Help us make a big green dent in the universe
We're on a mission to drive the global renewable energy revolution, and we need loads more people to help us make our vision a reality.
All technology is written and maintained by a multi-discipline engineering team of around 20 people. This includes server-side, client-side and mobile engineers working closely with UX experts, copywriters and designers.
We follow a Kanban-like approach, using Google docs and Trello to specify and manage work; Github, CircleCI and Terraform Enterprise as part of an immutable-infrastructure, continuous delivery pipeline; and Loggly, Sentry and Cloudwatch to measure performance and monitor production.
Engineering standards are high. We pair program, thoroughly review and test code before it deploys, and maintain fast, high-value test suites. We have weekly tech talks, monthly blitz-days (eg sharpening our internal tools, upgrading dependencies) and can often be found at tech meet-ups and conferences.
Our coding conventions are open-source and we maintain a tech blog.
Octopus is a great place to learn, work with some talented engineers and level-up your skills.
On the server-side, we mainly use Python. Most of our websites are powered by Django and the Django-REST-framework. We also use Pandas, Numpy and Jupyter for analysis and forecasting, plus Celery, RabbitMQ, SQS and Airflow for background processing.
We use AWS heavily, employing most of the "Hashistack" (eg Packer, Consul, Terraform) as part of a continuous deployment pipeline. See, for example, Django, ELB health checks and continuous delivery.
Client-side, we use React, Redux and SASS; our mobile apps are built using React Native.
What you'll do
We have lots of difficult design challenges to solve. The Australian/New Zealand energy markets are complicated, outdated and process-heavy - there's an awful lot of domain modelling that we need to get right. Strong attention to detail is essential.
We have difficult technical problems to solve. With the advent of smart meters, we'll soon be processing millions of meter readings a day. We need the right technology in place to handle this smoothly as well as feeding data into a machine learning pipeline that models and predicts consumption.
There's a great opportunity for disruption in the Australian/New Zealand energy markets. The big suppliers still dominate, but are not exactly popular. The energy landscape is changing as we move to more dis-aggregated forms of generation, with less predictability, more dynamism and smarter technology. Octopus Energy were the first UK supplier to introduce a "tracker" tariff whose prices track the daily wholesale prices: http://www.cleanenergynews.co.uk/news/efficiency/octopus-offers-transparency-with-wholesale-price-tariff
You'll be working for a company that’s fighting climate change. Our parent company is the largest investor in solar generation in the UK, and are funding wind and anaerobic digestion. As a supplier, we're helping people to use greener technology and renewable energy, all helping move the UK towards a lower carbon future.
What you'll have
We're looking for someone with a general interest in technology and problem-solving; someone diligent and thoughtful. It would be helpful to have experience/expertise in the following (in rough priority order).
- Django (or equiv. web framework)
- Domain modelling
- HTTP and REST APIs
- Writing robust and fault-tolerant software
- Celery and async processing
Plus experience in the following would be a bonus:
- Terraform, Packer, Consul
- React and Redux
Why else you'll love it here:
Founded in 2016, Octopus Energy already has 2 million customers in the UK & has recently expanded to the US, Germany, NZ & soon to be Japan. We came to NZ this year & will be rapidly growing the team, you’ll help us to build on the culture & success that we’ve had in the UK.
Our company culture - we won best company to work for in 2019 & our CEO, Greg has recorded a podcast about our culture & how we empower our people
Flexible working environment - genuine work life balance here, we are in the top 5 companies in the UK, we treat you as a human, & do our best to make work & life merge smoothly together.
Relaxation - we don’t count your holidays here, we work hard, & so we know you need to play hard as well (within reason of course)
Equity Options Scheme - you own your own part of the business, share options in the whole Octopus Energy Group across the world, so we all work together towards success
Office culture & social events - have a certain tech requirement? We’ll do our best to get it. Our offices are also stocked with fruit, breakfast, great coffee & soft drinks. Weekly on a Friday we all get together (this happens virtually too) for company updates & drinks - we call it Family Dinner. As a new office, you’ll be integral in creating an environment where you can all thrive
**At Octopus, we're looking for genuinely decent people who are honest and empathetic. Our commitment is to provide equal opportunities, a diverse and inclusive work environment, and fairness for everyone. You are welcome to apply no matter your race, gender identity, age, family or civil status, disability, religion, or ethnicity.**
If this opportunity sounds like you and you have a genuine passion for what we're doing at Octopus Energy then we'd love to hear from you.