complex distributed systems
  • Exposure to Big Data technologies, for example: Hadoop, Spark, Apache Nifi, MapReduce, HDFS, HBase, Hive, Cassandra.
  • Understanding of software security and threat models, and experience building secure applications
  • Experience with Amazon AWS and other cloud platforms

The Application Process

  • A phone call with a member of our recruitment team to find out more about Privitar, and to get to know you
  • One of the most interesting take home technical exercises you’ll see, designed by Privitar, unique to Privitar, relevant to Privitar
  • A ½ day visit to our offices
  • Offer

Privitar does not accept unsolicited referrals or CVs from any source other than directly from candidates or approved agencies with written agreements in place and instructed on specified roles.

Unsolicited CVs received from any agency not engaged as outlined above will be considered a "free gift", and there will be no fees due should we choose to contact the candidate directly. Receipt of unsolicited CVs will in no way establish any prior claim to the candidate should they also be submitted by another agency. We consider this type of activity an attempt to lay claim to a given candidate and therefore entirely inappropriate. Any submission of unsolicited CVs to us will be deemed as full acceptance of these terms.

We only engage with agencies who are respectful of candidates, businesses and other agencies. We abide by our agreements with them and maintain genuine, straight-forward and lasting relationships which generate the highest calibre candidates for our business.

Private health insurance

Broad coverage for you and your family. Platinum coverage in the US.

Other insurance

Sickness, critical illness and life insurance.*

Pension contributions

Generous matched employee contributions of up to 5%.


Enhanced maternity, paternity, surrogacy and adoption packages. No minimum length of service.

Stock options

Everyone has a stake in Privitar.

Generous holiday

30 days in the UK; 20 days in the US. Available from day one. We value work-life balance and encourage team members to take it all.

Snacks & lunch

Company provided snacks and group lunches. Good food. Great company.

Bike to work scheme

Big savings on buying a bicycle or cycling equipment.*


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Privitar at a glance

Engineering Privacy

Privitar focuses on Enterprise Software, Financial Services, Big Data, Data Mining, and Privacy. Their company has offices in New York City, Boston, and London. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees. To date, Privitar has raised $56M of funding; their latest round was closed on May 2019.

You can view their website at http://www.privitar.com or find them on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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