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Thanks for your interest in our UX designer role here at Open Utility. We’re a London based startup shaking up the energy industry. We build well designed digital services to support the transition to a decentralised energy future.

About US

Off the back of our successful trial of Piclo® (our Peer-to-Peer matching service) we launched a commercial SaaS solution with Good Energy here in the UK. This first product gives business energy consumers complete transparency and choice in where their energy is produced. We are rolling out this service with other energy companies across Europe and further afield. And now Open Utility is at the start of a second government funded innovation project - this time to build an electricity flexibility marketplace - allowing DNOs to procure location specific flexibility from sellers on the marketplace.

The Work

You’ll be joining a company that has one commercial product in multiple markets (the Piclo Peer-to-Peer energy matching service) and our second product in development (the government funded ‘Flexibility Marketplace’). Your job will be to work across both of these products, in collaboration with Alice (CPO) and the rest of the production team to support the continuous improvement of the first service, and bring our second product to life!

How these two products work together will be a key consideration, second only to the user experience. A comprehensive understanding of user needs and expectations will be the grounding principle of your work in the team. If you don’t already have energy industry experience, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to quickly learn complicated engineering principles - well enough to enable you to communicate clearly with the users.

With the Piclo Matching service, understanding how best to prioritise product updates as we launch in new markets will be the main consideration. That means testing the current product with active users (that’s both our Utility Customer staff users, and their business energy consuming customers - it’s a B-B-B product) and combining this qualitative feedback with quantitative data to design and implement the best solutions for product growth. This product is currently in the UK, Italy and soon to launch in the Netherlands and even further afield over the coming months.

The Piclo Flexibility service is a new innovation Open Utility will be testing in the UK market in 2018. The goal of this new product will be in reduced network reinforcement costs and facilitate the increased capacity for distributed renewables by allowing local grid operators (DSO’s) to efficiently procure location specific flexibility on their networks. It will be a marketplace solution (the buyers are the DSOs and the sellers are people with flexible assets) and your role will be to work with Alice and the wider project team (including the end users themselves) to design a solution that solves the problems of both sides of this transaction in the most efficient way. These transactions are traditionally very complicated and expensive (think weeks of legal contracting), your job will be to understand every step that's required and turn it into a simple, even enjoyable experience.

This role is best suited to an experienced design professional who’s ready for a challenge. You’ve probably enjoyed being a UX designer (or similar) on a range of B-B or B-C products, but you’re now looking for more substance in your career. If you want an opportunity to expand your design thinking into product strategy, business strategy, growth and even marketing - this is the role for you. This is an unrivaled opportunity to use your passion for user centred design to really have a positive impact on the world - does that sound good?

Required experience

  • A real passion for solving problems with user centred design practises
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience as a UX designer, with the following skills as core competencies:
    • Requirements gathering / research
    • Idea communication (including sketching)
    • Stakeholder workshops
    • Prototyping
    • User testing
    • Production quality wireframes & design documentation
    • Development processes (including ticket writing, basic Github code base navigation & QA)

Bonus experience

  • Visual design
  • Sketch and Invision sotware skills
  • Previous experience with data focused products
  • Electricity or energy sector experience

Job details and application process

  • PAYE full time position in our London (Shoreditch) office
  • Salary of £45k - £55k (pro rata) depending on experience
  • Share options available (following probation)
  • Job starts November 2017
  • Applicants must already have permission to work in the UK (EU resident or working visa)
  • No relocation support avaialble, no contractors or agencies please
  • To apply, please send us an email that details: why you want this job, how your experience has prepared you for this role, a link to your online CV or LinkedIn and portfolio
  • An initial 15 min video call will be followed by a design challenge to be completed in your own time. On successful completion of the challenge, you'll be invited to the office for an interview

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Hello

Thanks for your interest in our Full Stack Developer role here at Open Utility. We’re a London based startup shaking up the energy industry. We build well designed digital services to support the transition to a decentralised energy future.

About Us

Off the back of our successful trial of Piclo® (our Peer-to-Peer matching service) we launched a commercial SaaS solution with Good Energy here in the UK. This initial service gives business energy consumers complete transparency and choice in where their energy is produced. We are receiving interest across Europe and further afield with other energy retailers who want to offer this service to their customers, so we’re looking to scale up the development team to support growth and further innovation.

