Only a talented mix of designers, marketers, technologists and security professionals could have built CyberStart

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One of my favourite things to do is to build security challenges and demos.

Rachelle, Technical Product Manager.

Listen to Rachelle talk about the unique security challenges our developers get to build on a daily basis.

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There's a real passion for finding fun, innovative and creative ways to help people discover their interest in cyber security.

Alex, Developer.

Alex shares why he enjoys working for a company that has a strong focus on cyber security education.

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No week is the same, and I love it!

Jia, Illustrator.

Our designer and illustrator, Jia, shares what a typical week is like for her at Helical Levity and why she loves the variety.

Meet some of the team

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Jake

Senior Software Developer

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What is a Software Developer?

A Software Developer is someone who can take a defined problem or set of requirements and turn that into a working software-based solution. This is done through a collaborative and iterative process of designing, testing and improving upon the solution.

How did you become a Software Developer?

As part of completing a degree in Computer Security, I discovered that I was particularly interested in Web Application Security and building systems that are resilient to attacks. I did a placement year as a Software Developer and never turned back. I believe having security built into the software development lifecycle is key to a project’s success.

What does your typical day look like?

As a remote developer, I am very lucky that my day does not start with a long commute in the morning. I instead get to spend this time with my kids doing activities, having breakfast with them and getting them to school.

At the start of the day, I typically jump on with a big mug of coffee and catch up on any messages, notifications or problems that may have arisen. We follow a Scrum methodology and using Jira I pick up an item from the sprint to-do list if I am not already working on something.

We have recently begun following a Domain Driven Design methodology using Behavioural Driven Design and Test Driven Design cycles to help ensure what we build is in line with business expectations.

As a remote team, we prioritise communication and collaboration. I am often jumping on calls with the other members of the team to pair program, discuss issues and brainstorm. We have our daily stand up a little later than most as we have engineers working in Canada, this is where we get to discuss what we have achieved during the day and raise any blockers that we need help on.

We work on some of the most interesting and challenging problems out there.

How is working at HL different from previous workplaces?

We work on some of the most interesting and challenging problems out there. We are building safe and accessible environments that students can use to help develop their understanding of key cyber security problems. No day is the same. I can be working with Python-based lambda containers on one day and working on PHP the next. Seeing the students use the stuff we build and the awesome stuff they go on to do is amazing.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Learning. Within our industry and in particular, within the cyber security sector, things are changing fast and we need to keep up. I love the fact that I am constantly working on new and exciting projects/technologies. Helical Levity actively encourages and funds self-development, we have processes and time dedicated to this. I am currently studying for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam.

How would you describe HL in three words?

Moar Cyber Security

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Gemma

Marketing Team Lead

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What is a Marketing Team Lead?

As the Marketing Team Lead at Helical Levity, I am responsible for managing the promotion and positioning of the CyberStart product and brand via our own core channels, and through associated programmes. Through unique and innovative marketing campaigns, my goal is to ensure as many people as possible are exposed to CyberStart and get to discover whether they have a talent for the cyber security industry.

What skills do you believe to be important in this role?

The most important skill for this role is to be creative. For every campaign, we try to come up with unique and fun ideas that will engage an audience that consumes more digital content than ever before. To stand out in the crowd and inspire young adults to give an unknown topic a try, means you have to constantly be up to date with the latest trends and produce relatable content. When you are representing a brand, a strong attention to detail is also crucial!

How did you become a marketing professional?

Since school I have always enjoyed creative subjects such as English, Graphic Design, Media etc. These interests led me to study Sociology where I learnt more about social behaviour, society, patterns of social relationships and social interaction. The two interests combined led me to work in a marketing agency where I got to trial marketing campaigns for a wide variety of businesses - everything from tech giants such as Microsoft to our local cheese shop. Every business has target customers and behaviours you need to understand, plus goals they want to meet. Sprinkle on some creativity to the science of people and it turned out to be a role I loved.

What does your typical day look like?

Every day is completely different. Some days are much more creative where we are planning future campaigns, brainstorming ideas and creating assets such as flyers, websites and social posts. Other days are much more focused on planning - organising the team's workload, submitting budgets for future campaigns or analysing the success of a previous campaign by reviewing our analytics.

At HL, the biggest difference is the freedom to innovate and try new things.

How is working as a Marketing Team Lead at HL different to previous workplaces?

At HL, the biggest difference is the freedom to innovate and try new things. There is a real understanding that to get things right, you have to get things wrong and in order to find the best idea, you have to try hundreds before you get there. In previous roles I could get stuck in a pattern of doing the same few things, in the same way, every day. HL encourages you to try something new and learn from the experience.

What do enjoy most about your job?

That I am constantly learning new things. Whether that is spending some time to research the latest marketing trends, taking on a course to develop my understanding or trialling a new team process and campaign - every day is a valuable lesson that I take into the next.

How would you describe HL in three words?

Fast, diverse and fulfilling.

Want to join the team?

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We're always in need of smart, creative and determined people to help us solve interesting and hard problems in security, design, technology and lots more. We're committed to providing a fantastic environment to do amazing work.

We offer flexible working with remote being the default for most (although we have an amazing office in the Cotswolds with plenty of space if an office is more your thing). We offer some great benefits too: high quality hardware, 28 days holiday, pension, private health insurance and good training opportunities.

Open positions

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We usually have a handful of open roles, but we're also open to receiving general applications from those who think they'd have something to contribute to the team.

Head over to our careers page to see what roles we have open at the moment.

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We're part of a bigger family

James and Tim, the leadership team at Helical Levity, also lead two other companies. The three share expertise and experience, and together they're stronger.