OakNorth is hiring a

DevOps Engineer

London, United Kingdom
Full-Time
The origin story 
In 2005, our co-founders, Rishi Khosla and Joel Perlman, were looking for a working capital facility to support their growing business, Copal Partners, a financial research firm they’d founded three years previously.  
 
They approached numerous high-street banks and kept getting variations of the same response – “the computer says ‘No’”. Despite being a profitable business with strong cash flow and retained clients, none of the commercial banks were willing to lend to them. It was too small a ticket to offset the costs the bank would incur in doing a fundamental assessment of their business and structuring a finance facility for their needs. A few months later through one of their institutional client’s special situations desk, they managed to secure 100x the amount of debt for a dividend recap. So, an institutional division of a bank was able to support them, but the commercial lending part of the bank was not.  
 
This experience stuck with them.  
 
After they’d scaled Copal Partners to a 3,000-employee business and sold it to Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) in 2014, they then set out to address the funding gap they had experienced first-hand and help growth businesses achieve their potential.  
 
Rishi and Joel wanted to first prove the proposition within their own bank in the UK – OakNorth Bank – before licensing it to other banks.  

Software 
OakNorth’s Credit Intelligence software transforms commercial lending by helping banks build deeper relationships with their clients, open new, more profitable opportunities, whilst delivering credit decisions up to ten times faster than traditional models, with lower risk and greater efficiency. 
 
Credit Intelligence is a data-driven technology that gives lenders a forward-looking view of the borrower based on expansive and dynamic data sets and scenarios specific to that business, using automated, continuous analysis of multiple drivers across the business, its peer group and the wider economy. This provides an independent, consistent, detailed framework offering deep contextual insight that enables rapid underwriting, immediate stress-testing and more agile and targeted strategic lending. 
 
Built over five years by an engineering and credit science team of over 250 people, the ON Credit Intelligence Suite has propelled OakNorth Bank in the UK into the top 1% of banks in developed markets in terms of RORE and efficiency, enabling it to profitably manage a multi-billion-dollar commercial lending portfolio - benefits that banks across the world can now realize. 
  
In addition to OakNorth’s own bank in the UK, the software is also being deployed by banks around the world, including: SMBC, PNC Bank, Customers Bank and Modern Bank in the US, and NIBC and OIMIO in Europe.  

OakNorth
OakNorth’s (ON) Credit Intelligence Suite transforms commercial lending by helping banks build deeper relationships with their clients, open new, more profitable opportunities, whilst delivering credit decisions up to ten times faster than traditional models, with lower risk and greater efficiency. 
 
Credit Intelligence is a data-driven technology that gives lenders a forward-looking view of the borrower based on expansive and dynamic data sets and scenarios specific to that business, using automated, continuous analysis of multiple drivers across the business, its peer group and the wider economy. This provides an independent, consistent, detailed framework offering deep contextual insight that enables rapid underwriting, immediate stress-testing and more agile and targeted strategic lending. 
 
Built over five years by an engineering and credit science team of over 250 people, the ON Credit Intelligence Suite has propelled OakNorth Bank in the UK into the top 1% of banks in developed markets in terms of RORE and efficiency, enabling it to profitably manage a multi-billion-dollar commercial lending portfolio - benefits that banks across the world can now realize. 
  
In addition to OakNorth’s own bank in the UK, the software is also being deployed by banks around the world, including: SMBC, PNC Bank, Customers Bank and Modern Bank in the US, and NIBC and OIMIO in Europe.  
 

You will:

  • Have been there, done that: Experience of infrastructure and release automation in a continuous integration/continuous delivery framework. 
  • Have strong opinions: They won't be inflexible, but their deep experience has led them to a good practical knowledge of what works and what doesn't 
  • Be a committed team player: Works well with devs and client stakeholders to ensure mutually excellent outcomes 
  • Have exceptional judgement: By the time they say a release is good to go, or infra is ready to ship for a client, it's rock solid 
  • Have good spoken and written communication skills: Not going to disappear or be hard to talk to or work with. Able to work with counterparts at clients to understand their needs and ensure our infrastructure works for them 
  • Be a self-starter: They will be trustworthy in a situation with a high degree of self-management. Will just grind on problems making things better 
  • Be calm in a crisis: If there is an emergency, they step up and deal with it. When things calm down, they make it so it doesn't happen again 
  • Be meticulous about planning and organisation: Even if the dev effort is a little chaotic, infra is rock solid 
  • Be great at the 1 to n: We've built a version which works for our first couple of clients. We need the person who will make it work flawlessly for many clients in multiple time zones etc 
  • Be low drama: Looks to resolve problems, not amplify them 
  • Believe in process: Deep commitment to setting up and automating excellent processes. Will build out an automated alerting machine and then make sure the phone never has to ring 

You have:

  • Between 4-7 years of experience
  • Experience working in a start up and you can be flexible
  • Deep Unix/Linux experience 
  • Enough Bash, Python, etc. to be dangerous 
  • Docker, Kubernetes 
  • Continuous integration: Jenkins, CircleCI, Bamboo 
  • Log collection and monitoring: ELK or similar 
  • Cloud providers: Working experience of AWS. Other providers like Azure, Alibaba and GCP are not required 
  • Infrastructure automation: Terraform, Ansible, SaltStack, Puppet/Chef, and/or similar 
  • Networking and information security 

Thank you very much for your interest in OakNorth. We are happy to consider you for roles within our group of companies. If we can identify a match between your skill set and our immediate recruiting needs, please expect to hear from us very soon. If we are unable to identify a fit in the near term, please note that we intend to retain the data you send to us so we may contact you in the future.

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