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Website Octopus Energy

We're using the latest technology and green generation to transform energy for customers, bringing the UK cheaper, greener, fairer energy.

About this job

Job type: Full-time
Experience level: Mid-Level, Senior
Role: Backend Developer
Industry: Energy & Environment, Energy & Utilities, Green Energy
Company size: 51–200 people
Company type: Private

Remote details

Employer’s note: Open to fully remote for strong engineers on the senior end, partial remote an option for mid level

Technologies

Job description

WANTED: thoughtful back-end developers to help build out our platform.

Octopus Energy is a tech-focused energy supplier for the UK market and we’re are looking for diligent and thoughtful software engineers, of any level of experience, to join our growing team.

We’re building a modern, event-driven platform for interacting with both consumers (via the web, mobile and smart-meters) and the industry (eg data flows, consumption forecasting, trading on the wholesale market).

We’re an innovative and customer-focussed company, helping to drag the energy industry into the 21st century.

This is a rare opportunity to use technology to help fight climate change through helping the UK to use green technology and renewable energy sources.

Our technology

On the server-side, we mainly use Python. Most of our websites are powered by Django and the Django-REST-framework. We also use Pandas, Numpy and Jupyter for analysis and forecasting, plus Celery, RabbitMQ, SQS and Airflow for background processing.

We use AWS heavily, employing most of the “Hashistack” (eg Packer, Consul, Terraform) as part of a continuous deployment pipeline. See, for example, Django, ELB health checks and continuous delivery.

Client-side, we use React, Redux and SASS; our mobile apps are built using React Native.

Why you should work for us

This is a great opportunity for several reasons:

  • We have lots of difficult design challenges to solve. The UK energy market is complicated, outdated and process-heavy – there’s an awful lot of domain modelling that we need to get right. Strong attention to detail is essential.
  • We have difficult technical problems to solve. With the advent of smart meters, we’ll soon be processing millions of meter readings a day. We need the right technology in place to handle this smoothly as well as feeding data into a machine learning pipeline that models and predicts consumption.
  • There’s a great opportunity for disruption in the UK energy market. The big suppliers still dominate, but are not exactly popular. The energy landscape is changing as we move to more dis-aggregated forms of generation, with less predictability, more dynamism and smarter technology. Octopus Energy were the first UK supplier to introduce a “tracker” tariff whose prices track the daily wholesale prices: http://www.cleanenergynews.co.uk/news/efficiency/…
  • You’ll be working for a company that’s fighting climate change. Our parent company is the largest investor in solar generation in the UK, and are funding wind and anaerobic digestion. As a supplier, we’re helping people to use greener technology and renewable energy, all helping move the UK towards a lower carbon future.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone with a general interest in technology and problem-solving; someone diligent and thoughtful. It would be helpful to have experience/expertise in the following (in rough priority order):

  • Python
  • Django (or equiv. web framework)
  • Domain modelling
  • HTTP and REST APIs
  • Writing robust and fault-tolerant software
  • Celery and async processing
  • Postgres

Plus experience in the following would be a bonus:

  • AWS
  • Terraform, Packer, Consul
  • React and Redux

We would prefer someone who can work in our Soho office but will consider remote candidates (warning: the bar is much higher). You do need to be able to work in the UK without a VISA though.

Above all, we’re looking for someone who thrives on providing alternative opinions, challenging those around them and being challenged.

Could this be you?

Life at Octopus Energy

Life at Octopus Energy

About Octopus Energy

All technology is written and maintained by a multi-discipline engineering team of around ten people. This includes server-side, client-side and mobile engineers working closely with UX experts, copywriters and designers.

We follow a Kanban-like approach, using Google docs and Trello to specify and manage work; Github, CircleCI and Terraform Enterprise as part of an immutable-infrastructure, continuous delivery pipeline; and Loggly, Sentry and Cloudwatch to measure performance and monitor production.

Engineering standards are high. We pair program, thoroughly review and test code before it deploys and maintain fast, high-value test suites. We have weekly tech talks, monthly blitz-days (eg sharpening our internal tools, upgrading dependencies) and can often be found at tech meet-ups and conferences.

Here’s two sample internal documents:

Octopus is a great place to learn, work with some talented engineers and level-up your skills.

Benefits

  • Equity
  • Funds to help your development
  • Work with a passionate, talented team changing energy for the better
  • Entrepreneurial working environment
  • Help planning for your future
  • Free drinks every Friday
  • Work for a company fighting climate change
  • Regular team socials and company off sites

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