Technology & Business Engineer @ Octopus Ventures - London, UK

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At Octopus we’re transforming the industries we operate in and improving the lives of millions of people. We’ve built market-leading positions in a number of specialist sectors, including smaller company financing, renewable energy, healthcare and property finance. We employ over 600 people and manage more than £7.8 billion on behalf of more than 50,000 investors. Our products don’t just help real people solve real life problems, they also make a positive impact on the world around us.

The Octopus Group incorporates Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Investments, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

Octopus Ventures is a London and New York based venture capital firm, focused on backing unusually talented entrepreneurs. We have been fortunate enough to work with the founding teams of over 60 companies, including Conversocial, graze.com, LoveFiLM, Property Partner, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, SwiftKey, Swoon Editions, Uniplaces, tails.com, Zoopla Property Group and Zynstra.

We can invest from £250,000 to £25 million in a first round of funding and will look to follow in subsequent rounds. We are proud to be known as one of the most entrepreneur friendly investors in Europe. A significant part of our portfolio consists of referrals from teams we have already invested in or serial entrepreneurs who we have previously backed.

https://www.octopusventures.com/

About The Role

We have a great opportunity for a talented, energetic and results-oriented technologist to join us at Octopus Ventures, as we enter a phase of technology innovation and development of internal tools. You’ll be involved in the full range of defining, integrating and developing tools to support our investment activities, working with internal teams to generate insights that drive growth initiatives and influence business decisions.


Responsibilities

  • You will be a key part of a small team that will define and deliver the technology roadmap to improve our processes that will allow the Ventures team to scale to the next level.

  • This will involve working with the Octopus Ventures Tech Team using a mixture of coding, data and technical understanding to assist in the specification, selection and implementation of new software and features or general improvement projects.

  • You will be driving processes and technology innovation, while helping Octopus Ventures define what the future of venture capital will be.

Requirements

  • Knowing how to code is a must. So you will be able to code in Python, Java (or similar) and generally thrive when “building stuff”

  • You are a creative and analytical problem solver, with confidence to influence and drive through your recommendations to key stakeholders across the business.

  • You have a good eye for the detail and a bias towards action. We love impact and results delivered in a collaborative approach.

  • You’re a self-starter, maybe you spend your evenings and weekends working on your own side-project(s).

  • You have a “can do” attitude and love to experiment, tinker and play.

  • You’ve failed often enough to know you’re not perfect (but secretly you know you’re pretty darn good).

  • You will be key in supporting the business in its next stage of growth and helping our VC team achieve better informed decision making process.

Our Values

Be helpful

Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place. So, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile.

Be straightforward

Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.

Be bold

Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.

At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high performance culture.

Benefits

  • Stunning office

  • Competitive salary + benefits.

  • A very supportive team & huge opportunities to learn, develop and have a genuine impact on the development of Octopus Ventures

  • At Octopus, we recognise the importance of embracing diversity in order to create a high performance culture.