Meet Product Owner, Jonah Craig

Product Owner Jonah is one of our Open Banking and technical specialists in Dublin, so we spoke to him about his career so far with Fire – the challenges but also the highlights!

What does your job involve?
Hi there, my name is Jonah and I work on the product team here in Fire. In my role here, I mainly focus on designing new products and technical solutions. This ranges from Open Banking to the technical re-design of some of our systems.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working here?
I enjoy the challenge of everyday life here. Working in Fire on the product team, you get a lot of responsibility and control over the product you’re working on.

Biggest work challenge you’ve faced?
When developing a new product, there are a lot of challenges that arise throughout the journey. In order to cross the finish line, you have to be ready to adapt to new unforeseen challenges and be able to address them.

Why Fire? Why FinTech?
The Fintech industry is a fabulous industry to be in and Fire is right at the center of it. In Fire, you get direct hands on experience of what this industry is like and you play an important role in it.

Summarise the culture in 3 words?

Innovative, Driven, Collaborative

What do you do for fun?
I joined Fire in the middle of the Covid Pandemic and even still, I have had a great social experience here. Some of us hang on after work on a Friday to have a drink and catch-up. The culture here has been very inclusive and I’m glad I’m apart of it!

What’s something new you’ve tried out since lockdown
I’ve started working towards my private pilot license as becoming a pilot has been a childhood dream of mine. I’m usually in the air 1-2 times per month!

Any unusual skills, fears, or interests?
Most of my professional interests are based around technical architecture, cloud architecture in particular. I am sitting a series of AWS Solution Architecture certificates to build up my technical knowledge. The knowledge directly applies to a lot of the products and projects that I work on.

Meet Compliance, Risk & Oversight Officer, Shruti

Compliance, Risk & Oversight Officer Shruti Patel is a core part of our London team. We sat down with her to find out what it’s like working with Fire, as well as a few fun facts!

What does your job involve?
I’m primarily responsible for making sure Fire complies with the necessary legislation and regulation. I also act as Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Data Protection Officer for Fire-UK, with oversight of risk, compliance, and audit.

What’s the most rewarding thing about working here?
I love working with a team who have the same vision and drive. Compliance is also not simply about following the rules but importantly ensuring customers are treated fairly, being directly involved in the fight against financial crime and improving conduct across the financial services industry. I see the greater good beyond my own individual role.

Biggest work challenge you’ve faced?
Regulation never decreases, it always increases and changes. The regulatory landscape is constantly evolving so it’s important to keep up to date on a daily basis. This means working to very strict deadlines and managing my time effectively but I love how varied the role is day to day.

Why Fire? Why FinTech?
I was attracted to Fire in particular because of its innovative technology and I wanted to be involved in a growing business where you have a lot of responsibility and can develop your skills and experience very quickly.

Summarise the culture in 3 words?

Transparent, collaborative and innovative.

What do you do for fun?
I practice yoga and meditation daily and love going to the gym.

What’s something new you’ve tried out since lockdown
Road cycling. I was always terrified of cycling on London roads but I’ve gained a lot of confidence and it helps me to stay fit.

Any unusual skills, fears, or interests?
I am training as a Reiki practitioner. Reiki is a spiritual healing practice promoting stress reduction and well-being by helping the flow of energy through our bodies.

Meet Business Analyst, Cailín

Business Analyst Cailín is part of our Dublin team. We sat down with her to find out what it’s like working at’s HQ and what brought her to the payments industry.

Hi Cailín! So, how long have you been with the company?
Almost 1.5 years.

What does your job involve?
As a Business Analyst with, I’m involved in the full project lifecycle – from researching new product concepts, generating project scope and design documents, overseeing the development of changes to planning and phasing product releases.

What do you find most rewarding about your role as Business Analyst?
It’s rewarding to be regularly releasing new and tangible changes to the platform. Whether it’s external customers impacting product changes or enhancements to our internal operational systems – the platform is constantly changing and evolving.

