Octopus Energy Equality Internship – Backend Developer

Addressing Black representation in Energy
At Octopus Energy, we’re on a mission to drive the global renewable revolution and make green energy affordable for all. In order to succeed, we need to build a team that represents everyone in our society. Studies show that less than 5% of the energy sector is made up of black professionals. In an effort to start building a more equal industry we have created an internship programme that is only open to candidates who identify with any Black, African or Caribbean background. We believe in being at the forefront of equality and these internships are a key part of our journey to ensure greater diversity and inclusivity across our business.

Who we are
We are an international energy supply company that put customers at the heart of everything we do. We empower our people to give outrageously good customer service and fight to make energy fairer, more affordable, and more accessible for all.

We’re on a mission to halt the climate emergency by unlocking a smart, 100% green grid. We are using technology to transform the energy system; making electricity green and affordable, creating one-of-a-kind energy innovations. Our aim is to have 100 million customers, across the globe, on the Kraken Platform by the year 2030.

Our work is powered by freedom, autonomy and responsibility. We won the best company to work for in 2019 and our CEO, Greg has recorded a great podcast about our culture.

What you’ll do
Over the first half of the internship, you will learn about the fundamental architecture of Kraken, the tech behind Octopus Energy, and gain an overview of the UK energy industry whilst working towards deploying changes to our live production platforms.

Over the second half of the internship, you will work in a small team focused on delivering a new feature in Kraken. This is a chance for you to make a real impact on the experience of our customers and Kraken users.

What you’ll have
We’re looking for someone with a general interest in technology and problem-solving; someone diligent and thoughtful. You do not necessarily need any formal education in programming or computer science but you should be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of ability and interest. We’re looking for applicants with basic competency in Python or a similar programming language. It would be a bonus, but not a requirement, to have experience with the following (in rough priority order):

-> Django (or Equiv. web framework)
-> Databases and domain modelling
-> An understanding of HTTP

Above all, we’re looking for someone who thrives on providing alternative opinions, challenging those around them and being challenged. If this sounds like you and you have a genuine passion for what we are doing then we’d love to hear from you!

*** IMPORTANT – HOW TO APPLY ***
After clicking ‘APPLY FOR THIS JOB’, you will be taken to an application form where you will be prompted to “Attach Resume/CV”. Please do not upload a CV. Instead, you should upload a cover letter made up of no more than 400 words. Here are some ideas of what we’d like to know:

-> Why do you think you are suitable for this internship at Octopus Energy?
-> What interests you about a career in programming?
-> Any past experiences with programming (this may be personal or academic)?
-> A little bit about yourself!

If your application is successful you will be asked to complete a short programming exercise, at home, in Python. We will then schedule a 30-minute video call to discuss the exercise, find out more about you and talk about the internship.

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