Senior Back End Software Engineer

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EquityZen is an early-mid stage financial technology company, backed by leading venture and private equity investors. We enable private companies to deliver liquidity to their shareholders while providing investors access to invest in these proven, pre-IPO companies. EquityZen has served 125+ premier tech and digital health companies and is proud to be considered a liquidity provider for 1 out of 3 of the largest unicorns. We’re moving fast, with double and in some cases triple-digit percentage growth across metrics including headcount, transaction volume, revenue and users over the past year. Watch this short video to learn more: equityzen.com/press. 

We’re looking for an experienced Senior Back End Engineer to join our growing team as we rapidly expand our industry-defining online investment platform. Our ideal candidate has experience in building enterprise grade SaaS applications with a focus on performance, scalability, testability and maintainability. They enjoy ideating and collaborating with designers and are passionate about writing clean and reusable code. Our team is a group of ambitious, yet humble people across all disciplines and backgrounds.  Our commitment is to an efficient interview process and as long as we can align with schedules, our start to decision can be within 2-3 weeks. If our team and values interest you and you’d like to work in a company poised for hyper-growth, please reach out to us! 

WHAT YOU’LL DO
  • Be a key contributor in developing highly visible and impactful projects using Python (Django/GraphQL) with deployment to the AWS Cloud 
  • Work on expanding a service oriented architecture including building microservices and migrating to an event driven pub-sub framework
  • Assist with key areas of back end development including but not limited to application architecture and development, data pipelines/ETL, platform security, scalability and resilience.
  • Work hand-in-hand with designers, PMs, data scientists, business stakeholders, and fellow engineers to ideate, design, and implement key initiatives and end-user experiences that are used by tens of thousands of customers as well as our internal teams
  • Use cutting-edge technologies and domain-driven design fundamentals and introduce improvements to our stack, end-user experience, business processes, and workflows via rapid prototypes/proof-of-concepts 
  • Collaborate with our agile team that champions software development best practices
THE RIGHT STUFF
  • BS in Computer Science or related discipline
  • 5+ years of professional experience working with Python applications in production
  • Deep understanding of the Python ecosystem and idioms for writing performant and scalable code.
  • Well versed in all aspects of SDLC including CICD and automated testing is a must-have. 
  • Actual hands-on experience in service oriented architectures including monolith to microservice migrations are preferred
  • Experience working on a fast-paced, lean organization that is 100% accountable for its commitments
  • Able to take high-level requests, break them down to digestible tasks, and own them to completion
  • Passionate about writing maintainable code, automated testing, and thorough code review
OUR TECH STACK

EquityZen runs a robust stack which is containerized and deployed on Kubernetes in the AWS cloud. On the front end, we leverage React, Redux and GraphQL. On the back end, Django, Celery, PostgreSQL, Golang, ElasticSearch, and RabbitMQ. We are continuously evolving our architecture to match our growing scale and will be working with pub sub frameworks including Kafka. 

BONUS POINTS
  • Track record of technical leadership and delivery of large projects that require strong teamwork and collaboration is a must.
  • Expertise in high concurrency, multithreaded environments using languages like Golang or Scala are highly desirable.
  • Strong distributed systems knowledge including working in environments with monitoring (e.g. Prometheus, Datadog), Alerting (e.g. Pagerduty) and devops experience (k8s, terraform, cloudformation) in an AWS stack is a strong plus. 
  • Experience with distributed streaming systems such as Kafka/Kinesis/Pulsar is an advantage. 
  • Experience with relational databases (Postgres, Mysql) and non relational stores (Mongo, Cassandra, Scylla) would be a strong advantage. 
  • Hands on experience developing GraphQL schemas and/or Swagger definitions for GraphQL and RESTful APIs, respectively
  • Experience mentoring team members on new technologies
  • Experience conducting product demonstrations for non-technical users
  • Entrepreneurial experience and drive
  • Prior work in financial services or the FinTech sector
  • First hand understanding of marketplace businesses
  • Technical leadership on larger projects that span multiple functions and required strong product management collaboration

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN 

  • Experience working on a fast growing and fast moving team who is passionate about building amazing products that provide high value to our customers and are a pleasure to use
  • Hands on experience with the venture capital and technology-driven startup ecosystems
  • Opportunity to work closely with business stakeholders across the entire organization, including the founding team
  • Equity, competitive salary, full employee benefits (health, dental, vision), flexible paid time off, stocked fridge, supply of snacks, weekly catered lunch and more!
  • Hybrid/Remote work environment for engineering members with an emphasis on work-life balance
  • Strong career progression paths are available for all tracks including individual contributors and aspiring managers.

EquityZen offers a competitive salary, stock options, full employee benefits (health, dental, vision), 401k match, individual professional development and wellness budget, generous time off policies and more!

We are dedicated to prioritizing all employees’ health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have a new, socially-distant friendly office space in NYC’s financial district where we have established strict protocols to protect the health and safety of all employees; however, working from the office is strictly voluntary until further notice unless otherwise noted in the job description. Working from the office requires being fully vaccinated, signing an attestation stating as such and being prepared to show proof of vaccination, if requested.

EquityZen provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, EquityZen complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. EquityZen expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of EquityZen’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • DjangoFrameworks
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • MixpanelAnalytics
    • SketchDesign
    • FigmaDesign
    • AsanaManagement
    • IntercomCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We have a beautiful, social-distance friendly space just doors from the New York Stock Exchange! Right in the heart of where good things happen for EquityZen.

An Insider's view of EquityZen

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Our team is tackling the challenge of creating greater accessibility to Pre-IPO marketplaces. By developing technologies that streamline the process of private investing, we generate value for shareholders and investors. Additionally, by creating intuitive experiences we attract market participants with varying financial management expertise.

Shanie

Senior Front End Engineer

What are some things you learned at the company?

Since joining EquityZen, I've learned to have more of an analytical mindset when making decisions and proposing solutions. Coming from a client-facing background at a large company, tools like SQL were things I never touched or knew about. At EquityZen, we're empowered and encouraged to look at that data to make quantitative decisions.

Roy

Senior Investment Associate

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Our team wakes up everyday and faces new challenges in a complex and ever-shifting FinTech space. We’re focused on building features that support our growing user-base, internal tooling to empower our co-workers, and attacking our technical debt head-on. We’re very proud to build performant and maintainable software that helps us scale.

Ish

Senior Back End Engineer

What are EquityZen Perks + Benefits

EquityZen Benefits Overview

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put most of our office perks on hold, our vision and resilience of our team remain the most important perks of working at EquityZen.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Starting in 2022, we are excited to be offering a match of up to 4% of an employee's base salary - 100% of the first 3% of contributions and 50% of the next 2%.
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Our Founders generously matched donations in 2020 to support our belief in the fight against racial and social injustice.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
In these COVID times, we support each employees' individual needs.
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Some Meals Provided
EquityZen brings in a catered lunch every Friday. Cinco de Mayo? Bring on the tacos!
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
EquityZen ensures that everyone has the licenses and certifications they need to do their job.
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