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Engineering Manager (12-Month Fixed Term Contract)



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2024

About us

At GoCardless we believe bank payments are the best way to pay and get paid. We also believe that bank account data is a powerful tool to make better, faster decisions. We’re making it easy to use both- for businesses everywhere.

GoCardless is used for domestic and international payments by 85,000+ organisations and counting, processing more than $30 billion across 30 countries. We’re an award-winning London based fintech, with additional offices in Riga, Paris and Melbourne.

Engineering at GoCardless

The technical challenges of building GoCardless span from simplifying building banking schemes to optimising the time to render the dashboard.

You will enjoy being an Engineering Manager at GoCardless if:

  • You’re looking to champion a great engineering culture within GC and in the wider engineering community;
  • You enjoy collaborating and learning from people from various backgrounds and experiences;
  • You want to feel proud of the work you’re doing and its impact on real customers.

Our engineers contribute to the engineering culture within and outside of GoCardless: they contribute to Open Source Software projects (see our Github), and share learnings in post-mortems, conferences and on our blog.

Our technologies: We endeavour to build simple, reliable systems and we believe in using the best technologies for each task. Technologies we use across GoCardless include:

Ruby on Rails, Golang, Python, JavaScript, TypeScript, React, Postgres, BigQuery, Kubernetes, Elasticsearch, Prometheus, Google Cloud (GCP).

The role

As an Engineering Manager at GoCardless, you’ll be helping us build creative and fulfilled product engineering teams, technically leading them to become the best engineers they can be.

You will lead talented and creative engineers who build products and systems they are proud of. You will push for exceptionally high-quality work and empower our engineers to make a big impact.

You will have responsibility for 12 engineers working on multiple separate work streams, delivering complex projects with huge impact.

This role is a fixed-term contract, covering maternity leave. This contract will last for 12 months and start around June/July.

What excites you

  • Shipping stuff: you’ll work with your team to support new features and improvements to completion, delivering consistent positive impact across your product area, being comfortable delivering a range of projects
  • Developing talent: You hire and grow engineers into being the best engineers they can be, while maintaining a supportive and engaging team culture
  • Raising the technical bar: You set high standards of technical design and implementation and ensure your systems are operationally excellent
  • Deliver project work while managing the expectations of your stakeholders
  • Plan and prioritise impactful technical investment initiatives for your teams
  • Be a reflection of the GC Values that help us work with one another effectively

What excites us

  • Professional experienced in coding - one of the following, or similar: Ruby, Python, Go, Java, Javascript, C#, with a commitment to building reliable, well-tested systems
  • Someone excited about supporting and growing a group of engineers, helping them become the best engineers they can be
  • Somebody able to effectively communicate - including technical topics to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Collaboration and cross-functional work - build and maintain great relationships with Product Managers, Designers, Data Analysts and Engineers.
  • High agency - We’re after people who aren’t afraid of a challenge and will take ownership of problems they come across, help to resolve them and adapt to a constantly changing environment.

We don’t expect you to meet every requirement. If you’re excited by this role, we encourage you to apply.

We don’t expect you to meet every requirement. If you’re excited by this role, we encourage you to apply.

(some of) The good stuff

  • Wellbeing - stay healthy with dedicated support and medical cover
  • Work away scheme - you can apply to work away from your country of residence for up to 90 days in any 12 month period
  • Adaptive Working - allows you to work flexibly, around your lifestyle
  • Equity - all permanently employed GeeCees receive equity so we can share in the success we achieve together
  • Parental leave - to suit everyone embarking on life's great adventure
  • Time off - generous holiday allowance, + 3 annual volunteer days, + 4 annual business-wide wellness days (‘GC Fridays’)

Life at GoCardless

We're an organisation defined by our values; We start with why before we begin any project, to ensure it’s aligned with our mission. We make it happen, working with urgency and taking personal accountability for getting things done. We act with integrity, always. We care deeply about what we do and we know it's essential that we be humble whilst we do it. Our Values form part of the GoCardless DNA, and are used to not only help us nurture and develop our culture, but to deliver impactful work that will help us to achieve our vision.

Diversity & Inclusion

We’re building the bank payment network of the future and our ambition is to move money anywhere, for anything, for anyone. If we’re going to achieve this goal, we need to build a team of ‘GeeCee’s’ that is as wonderfully diverse as the world we live in - with a multitude of perspectives, experiences & backgrounds.

We’ve got a long way to go, but here’s how we’re doing as of June 2023;

42% identify as women

28% identify as Black, Asian, Mixed or Other

9% identify as LGBTQIA+

9% identify as neurodiverse

2% identify as disabled

We’re rooting for you during your application and GoCardless aims to provide reasonable adjustments to make our recruitment process as remarkable and accessible as we can. Please speak to your Talent Partner if you need extra support.

If you want to learn more, you can read about our Employee Resource Groups and objectives here as well as our latest D&I Report


We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment, leaving a more sustainable world for future generations. In 2021 we became co-founders of the Tech Zero coalition, a group of businesses committed to taking climate action as part of the UNFCCC Race to Zero. We aim to reduce our impact and to create positive change on the natural world. Check out our sustainability action plan here.

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