We are a trading firm,
with a difference.

The Company

Who are BOBA?

We believe that every job, even those in the financial markets, need to add social value to be profitable in the long run. We believe the two are inextricably linked.

We follow that through in our global markets trading and other business ventures. We believe this is a large part of the reason that we have been and will be successful going forward.

Our long term vision is to take this into backing forward-thinking,  society-enhancing, sustainable, development projects, that also turn a profit for us.

Projects that empower and enable local people to create growth and progress in their own societies.

This long term vision is what excites us and drives us on every day at Boba.

We hope it will drive you on too.

The Opportunity

Head of Engineering

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Leading the Engineering team, you will report directly into the Leadership Team with the mission to deliver the technology vision and a curate a high performing, ‘well-oiled’ Engineering team. Specific examples of specific responsibilities are:

  • Work closely with the Leadership team to shape and make the technology vision a reality and be a force multiplier for our Engineering objectives and strategy.
  • Be hands-on, actively contributing to the development process through writing & reviewing code, designing and implementing solutions and resolving technical challenges. Indicatively it will be 20% future focused, 40% leading the team and 40% active problem solving with the team.
  • Build high value technology solutions for trading teams and automation of manual processes through technology solutions.
  • Own and develop highly effective software development/SDLC processes and practices to reduce lead time to delivery and increase technical excellence.
  • Mentor and coach Engineering team in both technical skills and competencies for high performance and innovation.
  • Work with the Trading team to continuously improve internal trading tech products, models, reports and visualisations.
  • Sets high quality OKRs in line with business goals for self and team and holds self and team accountable for meeting or exceeding them.
  • Sets the pace and cadence to optimise effectiveness.
  • Solve complex problems in a logical way. 
  • Sets KPls for self and team that effectively measure the health of the Engineering function in line with business goals.
  • Experience developing software in SQL and Python, and ideally Javascript & VBA
  • Strong skills/experience in:
    • Various AWS services, including but not limited to EC2, Lambda, Aurora, S3
    • Working with containerization technologies e.g., Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) together with AWS Fargate and orchestration tools eg. Kubernetes
  • Current data paradigms e.g. stream processing (using Apache Kafka/Kinesis and Apache Flink), real-time architectures to enable downstream use-cases such as alerting and reporting
  • Coding in Python & SQL
  • Working with Relational Databases
  • Knowledge of AWS security best practices, Identity and access management (1AM), encryption, and network security configurations to ensure a secure cloud environment.
  • AWS networking concepts, including VPCs, subnets, security groups, NAT gateways, VPNs, and direct connect to design and implement scalable and fault-tolerant network architectures
  • Managing data engineering pipelines through Apache Airflow
  • Maintenance and optimisation of Cl/CD pipelines and other automation processes in AWS Code Pipeline
  • Knowledge and experience with Git (branching strategies and repo management)
  • Monitoring tools like AWS CloudWatch to proactively identify issues and troubleshoot system performance
  • Infrastructure as Code tools such as Terraform to automate and manage infrastructure deployments
  • AWS backup and disaster recovery solutions, such as AWS Backup and Amazon S3 versioning, to ensure data protection and business continuity
  • Best practices like Behaviour Driven Development (BDD), Test Driven Development (TDD) and Continuous Performance Testing using open-source
  • Building custom dashboards using React framework, Angular, Node.js, HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Have deep hands-on experience in designing and building low-latency trading or comparable infrastructures and related operational/trading processes.
  • Have hands-on experience in building rules based automation or machine learning technology solutions for trading e.g. automation of trading strategies or other intellectual property.
  • Have a passion for building pragmatic technology solutions that focus on delivering the most value over time.
  • Have excellent skills, experience and a passion for mentoring and coaching more junior Engineers in both technical skills and in highly productive ways of working; Able to marshal an Engineering team effectively, being clear and consistently acting in line with the best interests of the business and being firm on bringing the team back on track when we deviate from it.
  • Have a deep understanding of working methods such as Agile, Kanban, Scrum, DevOps and Cl/CD tools and best practices and successful experience in embedding them in teams.
  • Strong self-management such as self-awareness, adaptability, positivity, self­ motivation, holding yourself and team to high standards.
  • Positive reaction to failure, calm and comfortable in chaos and under pressure while retaining importantly strong ethical standards.
  • Personal commitment to excellence; to self-development, personal growth, expanding your comfort zone; strong attention to detail, ability and hunger to learn quickly.
  • Strong logical reasoning/critical thinking with an ability to make decisions, take a methodical approach, identify patterns to form conclusions and solve problems and ability to hold conflicting views in parallel.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to liaise with co­ workers at all levels of the business. Specifically skilled at presenting complex information in concise and clear ways, applying the appropriate sense of urgency when required.
  • Strong team orientation, working collaboratively with high levels of self-motivation and caring personally for the team and co-workers; fosters psychological safety, clarity of purpose.
  • Holds team accountable to their work, ensuring it is completed accurately and on time; communicates delivery timelines for work clearly to stakeholders.
  • Understands when to be directive versus taking a more collaborative or coaching approach to delivery or problem solving.
  • Holds space for other’s ideas, avoids listening purely to respond; listens without ego getting in the way.
  • Excellent organisational and time keeping.
  • Able to clearly establish priorities but remain adaptable in a constantly changing environment.
  • Expertise/strong awareness and ability to recruit in software engineering/technology.
  • Delivery of the strategic blueprint for trading infrastructure and the automation of our trading IP (intellectual property).
  • Decommissioning our legacy excel processes and migrating to strategic, scalable processes and systems.
  • Leading and enabling the Engineering team as a ‘well-oiled machine’.
  • Delivering and embedding effective testing automation toolsets 
  • Strong working relationship with Leadership Team, acting as a trusted expert and advisor; being a force multiplier for the technology team.
  • Effectively collaborating across departments (e.g. Trading, Trading Risk Analysts and Finance).
  • Increase innovation rates and deliver on product roadmap.
  • Oversee and minimise technology maintenance work through best engineering practices.
  • Build strong trust and psychological safety within Engineering team and be a culture carrier for the broader company as a senior employee.
  • Own and deliver improvements on Engineering KPls

