Full-Stack Software Engineer Lead (Java/Agile)

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Job Description

Are you great at Ideation? Can you take an idea, explore different design principles & implement? If yes, this is the right opportunity. Allstate is looking for a Full-Stack Software Engineer Lead to join our dynamic team of scrum/extreme programming (XP) developers in Chicago/Northbrook & serve as anchor/technical lead. Our goal is to build Rating products that support Pricing strategy for Allstate Insurance Products. This team will engineer software all day, every day, on a full-stack cloud platform. Driving quality leveraging test-driven development with continuous integration & continuous delivery is key to our engineering approach. This is a tremendous opportunity to deliver the next-generation Rating product for our end users. This team will be working at our innovation hub in the Merchandise Mart which will provide the latest in modern equipment, healthy work spaces, and engineering tools to accomplish our goals.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participates in product scoping, discovery and framing, and inceptions providing technical input and helps translate user features into system design
  • Help define strategic direction and map out tracks of work to live into short-term and long-term needs
  • Leads the effort of shaping the architecture and design of the product including recovery, security, and audit
  • Leads and participates in inceptions and iteration planning meetings, infusing backlogs with technical input working in close partnership with the product manager
  • Identify risk and issues and possible mitigation strategies.
  • Leads and participates in daily site, cross-site, and product team standups
  • Leads and participates in retrospectives; demonstrating and encouraging each participant to provide feedback with empathy
  • Leads collaboration and strategy alignment across product portfolios (cross-product) in partnership with product managers, other peers and key stakeholders with the customer needs and wants in mind
  • Serves as an expert on the R3 (Ratemaking, Rating and Rate plan implementation) domain and a distinguished advocate of multiple technology stacks and shares that knowledge across organizations
  • Serves as the anchor of the team and practices technical leadership; helping guide the team in building prototypes, choosing the right technology, solving technical problems, and resolving any technical conflicts within the team
  • Coaches the team (onshore & offshore) and leads daily practices of using paired programming and test driven development in writing software and building products and enhancements
  • Establishes continuous integration, continuous delivery, and continuous deployment pipelines and practices
  • Leads and participates in knowledge sharing, and contributes to the overall growth of the collective knowledge of the CompoZed Labs community.


Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Masters/MBA degree in a field such as Computer Science or Data Architecture
  • 8+ years of experience developing and implementing systems at scale.
  • Strong understanding of computer science concepts, object oriented design principles
  • Strong understanding of distributed systems, operating systems, networking, databases, security, and analytics
  • Hands on experience and accountability architecting, designing, implementing and delivering large scale distributed systems and/or applications for the cloud, including microservices architectures and 12-factor principles
  • Experience developing software in different programming languages, and demonstrated ability to quickly learn new languages, including but not limited to React JS, Java (Spring) & Python
  • Experience and knowledge in developing REST APIs including tooling for documentation (swagger, REST-docs, openapi spec), versioning, service discovery/registration, testing and management; experience using API gateways a plus
  • Experience and knowledge in web and API security including authentication, authorization, OAuth, OWASP, OpenID, and SAML
  • Experience in backend development design and implementation; database (relational, NoSQL, caching), messaging and big data development, implementation and optimization
  • Actual experience developing continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment pipelines for distributed apps
  • Knowledge and advanced experience using distributed version control systems (git), artifact management systems, build and packaging systems (maven, gradle, npm, artifactory, etc...) and continuous integration tools (Jenkins).
  • Knowledge and experience on approaches and tools for automated testing (including performance testing) and monitoring
  • Experience working in an eXtreme Programming (XP) or any agile environment
  • Experience in Test Driven Development; including knowledge and experience in testing frameworks like junit, mockito, jasmine, protractor, cucumber, and other like technologies


Job Qualifications (Cont'd)

  • Able to lead agile teams and lead collaboration across teams; serving as an anchor or technical lead for complex distributed systems spanning multiple apps, services, APIs, and datastores
  • Familiarity with open source software
  • Able to learn new technologies, and teach other members of the team/s
  • Able to work effectively across organizational and geographical boundaries


The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

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