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Web3 Luna - Backend Software Engineer

Compensation: $43k - $73k *

London/Remote

Luna - Backend Software Engineer

London/Remote / Engineering / Permanent

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Motive Create is the innovation and value creation engine within Motive Partners. We leverage our proprietary expertise in financial technology to identify, unlock and accelerate value for our portfolio companies and partners. We believe deeply in the power of technology to transform businesses and industries. Utilising our broad market connectivity and market leading technology capabilities we aim to be at the forefront of innovation as it emerges, delivering new capabilities into the hands of our portfolio and partners. Motive Create is structured across three centres of excellence:  

Services – Experts in executing due diligence, value creation planning and portfolio value creation execution

Propositions – Drive innovation for our portfolio and partners 

Product – Build new technology assets and platforms that underpin our value creation and innovation activities

We're looking for engineers who love solving big problems and feel comfortable jumping between infrastructure and backend code to come and help us build an exciting new product which will handle hundreds of millions in dollars of contracts.

A quick note on diversity

This is really important so we've put it at the top. We really care about building a diverse and inclusive team. Qualifications aren't that important to us, we're much more interested in your experience and passion for learning new things. So whatever your background if what we're doing interests you we'd love to have a chat, even if you're not sure you 100% fit what we're looking for.

About us

Private credit markets are inefficient. Matching demand for investment / credit products with supply is currently a complex and manual activity. Businesses, consumers and mass-affluent customers are often unable to access the products they could be eligible for, as asset managers & liquidity providers are unable to manage the operational volume this would create

Luna is a digital liquidity marketplace. It will allow participants to create smart contracts which express the availability of, or requirement for structured funding and then execute these contracts electronically. Note these aren’t smart contracts in the sense of blockchain web3 or crypto, but smart contracts in terms of code driven contracts that digitally respond to events. We’re not a crypto startup! We're still fairly early into this journey (there’s seven of us in the team) so you'll have the opportunity to help shape the vision and technical direction! The team and product will grow fast and you'll have the opportunity to grow with it. The company itself is being spun out of the innovation labs of an existing investment firm. This means we have all the excitement of being a new and growing company but with backing from a big company and access to their corporate partners.

Working here

We’re working on our internal product as well as with major third party clients to gain early insights into our market. That means you'll work directly with the CTO to take ownership of an area of the growing platform that interests you. That might mean getting hands on with setting up and securing our cloud infrastructure or maybe building out our analytics pipeline and services, or even a bit of everything. Whatever interests you, we'll do our best to support you in and give you the resources to succeed. We're based in London but open to remote working. At the moment we're working in a hybrid model of 2-3 days in the office and the rest at home. We value being able to design things on a whiteboard face to face, and building strong relationships within the team.

About you

We really value open communication and feedback (when delivered with empathy and compassion). Hopefully you'll feel the same way. You have experience in building systems at scale. It doesn't matter about the language or domain but we need engineers who have exposure to the sort of problems we'll face. You have strong software craftsmanship tendencies, you take pride in producing clean, testable and readable code; and enjoy taking ownership of the features you’re working on end to end. You're constantly learning and are comfortable working on new technologies and domains. We'll support you as much as possible but we need people who can drive their own learning when thrown into a new area. You're excited by big challenges, this isn't going to be simple to build and there will be a lot of interesting and difficult engineering problems to overcome. If you're excited by this then we'd love to hear from you. Any experience with financial engineering or capital markets is a bonus, but not a prerequisite.

What does success look like

Within the first week we'll aim to have you ship some code something like a simple test case or a small change in functionality. Within the first one to two months you'll feel comfortable within the code base and are regularly shipping small updates to the system. If you're new to any of our stack we'll give you the time you need to get up to speed with it. Within the first three months you've led the design and implementation of a new feature or service and integrated it with the wider platform. You'll work with the CTO and CEO to understand the requirements and build something to fulfil it. By six months to a year you're helping shape the vision for parts of the platform and helping to scale the engineering team. This could be by being responsible for the technical implementation of different systems or by helping us scale the platform and tech as the team grows. However it manifests you'll be having a big impact on how we grow the tech organisation!

Our tech + engineering principles

The main platform uses a modern backend stack of Golang microservices running on AWS. We use Kubernetes for orchestration and Kafka for queueing, GraphQL for our APIs and a mixture of Low/No Code technologies for internal tools and React for customer apps. We also use Azure for our third party deployment, using a mixture of container instances, service bus and SQL Server as well as some old school VMs, so any experience with operating workloads in Azure would be a bonus! It's important to say that we're not expecting you to have experience with any of this tech, we're much more interested in your background, experience and willingness to learn. So whatever your background (bootcamp, comp-sci degree, self taught, something else!) if you're interested in what we're doing we'd love to hear from you! Otherwise we value following engineering best practices while making pragmatic and deliberate trade offs based on risk and speed of delivery. For our most important systems we move carefully with a strong test based approach but for less critical systems we use technical debt as a useful tool. We believe in shipping small changes often and iterating quickly over designing a system from scratch.

Interview Process

£60-100k salary depending on experience 30 days holiday Generous benefits including health + life insurance, Juno membership, free lunch in the office etc. Flexible working arrangements The opportunity to work on parts of a brand new platform that excites you and autonomy/ownership of how these parts of the platform evolve.

Interview process We're still a fairly small team so we'll move quickly. First up will be a quick chat with our hiring manager to talk through your experience and background. Then there'll be a 30 min chat with an engineer where we'll dive into the details of a recent project and then a one hour pairing exercise where we work together to implement a small feature. If that goes well then we'll setup a chat with the CEO to talk about the product vision and to answer any questions you have. All being well an offer will follow.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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