Senior Mobile (iOS) Software Engineer
London, United Kingdom
The future of insurance is mobile first. The future of insurance is iOS first. Insurance delivered through your phone, not your post box. Insurance centred around you, not your things. We’re creating a highly flexible service that provides Motor, Travel and Home cover all in one place.
The future of insurance is Wrisk. It’s a big claim, sure, but we mean it, and it’s a big job, which is why we need your help.
Who We Are
We are a small team, punching well above our weight. Our two founders, Darius and Nigel, between them understand insurance and digital product management through decades of experience, giving them a unique set of skills to bring this vision to reality. They also bring the war stories (and, occasionally, the cakes).
Our quietly amazing CTO, Alex, has helped build enterprise class software for everyone from O2, BT, RBS, AOL and Autotrader whilst our resident coffee snob and top notch mobile engineer, Michael, has worked on the apps for Shazam, The Guardian, Lyst, Songkick, Viz and Time Out. They are joined by Benny, a seriously great designer with experience at Markel International, Allianz, Springer, and Sparkasse, and then, of course, there is Ned, our product person in training who, until recently, had been everything from a bartender to a catwalk model. He is nothing, if not adaptable.
We also have an advisory board that reads like a Who’s Who of the UK tech and insurance industries.
There are others waiting in the wings too...but you're going to have to wait to a bit longer to meet them. :-)
But don’t take our word for it - come visit our offices at TechHub (Friday is Desk Drinks, Showcase and Retrospective), talk to the team, and see for yourself.
How We Work
We believe in, and practice, the lean startup ideas of build/measure/learn, and will be very happy to show you the kanban storyboard you will be building from. You will participate in, and often lead, our retrospectives, as well as presenting at the fortnightly showcases, to the wider team, which are essential for ensuring we are all on the same page.
We typically start with a workshop to define what we need to achieve, leading to wireframes and perhaps some high level tasks. We refine and test until we believe we have the core of what we want and then we build the smallest amount we can to validate this - sometimes in code, sometimes in prototype.
We do regular user testing, rapid prototyping and code spikes to ensure we only build the most-right thing we can right now. Darius was Head of UX (ThoughtWorks) and Head of Product (Isotrak) so agile product management and user experience are truly in our blood.
What you will bring to Wrisk is, of course, your experience and engineering skills, but we are hoping for so much more than that. In such a small team there is enormous scope to have your say, to influence how we work, what we work on and, ultimately therefore, what Wrisk will become.
We need you to be able to hit the ground running with our iOS engineering effort, alongside Michael. We will give you all the support you need, but we think that you probably need to have several years of experience with iOS development and have released at least a few commercial apps to the App Store (or maybe one for some years). As our app is 100% Swift, you need to have good experience writing production quality Swift. An interest in reactive programming would be a definite plus too (we're using RxSwift) but not essential. Your source control skills don’t need to be ninja but if you can Git enough for every day use, you’ll fit in nicely. In terms of other tools, a familiarity with JIRA, Carthage, BuddyBuild, BitBucket, and Testflight would be useful too.
If you want to be part of the team but you don’t quite fit the bill get in touch anyway. Passion beats skills every time.
We offer a competitive salary, generous holiday, and flexible working conditions.
We're currently at Tech Hub, Moorgate, part of Google for Entrepreneurs. As you would expect, it comes with the obligatory ping pong table, foosball table and free coffee, plus regular talks from luminaries of the startup and tech sector.
Want to know more?
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