Backend Lead Software Engineer

Newfront Insurance

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 12/31/2020
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  • Company Address: 55 2nd St, FLR 18, San Francisco, CA

About Newfront Insurance

Newfront is a modern insurance brokerage that leverages technology to vastly simplify the buying process for clients and the selling process for brokers. Our experienced insurance brokers help our clients save money and find the right coverage for their risk. Newfront is one of the fastest-growing retail insurance brokerages in the US.

Job Description

A bit about Newfront:

From the Mayflower to the moon landing, every venture relies on insurance. The $1 trillion insurance industry is fundamental to our economy and society, but remains stuck in the stone age. Incumbents rely on antiquated pen-and-paper process and there's a huge opportunity to transform it through technology. At Newfront, we're building software to supercharge insurance brokers and help them deliver a delightful experience to clients.

While we’re a technology-driven company, we believe that people and trusted relationships matter. Newfront believes in empowering people rather than "disrupting" them. Our singular mission is to create the future of work for this massive industry.

We believe breakout growth creates breakout opportunities and diversity drives innovation.

About the team
We build products for 3 user groups – our clients, brokers, and the servicing team.
Clients: We need to design a product that makes their current insurance coverage extremely clear and makes it quick and easy for them to request an update their coverage, get help, or make a claim.
Brokers: We want to help them turn leads into sales. Insurance brokers are like a sales team in a traditional SaaS company. They need a dashboard that clearly communicates the status of all of their clients, tracks their leads, and shows incoming revenue.
Servicing team: This team includes account managers and operations specialists responsible for providing stellar service to our clients.

What you'll work on

        Lead the development of product features: You'll be involved during product discovery and you'll contribute to the technical design process. You are product-minded and able to collaborate with a Product Manager to define the product roadmap and vision. You'll be responsible for speccing and guiding your team in building out features and infrastructure.
        Shape business processes: As Newfront is a technology-enabled brokerage, we are looking for new ways to improve business processes by using technology. You will become the expert on how an area of the business functions and work directly with stakeholders to build optimizations.
        Define technical direction: You will help shape the technical vision and roadmap for a large area of the product. You will also influence best practices and introduce new technologies when appropriate. You'll need to clearly communicate your vision with the team to gain support and a shared understanding of the technologies.
        Mentor other engineers: You will working with more junior engineers on your team to help them grow and develop their skills.


        5+ years of engineering experience. You have previous success developing and shipping a large-scale application with a user-empathetic mindset
        2+ years of experience leading an engineering team. You have proven abilities in providing technical direction for a small to medium team of engineers.
        You're product-minded. You take initiative to understand production intention, team goals, business context, and user problems to propose improvements, eliminate gaps, and reduce risk in the project. You contribute to and drive the teams roadmap with product and design. You meet with stakeholders across the company when needed to eliminate gaps in your knowledge. You work closely with design to make sure that a design is able to be built and that it has a logical system behind it.
        Security-minded. You have a detailed understanding of security protocols like OAuth2/OIDC/JWT. You understand client-side cookie authentication and JWT. You should have an understanding of front-end security risks and how to mitigate them.
        In-depth knowledge of microservice/cloud and enterprise architecture patterns. You have a track record of success in architecting and building distributed applications, preferably in the cloud. You design for efficiency, reliability, and resiliency and know when to make trade-offs between them. You have experience with messaging/pub-sub systems such as SNS/SQS, ActiveMQ, RabbitMQ, or something else comparable
        You're have some experience with web technologies including JavaScript (React), HTML, and CSS. While you may not be spending your time developing in these, you have a decent understanding of them and know how to coordinate with those who are.

Nice to haves

        Proficiency in NodeJS and Typescript
        Experience with Dependency Injection Frameworks
        Understanding of containerization technologies such as Docker
        Experience deploying services in AWS using terraform

Some of the Technologies We Use

        AWS SNS/SQS
        AWS ECS

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Disclaimer: Local Candidates Only
This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.