About Griffin

Finance is only relevant in context. People don't take out a loan in order to take out a loan; they take out a loan to refurbish a home, expand their business to a new location, or otherwise achieve a goal that happens to require a substantial amount of money.

Technology is increasingly enabling companies to embed finance at the point where it is most relevant and contextual. This is a trend that is well under way, and we're heading towards a future where people and firms get most of their financial services and products from technology companies and other non-bank firms, rather than high street banks.

The problem is that bringing a financial product to market is still incredibly hard.

Griffin exists to help make it easy for companies to offer financial products. We are currently seeking authorisation to become a bank, so that we can provide accounts, payments and loans to our customers.

Culture

We are highly intentional about our culture, and look to define it both by who we are (core values) and by how we work (core behaviours). We won't hire people who aren't a good fit for our culture, even if they're otherwise qualified.

We're looking for thoughtful people who don't give up easily and who strive to be kind in their words and actions. As product designers, we are always looking for ways to simplify complex things and we take security very seriously. As a financial institution, we believe that our customers' trust is our single most valuable asset and we will go above and beyond to earn and keep it. We are transparent by default.

You can learn more about our culture and values on our website.

The Engineering Team:

As with most of the company the engineering team is still in it's infancy. We have grown quickly within the last year to our current team size of 14 which is made up of the CTO, VP of Engineering and 12 engineers split across backend, infrastructure and fullstack specialisations.

Rather than "move fast and break things", we aim to move thoughtfully and to make few mistakes. We are an output-driven environment that operates with extreme autonomy; people are free to keep their own hours and we don't micro-manage each other.

Our backend stack is Clojure, Kafka, Datomic, Kubernetes and AWS

Our frontend stack is CLJS, Reframe, Reagent, React, Styled Components, Styled System and Storybook.

Who are you?

The ideal candidate for this job will have most of the following

  • Experience in Clojure or another functional language
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • 4+ yrs experience with infrastructure as code
  • Strong understanding of IP networking
  • Experience with AWS
  • A desire to work with small teams in fast-paced start-up environments.

Operational experience with Kafka, Datomic, Docker preferred, but not required

What will you be doing here?

As an Infrastructure Engineer, you'll be responsible for building, operating and monitoring our production infrastructure. We are planning on becoming a bank that will handle thousands of transactions per second. Correctness, performance, and reliability are paramount.

We are a Clojure shop, and use it in places where other teams might use shell scripting or YAML. This is a programming job, with a focus on infrastructure and tooling. Up to 50% time spent on application development is possible.

The kinds of things you'll work on include:

  • Writing infrastructure-as-code to configure our AWS environments in a standard and repeatable way
  • Working on underlying aspects of the platform to develop our performance, scalability, and oberservability/monitoring
  • Writing internal tools to make monitoring, logging, alerting and debugging easier and faster
  • Writing code to take consistent backups our entire system, and then verify the backup is correct
  • Writing Clojure to verify our systems are correct after power / network etc. failures
  • Writing chatbots to automate common ops runbooks
  • Improving our Continuous Deployment pipeline
  • DevSecOps

What can we offer you?

We are an early stage startup and we're working hard to expand our benefits package. We're planning to add to this list in the future

  • 25 days off a year + bank holidays
  • Flexible, remote-friendly working - including supporting home office setup
  • Tax-advantaged stock options under HMRC's Company Share Option Plan (CSOP)
  • Auto-enrolment into company pension scheme
  • Enhanced parental leave with up to 6 months at full pay
  • Private medical insurance and life insurance (provided by AXA and AIG respectively)
  • A weekly team lunch on Griffin (even when you're working remotely)

How do I apply?

Please include a cover letter, a resume and a link to your online portfolio where appropriate. We cannot review applications without these. If there's a match our Talent team will reach out to schedule an initial conversation and talk you through our interview process in detail

N.B: We have a small London office in Moorgate, and we are comfortable hiring people to work from anywhere in the UK. About half of the company is based within occasional commuting distance of London, the other half is full-time remote.

If you’re part of a group that is under-represented or marginalised in fintech, we’d love to hear from you. Our goal is for Griffin to proportionally represent the diversity of the working population in society. We’re working to ensure that Griffin is a supportive, empowering and inclusive environment for every member of our team — whatever your intersection of identities & background.

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