Development Team Lead

  • 33 Holborn, London EC1N 2HT, UK
  • Full-time
  • Job Level: 5
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Company Description

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 in excess of 750 people and manage more than £8 billion on behalf of over 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 Real Estate, Octopus Investments, Octopus Ventures, Octopus Wealth and Octopus Renewables. 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.

Job Description

Octopus Labs is hiring a Development Team lead to lead a team that build high volume FinTech platforms from the ground up.

The Development Team Lead will be a visible Agile leader from a technical background who is responsible for successful delivery management within their team.

This is an excellent opportunity to utilise your management and delivery expertise whilst also adding technical value and mentorship to your team.

You will work closely with the Product Managers to manage the successful agile delivery of our software and empower the team to deliver high quality, secure and scalable products as well as managing and supporting the careers of the developers within your team.

Day to day:

You will work closely with the Product Managers to understand the Product roadmaps and plan and estimate current priorities and future delivery with the team and the Tech Lead. You will own and run the day to day Scrum ceremonies and task management for the developers and QA and empower the team to deliver high quality, secure and scalable products using Agile principles.

You will manage, mentor and support the careers of your team of cross functional developers, taking technical direction from the Tech Lead where appropriate. 

Tech Stack:

At Octopus Labs we’re building a suite of micro-services in a mixture of technologies including but not limited to:

  • .Net
  • Python
  • PHP
  • Kubernetes
  • GCP
  • Azure
  • Jenkins
  • Azure DevOps
  • Sentry
  • Tornado
  • React
  • Angular

We work in a fully automated environment and are continually looking for opportunities to automate manual processes.


  • You will have an excellent track record of on-time predictable delivery, with a real focus on execution and embracing accountability for your product area
  • Have experience managing a team of 4-7, who have a range of experience, from entry level to Tech Leads. Mentoring and being more hands on with more junior members of the team
  • You have a strong completion focus but you are also approachable, open to feedback, and supportive as a manager
  • Experience working with a mix of onshore/offshore developers
  • You will be experienced in following Agile principles
  • Senior level software engineering background, ideally in Python or .Net
  • You will be used to working in close collaboration with Product teams and Business stakeholders and building excellent relationships
  • Experience working with a mix of onshore/offshore developers
  • Collaborate effectively with Architects, DevOps engineers, and Tech management to build and deliver amazing solutions
  • Ready and willing to speak up and contribute to the overall health of the Octopus Technology organization

Additional Information

Our Values and DNA  

At Octopus we don't just focus on what we do but also how we do it. Everyone shares our values of being straightforward, helpful and bold. And while these are the principles that guide us as an organisation, our DNA goes even further, by revealing our inner strengths: 

- We are loyal: we fully buy-in to the company's vision and believe in everything that Octopus stands for.

 - We are respectful: we live and breathe the Octopus values of being helpful, straightforward and bold. 

- We are resilient: we have an inner strength that means we never give in. 

- We are intellectually curious: we seek to understand how the world works and were always learning, adapting and improving. 

- We understand who our customers are: and because we know them really well, we always give them our very best.  

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