Manager of Engineering

  • Varo Money
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 02/08/2020
Full time IT - Systems Engineering IT - Software Development

Job Description

About Varo

Varo is on a mission to empower hard-working Americans to achieve greater financial resilience; arming them with the products and support they need to create healthy financial habits and reduce financial stress. Through its mobile app, Varo offers customers premium bank accounts that have no minimum balance requirement or monthly account fees, high-interest savings accounts, and solutions to build, repair, and access credit. Varo’s state of the art technology provides tech-first features to help people achieve their financial goals and manage their money more easily.

Varo is distinct from other fintechs: Varo is the first fintech to be granted preliminary approval for a de novo national bank charter by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the first to receive approval from the FDIC for federal deposit insurance, and is weeks away from opening the first mobile-centric national bank in U.S. history. Our unique team combines the best of tech and banking, and we’re wildly passionate about keeping our customers happy by helping them manage and grow their money. Our teams are based in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. Privately held Varo has raised over $400M to date, from leading institutional investors and strategic partners including Warburg Pincus, The Rise Fund / TPG Growth, Gallatin Point Capital, Harbourvest Partners, Progressive Insurance, and iHeartMedia.

About The Engineering Team

The Engineering Team at Varo is small but is growing rapidly. Over the next year we need to build an entire bank from scratch, so if you are looking for growth join us. Our goal is to repair the stale banking industry and build products that help improve the financial wellbeing of our customers. You will get to work with new technology stacks, be part of a great and diverse workplace, and improve the financial lives of others. In our Engineering team we value personal growth, initiative and ownership, collaboration, and the importance of thinking like an engineer.

  • Lead our engineering team to build a robust and reliable Lending Platform.
  • Manage the planning, prioritization, and execution of work for the team.
  • Define standards for software architecture, code quality, and test coverage.
  • Be a hands-on manager: Write code every week, which means being able to design, develop and maintain microservices in
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS), using the following technologies Java, REST API, JSON, S3,
  • Spring and Hibernate: Participate in architectural discussions and facilitate decision making with the team.
  • Work with external technology vendors that provide core banking, credit underwriting, payments
  • capabilities and integrate them into the Lending Platform.
  • Work with the Technical Project Management organization to develop an efficient scrum management
  • process for the team utilizing Jira, Portfolio and Confluence.
  • Utilize Kibana, Grafana, and OpsGenie to setup monitoring and alerting for the Lending Platform.
  • Respond to problems and production incidents with the platform. Utilize the information gathered from
  • this process to continuously drive improvements and enhancements of the platform.
  • Collaborate closely with Product Managers, Quality Engineers and Software Engineers on the team to
  • define product requirements, maintain a groomed backlog of work and set clear measurable goals for the
  • team.
  • Drive quality and excellence on the team and be a strong evangelist for our users and brand.
  • Own services with pride and instill a strong sense of ownership in your team.
  • Provide mentorship and build a team of amazing engineers.
  • Recruit high-caliber talent in a competitive market and helped shape interview processes.
Minimum Requirements - Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, or related field of study (or foreign equivalent), plus five years of experience in the job offered or in a related occupation.
  • Position also requires at least two years of experience working with financial systems.
  • Must possess at least four years of experience in the following skills:
  • Building and shipping consumer products;
  • Java - Spring, Spring Boot and Hibernate;
  • Maven, Jenkins, Git, Jira, and Confluence.
  • Must possess at least three years of experience in the following skills:
  • AWS - EC2, S3, SNS and SQS
  • PostgreSQL, Redis, and Kafka.
  • Employment and background checks may be required.
At Varo, we are committed to living our values. We hope these resonate with you.

Customers First: Understand the problems our customers are trying to solve. Respond with a sense of urgency. Build relationships that result in loyalty. Be data and insights-driven. Test everything. Achieve results through strong execution. Build a product people love. Assess new initiatives with the customers’ interest in mind. Act with empathy.

Take Ownership: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.

Respect: Bias towards action. Have high standards. Be accountable for the results of your work, our product, our company. Trust others to own it.

Stay Curious: Ask why. Dare to make things better. Learn something new each day (even from mistakes). Be open to growth. Develop creative solutions.

Make it Better: Think big. Set high goals. Work towards long term value rather than short term wins. Create change. Be resilient.

Varo is an equal opportunity employer. Varo embraces diversity and we are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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