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Lead Engineer - .Net Framework, ASP.net MVC, React, Typescript, Azure.

Vitesse PSP

Vitesse PSP

Software Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024
As a scale up, the engineering organisation will grow considerably by end FY24/25. To start, we adapted an existing platform to address a new market opportunity and prove our commercial thesis. With this achieved, we secured funding to support our expansion and have embarked on an ambitious scaling of our product engineering team that will rapidly evolve our platform using the latest cloud-native and full-stack technologies to achieve a leadership position in our selected markets. We seek ambitious product engineers (not just software developers) with experience in cloud-native approaches that can shape our platform strategy and accelerate our product development plans.

The Role

As the Lead Engineer for our new cross functional Product Engineering Squad, you will play a pivotal role in steering the evolution of our cloud-based, payments and treasury management system. This position demands a blend of leadership and deep technical expertise. As a Lead Engineer, you will take responsibility for the design and delivery of high-quality solutions and the management and development of your team. Your technical expertise in C#, and .Net, will be crucial in guiding the squad and skills in React and Typescript will be beneficial. You will pair this expertise with strong interpersonal and management skills building and effective team with a great culture. You will collaborate closely with your product owner, stakeholders, and customers, driving the technical vision and execution. Your leadership will be key in fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement, setting the standards for a world-class engineering organization.

You will lead a newly formed Marketplace squad responsible for delivering solutions for our critical marketplace customers such as Lloyds of London. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, you will work closely with stakeholders from across the business and from other product squads. You and your squad will also play a key part in our transition from a .Net Framework-based platform to a microservices architecture using .Net Core.


  • Leadership and Mentorship: Lead and manage a team of engineers, fostering an environment of professional growth and excellence. You will set objectives, mentor your team, and facilitate their development, driving the squad towards achieving its goals.
  • Delivery Focus: Assume responsibility for the end-to-end delivery of critical initiatives, driving the execution of the squad's projects in close collaboration with product owner, stakeholders and directly with your customers. Ensure timely, high-quality delivery of features and improvements, emphasising the role's key focus on achieving tangible results and meeting business objectives.
  • Technical Vision and Strategy: Guide architectural decisions and development strategies to align with the company's broader objectives. Your expertise in transitioning to a microservices architecture will be vital for the platform's scalability and performance.
  • Squad Leadership: Direct and manage a newly formed marketplace squad tasked with delivering product development work to support our marketplace customers.
  • Collaborative Innovation: Collaborate with product managers, architects, and commercial teams to refine and execute the product vision. Your role involves translating complex requirements into scalable solutions, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.
  • Operational Excellence: Promote software engineering best practices, ensuring code quality and architectural integrity. Champion TDD, CI/CD, and clean code principles to enhance performance, reliability, and security.


  • Leadership & Team Development: Demonstrable experience leading technical teams, with a focus on mentoring, professional development, and fostering a culture of innovation and excellence.
  • Delivery: Proven ability to own and deliver complex initiatives in close collaboration with your stakeholders
  • Technical Proficiency: Ideally expertise in .Net Core and .Net Framework, ASP.net MVC, with experience in Typescript and React beneficial but not mandatory. Complemented by a solid understanding of event driven architecture and cloud technologies, particularly Azure.
  • Software Engineering Best Practices: Strong grounding in Agile methodologies, SOLID principles, and event driven architecture, with a commitment to continuous improvement and high-quality code. Experience with CI/CD tools (e.g., Github Actions, Azure DevOps) and proficiency in containerisation (Docker, Kubernetes) and event-driven systems (e.g., Azure Service Bus, RabbitMQ, Kafka).
  • Strategic Thinking & Problem Solving: Ability to align technical strategies with business objectives, with a proactive approach to tackling complex challenges and driving product innovation.
  • Collaboration & Communication: Excellent communication skills for effective stakeholder engagement and team collaboration, with an emphasis on clarity, transparency, and responsiveness to feedback.


  • 25 days Holiday per year (increasing by 1 day per years' service, up to 30 days) + Bank Holidays
  • Hybrid working arrangements - minimum 2 days in the office, Tuesday - Thursday
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Enhanced Parental leave
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance with AXA
  • Unlimited access to therapy sessions through our partner, Oliva
  • Discounted Gym membership through Gympass
  • Financial Coaching with Octopus Wealth
  • 2 days of volunteering leave per year
  • Sabbatical after 5 years' service
  • Life Assurance - MetLife (UK employees only)
  • Ongoing Learning and Development to support you reach your career goals

We are Vitesse - the payment provider of choice for the insurance and treasury industry.

Formed in 2014 by a team of proven FinTech entrepreneurs, we are an FCA-regulated business providing global claim funds management and payment solutions. Operating one of the largest banking and payment settlement networks in the world, we give our customers direct access to 200 countries and currencies. Through a single integration, insurers can use this network to pay claims in as fast as 45 seconds and deliver a superior claimant experience. Our market-leading treasury proposition provides insurers with transparency and control over their claim funds, even when delegated to third-parties, allowing them to have their money in the right place, at the right time, to make that all-important payment when customers need it most.

With over 175 employees across our London headquarters, Europe, and the US, $93m Series C funding secured, and exceeding £10bn in processed transactions, we are only just getting started.

We are collaborative, customer centric and work with integrity, whilst partnering with some of the biggest insurance leaders including Lloyd's of London and Many Pets. We take huge pride in our company culture, ensuring that everyone has a part to play, an opportunity to be heard, be involved, and the ability to make a real difference. As we continue to scale up, we want like-minded humans to join us on this exciting journey. Are you ready?

As we continue to scale up, we want like-minded humans to join us on this exciting journey. Are you ready?

Vitesse at our best - our values

The Vitesse values are a true reflection of what it takes to thrive in our business, so it's important to us that any employee who joins our business is aligned with these 3 attributes

Confident Humility

We don't do ego and we know that unless we all win, none of us win. We admit when we're wrong, ask for help and always think about the wider business before ourselves.

Driven to Succeed

We see the opportunity ahead of us and we won't stop until we fulfil the potential we know we have. We hold ourselves to high standards and deliver high quality outcomes for Vitesse and our customers.

Tenacious Responsibility

We take ownership for our actions and decisions, and face into the challenges that come our way. We are committed to seeing things through to completion, even in the face of adversity.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that enables everyone to perform at their best, where we recognise the rights of all individuals to mutual respect and where there is an unbiased acceptance of others. Our policies and practices aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of Unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly and with dignity and respect.