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Junior Site Reliability Engineer – London (UK) or Tallinn (Estonia)

Junior Site Reliability Engineer

We are looking for a Site Reliability Engineer to join our growing team in London or in Tallinn within our Service Platform team.  

The team is responsible for building the platform on which microservices run, ensuring it is robust and resilient to failure. We want to deliver sustainable solutions for product teams, with a healthy dose of paranoia knowing how complex, distributed systems can fail.  

Your Mission

You'll be working hands on in our Service Platform team. We want keen engineers who want to build first-class solutions for product engineers in TransferWise, streamlining how fast an idea can be delivered into production. We are investing in migrating services to AWS and Kubernetes, so curiosity and learning is key. You want to collaborate and work within the team, but also across the wider engineering organisation.

Must Have

  • Experience coding in languages such as Java, Groovy, Python, Go
  • Interest in building out scalable and automated Cloud platforms on preferably AWS
  • Keen to learn how distributed systems work, can fail and how to build scalable systems (across multiple regions)
  • Containerisation technology and various orchestration platforms e.g. Docker, Kubernetes

Nice to Have

  • Basic sysadmin skills in debugging issues with disk, network, app/JVM performance etc
  • Experience in infrastructure automation tools (Ansible/Puppet/Chef)
  • Knowledge and an eye on newer architectural concepts such as microservices, service mesh, lambda programming

Key Areas of the role;

  • Design and discussing how to build mission-critical shared infrastructure - run, maintain and schedule upgrades
  • Identify where automation can solve manual processes, evolve them so there is less friction between teams but still with guard rails and controls
  • Isolation of environments and work with various engineering teams to figure out how to best suit their needs
  • Engage regularly with our blameless postmortem culture, always focused on continuous improvement
  • Flexible working hours and location, open to travel to engage with teams regularly

More about us here:

On the back end, you will be working on a distributed architecture primarily on Java Spring Boot microservices, using frameworks like Kafka, Zookeeper, Spring Cloud. We’ve been baking more functionality into the platform, with Envoy Proxy (Service Mesh) and Kubernetes. While on the front end we are writing microapps using React and AngularJS.


And for a sneak peek into the TransferWise world of Engineering check out our Tech Blog: https://tech.transferwise.com/

What we offer in return:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Generous stock options package
  • Lots of awesome TransferWise benefits

A bit about TransferWise...

Since 2011, we’ve had a clear mission: money without borders. Built by and for people who live global lives, we’re the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders.

We’re just at the beginning of our story and we’re growing at an incredible pace. We won’t stop until anyone, anywhere can send, spend and receive money wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. There’s still heaps to do and we can’t do it alone.

Our People

At TransferWise, you’ll be joining a movement of people who believe in a better, fairer, more transparent way of moving money around the world. You’ll collaborate to do your best work and take on problems that no one has looked at before.

If you’re keen to learn, grow, try new things and aren’t afraid of a bold plan, you’ll fit right in.

How we work...

At TransferWise our strategy emerges from the collective brainpower of all our people, who are organized in dozens of independent, autonomous teams. Teams stay closest to our customers, so they choose what problems to solve and where to spend the most time.

You’ll experience radical levels of ownership and empowerment within your role. Plus the opportunity to see the direct impact of your work on our customers.

Some important stuff we would like you to know

To meet our regulatory obligations as a licensed financial services company, TransferWise needs to take background checks on all new hires, which may include Criminal and Credit checks. Please discuss with the Recruiter if you have any concerns regarding this process.

At TransferWise we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, we want to make sure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone. So if you need any reasonable adjustments – at any point in the process – we’ll do our best to help. Just let us know what you need on your application form or reply with your request to the email we send you after you have applied. You might need a reasonable adjustment if you’ve got a disability. Or maybe you live overseas, and you’d prefer to meet us over Skype.

Please don’t send anything to the adjustments address if you’re a recruiter, or if you’re making a speculative application. We do work with recruiters from time to time – but only through LinkedIn. And we only accept job applications when a position is actually open. So you’re better off just checking the recruitment pages regularly.