DevOps Engineer - Winner of Best Company to Work for 2 years running!

at Simply business in London

Simply Business – DevOps Engineer – Bank (London)


If you’re smart, passionate about technology and enjoy solving complex technical challenges then you should apply to join our best-in-class tech team. We believe that people are our most important asset and one worth protecting. As such, we’re known for creating an enviable working culture to keep our employees smiling on a day to day basis. We offer things such as flexible hours, remote working and freedom to work on projects of individual interest to name just a few.


We are looking for someone who has the ability and desire to help us continue to the next level of DevOps. You will contribute to our DevOps culture (test driven infrastructure, automate everything, self-service tooling).


A taste of some of our current/upcoming projects:


Current projects:


  • We are in the midst of migrating our applications to an infrastructure as code framework that is auditable, testable, peer reviewed and automated. In order to achieve a clear path for the provisioning and deployment of our development lifecycle environments we are making use of tools such as AWS Cloud Formation, Ruby, Capistrano, Github, Puppet Master, Hiera and Blackbox. The intention is to avoid previous disparate ways of working and get things to a consistent state in order to refactor more easily.
  • Building tooling around AWS Route 53 to allow our entire Tech team to self-service manage their DNS needs for the applications they create.
  • Implementing centralised logging using Logstash/Elasticsearch/Kibana.
  • Writing a Ruby application, to provide a library and CLI to manage Cloud Formation stacks, which accepts templates written as javascript objects.
  • Enhance Nagios and provision/deploy it using our infrastructure as code framework. Enhancements include a more useful alert framework, self-service for teams adding checks, integration with OpsGenie and integration to see the status of our security and traffic routing features.

Upcoming projects:


  • Creating a self-service load balancing solution to allow our Tech team tomanipulate the load balancing rules of their applications in order to better self manage them.
  • DSL-based approach for creating and managing our subdomains with regards to DNS, SSL certificates, traffic manager routing and monitoring.
  • Extending our current infrastructure as code framework e.g. areas where Cloud Formation is not yet supported, integration with other AWS services outside of EC2, extend it to Google Cloud Platform.
  • Automate resource management and cost efficiencies in AWS. This will involve things like detecting and terminating underused resources and automating the
    selection of the most appropriate instance types for different applications.
  • Levelling up on Docker and other container technologies to see if/how we can add more of them to our tech stack.
  • Improve our infrastructure to improve/introduce the technology required to support continuous deployment


What you will be doing:


  • You will help implement the vision and direction to ensure things are done in a way that brings us closer to our DevOps nirvana.
  • We subscribe to DevOps being the intersection of dev, operations and QA and this is the collaborative nature of the role we’re looking to fill; the constant dialogue with various stakeholders across the entire tech team, and the entire company.
  • You will be hands on in creating tools to build and automate environments for production use. You understand the need to build scalable, reproducible and usable infrastructure.
  • You are security minded and will join the battle against today’s online security threats.
  • You will be required to be part of the on call rota, and you don’t want to be called out.
  • It’s in your interests to make the Chaos Monkey your friend.

Experience / skills required:


  • Linux systems administration.
  • Configuration management tools such as Puppet.
  • Experience with continuous delivery / provisioning / deployment.
  • Building and managing production public-facing sites.
  • Familiarity with concepts such as ‘infrastructure as code’ and ‘tools not rules’.
  • Strong programming skills (in any language).

Some things we believe in


  • Creating an best-in-class engineering culture – Agile / Lean / TDD / Continuous Delivery (we release software to production about 10 times a day on average) / Cross functional teams / pair programming / cross functional teams working together on projects (Dev/QA/UX/product) / Active participation in open source
  • Never chaining ourselves to a technology – always experimenting and ‘using the right tool for the job’
  • Thought leadership – we host meetup groups and present talks in our office and the community
  • Creating a great working environment and culture (modern open plan office, flexible hours, remote working, regular team events, paid company holidays abroad, afterwork clubs – like UX, Robotic, Data science clubs, ruby coding challenges over pizza, lunchtime TED talks and lot’s more!)
  • Continuous learning – we look to pay for conferences and courses. Recently we have sent some of our Devs out to Miami, Portugal and Barcelona for tech events and conferences (paid for).

What we can offer


  • Flexible working hours and working from home
  • A multi-award winning working culture and environment
  • Life insurance, pension scheme & childcare vouchers
  • A ‘pick & mix’ benefits package consisting of:
    - Gym membership
    - Private medical care
    - Dental cover
    - Extra holidays, and more!
  • Money back on daily well-being costs (massage, contact lenses etc)
  • A fun & social working environment
  • The opportunity to work with a best-in-class team who are at the forefront of tech providing thought
    leadership and hosting meetup groups in our office and presenting talks on the subject
  • Company trips abroad (paid for!) – We’ve been Brussels two years running and it’s
    Barcelona for September 2016!
  • Career development – we look to fund relevant training courses and conference
  • Free daily breakfast, snacks & hot & cold drinks
  • A company that drives continuous innovation with forthnightly and annual hackathons


Awards and Achievements


  • Winner of the ‘Top 100 Best Companies to Work for’ 2015 & 2016 – Sunday Times
  • 3 Star (highest) accreditation in “Best Small Companies to Work for” – Best Companies Ltd 2015 & 2016
  • Business Intelligence Project of the Year – Tech, Data & Analytics Awards
  • ‘Best Use of Audience Insight’ – Digi Awards
  • “Use of Organic Search (SEO)” Dadi Awards
  • Accredited “Geared for Giving employer” – outstanding contributions to charity
  • “Most Agile Aware Organisation Award” – Agile Awards
  • “Best Use of Mobile Technology Award” – Technology in Insurance Awards
  • Named in the “Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA”
  • Listed in “Sunday Times Tech Track 100” for fastest growing technology companies

Where we are


We’re located in a trendy, modern and open plan office in Bank, City of London.


Please apply through this workinstartups website only – this is the only way to enter our database – we will email you within 48 hours if your application looks relevant
Please apply through this workinstartups website only – this is the only way to enter our database – we will email you within 48 hours if your application looks relevant


Due to the volume of applications we receive across the entire business, we unfortunately cannot respond to each applicant with individual feedback. If you have not heard from us within 2 working days then please assume you have been unsuccessful.


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Published at 16 May 2017
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