Engineering Lead

| Greater Boston Area
Simply Business is more than our name. It's how we approach small business insurance: Make it clear. Make it simple. Make it affordable. Founded in 2005 (with our first international office in Boston launched in 2016), Simply Business is an online business insurance brokerage that specializes in one thing: protecting the businesses that entrepreneurs have worked hard to build.
Through blending a combination of technology, data, and insurance knowledge - with 10 years of expertise in the UK in how to build great products for our customers - we are looking to simplify the insurance-buying process for all small businesses across the US.
Right now we’re at the start of that journey. We need people who are looking for a challenge and have the drive and ambition to challenge the boundaries in whatever exciting project they believe in. We believe that people work more productively and imaginatively when they are free from rigid hierarchy and structures and we’re creating a colorful and collaborative environment to help support you in meeting your ambitions.
If you’re smart, passionate about delivering brilliant customer experiences across an integrated online and offline user journey, and enjoy solving complex challenges then you should apply to join our team.
We need an Engineering Lead to join us in Boston, MA.
In this role, you will develop customer focused products in a culture which champions Agile, cross functional teams and continuous collaboration.

As a Engineering Lead, you will:

  • Work with small, cross-functional, collaborative teams to drive out requirements, highlight risks and prioritize stories
  • Work with team members to identify areas for learning and helping them grow in these areas via project work, external learning, or additional mentoring

Responsibilities include:

  • Being hands on in developing our products using best practices, and appropriate tools and technologies
  • Leading a small project team of engineers based in Boston and London
  • Championing agile methodologies whilst creating useful systems for our customers in a collaborative way
  • Highlighting areas for continuous improvement and driving their prioritization
  • Being proactive in suggesting new tools, technologies, and ways of working

What we are looking for:

  • Experience of leading a small project or product team of Engineers
  • Strong programming skills in any language. We look for strong engineers and our philosophy is that a strong engineer is not defined by the technologies they use, so Ruby experience is not essential. You’ll just need to be happy to cross-over to Ruby if you join us – and we’ll support you with that
  • The ability to challenge us! We love people who come in and aren’t afraid to raise questions and help us improve
  • Strong communication and collaborative skills and strong desire to liaise closely with business teams
  • An advocate of engineering best practices

What are the benefits?
 
Working in our Boston Office, you will have the chance to shape a business from the very beginning, and an opportunity to develop and learn new skills across various technology and business areas as you desire.
 
Plus there’s all the serious (but important) stuff we call "core benefits".
 
The ‘core’ stuff
Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• A salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• Group plan for medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
• Short term disability, long term disability and life insurance coverage
• Participation in the Company’s bonus program
• Participation in 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match
• Commuter benefits to help cut down on commuting costs
• 25 days of vacation time plus 10 company holidays
• Flexible working hours and working from home
 
But there’s so much more to Simply Business than insurance. We also commit to flexible working options, smart working (our offices are kitted out for you to work when and how you choose)and we have a handy online form to put in any training or conference requests.
 
Best of all, though, are the groups, clubs, and adventures that come with the Simply Business territory. We trek the Sahara for charity, take you on weekends away, throw epic summer parties, meet up for book groups, public speaking coaching and lots, lots more
 
It’s a big claim but we genuinely believe the Simply Business culture is truly unique. You sort of have to come and spend time with us to appreciate it. So get that application in and we’ll take it from there!
 
Our values
 
Everything we do comes down to these five values – empowerment, authenticity, simplicity, learning and pioneering.
 
In practice, these will mean something unique to every person at Simply Business, but if you’re considering working here, give them some thought. They’re at the heart of our story.
 
Empowerment
We believe in our people and the positive impact they can have so we enable everyone to stretch themselves
 
Authenticity
We celebrate diversity, avoid jargon and genuinely care about helping small businesses thrive
 
Simplicity
We attempt to simplify complex solutions to save our customers time and effort
 
Learning
We’re never done learning about new possibilities and act to explore them
 
Pioneering
We’re obsessed with finding new ways to create even better experiences

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Location

We are located in downtown Boston, accessible to every line on the T and surrounded by a lot of great places to grab lunch and a lot of history.

An Insider's view of Simply Business

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We genuinely care about the work-life balance of our teammates and understand that things come up. That’s why we give our employees the ability to work from home when they see fit, not the other way around. Plus, all of our meetings are remote-friendly, so we never feel like we’re missing out on important conversations!

Mariah

Senior Manager, Customer Communications

What projects are you most excited about?

I've really enjoyed working on the Front End for our Knowledge Center redesign, now called Simply U. Our current blog design has been sufficient, but the redesign will have new features including commenting, recommended articles, and categorization. Additionally, the new design will look much fresher and offer a better experience to customers.

Bryan

Front End Developer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

When I started at Simply Business, I was given the opportunity to take a leap and take on new responsibilities that I had never done before. My team has supported me and worked with me to help me learn so many new skills. I feel like I have grown in so many ways since starting here and I can't wait to see what is next.

Kelsey

Talent Acquisition Specialist

What projects are you most excited about?

Myself and another female colleague are working on bringing a program called #iamremarkable to SB. It is about female empowerment, which is one of my passions! The program aligns with SB's devotion to gender diversity. It’s exciting that I have been encouraged and supported in this effort and I think it speaks volumes for the company I work for!

Jill

Licensed Insurance Agent

What are Simply Business Perks + Benefits

Simply Business Benefits Overview

Some of these will kick in once you’re confirmed in post, but here’s the summary:
• A salary that reflects your experience, our pay policy and the market we’re in from your first day
• Group plan for medical, dental, and prescription drug coverage
• Short term disability, long term disability and life insurance coverage
• Participation in the Company’s bonus program
• Participation in 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match
• Commuter benefits to help cut down on commuting costs
• 25 days of vacation time plus 10 company holidays

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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