The work

We need an experienced full-stack developer to join our production team. The role will be to work closely with Andy our CTO as well as the rest of the team to maintain and build up our backend systems. We receive a growing amount of energy consumption and production data which we process through our matching algorithm to provide our end users with transparency of where their energy came from / went to. This role would cover building out APIs to facilitate scaling of our service to more users in new markets. New features will need to fit alongside ongoing maintenance to continue providing the high customer satisfaction we pride ourselves on. You’ll need to be familiar with large data sets, data structures as well as working collaboratively with a mixed discipline production team. Communication is key to our working processes and we’d expect candidates to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. This role would suit someone who likes solving interesting problems with innovative ideas. The production team processes are all set up to support team members to get involved in the setting of tasks and have supported autonomy in their completion.

Required experience

  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in full stack dev roles.
  • Advanced knowledge of Python, Django, and SQL
  • Good knowledge of Javascript, HTML, CSS
  • Best practices, TDD, git

Bonus experience

  • AWS, EC2, S3, ECS, docker
  • Microservices
  • Blockchain, DLT

5 reasons to work for us

  1. Freedom and support to help shape the direction of our infrastructure - you’ll be able to look back and say ‘I did that’.
  2. You’ll join our friendly team, where sales, design, development and business roles all work collaboratively together.
  3. You’ll be trusted to do your job and self-manage, this includes choosing when and how often to take holidays, or to work remotely for short or extended periods of time.
  4. We’ve spent 4 years improving our processes. We run focussed sprints, continuously integrate and deploy, and yet are always looking to improve.
  5. We are a mission driven team, with a product being used by people every day, backed by industry veterans, with ambitions to propel the world to a squanderable abundance of renewable energy.
  6. Job details and application process

    • Role offered on an initial 6 months contract (ongoing position dependant on company fundraising).
    • Full time position in our London (Shoreditch) office.
    • Candidates must already have permission to work in the UK (EU resident or working visa).
    • No relocation support available.
    • Salary up to £45K (pro rata) depending on experience.
    • PAYE only (no contractors please, we're building a team).
    • Job starts ASAP.
    • To apply, please send us an email that details; why you want to work for us, how your experience has prepared you for this role, a link to your online CV or LinkedIn and your GitHub or similar.
    • A development task and a 15 min Skype call will take place before second interviews at our London office with the CTO.
    • No recruiters or agencies please.

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Hello

Thanks for your interest in our Data Engineer role here at Open Utility. We’re a London based startup shaking up the energy industry. We build well designed digital services to support the transition to a decentralised energy future.

About Us

Off the back of our successful trial of Piclo® (our Peer-to-Peer matching service) we launched a commercial SaaS solution with Good Energy here in the UK. This initial service gives business energy consumers complete transparency and choice in where their energy is produced. We are rolling out this service with other energy companies across Europe and further afield, so we’re looking to scale up the team to support growth and further innovation.

The work

We need an experienced Data Engineer to join our production team. The role will be to work closely with Andy our CTO as well as the rest of the production team to look after the growing amount of energy consumption and production data for our matching algorithms as well as the matching results. This role would involve getting your hands dirty with various sources of data, the associated databases (currently we mainly use PostgreSQL) and building on our tooling to ensure the smooth running of the platform as well as to add new features to help manage and extract insights from the data. You’ll need to be familiar with large data sets, data structures and manipulating them with your favourite programming language (we use Python). Security and integrity of data are paramount as is continuing to provide the high customer satisfaction we pride ourselves on. As well as technical skills you will need to be able to work collaboratively with a mixed discipline production team. Communication is key to our working processes and we’d expect candidates to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. This role would suit someone who has a keen interest in data and the insights that it holds. The production team processes are all set up to support team members to get involved in the setting of tasks and have supported autonomy in their completion.

Required experience

  • Minimum 4 years relevant experience in a data engineer or similar role
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL, ETL
  • Good knowledge of Python
  • Best practices, TDD, git

Bonus experience

  • AWS, EC2, S3, Redshift, Aurora, ECS, docker
  • Data lakes, NoSQL
  • Blockchain, DLT
  • Data science, machine learning

Job details and application process

  • Role is for a full time position in our London (Shoreditch) office
  • No relocation support available
  • Team members can work remotely on occasion
  • Salary depends on experience
  • PAYE team members only (no contractors)
  • Candidates must already have permission to work in the UK (EU resident or working visa)
  • To apply, please send us an email that details: why you want to work for us, how your experience has prepared you for this role, a link to your online CV or LinkedIn profile and your GitHub profile or similar
  • A development task and a 15 min Skype call will take place before second interviews at our London office with the CTO
  • To start ASAP

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Perks

Flexible working
Core working hours are flexible as is location. Feel free to work from home if you’d like, or plan a longer remote working trip.
Compulsory holidays
We require you to 'switch off' for at least 28 days a year and are happy for you to add a few extra if needed.
Team shindigs
Fridays end early with team drinks and a tour of the latest product developments. There’s also the odd team lunch and more regular pub trips.
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