Senior Software Engineer (UK Team)



Software Engineering
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Engineering @ Open

At Open, we exist because we believe that Insurance does not have to be seen as complicated or costly. Creating technology so our customers can enjoy smart and intuitive insurance experiences is at the core of Open’s development philosophy. When we do this, we’re building modern infrastructure that brings the wonder into insurance.

With a truly end-to-end approach, we build all of our own technology. Our engineering team alongside our AI and data science team aim to give customers better insurance prices. We create the insurance experience our customers deserve, not the one they expect. The team specialises in Python (Django) and Angular, and uses the latest AWS tools to support development.

What you’ll do

We are looking for a Principal Engineer to be Open’s first engineer on the ground in London and lead our expansion into the UK and Europe.

As a Principal Engineer, you will be a member of our Technology leadership team, reporting to the GM of Technology. You will bring core technology and domain expertise to inform technical strategy and architecture vision. You will lead and drive adoption of best practices that enable technology teams to thrive. You will work closely with Product, Design, Data, and various stakeholders to deliver business and customer value each step of the way. You will grow engineers in their career, and shape the future of our technology platform and roadmap. In this role, you will:

  • Design and implement solutions to complex and novel problems, including adoption of new tools, migration to new platforms, remediate critical/wide-impacting issues, and remove obsolete systems and code.
  • Review code and technical designs from across technology teams, championing and establishing well-architected patterns and best practices.
  • Drive continuous improvement and technical uplift initiatives for the technology organisation.
  • Provide expert consultancy across the business, with a particular focus on scalable, reliable, performant, and secure cloud application solutions.
  • Develop and evolve Open’s technical roadmap, documentation quality, and platform health keeping both present and future business needs in mind.
  • Proactively collaborates with others to share knowledge and resolve issues.
  • Identifies, gains support and ensures execution of technical direction and strategy for Open’s technology teams.
  • Keep abreast of technology, security and privacy trends to lead informed evolutions of Open’s technology and architecture strategy.

As part of this role, we will support you to relocate to London, UK after spending your first 4-6 months with the team in Sydney preparing for Open’s launch into the UK and Europe.