Our values run deep. You can come from any background, but championing our culture is critical. We’re looking for a team member who:

  • Shares our vision and embodies the Boba culture as a role model.
  • Is looking for an organisation that puts its purpose at the heart of what it does. 
  • Is hungry to help build the company – a proactive and enthusiastic force to improve our capabilities.
  • Loves coding and loves putting technology to use in a pragmatic way. 
  • Has their finger on the pulse of latest information, ideas, and practices, and can transform these into tangible value for our team.
  • Leads by first deeply understanding a problem and then leveraging their experience to work with the teams to find solutions
  • Has a keen interest and understanding in the wider technical landscape, regardless of our current tech stack; is intellectually curious.

We are growing and adding to how we want to make Boba the best place to work on the planet and are always listening to what our team think we can do to achieve that. On top of a culture of personal growth, caring personally, inclusivity where your ideas are heard and often implemented, we can offer:

  • £110,000 annual salary plus annual discretionary performance bonus
  • Support from a professionally qualified Coach to help you achieve your personal and professional goals
  • Work/life balance. We mainly trade in US markets, and as a result need to ensure we have Engineering available to support the Trading team. However, outside of having appropriate coverage in place, we work hard to stick to an average 8 hour day and you will have a large amount of autonomy over your We value output and engagement and we do not like presenteeism, we know that everyone has a life outside of work
  • Comprehensive health care cover, including mental health, dental and optical cover, with zero excess for the employee (and tax is paid by us!) via Aviva
  • Life Insurance and Income Protection via YuLife
  • Physical health allowance where we provide an allowance to each employee to use towards a physical activity of their choice (e.g., gym membership, Brazilian ju-jitsu, personal trainer, running club; pretty much anything as long as it gets you moving!)
  • 39 days holiday, to be taken whenever you want subject to ensuring we have operational and trading We do not mandate you work public holidays nor do we mandate you must take them off, instead we recognise that UK bank holidays do not always align to important dates for everyone so give our employees the choice
  • Up to £1K a year to support one personal amazing growth goal. Our only guidelines are that it cannot be incongruent to our purpose or values, and it must push you out of your comfort zone
  • Pension contribution
  • A book a month for personal development
  • A gift on your birthday.
  • Support to pursue professional certifications/qualifications
  • Fridge full of snacks and drinks (healthy and less-healthy options are available!)
  • Boba Day – an optional annual away day for socialising and training together
  • ‘Bobaversary’ recognition for reaching significant milestones in your career with us

Other examples of situational/ad-hoc schemes we have run for our employees:

  • Surprise and delight – we sent our people gifts from us during mandatory WFH periods, just to show we are thinking about them
  • Social events & celebratory gifts for achieving team goals

An inclusive and diverse workplace means we highly value differences in race, gender, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, physical ability, cognition, age and background as these differences bring new or different ways of thinking about our work. Therefore, creating a workplace culture that advances belonging and psychological safety brings a mutual respect and acceptance of others and fuels our values of caring personally, adapting and evolving and the best ideas rising to the top.


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