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Betterment is a groundbreaking online investment account for your life's financial goals.
Engineering, Full Time    Betterment HQ - New York City    Posted: Tuesday, January 08, 2019
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Lead Full Stack Engineers collaborate with our user experience & product management teams to craft our consumer-facing applications. As a member of this team, you strive for building products & features that youre proud to share with friends & family. We aim for fluid, delightful user experiences & will need to leverage the entire stack to help realize these goals. Were not only tackling difficult questions of scale & architecture but also interaction, simplicity, & ease of use to deliver the best financial advice possible to our customers.

At Betterment youll get to:

  • Build things people love. Our goal is to delight our customers whenever possible. Sleek design, simple user experience, & access to sophisticated financial advice.
  • Collaborate with purpose. Youll be a member of small groups working alongside talented thinkers that are always striving to find new ways to solve problems. We experiment, iterate, learn, & repeat.
  • Teach & Learn. As a Lead Engineer, we expect & desire you share your knowledge with new & junior engineers. Help mentor & grow our team professionally as well as learn from our leaders to level up your own talents.
  • Gain trust through transparency. We believe in taking the guesswork out of investing. That means a consistent experience for our customers youll build the tools to make it possible. We already have the best UX in the business. Lets make it even better.
  • Create efficiency. Our software helps customers save time & money. We maintain it through a clean code, pragmatic programming, & lean engineering.
  • Work with people who care. Engineering is the largest team, but we believe everyone at Betterment is an engineer with their own tools. Were a group of talented professionals who pride ourselves on what we do. Were smart, innovative, energetic, & lots of fun.

Tackle tough business challenges:

  • Integrate with real-time identity-verification services & our internal fraud-prevention system to create the fastest signup & funding process in the industry
  • Work side-by-side with our investing team to build innovative, state-of-the-art financial advice algorithms, & then pair up with the design team to deliver an award-winning user experience powered by that advice
  • Reinvent the financial advisor space by building next-gen customer management & analysis tools from scratch
  • Partner with our retail, data & investment teams to bring Betterment's technology to a brand new market

Youll be effective if:

  • Have experience in at least one server-side language - Ruby, Java, C#, C++, Python. We build our apps in Ruby on Rails.
  • Have proven & recent experience building & leading projects
  • Have experience building interactive web applications using modern Javascript frameworks
  • Have a strong command of fundamental algorithms & data structures
  • Have a passion for software engineering, & for creating what doesnt exist
  • Know how to make the tradeoffs required to ship without compromising quality
  • Realize that automated tests are a worthwhile investment
  • Appreciate agility & pragmatism in software development
  • Thrive in a startup environment

Tools in your belt:

Ruby, Rails, Javascript, React, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SOA, Amazon Web Services, Linux

Engineering spends much of its time with the tools above, but we strive to always choose the best tool for the job. Youll be working alongside teams that live-and-breathe a variety of languages & frameworks & will help us define the idioms to decouple systems that communicate via RESTful APIs & other protocols.

About Betterment:

Betterment is the largest independent online financial advisor with more than $15 billion in assets under management. The service is designed to help increase customers long-term returns & lower taxes for retirement planning, building wealth, & other financial goals. Betterment takes advanced investment strategies & uses technology to deliver them to more than 370,000 customers across its three business lines: direct-to-consumer, Betterment for Advisors, & Betterment for Business.Learn more.

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