Software Engineer, Backend

As a Senior Backend Engineer at Clara you’re helping transform how families across America access capital by creating a novel, online borrowing experience. You’re part of an early, growing team that’s working to build a unified system to modernize an antiquated yet critical industry. Your daily challenges vary from building reliability and maintainability into distributed systems, to debugging database query performance, to understanding mortgage pricing and underwriting guidelines.

Being an Engineer at Clara means being part of a diverse team whose backgrounds range from biology to finance, and whose interests range from round-the-clock coffee drinking to camping in Botswana to mentoring with Women Who Code. We care deeply about choosing the right tools for the job, building systems designed for longevity, and fostering a culture of continuous learning.

Clara is a modern, technology-enabled lender backed by top venture capital firms based in downtown San Francisco and our mission is to improve people’s lives by reimagining how lending works. Our team brings together the best of Silicon Valley tech, financial services, the mortgage industry and the federal government. It’s an uncommon mix that allows us to tackle the biggest problems in consumer finance. Come join us!


  • Build a reliable, extensible and intuitive platform for processing loans. You’re an engineer, so bring your own unique approach to the product. See a problem, solve it and iterate.
  • We have product managers and opinionated users, but our engineers are involved (and critically important!) from ideation and requirements to development and deployment. You will never be asked to blindly implement a ticket - instead you’ll be challenged to solve complex and open-ended problems.
  • Improve everything you touch. Champion and promote adoption of better tools, coding practices, standards and feedback loops. Refactor ugly code, kill dead code.


  • You care about people, especially the other engineers on your team and the business stakeholders that rely on you.
  • You open yourself to new ideas and you enjoy discussing concepts and solutions with your teammates.
  • You’re a conceptual and organized thinker. You pride yourself on your ability to manage ambiguity and you’re comfortable with flexible, emergent situations.
  • You understand CS fundamentals-- you know algorithms and data structures, but more importantly, you know when they’re important and when they’re not.
  • You have knowledge of both a popular statically typed and a popular dynamically typed language. Check out our current stack at
  • You have 4+ years of experience writing quality code for a consumer tech company, or similar relevant experience

Meet Some of Clara's Employees

Brian R.

Software Engineer

Brian builds technological architecture to optimize Clara’s workflow processes. His work supports internal company operations, allowing Sales and Mortgage Operations Teams to be more efficient with their time.

Bryan D.

Head of Compliance & Risk Management

Bryan is responsible for ensuring that Clara adheres to regulatory compliance requirements in order to protect the organization, its borrowers, and its employees.

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