Creative Back End Engineer

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Thought Machine, one of the UK's leading fintech companies, is undergoing a period of rapid expansion and is looking to hire a Creative Back End Engineer.

Thought Machine is solving one of the biggest problems in banking. Since launching in 2014, our mission has been to liberate banks from outdated, legacy technology which stifles their ability to innovate. Thought Machine’s core product is a cloud native, core banking engine built to run any type of bank - from established Tier 1 banks all the way to new challenger banks.

To move closer to achieving our mission, we are looking for highly talented individuals to join the fast growing team. With a founding team drawn from Google, we have a deep culture of engineering excellence and we believe it is this which delivers a solution compelling enough to engender a seismic shift in the banking industry.

Thought Machine was recognised on LinkedIn’s Top Startups List (2019) and named in Fintech 50 (2019). We pride ourselves on having an excellent internal culture, where we take cultural fit as important as technical fit when we make new hires. At Thought Machine, we strive hard to create a fast-paced, supportive and fun working environment to enable the team to produce the best technical work in the industry.

We are looking to hire a Back End Engineer to join the Thought Machine Labs team. The Labs department within Thought Machine has evolved over the last 5 years and turned into a team of designers and engineers who have access to their own instance of Vault to materialise experiences of the future. These range from applications that help customers pay off their mortgage quicker, through to IoT devices to help children understand pocket money and more recently a game world to help people save money. The cloud native core banking platform of Vault is enabling Labs to communicate a new norm for experiences within the finance industry. The department is increasingly investing in new technologies to experiment with and discover possibilities that go beyond the traditions that plague retail banking today.

We are looking for someone with engineering depth and experience as well as a natural curiosity to want to play and fiddle with projects. You will need to be ready to collaborate with designers and engineers across various disciplines and levels to create transformative products. An autonomous working approach and an open mindset that is sometimes away from standard architectural patterns is valuable to us.


  • Collaborate with the Labs team to define the scope and technical execution for various projects.
  • Design, implement and develop scalable, performant services using best practices.
  • Write automated unit tests and integration tests.
  • Managing and debugging your deployments from testing environments all the way to production.



  • Experience programming with Golang.
  • Familiar with relational databases such as PostgreSQL.
  • Experience in containerisation using Docker and orchestration tools such as Kubernetes.
  • Designing APIs for web and mobile apps.
  • Experience with client/server software architectures & networking, or microservice architectures.
  • Experience in developing automated tests as an integral part of the development cycle.
  • Interest in working on client-facing projects, conducting scoping and defining deliverables.


  • Interest or experience in hardware (Arduino / Raspberry Pi) from an electronics or software perspective.
  • Knowledge of banking/finance.
  • Experience with AWS, GCP, or other cloud providers.


  • Highly competitive salary
  • Pension plan
  • Private health insurance (including dental & optical)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Onsite gym
  • Sports and hobby clubs, subsidised by Thought Machine
  • All the latest tech you need
  • Start the day properly with fresh fruit and cereals
  • Huge range of healthy (and not so healthy) snacks, smoothies, juice, tea, coffee and soft drinks on tap
  • A talented & experienced team as your colleagues
  • An environment where we encourage learning and progress
  • Weekly food pop up
  • Monthly social with arcade games

Thought Machine is committed to making a measurable positive impact on people's everyday lives. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We actively hire for cultural growth. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and value people who take a journey unique to them. We provide everyone with equal access to professional development. You are encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description.

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