What is the most exciting challenge you’ve worked on yet?
The most challenging programme I’ve been involved in to date was our Brexit preparation programme. Given the uncertainty around Brexit, sought to split all activity on our platform between UK-based and EU-based activity in order to fully protect our customers whatever the outcome. The project involved updates to every area of the system from customer onboarding to Treasury functions. This was a project I worked on at the beginning of my time with, and it was a great way to get an in depth understanding of the entire platform and the many services offers.

What’s your background? Why did you want to join a company like
I studied Information Systems in Trinity College Dublin and worked as a Technology Consultant for several years, before spending time working in the Charity sector – so quite a varied background! I’d worked with several financial institutions as a consultant and was very interested in the way technology was revolutionising the financial sector. When the opportunity came up to work in a growing fintech company like, I was very excited to have the chance to play a part in transforming the industry.

Summarise the culture in three words?
Friendly, supportive, driven.

What do you like most about working in the payments industry?
There is so much potential and change in the payments industry right now. Constantly evolving technology and exciting new legislation like PSD2 means that there are always new opportunities to take advantage of. Payments are a daily part of life, and to be involved in something that has such a wide reach is fascinating.

And how about outside of work? What do you get up to in your spare time?
Running, reading, tag rugby and walking my dog Rocco.

Do you have any unusual or quirky skills or fears?
I’m not sure if this is a skill or a weakness but I can sleep through anything. I used to sleep through deafening fire drills in my college halls of residence, much to the unease of my flatmates!

Meet Software Developer, Darren

At the core of are our software developers. We recently sat down with Darren, from our Dublin team, to find out what it’s like working for one of Ireland’s most fun and fast-paced fintechs. Here’s what he had to say:

Hi Darren! Can you tell us a little bit about what your job involves as a software developer?
I’m part of’s Development team in Dublin. I’m responsible for estimating stories, creating technical designs, programming, code reviews and release management.

What do you find most rewarding about your role?
It’s great seeing projects I have worked on out in the real world. Also, the fact that I enjoy my job – I like coming into work!

What is the most exciting challenge you’ve worked on yet?
The most exciting project I have worked on was’s implementation of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA). SCA is a new requirement that makes banking and payments services more secure, by asking customers to authenticate via a range of different methods. It was my first solo project where I took it from technical design to release, making it all that more rewarding to see it rolled out and being used effectively.

So what’s your background? Why did you want to join a company like
I went to college in Dundalk Institute of Technology and started working in straight after graduating. At the time, one of my friends was working at and told me how great the culture was. He also said he was learning loads because the team is lean; everyone does a bit of everything. I’ve definitely found that to be true. It would be hard to get the experience I have gained here anywhere else.

Can you summarise the culture in three words?
Fun, fast, educational.

What do you like about working in the payments industry? 
We deal with people’s money meaning we have to pay great attention to detail. I like this because I think it makes me a better developer.

Outside of work, what do you like to get up to?
Playing guitar, singing and a bit of kickboxing, too!

Do you have any unusual or quirky interests or fears?
I have two very specific fears – zombies and cows. I guess my worst fear would be a zombie-cow.


Meet Operations Analyst, Robert

We recently sat down with Robert, Operations Analyst at, to find out what it’s like working in the Operations team and what led him to Check out the full interview:

Hi Robert! So tell us, how long have you been with the company?
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve just passed my two-year anniversary working with

What does your job involve?
Operations Analyst is quite a wide-ranging role in a fintech company like When I describe it to my friends, I tell them that the role encompasses four main areas: Customer Support, Customer Onboarding, Treasury & Fraud Analysis and Prevention.

I enjoy how varied the role is. Every day brings new challenges and learnings which is great as was my first full time job after graduating from college. Being able to learn so much early on in my career is fantastic and puts me in good stead for the future.

So what do you find most rewarding about your role?
It’s certainly satisfying when you’ve successfully prevented and pre-empted fraudulent activity. I take great pride in protecting our customers and ensuring they don’t become victims.

And the most exciting challenge you’ve worked on yet?
One of the most exciting and interesting parts of my job is corporate account management. As more and more businesses are discovering the advantages of, managing and helping these companies has become a larger part of my role. Discovering how different business models work is really interesting, then problem solving as to how we can best help them is challenging but rewarding.

