Admiral Group is a FTSE 100 Financial Services company with a presence in eight countries. The company was set up in 1993 as a car insurance specialist, but since then the Group has expanded in other countries and other insurance verticals such as household and travel insurance, in loans, price comparison platforms, and has developed innovative products.
The Group has 7 million customers worldwide and employs over 11,000 people across its operations. Admiral is a growth story with an enviable track record of strong financial performances, ROE consistently over 50%, a turnover of £3.5 bn, and a profit before tax of £520 m in 2019.
Admiral’s philosophy is that ‘people who like what they do, do it better’ and Admiral is proud to offer an open culture where achievement is rewarded and recognised and where coming to work is exciting every day. In 2019, Admiral received a special award from ‘Best Companies to Work For’ as the only company to feature within their rankings since they began 20 years ago: a true testament to the Group’s culture.
Veygo is an independent company built and owned by Admiral operating within the Admiral Pioneer business.
Admiral Pioneer is a new business within Admiral Group with the objective of seeding, launching, and scaling new businesses that will become one of the growth engines for Admiral in the future. These new businesses will anchor around meeting customer needs in growth areas. We will achieve this by experimenting and proving new products, business models, and partnerships.
Veygo is one of these new businesses and at the forefront of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) revolution, providing transport solutions for customers with and without cars. We want to make life easier for those wishing to share cars, use their own temporarily, or for learner drivers looking to practice in a family member’s or friends’ car. In short, we want to help people be able to get behind the wheel of a car, even if they don’t own one.
Our journey started in 2016 and it has been a challenging and exciting few years to disrupt the sector and show that tech allows us to provide great products, and in a way that is in line with the modern-day lifestyle. We are building a dynamic and energizing environment where we will provide all the excitement and freedom of a scale-up but with the support and stability of an established large organisation. We treat our colleagues openly, equally, and fairly and give them a ton of opportunity and freedom to do their best work and make a positive impact. We make mistakes because building from scratch is not easy but we are curious about where we get it wrong and we take this learning forward.
As of today, we have a strong team of 60, but with a clear idea of where we want to go in the next few years, we need to strengthen it to keep pushing forward. We seek to recruit bright, passionate people who have a can-do attitude who look at the world and see the opportunity in our own small way, to make it better for our customers.
Engineering at Veygo
We see ourselves as a tech start-up, and so engineering is at the heart of Veygo and the driving force behind everything. We have 14 engineers at Veygo, with varying backgrounds and experience which gives us a great platform to be creative and find solutions, with the customer at the heart of our process. We are looking to grow our engineering team to 20… maybe you could be one of them!
We’re passionate about building great software, using modern technologies, following industry best practices, and have a mantra of win or learn. We don’t have (and don’t want to have) arbitrary experience or qualifications requirements as we would then just be ticking boxes and that’s not what we do. We currently have several non-graduates and people who studied unrelated degrees on the team who are invaluable… as long as you’re passionate and enthusiastic, we’d love to chat with you.
Who We’re Looking For
We’re currently looking for two mid-level engineers to join the team.
What You’ll Be Doing
All of our engineers are full-stack: we have no time for knowledge silos and we do everything we can to make sure our engineers can work on anything and everything. A typical day in engineering can mean creating infrastructure using Terraform, debugging the inner-workings of one of our Python applications, or writing a shiny new React component for use in our quote engine.
We’re a tech start-up, not an established insurance brand - this means the pace is fast, the days are varied, but the work is energetic and very rewarding. You can expect to collaborate with other departments across the brand from marketing to customer service, and data to claims.
We’d love to speak to you regardless of experience or the technologies you’ve worked with, but you should definitely apply if you can:
Develop back-end services, ideally using Python and Django
Develop modern front-end apps, ideally using TypeScript , React and Redux
Design REST APIs
Deploy your code to production and support it, ideally on AWS
Champion best practices like automated testing and continuous deployment
Play an active role in agile ceremonies like retrospectives and sprint planning
Share scheme for all employees after a year
One self-development day per month
Three days flexi per year
Veygo team days (better than it sounds!)
Salary, Benefits and Work-Life Balance
We do not have a set salary for this position, as it will be dependent on the successful candidate’s experience. We are happy to see CVs from all candidates who meet the requirements and will be happy to discuss the remuneration package.
At Admiral, we are proud to be a diverse business where we put our people and customers first. We have great benefits to ensure employees have a great work-life balance; it's one of the reasons we're voted no. 1 in the 2019 Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For in the UK. We want you to have an element of freedom to define a working lifestyle that supports this, so accommodate flexible hours wherever possible.