Backend Engineer at Marshmallow

  • UK Only
  • Marshmallow
Job Description:

How we work

We've created a culture of trust which allows us to work autonomously without fear of failure, to challenge decisions, and to be heard. It empowers us to drive our own careers and to move at unparalleled speed. And because we're treading new ground, we're all mastering new skills along the way.

Explore our culture handbook find out more about life at Marshmallow, or read our blog!

Engineering at Marshmallow

Our engineers are at the heart of the solutions. They work on product builds from start to finish, solving lots of challenges to help us build fast and scale up! Our engineers cover a range of skills across frontend, backend, fullstack, iOS and android, and work alongside designers, data scientists, researchers and product managers within our product teams.

Our product teams include: the new Home team, the Growth team, the Efficiency team, and the Claims team (to name a few!) Each team sets its own roadmap, and actively pushes our codebase forward.

Learn more about our teams and how our engineers work here!

What you'll be doing:

  • Working in a product team enabling efficient automation for tens of thousands of policies, ensuring that we provide customers with affordable, instant, and inclusive insurance
  • Participate in technical scoping, estimation and briefs. We don’t believe in heavyweight processes, and instead aspire to follow Agile principles. Whilst we borrow heavily from practices like Scrum and Kanban, we also borrow rituals from other high performing delivery teams, so we’re looking for engineers who are adaptable and open-minded
  • Work closely with the team’s product owner to understand requirements, build solutions, deliver functionality, write automation tests and build continuous delivery pipelines all the way through to deployment, monitoring and supporting these systems in production
  • Be a contributor to medium to large sized projects Understanding of rationale and the business impact of proposed changes, and being able to adapt to changing requirements
  • Help us evolve our architecture to optimise for product delivery speed Participate in setting the quarterly team OKRs


Who you are:

  • You are a self-starter who likes to take ownership
  • You enjoy working as part of a team and owning the work you do
  • You enjoy creating and managing processes
  • You are curious and have a can-do attitude
  • You are organised and can be relied upon to get things done
  • You enjoy working in a high growth/scaling environment
  • You enjoy problem-solving and creating innovative solutions
  • You have a continuous delivery mindset
  • You demonstrate that you know how and when to effectively make trade offs in the - face of ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • You are comfortable with changing priorities
  • You are pragmatic in terms of when it is safe to cut corners and why
  • You are passionate about mentoring others

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Experience working in cross-functional teams in a metric-driven framework, ideally OKRs
  • 1+ experience with Java 8+&Spring
  • Commercial experience with Microservices architecture
  • Commercial awareness or experience with AWS
  • Commercial awareness or experience with Terraform
  • Worked in a high growth start-up environment or product focused environment

Our Tech Stack

  • Java 15 μServices
  • Spring Boot with Spring Cloud
  • Dynamo DB
  • Terraform
  • Docker
  • AWS Fargate
  • Event Sourcing
  • Neptune DB

Company Benefits

  • Flexi-office working (2 days in the office) + some fully remote roles
  • 12 weeks work from anywhere worldwide
  • Work from home budget
  • Budget for learning, and 2 days a year set aside for training
  • Therapy with Self Space and a free subscription to Calm
  • Private health care with Vitality

Interview Process

We break it up into 4 stages:

  • Initial call with George Regan our Tech Talent Acquisition Partner (45 mins) A skill-based interview where you will discuss your previous experience with one of our Engineering Managers (45 mins)
  • Tech assessment, followed by a technical interview with one of our Tech Leads + one other Engineer (1 hour)
  • OR a paired programming challenge (depending on level) and a technical interview with one of our Tech Leads + one other Engineer (1 hour 30)
  • A culture interview with one of our Founders or one of our Bar Raisers to check that - your work style fits our processes and values (1 hour)

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