How many Systems Architects does it take to change a lightbulb?
We don’t know 🧐 but we hope this unique joke caught your attention because we're all waiting for a System Architect to join Pleo. So leave these lightbulbs, chickens, and elephants for someone else, here is the real challenge!
Have you ever seen Hell’s kitchen? Imagine we need to prepare the best Software Ecosystem with a beautiful taste of an environment in which teams have wide implementation space around their area of expertise and subtle hints of clear and robust technical boundaries. Bellissimo ✨
But wait, why is this pan on fire? Who put mayonnaise in a greek salad? Is it a salad? Whoaaa, it’s time for the Chef to come. Hope, you are ready to be a guiding star who knows how to standardize common Engineering principles and enjoys technical advisoring and reviewing as much as Gordon Ramsey enjoys swearing.
On a more serious note, we are looking for people to join our existing team of architects. As an architect, you are responsible for the overarching architecture, technology choices, and software design principles of Pleo. You will help drive best-practice, review key technology, and ensure that as the business grows our software platform continues to be solid.
Finally, you should know that you'll be joining at a quite exciting time. We are in the midst of extreme growth in terms of customers, employees, markets, and ambitions -- providing endless opportunities to shape the technological foundation of Pleo’s future.
To give you a better idea, here are some tasks you might do as a System Architect at Pleo.
- Work closely with Engineering Managers and key stakeholders across the Engineering organization.
- Collaborate with teams to advise, support, and review the technology and design of their projects.
- Drive and execute strategies that shift Engineering behavior and move the technology stack forward.
- Define the key boundaries and architectural pieces and paradigms that underpin the Engineering-wide systems and ecosystem.
- Actively spread knowledge and education around software design principles.
- Represent the system-wide architecture and technology stack, in key projects and initiatives.
- Prototype novel solutions in complex technical areas and do deep investigations into our software codebases.
You will thrive in this role if you:
- Enjoy getting thrown at unknown or difficult technical problems and finding effective solutions. You are the danger, not them!
- Likes to work across a broad set of stakeholders and areas.
- Has a natural affinity for mentorship and teaching.
- Strong and effective at communicating about technical solutions and their trade-offs, pitfalls, pros, and cons. Can communicate difficult and complex technical problems to both technical and especially non-technical stakeholders.
- Pragmatic about the balance between leading and defining a path forward, vs. not getting stuck in 'my solution' mode.
- Can meet with lots of different people, read technical documents and code, and find this kind of work is fun.
The hard skills needed:
- Seniority within systems design. You have been responsible for shaping the design of software and systems that interact with one another, from idea to finished implementation.
- Holistic view all the way from infrastructure ~> backends ~> frontends. You don't need equal experience or depth in them all, but we expect some exposure to each area.
- Understanding of what modern stacks can look like.
- Infra: Kubernetes, Terraform, Docker, clouds (AWS, GCP, ...), networking, DNS
- Backends: Common design patterns and approaches
- Frontends: Deployments, common SPA frameworks, CDNs, ...
- Most important to have depth in is infra/backend, especially backend.
Your colleagues say you:
- Work in English with ease (it's our company language)
- Are a Zoom monster
- Love making others’ work easier
- Never stop being curious and love learning about new languages/frameworks/working styles
- Would be a person that they would like to have a coffee with (virtual or not)
Your mom says that you:
- Probably know how to build a house or something
- Loved watching TV in foreign languages
- Love to take on challenges
Show me the benefits:
- Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending)
- 25 days holidays (annual)
- Ability to work remotely (anywhere between the east coast of the Americas to European time zones)......or onsite if you want to (Copenhagen, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Madrid)
- Quarterly trips to somewhere for team camps (both company-wide ones and team-specific ones). The last one was in Costa Brava, Spain, in September.
- Investment in learning & developing (check with your team for what's reasonable, we don't have set budgets)
And here are some other friendly gestures that we do:
- Catered lunch in our HQ and London offices when you're here
- Loads of weird and wonderful niche communities to join in the company (we're talking guerrilla gardening, liquids tasting, the Pleo band, learning to code initiatives, beer brewing, skiing, that type of thing)
- Wild enthusiasm and encouragement from us if you want to host MeetUps, events, etc. - we'll help (venue, food, etc.)
Working at Pleo means you're working on something very exciting: the future of work. Through fintech we've seen a way to impact how people work; we think company spending should be delegated to all employees and teams, that it should be as automated as possible, and that it should drive a culture of responsible spending. Based on some pretty amazing Series C-round investment in 2021 we think we're onto something big.
So, in a nutshell, that's Pleo. Today we are a 400+ team, from over 54 nations, sitting in our Copenhagen HQ, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal, or Lisbon offices – and quite a few full-time remotes in 22 other countries! Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by sensible things like a good work-life balance. If you don't work in the office with us we'll help you get up the best remote setup possible, and will fly you in once a quarter for team camps.
Things to look up about us
Sometimes, we win awards 🤩 🏆
If you want to know how we hire company-wide, there's a post on our blog.
Or have a sneak peek into what happens when get together for Pleo Team Camp on our YouTube 👈🏾
Check out what we think about the realities of working remotely on our blog.
No one says it quite like our customers. Hear what they have to say this week on Trustpilot.
Also, check out Glassdoor if you'd like to hear about us from other people.
PS. we treat all candidates equally: If you are interested please apply through our application system - any correspondence should come from there! Our lovely support isn't able to pass on any calls/ emails our way - and this makes sure that the candidate experience is smooth and fair to everyone 🙂