For many, the process of getting a mortgage is hellish; hellishly complicated, hellishly costly and hellishly outdated. At Habito, we’re changing that. We believe people shouldn’t have to go through hell to get a mortgage.
Since our launch in 2016, we have made it our mission to fundamentally change the way people finance their homes. Whether buying for the first time, remortgaging, moving house or buying as an investment, we have developed an award-winning service that puts our customers back in the driving seat, giving them greater control over their finances. We deliver industry-leading expert advice in real time, cutting edge AI-driven technology that gives them access to the best possible deals, plain English conversations and absolutely no fees whatsoever.
We’re enormously proud of what we’ve achieved. Together, our 100-strong team has built great things to bring this mission to life. We’ve won numerous industry awards for our innovation, our talent and our service. And our enviable roster of backers is testament to that hard work and vision: to date, we have raised £27.5million in funding from some of the biggest names in venture capital and FinTech – Atomico, Ribbit Capital and Mosaic Ventures as well as the founders of Funding Circle and Transferwise.
Most importantly, we’ve helped more than 155,000 people get the mortgage they deserve. Our proudest achievement yet is the love we get from our customers, borne out by consistently excellent Trustpilot reviews from more than 1,500 happy homeowners.
But our work never stops. The landscape continues to evolve and, because we believe in financial products that put the customer’s interests first by design, we have ambitious plans to continue innovating, improving and disrupting in this space. As our business scales up, to extend beyond brokerage and insurance into becoming a mortgage marketplace, our focus on pioneering product and best-in-class delivery is greater than ever.
Our engineers work in cross-functional crews alongside product owners, designers and other contributors. Crews typically comprise 7 to 8 people total (of which 5 to 6 are engineers) and are tasked with meeting an objective however they see fit. Where possible, we seek to give them the resources and support they need with a minimum of constraints (though we have some of course, such as what constitutes good architecture or appropriate testing). You’ll be working in such a crew, helping to hit an objective with your teammates. As a front-end engineer, your responsibilities may encompass (but not be limited to):
Our engineers come from a number of backgrounds. We have self-taught team members working with graduates from universities and bootcamps alike. Some of us have worked in large corporations while some of us have only ever known startups. A portion of the team consistently enjoy full-stack work, others prefer to specialise in certain areas. In this vein, while this role is focussed on front-end development, we see this only as a specialism. You can expect to be exposed to the back-end codebase and to learn about and participate in its development if you want to. From weekly talks and reading groups to sponsored meet-ups and conference attendance, we want to help take our engineers to the next level.
We’re big believers in functional programming and tenets commonly associated with it such as immutability, declarative specification and static typing and make heavy use of the following: