Griffin - Backend Engineer

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Building a bank, one line of code at a time

Close your eyes and imagine a bank. Imagine the imposing stone columns, the thick vault door locked with that giant ship's wheel. Now imagine the paperwork and bureaucracy required to open an account there. The future of banking, investing, and payments is being re-invented at this very moment, but that innovation is slowed dramatically by the opaque, and not particularly technology-friendly, world of banking. Griffin is changing that - they are lowering barriers to entry for FinTechs by building a fully-regulated, API-first bank. Their API encapsulates the bureaucracy of banking and makes it dead-simple for FinTech companies to create bank accounts for their users and transfer money. All while protecting that money fervently. In classical mythology, griffins were known for guarding treasures and priceless possessions. The team at Griffin knows the importance of keeping the money entrusted to them safe, so they build everything with security in mind first. Allen Rohner is the CTO at Griffin and the former founder of CircleCI. He is looking for a backend engineer with Clojure experience- one of the first three tech hires!- to help build out this vision. The company is based in London, and the role is local/remote (UK) or remote (US/EU, with an eye to relocation).


About the role

As a backend engineer you'll be responsible for building out our core banking systems, which are responsible for handling compliance as well as managing accounts and transactions. As a wholesale bank, we're building for scale from day one - our infrastructure has to scale to tens of thousands of requests per second, with all systems fully correct and available. We'll also need fully-functional integrations with a half-dozen different payment rails such as Faster Payments, Direct Debit, CHAPS, and various card networks.

Our technology stack is Clojure, Kafka, Postgres, and Kubernetes.

Qualifications

  • Some prior Clojure experience is required
  • Experience with the other parts of our stack is preferred, but not required
  • Relevant domain experience in payments or core banking systems is a plus, but not mandatory

We believe in radical autonomy. If we hire you, we'll trust you to set your own hours and as much as possible be your own boss.


In a Nutshell
  • Company
    Griffin
  • Job Title
    Backend Engineer
  • Location
    London or Remote
  • Company Values
    • Thoughtfulness
    • Kindness & Empathy
    • Resilience
  • Hiring Manager
    Allen Rohner
    Allen Rohner
    Founder, CTO
    Founder/CTO of CircleCI. Author of “Learning ClojureScript”
The Team
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    David Jarvis CEO
The Company
  • Employees
    <10
  • HQ
    London, UK

About the role

As a backend engineer you'll be responsible for building out our core banking systems, which are responsible for handling compliance as well as managing accounts and transactions. As a wholesale bank, we're building for scale from day one - our infrastructure has to scale to tens of thousands of requests per second, with all systems fully correct and available. We'll also need fully-functional integrations with a half-dozen different payment rails such as Faster Payments, Direct Debit, CHAPS, and various card networks.

Our technology stack is Clojure, Kafka, Postgres, and Kubernetes.

Qualifications

  • Some prior Clojure experience is required
  • Experience with the other parts of our stack is preferred, but not required
  • Relevant domain experience in payments or core banking systems is a plus, but not mandatory

We believe in radical autonomy. If we hire you, we'll trust you to set your own hours and as much as possible be your own boss.


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Depending on your country, the tax implications will be determined and followed.
Please check our FAQ for more details or email us at info@redballoons.co.