Unify - Fintech Co-Founding CTO

at Unify in London

What is Unify?

The consumer finance market does not work for consumers right now.

Too many consumer finance products are structured to encourage people to stay in debt. These products and are designed to profit when people cannot repay, by charging huge amounts of interest and fees. This has contributed to the huge consumer debt bubble which is inflating in the UK right now.

Until now Fintech has largely focused on making finance easier to access; taking friction out of the application process and speeding up decision making. This is awesome, but this doesn’t address the structural problems with many consumer finance products.

Unify fixes the system. We are an early stage Fintech start-up, with an innovative platform design and business model to facilitate mass market access to ethical lenders, providing fair financial products. We are currently focused on building our MVP and testing with early adopters.


Who are we?

James and Grant are the current co-founders. They met in a galaxy far, far away (the University of Manchester, circa 2003) where they spent a lot of time debating politics, business and the respective virtues of Manchester United and Arsenal FC. Since then, they got sucked into the ‘real world’ and James became a senior finance lawyer, and Grant a management consultant & entrepreneur.


Why are we doing this?

We don’t like the ‘Wongas’ of the world. We have direct personal experience of the devastating societal impact that the ‘High Cost Short Term Loan’ (HCSTL) sector can have on those in debt, and we do not like it. We are on a mission to improve access to fairer finance for the masses.

Why do we need you?

Whilst James and Grant both share a keen interest in technology and have experience in working in a variety of roles on technology projects, we don’t have the skills to build our own product. That’s where you come in! So yes, this is the obligatory ‘help, we need a technical co-founder!’ post. We believe that by adding the right CTO to the team, we will have a team that can take on the evil Galactic Empire, (aka the HCSTL sector) and bring harmony back to the Galaxy.

Role overview

As technical co-founder at Unify, you will have full responsibility for the technical solution and the company's technical strategy. You will be accountable for the overall technology direction of this ethically minded start-up.

Requirements

We are looking for someone who is as resilient as they are talented at coding. We’re interested in someone who really wants to be part of a truly exciting mission-led start-up, taking the fight to pay day lenders and changing millions of people’s financial lives in the process.

• Commitment to the cause
• Experience in a technology role at a lending Fintech or at a comparison site is desirable
• 5 years experience of working in technical teams
• Capability with both back end and front end development
• Full-stack developer
• Capable of building API’s
• Experience of Agile/Scrum development
• Knowledge of Internet protocols and standards, database management systems, and revision control systems
• Experience of Leading requirements gathering activity
• Management of any junior developers that are subsequently hired
• Comfortable developing responsive front end UI
• Expertise in Java and PHP, Ruby
• Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3/JS, AngularJS, REST a plus
• Capable of communicating well to non-technical stakeholders
• An interest in Football and Star Wars is essential

We are looking for someone who can work with us flexibly, so this can be on a part time basis initially. We do expect this to become a full-time role within 6 months.

We are based in London and Bristol, so remote working is the norm. We are offering an equity stake in the business initially, leading to paid salary within the next 6 months.

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Published at 07 Feb 2018
Expires on 07 Mar 2018