Background

Today 30% of all clothing products made end up in landfill. 10% of global carbon emissions are attributed to the fashion industry.

Unmade are building the digital infrastructure to enable a demand-driven apparel industry. Their patented technology allows you to design and customise clothing yourself, so brands only make what will actually sell. This reduces waste, helps the planet, and supports a more sustainable, ethical economy.

Today, Unmade work with some of the most recognisable fashion and sportswear brands, such as New Balance. See the "111 Knit shoe" and read more about this "audacious project".

Try Unmade's customisation tooling yourself on Ralph Lauren.

Custom-designed Ralph Lauren jacket

Company

Unmade was founded in 2013 by Hal, Kirsty and Ben. Read this interview with Ben.

We're well backed by the likes of Octopus Ventures. Our clients are high volume/big subscription so generate solid revenue, which has allowed us to navigate the pandemic.

Unmade won Drapers' Best Digital Innovation award, were nominated as one of Fast Company's Most Innovative, and recently joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's CE100 Programme, helping the world transition to a more circular economy.

UnmadeOS covers the whole process from on-screen customisation to manufacturing the garment

Role

Unmade are hiring a Senior Backend Engineer to help develop UnmadeOS, our core platform. (Are you a Mid-level Backend Engineer? Apply here.)

We have a service-oriented, cloud-based architecture. Our tech stack includes Django, Node, Docker, Terraform and AWS containerised and serverless architecture. Our front-end systems use React, Typescript, SVGs and WebGL.

Software development is a team sport at Unmade, so you'll be working cross-functionally with all 32 team members across Customer Success, Design, Product, Sales and Engineering.

Custom garment design

Responsibilities

In the next 12 months you'll be:

  • Working in a cross-functional team on one of our key user needs: product setup, customisation and manufacturing, or factory management.
  • Providing technical leadership in your teams, working closely with your product manager and engineering colleagues to shape the scope and implementation of features.
  • Collaborating with members of the engineering team to continuously improve our practices, software standards and architecture.
  • Involved in direct discussions with users about how you can solve their problems.
  • Providing technical mentorship.
Customising a New Balance trainer through the online editor

Requirements

To be successful in this role you'll need:

  • Experience building web APIs as part of a service-oriented architecture.
  • A proactive, agile mindset to deliver the best value to customers.
  • To be excited about cross-functional collaboration and learning the business domain.
  • Pragmatism, to make decisions that work best for the business.
  • Experience mentoring more junior engineers.
Finished, custom-knit New Balance trainers

People

Unmade is a friendly, enthusiastic team who share the belief that the fashion industry needs radical change. We have a dynamic, supportive environment and strive to ensure everyone can do their best work and have fun whilst doing so.

We care about helping the tech industry become a more inclusive, diverse place and strive to lead by example. They encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work, regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or disability.

Today, Unmade have 8 engineers, reporting to the Head of Engineering.

Read about Unmade's core values.

Custom designed Rapha cycle jerseys and bibshorts

Selection Process

Our selection process has three stages, and all our interviews take place by video call, so we can fit them into your schedule:

  • Send us your CV and answer three short questions to tell us a bit more about you.
  • An initial 15-minute phone screen with our Head of Engineering to tell you more about the role and get to know you.
  • An 45-minute interview to understand your motivation for the role and answer any detailed questions about Unmade.
  • Three sessions: a technical chat with members of the engineering team, a collaborative online coding session to get a feel for how you think about software, and a general discussion with members of our wider product development team.

Offer

  • Salary from £70-90k
  • Share options
  • 25 days holiday (+ option to buy 5 more)
  • Pension (5% employee + 3% employer)
  • Choose your own tools (hardware + software)
  • Self development budget (£1k a year)
  • Budget to attend events, conferences and training courses
  • 2 days paid leave to volunteer for charity
  • 52 weeks of maternity/paternity/adoption leave + enhanced pay
  • Season ticket loan + cycle-to-work scheme
  • Sanctus mental health coaching
  • Visa sponsorship
  • Carbon offsetting for your individual carbon footprint, at work and at home

How we work

  • Office in Clerkenwell, Central London This is our base, come in any time! We're right by Exmouth Market so great food options.
  • Work flexibly (e.g. Frontend Engineer Chris is a father so typically works a 6:30am - 2pm day to accommodate his childcare duties)
  • Work from where you work best (There will be planned office-based activities each month, with the ability to choose the rest of the time)
  • Work from abroad for short breaks (This is a UK-based role, but options to work from overseas for short periods to see family etc)
  • Quarterly team trips / away days to meet up with colleagues