Events (Kafka) Tech Lead (Remote)

Technology, Remote

Events (Kafka) Tech Lead (Remote)

Technology, Remote

Ebury is a Global FinTech: we apply new technologies to enhance and automate financial services and processes. This allows small and medium-sized businesses to trade and transact internationally by eliminating boundaries related to more traditional procedures. 

Founded in 2009, we are now positioned among the fastest-growing companies in the sector! Headquartered in London, we have more than 1000 staff covering over 50  nationalities (and counting!) working across more than 27 offices worldwide and serving more than 45,000 clients every day. 

Hard work pays off: Ebury has just received a £350 million investment from Banco Santander and has won over 20 internationally recognised awards such as the Growing Business of the Year 2019: Larger Company (Turnover £50m+) and Financial Times: 1000 Europe's Fastest-Growing Companies (which we have been awarded twice: 2017 and 2019!).

None of this would have been possible without what we’re most proud of: our great community. Enthusiastic, disruptive and collaborative teams, always ready to innovate and revolutionize the fast-paced Fintech dimension. 

As a Kafka Tech Lead you will be responsible for the reliable and scalable adoption of Kafka as a key event infrastructure in our architecture.
You will build and integrate with other systems for provisioning, monitoring, and alerting.
Working closely with our development, devops, and support teams, you will help us drive a consistent flow of events within our tech stack.
We want to minimize manual processes and strong software engineering proficiency in this role is key.

The project

You will contribute to the development of a transactional banking platform, focusing on receiving and issuing payments in more than 140 currencies. 
Our platform is a single platform (20+ Services) with 3 distinct channels for users to access our core functionality:

- for our front office staff, 
- Online banking portal built with Vue.js and 
- a Rest API for 3rd party integrations.

Using tools such as Jenkins, Terraform, Sentry, Prometheus, and ELK you and your team will build and run services in a number of environments, and will be responsible for defining and achieving Service Level Objectives for your code.
Work with cross-functional product and technology teams across the company to build new features at large and multi-region scale, which will run smoothly in Docker containers on AWS ECS and Kubernetes.

Your background

  • You have extensive experience in designing and running Kafka instances in production environments.
  • You gained a deep  understanding of event driven architectures by working closely with production systems preferably in the financial market.
  • You have proven capability to interact with internal customers, senior peers and stakeholder, and deliver results, taking ideas to production
  • You have good knowledge of the wider Apache Kafka ecosystem (Kafka Streams, KSQL, Connect Platform) as well as managed versions of Kafka
  • You are passionate about data and databases and worked in the past with a range of SQL/NoSQL technologies (e.g. SQL Server, Oracle, Couchbase, BigQuery)
  • You are fluent in at least one programming/scripting language, preferably Python
  • You have high development standards, especially for code quality, code reviews, unit testing, continuous integration and deployment
  • You care deeply about user experiences and own (define, implement, improve) appropriate metrics to measure them. You make decisions based on data and facts.
  • Quality is important to us, we expect you and your team’s code to be testable and well covered with unit and integration tests. We use CI Jenkins pipelines and terraform for the deployment of services and infrastructure.
  • Ebury Tech is a multi-cultural and distributed team, you will need great English communication skills and experience working in a global environment to be successful. 


  • Maintaining and extending our Kafka platform (including components from the wider Kafka ecosystem) to support a range of big data streaming applications
  • Being the point of contact for engineering teams seeking to use the platform – i.e. supporting and on-boarding their data and applications, seeking to automate these tasks wherever possible


  • 3 or more years experience working with an Apache Kafka instance running in production
  • In-depth experience with Python or Go; other languages may be considered depending on experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with a good level of English

Nice-to-have requirements

  • Experience working in the financial sector.
  • 2 or more years experience of working with global team members in a distributed environment.
  • Open source/source available SQL/No-SQL databases such as PostgreSQL and MongoDB
  • Familiarity with distributed tools e.g., Jira, Bitbucket, Slack, GSuite.
  • Knowledge of Agile Development tools, techniques and principles (SCRUM).
  • Familiar with AWS infrastructure and container orchestration.
  • Active participation in open source projects

Career Steps

  • Tech Lead
  • Technical Architect

More reasons to join us?

  • Work on remote-first teams, so you won’t miss on water cooler conversations
  • You will work remotely, but you will never feel alone. Get introduced to others via Donuts 
  • Live wherever you want (preferred time zone: EU and South America (GMT-5 max)), but we look for stability. At this point in time, we are not open to digital nomads.
  • Work autonomously. 
  • Keep 100% focused! 


Apply today to change the FinTech Industry