Zen Educate

We're on a mission to save schools money and pay supply teachers more with an efficient online marketplace

Founded 2017
51-200 employees
  • Education
  • Human Resources & Careers
  • Headquarters address

    The opportunity

    UK schools spend well over £2bn per year on covering short-term absences with supply teachers. The current model is exclusively reliant on agencies that charge massive commissions and are extremely inefficient (everything is paper and phone-call based). We are consolidating this analogue, fragmented, and inefficient marketplace onto a digital platform. Think Uber for supply teachers. In the process, we'll put hundreds of millions of pounds back in the education system and have a huge positive impact on teachers and schools.

    We're backed by high-profile investors (including senior education figures) and led by startup veterans behind two of London's most prominent tech companies.

    EU-Startups — 24 Sep 2019:
    London-based education staffing platform Zen Educate raises €6.3 million to boost UK expansion

    Evening Standard — 18th April 2018:
    Zen Educate raise £2 million

    Your chance to make a difference

    This is your chance to join a tech startup on the ground floor. As an early employee, you will play a significant role in the development of the company and have the opportunity for rapid career progression and learning.

    We're looking for people looking to take their skills to the next level by joining a small, talented product delivery team in an agile environment.

    We like people who are comfortable:

    • picking up, owning and deploying new features from scratch
    • helping us improve our ways of working
    • investigating and tackling new challenges

    Hiring process

    Our interview process begins with an introductory call to help you better understand the opportunity, give us a glimpse into your interests and motivations, and help you decide if Zen Educate is the right place for your next step to learn, grow and be happy.

    We have a short coding task we've found is useful to understand your skills and after completing that you'll speak with one of our Engineers where we can also discuss your approach.

    Lastly, you'll be invited by video — and back onsite to our office in Oval when possible — to meet with other members of the delivery team and one of the company founders. Hopefully, then you'll have been able to ask all the questions you need and we'll be in a position to make a decision.

    Come and be part of the journey!

    Tech stack

    React, Ruby on Rails, Heroku, RSpec, Redis, React Native, Sidekiq, Ruby


    Compensation and retirement

    We know you can go work for a bank and earn more. Our philosophy is to give you challenging, interesting work with smart people working on a mission that makes a difference and pay people fairly. We want you to be able to focus on your job, not your paycheck.
    Stock Options
    Pension plan

    Health and wellness

    On-site fitness center

    Vacation and time off

    We're a very seasonal business so we also do shorter August hours to make the most of the Summer.
    Paid time off
    Maternity benefits
    Paternity benefits

    Personal development

    We have senior members in the team who you'll be able to learn from and pair with. We support learning and training — if there are courses you like or events you want to go on generally we'll be able to support that.

    Values and quality of life

    We're right next door to Kennington Park which is a great place to sit at lunch and to have walking meetings. Tea, coffee, fruit etc are provided and there's a café downstairs.
    Accessible via public transportation
    Bike parking
    Snacks and beverages
    Employee discount programs
    Zen Educate - You too will get a blue hoodie, and water bottle, and... :)
    Zen Educate - There's a gym, showers and bike parking in the building (not this one :)
    Zen Educate - We work closely together. Literally sometimes.
    Zen Educate - Comfortable and convenient office
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