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Grifin

Grifin

Software Engineering
Berlin, Germany
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

About Griffin

Hi, we’re Griffin! We’re the bank for companies who want to build and launch financial products.

Our context

We're rapidly heading towards a future where most of us access financial services through technology companies rather than high street banks. All sorts of companies are now embedding financial products into their apps and user journeys so that their customers can seamlessly make payments, manage expenses, take out loans, save, invest, and do more.

The problem is that companies are still dependent on legacy banking infrastructure if they want to offer regulated financial products. They need to either partner directly with an (slow-moving, risk-averse) incumbent bank and/or stitch together middleware from various Banking as a Service (BaaS) providers. This process is slow, expensive, and complex and makes it very hard for companies to get new financial products off the ground.

At Griffin, we want to change this.

Our purpose

We want to make it easy for companies to bring finance to their customers at the point of greatest relevance. So, we built a bank.

But not just any bank! Griffin is a technology platform and a bank: fully regulated, API-first, developer-centric, and purpose-built to serve innovative fintechs and brands who want to build and embed financial products.

Learn more about what we do.

Our culture

Our culture is our most important asset, and one of the ways we safeguard it is by being extremely intentional about hiring the right people. We won't hire people who don’t seem like a strong fit for our core values, even if they're otherwise extremely qualified.

We also believe that smart, motivated, conscientious people thrive in high-trust, high-autonomy environments. That’s why we’re transparent by default, and we encourage open discussion and challenge across all levels of the organisation. We’re also remote-first, asynchronous, and fully flexible - because you're the expert on how and when you do your best work.

Learn more about our culture.

The Engineering Team:

As with most of the company the engineering team has grown quickly within the last year to our current team size of 26 which is made up of the CTO, VP of Engineering, 2 Engineering Managers and 22 engineers split across backend, infrastructure and fullstack specialisations.

Rather than "move fast and break things", we aim to move thoughtfully and to make few mistakes. We are an output-driven environment that operates with extreme autonomy; people are free to keep their own hours and we don't micro-manage each other.

Our frontend stack is CLJS, Reframe, Reagent, React, Stitches, Radix, Storybook and Playroom

Our backend stack is Clojure, FoundationDB, Kubernetes and AWS

Who are you

The ideal candidate for this job will have most of the following:

  • Experience of ClojureScript and/or experience of integrating with a Clojure backend
  • Strong JS experience in React or Vue and experience with browser quirks
  • Experience in cross-functional product development teams, shipping consumer-facing features
  • Proven contributions to internal design systems
  • An appreciation for the importance of good documentation – internal and external
  • Solid understanding of semantic and accessible HTML and CSS
  • Attention to detail, especially around performance, accessibility, reliability and security

Nice to have:

  • Experience with one or more of the technologies within our frontend stack (CLJS, Reframe, Reagent, Styled Components & Styled System)

What will you be doing here?

As a frontend engineer at Griffin, you'll be...

  • Building out the component architecture of our SPA
  • Integrating and extending our backend APIs
  • Helping build and grow our design system
  • Writing accessible, semantic and performant frontend code
  • Developing and extending our test suite
  • Working in tandem with designers

What can we offer you?

We are an early stage startup and we're working hard to expand our benefits package. We're planning to add to this list in the future.

  • 25 days off a year + bank holidays
  • Flexible, remote-friendly working - including supporting home office setup
  • Tax-advantaged stock options under HMRC's Company Share Option Plan (CSOP)
  • Auto-enrolment into company pension scheme
  • Enhanced parental leave with up to 6 months at full pay
  • Private medical insurance and life insurance (provided by Vitality and AIG respectively)

How do I apply?

Are we your next move? Apply via the link below, if there's a match our Talent team will reach out to schedule an initial conversation and talk you through our interview process in detail.

N.B: We have a small London office in Moorgate, and we are comfortable hiring people to work from anywhere in the UK. About half of the company is based within occasional commuting distance of London, the other half is full-time remote.

Our goal is for Griffin to proportionally represent the diversity of the working population in society. We’re working to ensure that Griffin is a supportive, empowering and inclusive environment for every member of our team — whatever your combination of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, neurodiversity, and religious beliefs. If you’re part of a group that is under-represented in fintech, we’d love to hear from you

Griffin Bank Ltd request that recruitment agencies do not speculatively submit CVs to any employee or associate of our company unless explicitly asked to do so by a member of our Talent team.

Any CVs sent to any member of our team on a speculative basis will not be recognised and we will not accept liability for any fee or commission should we subsequently employ a candidate who applied to us directly or was introduced by an instructed agency that may also have been submitted speculatively by an uninstructed agency.