Staff Software Engineer, Back-End

Financial Engines’ mission is to bring financial wellness and financial help to every American.  With nearly 10 million customers, Financial Engines is the leading provider for retirement advice, building personalized financial plans powered by our software. Financial Engines made an acquisition earlier this year, and we are expanding our product offering and growing our engineering team.

As a Staff Software Engineer on the Platform team, you will play a pivotal role in the design and development of a platform that delivers mission-critical decisions on the investment advice for millions of Americans.   You will join a fast-paced core team that works together to architect and build services, APIs, and define the data model for this platform. You will work cross-functionally to solve business problems and technically lead the next-generation design of the platform on the AWS Cloud.

The ideal candidate will be excited for the challenge to transform and think critically on many computer science disciplines including product design, usability, building APIs, scaling performance, and 24x7 reliability. This position is full-time and based in our Sunnyvale office.



  • Design and develop scalable, high-volume performing, and reliable services that operate 24x7
  • Scale distributed applications, make architectural trade-offs applying synchronous and asynchronous design patterns, write simple elegant code, and deliver with speediness and quality.
  • Produce high quality software that is unit tested, code reviewed, and checked in regularly for continuous integration.
  • Identify, leverage, and successfully evangelize opportunities to improve engineering productivity.
  • Champion best practices, mentor junior developers, and continue to push the engineering organization forward along technology innovation.
  • Interact with both business and technical stakeholders to deliver high quality products and services that meets/exceeds business and technical requirements.



  • 8+ years of industry experience building and running in production high volume large-scale distributed system
  • Hands on experience developing Java web applications, including REST API and Back End implementations
  • Expert level understanding of REST, SOAP
  • Expert level experience build resilient services
  • Expert level Domain Modeling with Relational and Non-Relational Databases
  • Automation driven mindset and solid understanding of modern CI/CD practices
  • Excellent debugging and problem solving skills, including ability to diagnose and fix performance and scalability issues.
  • Data-driven decision making, results oriented
  • BS in Computer Science or a related field



  • Development on AWS Cloud
  • DevOps
  • FinTech domain knowledge


About Financial Engines

Financial Engines is America’s largest independent investment advisor1. We help people achieve greater financial clarity by providing comprehensive financial planning and professional investment management and advice. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Financial Engines was co-founded in 1996 by Nobel Prize-winning economist William F. Sharpe. We currently offer financial help to more than 9.5 million people across over 700 companies (including 146 of the Fortune 500). Our unique approach, combined with powerful online services, dedicated advisors and personal attention, promotes greater financial wellness and helps more Americans to meet their financial goals.

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All advisory services provided by Financial Engines Advisors L.L.C. Financial Engines does not guarantee future results.

1 For independence methodology and ranking, see InvestmentNews Center (

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