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Restoring consumer trust in insurance by taking it back to its 17th century roots

VP Engineering /CTO

£60k – £80k • 0.0% – 1.0%
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and hands on VP Engineering , who will lead our tech team in scaling our business across new products and geographies.

You will be reporting to the CEO and leading a team of 5 developers (1 front end, 2 back end, 2 apps), but will not hesitate to get involved where needed from code-level support to safeguarding the availability of our service, thus ensuring security of database and dataflow with different value chain partners and designing the software infrastructure for growth.

You will be comfortable deciding on architecture as well as managing an effective development and deployment process and understand the value of testing. You will get to contribute fundamentally to the direction of the product and strategy of the business, as part of the senior management team.
You must have strong analytical and troubleshooting skills, fluency in coding, good communication skills, and most of all enthusiasm for tackling the challenges of balancing the business benefits of rapid development with safeguarding the stability of the service. And everything your team builds keeps the end user experience in mind. In the short term, you will be hands-on, resolving data reconciliation issues arising as well as problem shooting and back-end development in PHP (30% of time).

You will have responsibility for all technical aspects and technological resources of the business including budget control and the recruitment of additional development personnel, whom you will lead.
This role is especially suited to someone who wants to be part of the senior management team and influence the direction of the company.

*Upcoming projects*
Machine learning for automation of processes in fraud detection and claims
VR/AR opportunity with our next insurance line
Refactoring to support mutiple insurance lines

*Tech stack*
PHP (Symfony3), Javascript, MongoDB, AWS, HTML5 & CSS3

Led the technological strategy/architecture to meet the business needs as it expands across insurance lines and new geographies
Recruiting and leading development teams
Managing competing priorities and not hesitating to seek direction from Head of Product

Launching new products, APIs and working with partnerships
Led a team of at least 5 people
Payment knowledge
Understand the constraints of regulation and GDPR
Open source frameworks
Focus on testing whether unit or functional
Worked with no SQL database

*Must have*
Experience: at least 10 years work experience.
Startup: led the tech team in a startup at Series A stage
Analytical: deep analytical skills developed with top tier strategy consultancies, with a focus on insurance
Hands-on: ready to roll-up sleeves and get things done when needed.
Development: PHP Symfony experience
Leadership: you should be able to motivate a group of committed, smart people to consistently deliver their best work, while doing the best work of your career.
Organisation: fantastical organisational skills and ability to prioritise

*Our Culture*
Our first tenet is ‘do the right thing for the customer’ , the second is ‘do the right thing for your team member’. We have a collaborative and supportive culture. While we work hard as in any startup, we provide a competitive package and flexible working hours, and we will give you the tools and support you so you can be the best.

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People you would work with in this role
Founder of so-sure Previously: - co-founder of Cycle Syndicate and Growth 365 - private equity investor in insurance

Charles F. Roels

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Experienced Head of Product. Worked at so-sure, Memrise, OneDome, Secret Escapes, Wooshii, We7/blinkbox, Vodafone, Three UK. MBA Henley Business School.

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