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Team: Industry Operations
Salary banding: £55,000 to £80,000
Experience: Senior
Working pattern:Full-Time
Reporting to: Software Engineering Manager
Sponsorship: Unfortunately we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.
This role in 3 words: Engaging, Exciting, Strategic
Top 3 qualities for this role: Co-operative, Driven, Adaptable


Where you’ll work:

At OVO, we understand that a one size fits all approach doesn't work for everyone. That's why we created the OVO Way of Flexibility.

All our roles are hub based (Bristol, Glasgow or London), providing a dedicated space for collaboration, connection and teamwork. You'll also have the flexibility to work from home.


Everyone belongs at OVO

At OVO, we are on a mission to tackle one of humanity's biggest challenges, the climate crisis. And we know it takes all of us to change the world. That's why we need a diverse group of people from all abilities, gender identities, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, life experiences and backgrounds to join us.


Teamworking for the planet

Everything we do here spins around Plan Zero. So, naturally, the team you’ll be joining plays a gigantic role in making that happen. Here’s how:

We’re hiring world-changers. From Zero Carbon Living Advisors to Product Managers, every role we’re hiring plays their own part in our mission; our role is to find those people and bring them on our Zero Carbon journey.


This role in a nutshell:

As a Senior Software Engineer within the Industry Operations team, you will play a pivotal role in advancing our commitment to Plan Zero by developing innovative software solutions that contribute to sustainable operations. Using your skills in Kotlin, you will design, implement, and maintain robust applications that support our strategic objectives of reducing environmental impact and promoting energy efficiency.

Through collaboration with different teams, you will ensure our technology stack aligns with our sustainability goals, making a direct impact on our journey towards a zero-carbon future. This role is not just about coding; it's about making a meaningful contribution to our planet while pushing the boundaries of technology.


Your key outcomes will be:

  • Designing and developing scalable and efficient Kotlin-based applications that support our Plan Zero initiatives, ensuring they meet high standards of quality and performance.
  • Collaborating with teams to find opportunities for innovation and efficiency within industry operations, contributing to a culture of continuous improvement and sustainability.
  • Leading by example in adopting standard methodologies in software engineering, including code reviews, testing, and agile methodologies, to enhance team productivity and product quality.
  • Driving the integration of sustainable practices in all stages of software development, from planning to deployment, aligning with our commitment to environmental stewardship.
  • Mentoring junior team members, fostering an environment of learning and growth within the team, and ensuring knowledge transfer of standard methodologies in Kotlin development and sustainable coding.
  • Evaluating and recommending new technologies and tools that can enhance our software solutions' contribution to our Plan Zero goals, staying ahead of industry trends and innovations.
  • Ensuring robustness, security, and scalability of applications, directly contributing to the reliability and effectiveness of our operations in pursuit of a zero-carbon future.

Systems: AWS, CircleCI, Github Actions, Grafana, FastAPI, Terraform, Kafka, BigQuery


You’ll be a successful Senior Software Engineer at OVO if you…

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding and proficiency in any JVM based language (Kotlin, Java or Scala), with a track record of developing high-quality, scalable, and efficient software solutions.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and a passion for using technology to tackle complex problems related to energy efficiency and carbon reduction.
  • Thrive in a collaborative environment, effectively communicating with team members across different fields, contributing ideas, and embracing feedback to drive continuous improvement.
  • Show adaptability and willingness to embrace change, staying abreast of the latest industry trends and technologies that can enhance our efforts towards achieving Plan Zero.
  • Display leadership skills, including the ability to mentor junior developers, foster a positive team culture, and lead projects to successful completion within timelines and budget constraints.
  • Possess excellent problem-solving skills, with the ability to think strategically and provide innovative solutions that align with our organisational goals and sustainability commitments.
  • Are proactive in taking ownership of tasks and projects, demonstrating initiative and the ability to work independently while also being an integral part of a team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of ethics and integrity, aligning with OVO's core values and contributing to a workplace culture that values inclusivity, respect, and excellence.

    In the words of the team, you should leave your current role for this one because….

“Our culture is one of innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning. We believe in empowering our engineers, offering them the freedom to explore new ideas, technologies, and methodologies to tackle challenging problems.”


Let’s talk about what’s in it for you

We’ll pay you between £55,000 to £80,000, depending on your specific skills and experience. If your expectations are a little different, get in touch with us!

We keep our pay ranges broad on purpose to give us, and you, flexibility to match your experience to our zero carbon mission.

You’ll be eligible for an on-target bonus of 15%. We have one OVO bonus plan that focuses on the collective performance of our people to deliver our Plan Zero goal.

We also offer plenty of green benefits and progressive policies to help you feel like you belong at OVO…and there’s flex pay. It’s an extra 9% of your salary on top of your core pay to use as you like. You can take it as cash, add to your pension, or choose to spend it on a huge range of flex benefits.

Here’s a taster of what’s on offer:

For starters, you’ll get 34 days of holiday (including bank holidays).

For your healthWith benefits like a healthcare cash plan or private medical insurance depending on your career level, critical illness cover, life assurance, health assessments, and more
For your wellbeingWith gym membership, gadget, travel and cyber insurance, workplace ISA, will writing services, DNA testing, dental insurance, and more For your lifestyle With extra holiday buying, discount dining, culture cards, tech loans, and supporting your favourite charities with give-as-you-earn donations

For your home Get up to £300 towards any OVO Energy plan, plus personal carbon offsetting and great discounts on smart thermostats and EV chargers.
For your commute Nab a great deal on ultra-low emission car leasing, plus our cycle to work scheme and public transport season ticket loans

Want to hear about our full range of flexible benefits and progressive people policies? Our People Team can tell you everything you need to know.

For your Belonging

To find better ways to support our people, we need to listen to each other’s experiences and find ways to build a truly inclusive and diverse workplace. As part of this, we have 8 Belonging Networks at OVO. Led by our people, for our people - so when you join OVO, you can play a part - big or small - with any of the Networks. It's up to you.


Oh, and one last thing...

We’d be thrilled if you tick off all our boxes, yet we also believe it’s just as important we tick off all of yours. And if you think you have most of what we’re looking for but not every single thing, go ahead and hit apply. We’d still love to hear from you!

If you have any additional requirements, there’s a space to let us know on the application form; we want to make the process as easy and comfortable for you as possible..

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