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Software Engineer - Java/Kotlin



Software Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024
Our Story
Hello there. We’re Zopa.
We started our journey back in 2005, building the first ever peer-to-peer lending company. Fast forward to 2020 and we launched Zopa Bank. A bank that listens to what our customers don’t like about finance and does the opposite. We’re redefining what it feels like to work in finance. Our vision for a new era of banking puts people front and centre — we’ve built a business that empowers everyone to aim high, every day, to move finance forward. Find out more about our fantastic offerings at!
We’re incredibly proud of our achievements and none of it would be possible without the amazing team here. It’s not just industry awards we’re winning, we’ve also been named in the top three UK’s Most Loved Workplaces.
If you embrace unconventional challenges, are unafraid to think differently and are driven to make an outsized impact, you’ll thrive here at Zopa, so join us, and make it count. Want to see us in action? Follow us on Instagram @zopalife
At Zopa, our teams are small, agile and cross-functional so you can expect to interact with stakeholders and key business users daily. We are big believers in a lean philosophy and flexibility in implementation, while aiming to achieve stack consistency and alignment across the board. As a Software Engineer you will be experienced solving complex engineering problems, understand the full SDLC and operate, not just create, production environments. Our Software Engineers understand the trade-offs between risk, quality, speed as well as short-term vs long-term value, all the whilst keeping focused on customer needs. Above all, we want team players focused on improving the organisation and the people around them.
Some of the tech stack you will be working with includes: Java, Kafka, Kotlin, React, React Native, Kubernetes, Docker, Jenkins, RabbitMQ, AWS Aurora Postgres, just to name a few. But don't worry, you don't need to know it all.
We like to strike a balance between flexibility whilst also appreciating in-person collaboration, so we are looking for people that can commit to two working days per week in our London Bridge office.

The role:

  • You'll be working closely with your team on building various services, owning the quality and delivery of your code
  • Requirement gathering with product and stakeholders inside and outside of the team, through pairing and peer reviewing on tasks, to delivery under test and into production
  • Ensuring architectural decisions are documented, taking an active part in the teams' operational responsibilities (e.g. support and on call)
  • Have a voice in all our ceremonies from retrospectives, refinements sessions, architectural planning sessions through to social activities

About you:

  • You are experienced working with Java or Kotlin
  • You love shipping great products, not just writing superb code
  • As an Engineer, you’re interested in the problem, not just the requirements
  • You feel comfortable in a fast-moving environment and are ambitious about the speed and quality of your code. We ship our code multiple times a week with the impact measured in the result for the customer, not lines of code
  • An advocate of test-driven development or, even better, behaviour-driven development. A strong commitment to quality is essential
  • You've worked on large scale distributed software systems that have proven scalability and complex topologies
  • Enjoy talking to key stakeholders and understand and show passion for the business objectives of the company
  • You are comfortable with a fair bit of uncertainty, fast change, and love solving hard problems collaboratively
  • You are a team player who thrives working in an honest and friendly working atmosphere. We have a flat hierarchy and give you the opportunity to make a real impact

Added bonus:

  • FinTech or challenger bank experience
Flexible working? Yes please!
At Zopa we value flexible ways of working. We understand the benefits of face-to-face collaboration and the importance of a good work-life balance. Our teams work in a hybrid manner, from our vibrant UK offices and the comfort of their own homes, at a frequency that suits the team and the work they do.
Not only that – you'll also have the option of working from abroad for up to 120 days a year!* But no matter where you are, we’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to thrive, both in your work and home life, from day one.
*Subject to having the right to work in the country of choice
Diversity Statement
Zopa is proud to offer a workplace free from discrimination. Diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to better products for our customers and a unique company culture for our people. We are made up of nearly 50 nationalities, have a DE&I forum made up of Zopians wanting to make a difference and we are proud of our culture where everyone can bring their full self to work. Our approach to DE&I is reflected in our hiring process so please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments.