Sep 24

Senior Software Engineer

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A letter from our Head of Engineering:

Dear candidate,

There has never been a more exciting time to join Bench. We’re up to something huge: we’re going to make a profound difference in the quality of life of 1 million people.

Finance is inseparable from the human experience. Our financial status influences our mental and physical wellbeing, where we live, our education, our family structures, and the opportunities we do or do not have. Working at a financial technology (fintech) company therefore isn’t about money; it’s about helping human beings. Small and midsize business (SMB) fintech, where we play, is about giving entrepreneurs access to big-business superpowers—in our case, being able to afford a full-service bookkeeper who genuinely cares about them and the success of their business.

Bench is already the biggest bookkeeper in North America—we currently have over 10,000 clients, and in 2020 alone we processed $21B in transactions—and we’re just at the beginning of our technological journey. Over the last year a new category of technology companies has emerged: Banking as a Service (BaaS), which gives fintech companies the ability to offer banking directly to their customers. We are on the bleeding edge of this movement. We already have a banking offering in beta, and are en route to offering full-service banking and bookkeeping in a single package, with unprecedented levels of automation and therefore a game-changing price point. This is how we will make a difference for a million people.

We need help. We’re looking for software developers who align with our mission of using technology to improve the lives of our customers. To do this, we are going to write the simplest possible technology, where every line of code creates value for our clients. If you join us, I promise that you will grow tremendously, live a rich life both at and away from work, and have a great time while doing it.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I can’t wait to meet you.

Blake Turner, Head of Technology

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:

  • A resonance with our Bench and Technology principles

  • A depth of knowledge across the frontend and backend

  • A deep expertise in the frontend, backend, or both

  • Demonstrable ability to act as a technical lead on projects

  • Demonstrable ability to mentor senior engineers

  • Demonstrable ability to describe technology in terms of business priorities

It’s an even better fit if you have:

  • Expertise in Typescript (ReactJS/NodeJS)

  • Expertise in JVM languages (Java/Scala)

  • Expertise in AWS technologies

Bonus points if you have:

  • Open source projects

  • A history of delivering talks at conferences

  • Another career before this one—you’ll be surprised how much crossover there is

  • A passion that you want to tell us about!

For a deep dive on how we define Engineering roles at Bench, please see our competencies matrix. To learn more about how we do things, you can also read through our Technology Organization Handbook and our blog.

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