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Senior Software Engineer

Bloom & Wild

Bloom & Wild

Software Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Friday, April 26, 2024
Hi, we’re Bloom & Wild. Founded in 2013, our mission back then was to make sending and receiving flowers the joy that it should be, by harnessing technology, brand and letterbox delivery. Together, we’ve fulfilled over 20 million deliveries (and counting!), making us the largest direct to consumer flower business in Europe.
We announced £75 million Series D funding in 2021 and that same year acquired bloomon in The Netherlands and Bergamotte in France. Now home to a family of 3 beautiful brands, we're expanding our gifting offering to other categories like cakes, candles and cocktails. This is all part of our ambition to build Europe's #1 direct to consumer gifting destination.
We really care about creating a diverse and inclusive team - so we welcome people from all backgrounds, with different perspectives, ideas and experiences to work with us. In our team, everyone has the freedom to give their opinion, grow in their career and be part of a genuinely caring and inclusive team.
⚙️Technology at Bloom & Wild
Our Technology team of over 60 people sits right at the heart of our business. We build and maintain the solutions that power e-commerce, production and fulfilment, enabling our brands to delight our customers every day.
There are six, cross-functional, Product Engineering squads in our Engineering team, who each own their own business and architectural domain and are supported by our Platform, Architecture, Data and IT teams.
Our platform uses technologies including Ruby and Rails and Python/ React, backed by PostgreSQL, Fargate/ECS on AWS, and Cloud Run on GCP. It exposes APIs that are used by our multi-brand Angular webapp and our native iOS and Android mobile apps. We’re also looking at developing new domain driven services & microservices where applicable.
Most of our team is based in the UK or The Netherlands and works in a flexible model, with choice in how often they travel to the office. Our squads meet all in person at least once per quarter in order to maintain connections, collaborate on larger projects and have fun together.
You can read lots more about our technology stack and our culture over on our tech blog - Code Wild

💻 What you’ll be doing

  • You’ll be joining the Range & Stock squad which builds one of the key functionalities for our stakeholders. The focus for the next year is to build several microservices in Ruby or Python backed by AWS. There are plenty of opportunities to bring initiatives and follow best practices of building distributed systems.
  • Playing an active role in delivering the roadmap for your squad as a key part of our Engineering team.
  • Collaborating with other engineers, product managers and stakeholders as you work together to scope out what to build, and how.
  • Owning iterative feature development from ideation through to production release and ongoing maintenance, working in whichever codebases you need to.
  • Being a part of our supportive engineering culture as you learn more, and grow your career, within Bloom & Wild Engineering.
  • You’ll work with some great technology. Our domain driven microservices written in Ruby and Python and backed by PostgreSQL, Fargate/ECS on AWS. Microservices communicate with our main backend Ruby platform.
  • You will bring energy and positivity to the role, looking for opportunities to mentor teammates and improve engineering standards.

✅ You’ll love this role if you… (What excites us)

  • Have detailed knowledge of Ruby on Rails and/or Python in a production environment and experience of test-driven development. You will also have experience of good CI/CD and observability practices.
  • Have experience of distributed service architectures, including how best to test and release them, and how to ensure system stability when making changes independent of other services.
  • Have experience working with RESTful APIs and ideally you will have built new ones, used version control tools such as GitHub, CI/CD tools, and testing tools like RSpec or similar.
  • Be able to get going quickly, understand complex systems and also be able to communicate with non-technical team members.
  • Be experienced in breaking down complex requirements into thin slices for development and estimating the size of work in complexity.
  • Care about the Product you’re building. You’re thinking about user experience and want to bring value to customers and stakeholders as soon as possible.
  • It would be great if you also….
  • Have experience mentoring more junior team members
  • Have experience with front end technologies such as React or Angular
  • These are some of the skills and experience we think will enable success in this role, but please don’t worry if you are missing some of these. We’re committed to building a team made up of different strengths, skills and experiences, so if you’re excited about our values, passionate about what you do and would like to join us in doing things more thoughtfully, we’d love to hear from you.
🌟 (some of) The good stuff
To care wildly for our customers, firstly we care wildly for our teams. We work hard to craft a culture of thoughtfulness and care, where there is a strong sense of inclusion and belonging, enabling all of our people to thrive and be successful each day.
🌻 Work that works for you
- Flexible working : our core hours are 10-4, but outside of these hours you can start or finish your day when works best for you
- Work Abroad for up to 30 days each year
- Share in our success with a choice to take equity options
- Enhanced family leave policy and a workplace nursery scheme
- 1 day per year to volunteer on a project that’s close to your heart
🌴 Time off
-25 days’ holiday + your birthday and bank holidays each year
- Flexible bank holidays - trade a bank holiday for another day that fits your beliefs, values and celebration calendar
- Option to buy an extra 5 days’ holiday each year
🌱 Health and wellbeing
- Health cash plan through Simplyhealth
- Company pension scheme
- Mental health support through Open Up, including access to online therapy sessions
- Allies and champions groups
- Mental Health First Aiders and awareness training for our managers
- In person or virtual yoga every week
- Cycle to work scheme
- Our office kitchen is stocked with drinks and snacks to keep you going
- Financial wellbeing support through Bippit
- Electric car scheme
🌳 Growth & Development
- A flexible training framework for every stage of your career development through our Bloom & Learn programme
- Access to the Goodhabitz learning platform
- Mentee and mentor opportunities with our external partners, such as The Women's Association and Mentoring for Growth run by Future FoundersInternal & external Speaker Sessions on a variety of different inspirational topics
💐 Moments that matter
- Social & wellbeing monthly calendar
- Summer and End of Year events, team lunches and post-peak celebrations
- Irresistible discounts on our products, blooms & subscriptions!
🏡 Belonging at Bloom & Wild
- We know that we learn through our differences, and building a diverse team has always been central to creating the best experience for our customers. We value all backgrounds, perspectives, ideas and experiences, and encourage everyone to share their opinions openly within our caring and inclusive team. Our champions community actively advances our culture of inclusion and belonging, which is organised around 8 pillars of diversity. These cross-business networks offer additional opportunities for connection, education, support and celebration, and ensure that inclusivity continues to be embedded in our ways of working.
🫱‍🫲 Getting hired
We’ll do everything we can to make sure your interview experience with us is a good one. It’s a 2-way process, and we’re keen to answer all of the questions you may have, so that you can be sure (and excited!) that we’ll be the right place for you.
Apply below (it takes 2 minutes!)
- Chat with Billy, our Senior Talent Manager for tech - to discuss our role and learn a bit more about your skills and background and how we might match your career & development goals.
- Interview with Tania, one of our Engineering Managers, to get to know you and your previous experience better. We’ll also discuss the role and the team in more detail.
- A choice between a task home task or a paired technical test and interview with some of the engineers that you’d work with day to day.
- A final chat with our product managers to understand your product vision and understand your alignment with our values
We believe in leading change for good, so if there’s anything that we can do to help throughout your application process, or if you have any feedback, please share this with us anonymously here so we can use this to improve your experience.