Software Engineering Manager

Join WeGift as they are looking for a Software Engineering Manager

Now more than ever, people want every experience to be instant and on-demand. And when it comes to getting paid, people want their cash yesterday. But every year organisations waste time, money, and energy sending more than $20 Trillion in payouts to individuals using cash, checks, credit, debit, prepaid, and gift cards! Held back by the legacy banking systems, crushed by the costs and complexity of credit cards there is this monster industry still lingering in the digital dark ages.

At WeGift we’re changing all that. We’ve built our proprietary payment rails that enable any organisation to send money to any individual, anywhere, instantly. No bank account required. No insane interchange fees. We even get up to 25% in commissions from retailers for driving sales which we pass on to our customers. It’s discounted money! We’re throwing away the old model, and transforming how we move and use money forever.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

You can read more about our team here - Diversity & Inclusion

Our Team

We’re building a Product & Engineering team where people can do their best work that sits right at the heart of the business. We want to hire talented engineers who see WeGift as an opportunity to grow and to make an impact.

We have Python and TypeScript services running across Kubernetes (EKS) and Lambda functions. Our persistence is largely Aurora (Postgres) but new services will also be leveraging DynamoDB and their event triggers. We have structures in place from hiring and levelling to how we make technical decisions that will allow the right people to thrive! We want world class engineers to be a part of that journey.

Role Description

As a Software Engineering Manager, you will be responsible for leading and mentoring a team of engineers to deliver clean, scalable and reusable code that will have a huge impact on our revolutionary platform, and our customers. As well as providing technical direction, architectural and systems design, you will manage team performance, mentor the team, review code and support the hiring and training of new team members.

What Excites You

  • Managing a high performing engineering team to design, deliver and deploy large scale, complex projects from end to end, which will have a significant impact on customers.
  • Leading the overall architecture, systems design and software practices whilst remaining hands on
  • Sharing your expertise on technology and domain-specific problems to upskill the team, enabling them to build services from end to end.
  • Analysing of new technology choices.
  • Improving responsiveness and overall performance of our web services.

What Excites Us

  • Ideally 6+ years of Software Engineering experience with a background managing teams of backend or full stack engineers.
  • Experience owning design architecture and scaling teams working on highly scalable and complex software solutions that are used heavily.
  • A passion for following and guiding teams on software engineering best practice, including engineering and operational excellence to deliver well tested, high performant and quality code.
  • Enthusiasm to manage a team of highly talented engineers, passionate about working cross functionally with product and operations teams.

Some of the initiatives you could be working on:

  • Integration into all physical stores and merchants with POS. Consumers can spend their value where they want to as we go beyond Gift Cards.
  • Continued development of our infrastructure. Transitioning to serverless infrastructure and microservices to enable us to scale rapidly as a team
  • Building a brand new internal tool chain. So non technical teams can on-board new payment partners
  • Building our wallet feature. Consumers can aggregate the value they accumulate and spend that digital value when and where they choose to.
  • Technical resilience. As we become more integral to our customers’ businesses, how can we make sure that we can continue to serve them even when there are technical or logistics issues upstream.

To give a few recent examples of new features:

  • WeGift Select. This allows us to give the customer choice, and therefore go beyond simply reselling gift cards and towards our strategic vision of helping value to flow more freely in the global economy. This project was technically challenging due to a requirement for it to work across a wide selection of devices.
  • Self-serve brand on-boarding. WeGift is growing rapidly, which means we have to challenge ourselves to use technology to give a great experience to our brand partners without them needing a lot of support from the customer success team.
  • Ongoing integration with gift card processors. Right at the heart of WeGift’s operations, this technology needs to scale seamlessly and maintain high standards of reliability, maintainability and security. We’re also constantly asking ourselves how we can make this process more efficient - how can we make a capital investment now to reduce operational spend in the future, and that in turn requires a creative take on the underlying technology.


  • Private Medical Health Insurance with Bupa.
  • A minimum of 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • All permanent employees receive an extra day off a month to help boost their well-being when they need it.
  • Participation in the Employee Options pool giving you ownership in WeGift and participation in the upside.
  • Pension scheme (3% contribution)
  • For the time being we are a remote-first company, however, we will be moving to a more hybrid structure to allow flexibility between home and office based working. You will therefore be expected to be in our London office (145 City Road, nr Old Street) a set number of days a month, agreed by your manager.
  • Generous maternity and paternity packages to make sure you get to spend time with your new bundle of joy.
  • £1,000 annual L&D allowance to invest in mastering your craft, including accredited studies.
  • Cycle to work scheme - save some £££ on buying a bike.
  • Regular virtual team socials.
  • Workplace Nursery benefit, where WeGift makes a contribution to your child's nursery for equipment, training, redecoration or anything else
  • WeRecognise, where we shine the spotlight on exceptional employees every quarter who in turn get a £200 award in the eGift card of their choice.
  • Staff perks with WeGift brands - discounts of up to 12% on coffee, weekly groceries, holidays, the list is endless.

Take a look under the hood of life at WeGift from our employees perspective. This handbook built using Notion.so is what we use to navigate both the serene and choppy waters when needed. You might need to copy and paste the following link into your browser as job boards don't allow us to add hyperlinks - https://bit.ly/2PluGyG