Senior Software Engineer


  • Full Time

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Apolitical is a global technology company accelerating the transformation of government. We help public servants find the policies, peers and partners they need to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Our network is used in more than 170 countries, including by mayors, ministers and former heads of state. We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our mission to save democracy by enabling governments to make better decisions.

The Role

We are looking for a new senior member to join our team of mission-driven, collaborative inquisitive software engineers to build our digital policy and learning platforms. You will ideally be comfortable sinking your teeth into all parts of our stack from DevOps, to backend and frontend, and will be an expert in at least one of these areas. It’s an exciting time to join us as we begin to scale. There will be lots of opportunity to influence how we build up our product, platform and team.

As a senior member of the team, you’ll ideally be someone who brings knowledge and expertise to the team and can help us grow as a team. You’ll ideally be someone who enjoys taking ownership of pieces of work (including the technical breakdown and communicating with stakeholders, as well as writing code), takes initiative and enjoys teaching and learning from others.



  • Proven expertise in at least one of the following areas: front end, back end or devops/infrastructure
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering production ready code on several projects
  • Good knowledge of JavaScript
  • Familiarity with NodeJS and/or React would be a plus
  • Experience using Docker, Kubernetes, GCP or other cloud-based services (we use Google Cloud)
  • Understanding of best practices around building scalable, maintainable and performant designs and code
  • Have a test first mindset, followers of TDD welcome
  • Comfortable working in an agile environment
  • Open communication and a willingness to give and receive candid feedback
  • An autonomous approach to work – ideally you’ll be comfortable both pairing and working alone and will actively seek out ways to improve things


(In addition to working with smart, kind people on one of the most important challenges of our time…)

Stock options: Our employee options plan gives you a stake in our vision.

Flexibility: Everyone works differently. Whether it’s early mornings, late nights or a day at home, we support what gives you energy and makes you effective.

Holidays: We have unlimited holidays, trusting people to take what they need when they need. As a restorative reboot, we give everyone on the team the last Friday of every month off.

Office: In normal times we’re based in beautiful Public Hall, in the heart of Westminster and overlooking the River Thames though we have flexibility around remote working

Parental leave: We offer generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

Personal development: We offer twice-monthly learning days and have learning and development budgets for books, conferences and courses.

Library: We have a constantly growing library, to which every team member contributes their favourite book. There’s also a bigger library in Public Hall.

Discounts: Exclusive discounts and rewards at over 30,000 brands.

Before applying, you should read Apolitical’s Leadership Principles (link here). In particular, consider if you are excited by the autonomy and changeability that a Series A stage startup demands.

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