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Tech Lead, Platform Engineering

Kennek

Kennek

Software Engineering
England, UK
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Our mission
You can find more information on this role in our Notion page here.

At kennek, we’re on a mission to modernise the $2 trillion private lending industry.
We’re determined to help lenders digitise their business and automate their operations with the lending toolkit of the future: a vertical SaaS for all types of lenders. By doing so, we revolutionise the sector at its core and we create efficiencies for lenders and also for borrowers, credit investors and ultimately for the entire eco-system.

We launched in the summer of 2021 and have since grown our team to over 25 kennekters, mostly in London. Our customer base is expanding rapidly & we’ve got some world-class venture capital investors backing us.

Background
For the past decades, increasing regulatory pressures on banks have reduced their lending to the real economy, especially to small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

Many ‘non-bank lenders’ such as peer to peer platforms, specialist lending companies and credit funds have filled the void. However, most of these lenders operate in an old-fashioned way. Data is not connected or centralised. Workflows are manual and usually time-consuming, costly and prone to human error.

This is where kennek comes in.

We’ve created a vertically integrated SaaS that streamlines and automates operations of lenders, bringing together all the lending calculations, operations and workflows onto a single user-friendly platform.

The kennek systems captures all the data relating to the loans and borrowers and serves as single point of truth for the lenders and ultimately for the entire eco-system.

What the job involves
  • Defining our Platform Engineering vision, strategy, and roadmap
  • Leading our Platform Engineering team to implement changes
  • Coaching and mentoring other Platform/DevOps Engineers to grow
  • Influencing other software delivery teams to follow DevOps best practices and the tooling your team provides
  • Designing and maintaining our cloud infrastructure in an infrastructure-as-code manner
  • Enabling developers to deploy their work quickly and safely
  • Improving our developer experience
  • Implementing industry standard observability
  • Working with relevant stakeholders to maintain a high level of security
  • Handling sensitive data in regulatory compliance
  • Managing access and SSO

Who you are
  • You are a senior engineer with Platform Engineering / DevOps and leadership experience
  • You are responsible for designing, building, and maintaining AWS infrastructure
  • You are able to break down complex infrastructure projects into actionable pieces of work
  • You can operate a modern, streamlined CI/CD and DevOps process
  • You provide an observability framework to spot issues before our customers do
  • You are competent in at least one modern programming language (e.g. Ruby, Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, Java, C#, Swift, Kotlin, etc.)
  • You have strong foundations in security best practices
  • Deep understanding of Kubernetes, Terraform, Github Actions is a plus
  • Experience in the financial industry is a plus

We recognise that candidates feel they need to meet 100% of the job criteria to apply. Please note that this is only a guide. If you think you have what it takes but don’t meet every single point above, please still get in touch. We’d love to chat and see if you could be a great fit.

Company benefits
  • Hybrid work policy
  • 25 days’ holiday (with bank holidays on top)
  • Modern and centrally located office in London
  • Private health insurance with AXA, including dental & optical cover
  • Enhanced company sick pay
  • Immediate enrolment to our pension plan upon joining
  • We’re still deciding our full benefits package and we’re looking forward to working with our early employees to figure out what matters the most

Company values
  • Relentless & Resilient - we are self-motivated, working with ferocity to deliver results.
  • Courageous & Brave - we inspire each other to do and say the hard things.
  • Genuine team players - we care about each other and we champion the success of others.
  • Humour - we take the work seriously but not ourselves.

We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people, parents, carers, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. If there’s anything we can do to better support you through the application process, please let us know.