Pod Point

Back-end Developer (JavaScript / TypeScript)

Join Pod Point as they are looking for a Back-end Developer (JavaScript / TypeScript)

Remote - London office optional

At Pod Point we’re changing the way people drive. We fundamentally believe that travel shouldn’t damage the Earth so we’ve made it our mission to install a Pod Point (an Electric Vehicle charging point) everywhere you park. To make that vision a reality, we need the brightest, most tenacious and most inspiring talent in the world - we are growing faster than the market and we need to maintain that velocity - that’s where you come in!

We pride ourselves on product development. Our technology and its users are at the heart of everything we do, ranging from consumer applications that enable EV drivers to charge on our network; to an expansive ecommerce solution for our customers and our partners; back-office systems for managing our network; and a big data pipeline for the communications of our charge points. We’re leading the industry in how great software helps define the best EV charging experience.

We aim to build even more awesome things, so we’re looking for innovative, passionate

and enthusiastic software engineers to join the software team and help us develop and maintain our software and meet our ambitious business objectives.

The role

In your role you’ll be getting invested in one or more of our following in-flight initiatives:

  • Building a solid, scalable charger communications pipeline
  • Innovating and reimagining our charger management platform
  • Expanding our charger network and its support of new charge points

And more generally speaking:

  • Contributing top quality code towards new products and features as per our product roadmap
  • Assisting the discovery of problems, opportunities, and requirements of our software and its stakeholders, breaking them down into elegant solutions and seeing them through from concept to creation
  • Continuously collaborating with your agile squad, be that via pair programming, peer code reviews, helping QA with testing, or story writing & defining tech specs with project managers and product owners

We exist in a new, unique and exciting space, in a market which is accelerating faster than the electric vehicles themselves. The challenge of building for scale as the mass adoption of EVs takes hold is just one of a number that we face. There is so much to do, so much to learn, so much opportunity to explore, there truly is never a dull day here in the Pod Point software team, come join us for the ride!

The team

By joining our team, you’ll be:

  • Joining one of three engineering squads covering our three product areas: charger network, B2B & B2C - likely the charger network squad initially but with scope to switch in the future as preferred
  • Working closest to your fellow engineers, QA, DevOps, technical project managers and the product team, but also be in regular collaboration with the wider product development department, including the data, hardware and platform engineering teams
  • Joining a culture of continuous improvement, teamwork & collaboration where quality always comes first
  • Surrounded by a bunch of extremely passionate and talented people who are always super friendly and eager to help and to learn
  • Contributing your new ideas to help us evolve both in terms of our technology and the way we work
  • Granted the opportunity to self-study, explore your own ideas and experiment with new technologies via what we call our engineering and learning days every other Friday
  • Reporting into a technical leader
  • Based remotely, but with a London office near Old Street that you’re welcome to use

The technology

In terms of technology, you'll be:

  • Developing lightweight Lambda functions & Node.js x Express APIs using TypeScript
  • Working with a multitude of AWS services (RDS, EC2, OpsWorks, Lambda, S3, SNS, SQS, Kinesis, CloudFront, API Gateway, Codebuild - to name but a few)
  • Working with numerous other technologies (Websockets, Elasticsearch, Redis, Docker etc.)
  • Helping our transition from legacy monoliths to modern microservices and serverless architecture

The “requirements”

In true MoSCoW fashion, here are the must / should haves that we’re looking for:

  • 2+ years experience of professional software engineering with JavaScript
  • Excellent experience with back-end frameworks such as Express and Serverless
  • Excellent understanding of RESTful APIs
  • Good experience with unit & functional testing
  • Good understanding of OOP principles and design patterns
  • Good understanding of SQL, relational database structures and other database technologies
  • Experience with AWS platform engineering
  • Familiarity with CI/CD pipelines
  • Familiarity with TDD/BDD
  • Experience working within an agile software team following the scrum framework
  • Ability to analyse requirements, problems, and opportunities and architect solutions

Now the could haves, or bonus points:

  • Understanding of DevOps principles/practices
  • Experience with infrastructure as code (preferably via Terraform)
  • Educational qualifications in computer science or related field
  • You’re an active contributor to an open source community
  • You’re passionate and knowledgeable about climate change, sustainability and/or the EV industry
  • You have a dog (which you’d be welcome to bring into the office, as and when you choose to go in)

And lastly, here’s what we want from you:

  • You work to the highest quality & security standards
  • You follow appropriate modern technologies, processes & practices
  • You’re a proponent of continuous learning and improvement
  • You’re organised, motivated and detail-oriented
  • You’re confident, communicative and collaborative
  • You love problem solving, tinkering and building things
  • You play well with others and are always willing to help
  • You get stuff done and are looking to make a difference

And if you’re not sure whether you’re what we’re looking for - send us your CV anyway! We love to hear from people who are passionate about what we do, and we always take the view that a good cultural fit (and mission alignment) is much more important than ticking all the “qualifications, skills and experience” boxes.

Our culture is electric

At Pod Point we like to think we are anything but conventional. We have worked hard to create a rapidly-growing, constantly innovating, flat-structured world, where each employee can see the vital contribution they are making to the company. We knew from the very beginning that a rigid, corporate environment was never going to work for us, and we have stayed true to our word - we’re anything but.

We work hard; we’re not clock-watchers but equally you may find yourself working into the evening very occasionally. In return we’ll pay you well, give you complete ownership to shape the role, give you ground-breaking projects to work on and surround you with fantastic, talented people. We also provide the following benefits:

  • Salary Sacrifice Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Flexible working hours and a casual dress code
  • Remote first working approach
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Very generous maternity and paternity leave scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Eyecare scheme

The socially distant elephant in the room

Our first priority (at all times, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) is to make sure we’re not unnecessarily exposing Pod Pointers to potential health risks. We’re a “Remote first” company anyway, so we’re continuing to conduct all interviews on Google Meet and are pretty good at onboarding new starters remotely (if we do say so ourselves). As soon as we feel it’s safe, we do intend to reopen our London office; and once that happens you will be welcome to use that for work if you prefer - although there will be no requirement for you to do so.

Final things to note

Pod Point is an equal opportunities employer, although you must be legally able to work in the UK, and any data you provide us will be stored and disseminated in accordance with Pod Point’s Privacy Policy.

We like to deal directly with our candidates so no agencies please!