What’s your background? Why did you want to join a company like
My background is actually in education and music. After studying music for a year in BIMM Dublin, I took up a BSc in Education Studies with Marino Institute of Education. Going into college I had the thought that I might one day become a music teacher, however after six years of secondary school and five years of college, I decided that a break from the education sector would be beneficial.

I heard about through a friend and loved the idea of working for tech startup, though I was conscious that my experience up until that point was unrelated. Fortunately, I had a few transferable skills and backed myself to learn fast. put their faith in me and I’m still here two years later – so I guess I’m doing something right!

How would you summarise the culture in three words?
Honest, Hardworking, Teamwork.

What do you like about working in the payments industry?
Banking and payments are something everybody has in common. Being at the forefront of the fintech sector is an exciting and a competitive space to be in. I like being able to tell my friends about the new ways in which fintech is going to benefit their everyday lives in the future.

Any hobbies and interests outside of work you’d like to share?
I love music. Guitar is my instrument of choice. If I ever won the lotto, there’s a good chance I’d spend most of the money filling my house with guitars.

Sport is another big one. I’d be happy to talk about sport all day (anybody who has sat in the canteen with me at lunch can attest!) Football would be my main obsession: watching it, playing it, listening to sport radio or podcasts and reading football writers – I’m completely addicted.

Meet Product Analyst, Eoin

Eoin is part of the Product team. We recently sat down with him to find out what his job entails as Product Analyst and what brought him to Here’s what he had to say:

Hi Eoin! Tell us a bit about your role as Product Analyst, what does it involve? 
It’s difficult to know where to start, and that’s one of the great things about the role! From working on scoping potential concepts, engaging with customers and third part integrations and transitioning these concepts to fully-fledged features, the role is so diverse.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding aspect is the people aspect for me. Having a direct impact on delivering solutions which are requested by internal employees and external customers and seeing how this can improve their own day-to-day life is very satisfying.

How about the most exciting challenge you’ve worked on yet?
The most exciting challenge yet has been working with Fire Open Payments – it’s a new and innovative way to transfer funds without the need for debit/credit cards, and while that brings its own chances, it’s excellent to be one of the pioneer companies for such a service.

So what’s your background? Why did you want to join a company like
I studied Business, Economics and Social Studies (BESS) in Trinity College Dublin, choosing to specialise in Business Studies. I’ve always had an interest in fintech and working at has giving me exposure to every function of an agile payments company – be it Operations, Development, Product or Sales, there are so many moving parts that all work together to deliver the products and services used today.

How would you summarise the culture in three words?
Fast-paced, demanding and interactive!

What do you like about working in the payments industry?
Payments is an exciting industry – everyone is always looking for the easiest way to move funds. I really enjoy working on projects that have the propensity to be a future norm.

What do you do for fun outside of work?
I like to use my spare time to be active – I play gaelic football or go to the gym most evenings.

Do you have any unusual or quirky skills, interests or fears?
I’m known for being able to put on different accents, so much so that one of the Operations team was convinced I was from Dublin and not Sligo – although perhaps that’s due to me living here for the last five years! No fears come to mind, however, I am subject to “the fear” the day after a few pints with Darren. to open a development hub in Cork

As part of our continuing growth, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new development hub for in Cork, Ireland. Our Cork team, comprising development and product specialists will be based in our new private office at the Republic of Work on the South Mall, joining a community of start-ups and scaling businesses.

Cork was selected as it has a number of top-quality universities and technical graduates in the area. This served as a good fit for us as we look to scale our development function. With good access routes to London and Dublin via air, road and rail, it’s well connected to our two other offices in Shoreditch, London and Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin.

We aim to build a great development team in Cork and are recruiting ambitious individuals who want to join at a really exciting time. If you live in Cork or are interested in relocating to the banks of the Lee, have experience with Java and are as passionate about payments as we are….drop us a note with a covering letter and CV to, or apply online here.

Shane O’Brien