Python Developer/Recommendation Engineer

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About 15gifts

At 15gifts, we’re obsessed with the psychology of choice. We study the key principles that drive people to make confident choices on the high street, and we pour this insight into our intelligent decision engine technology to replicate the experience online.

We work with some of the world’s leading brands, powering thousands of confident customer decisions every day. Our partners include Verizon, O2, Sky, Virgin Media, EE and BT.

We also love data; with every interaction, we learn more about our customers - gathering insights and generating increasingly accurate recommendations.

We’re a fast-growing company and we’re excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. We’re a team that’s made of driven and ambitious people, and we’re looking for someone to become part of our success story.

About the role

We’re looking for a Python developer that can help us take our unique recommendation engine to the next level, this includes; making the application scalable and more maintainable, implementing new features and working on green field projects.

Working with our experienced engineers, data scientists, analysts and our clients themselves you’ll help millions of customers find their perfect match while having a huge impact on the business in this highly visible role.

Our technology is already used by some of the largest brands in the world, and we’re only just getting started. This is a pivotal moment to join a company that has a huge opportunity ahead of it.

The person we’re looking for

  • Has a passion for technology and an excellent eye for detail

  • You’re eager to learn new things and excited by problem-solving

  • You’re a great communicator and team player

  • Takes ownership over issues, big or small

  • Loves learning and taking on challenges

  • Wants to work at the cutting edge of applying human psychology to online interactions

You’ll be responsible for

  • The maintenance and future development of our recommendation engine, including supporting and taking ownership of tasks related to the recommendation engine’s roadmap

  • Collaborating with the analytics, data science and UX teams to implement changes in the recommendation engine

  • Working with the analytics, data science and product teams to understand product sets and how to best recommend for various situations

  • Developing experiments involving recommendations, alongside our analytics, data science, product and customer success teams

  • Working on data engineering and data warehousing tasks as and when required

Skills and experience 

  • 3+ years of experience in Python

  • Experience with pandas and numpy

  • Experience writing automated tests (unit, functional, etc)

  • Experience refactoring and improving existing code

  • Experience following good coding standards (PEP-8) and ability to write maintainable and well documented code

  • Understanding of software design patterns and good software architecture

  • Understanding of or keenness to learn and put in practice Data Engineering and Data Warehousing principles and techniques

  • Cloud development, AWS in particular, a bonus

  • Experience working on a scalable product is also a bonus

Why choose us

Our Culture

Our success is underpinned by our cultural values. These values are not something we stick up on a wall – they don’t need to be. They are behaviours that we recognise and celebrate in each other. They are what we live by every day.

Our Cultural Values

  • Celebrate brilliance

  • Take ownership

  • Share Insights

  • Look for a better way

  • Support each other

Our values are driven through Culture Club – a staff team that rotates every quarter. Advocates for our culture as we grow, Culture Club activates ideas, makes improvements and helps everyone to connect.

Our office and remote working

We can confidently say that our sea-view office is one of Brighton’s best. However, we’re currently all working from home and we’ll be taking a cautious approach to returning to our much loved office.

Our plan moving forward is to have a remote workforce that can work from any location in the UK, but that also have access to our Brighton office space when they choose. We believe this offers ultimate flexibility to our team, and is reflective of how people will work in future. We also recognise that this will allow us to bring in a wider range of talent to our business, which is something that we’re really excited about.

We see this flexibility as a key employee benefit and all we ask is that you come into the office for a minimum of 3 days per quarter, which will include our quarterly team get together.

When in the office, we have flexible workspaces, which means you’re not tied to a desk, unless you want to be. You could work in a sociable spot on floor 4, or set yourself up with a screen on floor 3. This is everyone’s space and it’s available after work – our staff host everything from gaming and craft nights to adventure film screenings. However, we will of course be following strict social distancing and health & safety guidelines for as long as is advised.

Benefits include

  • Remote working for our team in any location across the UK

  • Employee Assistance Programme (confidential counselling)

  • Medicash healthcare scheme (reclaim costs for dental, physiotherapy, osteopathy and optical care)

  • easitBrighton travel scheme (discounted public transport options)

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Life Insurance scheme 

  • 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)

Other extras in the office

  • On site changing rooms, showers and internal bike storage

  • Breakfast, fresh fruit, snacks, beers, locally-roasted coffee

  • Food for thought: lunch and talks every Friday

  • Yoga and other fitness activities

  • Regular social events, including Friday drinks and book club

  • Visits from friendly office dogs

For more information on what it's like to work at 15gifts, check out our Talent Talk with Wired Sussex


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