Senior Backend Engineer

Our Backend team covers four different areas:

Brokerage and Banking Platform - Help us build a service-oriented architecture that can handle hundreds of thousands of securities trades (worth hundreds of millions) every day without missing a beat. Just as AWS does for Amazon, our brokerage platform creates the foundation underlying our industry-leading financial products. We want you to help scale the platform 10x and then 10x again as we automate financial services into the future.

Financial Planning - Wealthfront engineers working within our financial planning area implement Path, which helps users plan and optimize their financial lives in an automated way. Path derives users’ financial histories and current situations from data that is pulled in from linked external accounts. This user data plus financial industry data are combined together within complex forward-looking simulations which allow our users to explore and understand what is needed to achieve their most important financial goals such as buying a home, paying for a child's college education, retirement, etc.

Client Journey - Our main focus is on removing unnecessary friction and building trust. Through the experiences we build, our clients become delighted by the unexpected ease of common tasks (like account opening) and the thoughtful guidance they receive during times of anxiety (like transferring money and market volatility). 

Financial Services - Wealthfront’s financial services help our clients achieve their financial goals. From the trading algorithms that power all of Wealthfront’s investment products and the Portfolio Line of Credit that lets you access cash easily, to the 529 college savings account that lets you start saving for your kids’ education, our engineers work with our research team to bring these innovative financial services to life.

Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, test and maintain backend components: application, data, infrastructure, analytics and deployment
  • Design and build systems with automated instrumentation and monitoring
  • Live and breathe resiliency and uptime
  • Consistently improve maintainability and stability of the codebase

Requirements

  • 3+ years of prior backend experience
  • Expertise in Java or similar language (such as C++ or C#)
  • Experience with online data stores (preferably MySQL)
  • Experience with offline data stores (preferably Hadoop stack) a plus
  • Experience with at least one scripting language
  • Real passion for agile, test-driven development, continuous integration and automated testing
  • Deep understanding of distributed systems and functional programming paradigms
  • BS, MS, or PhD in computer science, math, physics or related field

Everyone across the financial spectrum deserves to live secure and rewarding lives. In order to successfully serve clients across the United States, the Wealthfront team is focused on hiring team members with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Wealthfront pioneered the category today known as “robo-advisors” when the company launched its automated investment service in 2011. Today, we manage over $12 billion for our clients and have expanded our service to offer free financial planning to anyone as well as cash management solutions with our recently launched FDIC insured Cash Account.

But we’re not done there. Our vision is to optimize and automate all of their clients’ finances, and build Self-Driving Money™️. We want clients to be able to automatically deposit their paycheck into their Wealthfront account and take care of the rest -- paying their bills, topping off their emergency fund or 401(k) and investing the rest based on their specific goals and lifestyle. To get there, we’ll be focusing the bulk of our efforts on reinventing the way we currently bank in the U.S. in 2019. The banking industry is one of the most non-client centric industries in existence and we hope you join us to flip the script and rebuild it from the ground up.

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