Working with the Gower St tech team

By Chris | March 19, 2018

We’re currently hiring for technical positions at Gower Street - here’s our latest job advert. I am looking forward to hearing from you!


Gower Street Analytics is a startup in the movie business, using Clojure to do data science.

We mostly code in Clojure, ClojureScript and Python. We use Postgres and S3 for persistence, and host services with Docker, Terraform and AWS.

We’re growing the team carefully and interested in meeting developers at all levels of experience. Send CVs and a cover letter to techjobs@gower.st. We’re committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Here’s what you might expect on joining the tech team:

Within your first month

  • You shipped several things, pairing with other developers via tmux and video chat for much of your day.
  • You had lots of questions - we had lots of answers.
  • You are learning at least one piece of the tech stack you are unfamiliar with.
  • You understood how Gower Street significantly impacts the future of the movie industry. You know our short term business goals, why they’re important and how we’re tackling them.

Within your first three months

  • You have continued pairing with others, leading independently on areas you’re most familiar with.
  • You have an overview of the tech stack, naturally specialising in one or more areas.
  • You have been a part of a six week development cycle and seen how our process works from pitching ideas, negotiating scope and working in small teams to completion.
  • You have worked with our film analyst team to improve their workflow, helping the company to estimate the movie box office worldwide.
  • You have met up with the whole company once or twice in London, working remotely the rest of the time.
  • You will likely have caused a bug that was fixed by a team member without any blame, and may have done the same for someone else. You will have improved our systems to minimise the impact of human error in future.

Within your first year

  • You have taught someone else what you have learned so far.
  • You shipped significant features that bring lasting value to our customers.
  • You attended two technical conferences to grow and learn, and perhaps as a speaker and ambassador for Gower Street.

About you

  • You are smart, get things done and love to ship features to customers.
  • You are keen to learn and try new languages, tools and technologies.
  • You are familiar with test-first development and functional programming. You don’t have to have used these things professionally yet.
  • You will be comfortable in at least one programming language, perhaps more.
  • You are comfortable self-managing and working remotely over video chat for much of the day.
  • You are eligible to work in the UK, and are able to get to London once a month.

Your benefits

  • You will earn over market salaries for on-site roles, even though we’re fully remote. We also contribute 2% of your salary to a pension.
  • You will get five weeks off a year, plus eight bank holidays, and private health insurance.
  • You will know exactly how your salary is calculated through our transparent compensation ladder, and what you need to do to progress.
  • As long as you’re available during our office hours, you can live and work anywhere you like in the UK.
  • You will choose your own working environment - you aren’t forced to work in a noisy open plan office.
  • You’ll get the chance to go to one “big” and one “small” technical conference each year. There will also be opportunities to go to film industry conferences from time to time, in places like Barcelona, Las Vegas, Miami and Hong Kong.
  • If you’re in easy reach of London you will have opportunities to attend private screenings with distributors on an ad-hoc basis.
  • You will get what you need to work to start with us, including a large monitor, laptop, docking station and a decent office chair. We’ll also get you anything else you need as things move on.
  • You’ll get Friday afternoons to work on self-directed projects, individually or in groups, with the aim of personal improvement and innovation of new products.

CVs plus cover letter to techjobs@gower.st. No agencies please.


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