Principal Backend Engineer

United States /
Engineering – Engineering /
Full-time
About Us

Founded in 2017, Coalition is on a mission to solve cyber risk and create a safer digital economy where everyone can thrive. Digital risk is now a part of every business and it’s no longer solely the domain of technical teams. That’s why we combined comprehensive insurance with proactive cybersecurity tools to help organizations stay resilient to digital risks like cyber attacks, funds transfer fraud and much more. 
 
Our team works collaboratively across North America and Europe to prevent security failures and provide both technical and financial help when incidents do occur. Today, Coalition is the world’s largest commercial insurtech serving over 130,000 customers including many small businesses that rely on Coalition to help them chart a path forward in the new digital world. 
 
As of September 2021, Coalition has raised $520 million from leading global technology investors as well as highly-regarded institutional investors including: Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Valor Ventures,  Durable Capital, T. Rowe Price Advisors, and Whale Rock Capital, valuing the company at more than $3.5 billion.
 
Coalition has experienced tremendous growth by helping organizations of all sizes solve real-world problems and by remaining true to our founding values of character, humility, responsibility, authenticity and diversity. That’s why we are proud to be named one of Inc’s Best Places to Work in 2021.

About The Role
 
Principal Engineers help contribute through their impact to software systems, mentorship of other engineers, as well as contribution to our principles for how we build, operate software and work together.

You’ll be designing and building systems that manage a complex set of business rules and allow those rules to map to deterministic outcomes. Contributing to our defined architecture patterns and assisting with architecture design document reviews should be something that excites you.

You enjoy making sure that all the logic branches of your system are well understood and tested and you focus on engineering excellence. You enjoy building APIs that are joyful to consume and making sure everyone understands the lifecycle events of the services you build.
 
Our core platform is written mostly in Python with some services in Java and Go. We prefer to use the right tool for the job and make pragmatic decisions about how to scale and decouple systems as we continue to grow. We’re looking for someone who can navigate a cloud environment (AWS) with many moving pieces and systems to help the team understand how they fit into the broader puzzle.

Responsibilities

    • Drive transformative change within the codebase which you are focused on
    • Mentor and help develop other engineers
    • Contribute to architecture design reviews and engineering principles
    • Interview engineering candidates
    • Build out high quality APIs and web services providing a scalable, efficient and tailored set of interfaces
    • Design, document and deploy public interfaces that are a joy to consume
    • Work with cross functional stakeholders including product, design, sales, and others to help break down business requirements into actionable plans
    • Collaborate with Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) to develop and deliver applications in a repeatable, stable, and joyful software development lifecycle
    • Develop test cases and work with QE to ensure engineering excellence
    • Make Coalition a better place by taking on the unseen, unforeseen, and important items that come up along the way

Skills and Qualifications

    • Computer Science or Engineering degree - related technical discipline or equivalent work experience
    • 12+ years of hands-on software development experience building APIs and services - It’s not the years, it’s the miles
    • Production application development in Python, Go, Java or other language
    • Experience developing and operating applications on AWS
    • Production tested cloud native development principles including horizontal scaling, 12-factor application design and security principles like OWASP, etc
    • SQL query building and database schema design
    • Automated testing and CI/CD pipeline development
    • Development in distributed, event-driven and/or message-driven architectures
    • Analyzing software errors with tools like Sentry, DataDog, Jaeger/Zipkin, GreyLog or App Dynamics
    • Container based deployment and development with Docker
    • Experience using multiple transports and formats (e.g. REST, gRPC, GraphQL)
    • Working with an agile team using collaborative development tools (Atlassian Suite, GitHub, GitLab)
    • Excellent experience debugging and scaling production infrastructure and services
    • Strong technical and leadership chops - Led technical decisions for your team and influenced technical decisions across your functional domains. Led initiatives/projects that enforce operational reliability factors such as monitoring, performance and capacity planning, security, and disaster response.

Bonus Points

    • Production experience serving large user bases (100,000+), mission critical systems, or high traffic systems (transaction or request volume)
    • Frontend development experience, especially on SPAs

Why Coalition?

Coalition's culture is one that strongly values humility, authenticity, and diversity. We want to work with people of different backgrounds and different paths in life, and we trust our team members to take responsibility, share ownership and work for one another. We are always looking for collaborative, inquisitive and dedicated individuals to join our team.

Coalition Engineering

Our culture is one of character, humility, responsibility, purpose, and authenticity. We are growing rapidly and that growth is enabled by strong teamwork, communication, and mentorship. We want people who are passionate about becoming experts in both the business and the technologies that support it. Our core platform is written mostly in Python with some services in Java and Go. We prefer to use the right tool for the job and make pragmatic decisions about how to scale and de-couple systems as we continue to grow. We’re looking for someone who can navigate a cloud environment (AWS) with many moving pieces and systems to help the team understand how they fit into the broader puzzle.
 
Recent press releases: 
Coalition Closes $205 Million Series E, Valuing the Cyber Insurance Provider At More Than $3.5 Billion
 
Coalition is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
 
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