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Principal Cloud Engineer

Covea Insurance -

Full-time (Permanent)
Up to £75,000
Published on
21 March 2022

Principal Cloud Engineer 


Up to £75k DOE  

At Covéa Insurance we want to enable people to live the life that matters most to them by providing services that go beyond claims. Unlike other insurance companies who step in only when things go wrong, we are developing technologies that will help our customers stop the worst from happening by integrating seamlessly into the lives, helping them avoid the need to claim, and making it simple and easy if they do.

Our digital purpose is to create a world class insurance as a service product that our customers love and delivers our business goals. Our digital team exists to enable Covéa Insurance to disrupt the insurance sector, to change how insurance is done. We strive to provide the insurtech solutions our business needs to provide the best customer experience, to ensure we offer services beyond insurance.

Our culture and values are what makes us Covéa Insurance; the way we collaborate, the passion we have for what we do and how we do it. Success is shared, failure is learned from, new ideas are built on.

What you’ll be responsible for in this role? 

  • Work as part of a central engineering team, providing support to multi-disciplinary engineering Squads or Tribes to develop and implement products by applying knowledge of design principles, procedures and practices.
  • Help transpose our architectural vision into a detailed ‘how’, addressing key technology delivery questions and the practicalities involved, enabling development teams to pick up deliverable work that is ready
  • Coordinate with Engineering Managers and Heads of functions to align technology and development practices across Squads and Tribes.
  • Apply extensive knowledge of design principles & patterns, procedures and practices
  • Lead review including where appropriate architecture, design, coding, quality and security
  • Lead investigations / spikes on complex technical problems, develop proof of concept technical solutions, and run technical discoveries to address how we deliver new ideas
  • Contributes to the relevant scrum events; sprint planning / user story estimation, daily stand-ups, sprint reviews / demos and retrospectives
  • Develop and manage technical documentation to agreed standards
  • Take ownership to overcome technical problems and live incidents
  • Produce low-level design outputs to enable other engineers to effectively develop software 
  • Investigate and develop prototypes and proof of concepts using new technical developments relevant to component area of expertise
  • Coach the team to follow excellent coding practices, including through pair programming, and quality standards and provide training and mentoring to senior engineers.
  • Ensure test driven development (TDD), and behaviour driven development (BDD), principles are followed wherever possible 
  • Represent Covea externally (e.g. meetups, recruitment etc) from a technology perspective, as needed

What would we like to see in you? 

  • Previous experience in a Senior / Lead Technology role
  • Significant experience in Cloud technologies including Spinnaker, Octopus, CI/CD Automation and Continuous Deployment
  • Significant experience translating an architectural vision into a detailed ‘how’ for a product or service to be built by development teams, ideally which you have subsequently overseen / supported / delivered 
  • Experience developing micro services architecture applications on scalable cloud infrastructure such as AWS/Azure
  • Leadership skills with demonstrable experience in mentoring engineers, and leading technical solutions delivery within agile development teams
  • Experience developing code for highly available business critical software hosted in public cloud
  • Understanding of software architecture of large corporate applications
  • Demonstrable skills around secure coding standards and practices
  • Knowledge and experience of developing coding standards and measuring these through the implementation of static code analysis and non-functional testing techniques.
  • Demonstrable experience of agile working practices, Continuous Integration and GIT Flow

What’s on offer?

  • A range of flexible working options, including working from home and part time opportunities.
  • Company funded and industry recognised qualifications
  • 27 days annual leave
  • 4 times salary Group Life Assurance
  • 7.5% minimum employer pension contribution to maximum of 9% (employee required to contribute minimum 1.5%)
  • Access to discounted retail vouchers and gym memberships

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