Lead Java Developer, New York

New York
Lab49 – Software Engineering /
Full-time (hybrid) /
Lab49 has an opportunity available for a Lead Java Engineer to lead work on complex and challenging projects aimed at driving transformative change for our top-tier Financial Services clients. Operating in an Agile environment, the Java Engineer will have strong server-side experience to work on next-generation financial systems. 


    • Develop distributed systems that handle actor-based concurrency, reactive programming, distributed in-memory data grids, and messaging, aiming to shape the future of financial technology stacks. 
    • Collaborate on server-side JVM-based projects. 
    • Engage proficiently with the Java or Scala JVM ecosystem stack (including Spring and its subprojects, Guice, Guava, Maven, Hibernate, Jetty, etc.). 
    • Adapt continuously to evolving technology landscapes. 
    • Acquire proficiency in other technologies across the development stack, encompassing front-end and non-JVM ecosystems. 
    • Collaborate with clients in iterative, project-based engagements, fostering self-organizing and focused teams to swiftly build innovative solutions. 
    • Embrace collaboration, sharing, and learning from colleagues. 
    • Commit to delivering quality code. 
    • Demonstrate expertise in writing commercial-grade software applications. 
    • Possess a profound understanding of multithreading and real-time software architectures. 
    • Exhibit a genuine interest in and capability for solving real-world business problems, leveraging technology as an enabler. 
    • Demonstrate determination to succeed despite obstacles and challenges, with a positive attitude favoring goal achievement over open-ended investigation. 

Required Skills and Experience:

    • 10+ years of hands-on experience in designing and building complex, commercial-grade applications in core, server-side Java, preferably Java 8+. 
    • 5+ years of experience leading Agile teams. 
    • Willingness to take accountability for the team’s actions and outcomes. 
    • Proactive decision-making based on project and technology comprehension. 
    • Commitment to sharing knowledge, guiding team members, and leading learning sessions. 
    • Flexibility to adapt to changes in project requirements, technology, and team composition. 
    • Experience in developing RESTful Web Services. 
    • Test-driven development, including Unit and End-to-End Testing. 
    • Familiarity with Agile software development methodologies (e.g., SCRUM or KANBAN). 
    • Experience in a CI/CD environment. 
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Math, or related work experience. 
    • Knowledge of, experience with, and a demonstrated interest in global financial markets and financial products. 
The base salary range for this role is $200,000 - $240,000. However the above base salary range may vary depending on the individual's job-related knowledge, skills and experience.

Base salary is only one component of our total compensation package. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus, which is determined upon company and individual performance.
Salary range disclosure as required by S9427A when hiring in New York.

Our Hybrid Work Model   At Lab49, we embrace a hybrid work model, offering you the flexibility to work from the office or remotely. We expect our Lab49ers to average 2-3 days per week in person and this could be at our midtown office in NYC or at a client site. We believe that both the flexibility and in person connection to each other and our clients build a collaborative culture and the opportunity to accelerate growth and innovation.  

Lab49 is a specialist strategy, design, and technology consulting company dedicated to the financial services industry. We were founded in 2002 to fill a need in the Financial Technology marketplace for high-end execution and reliable delivery of technology projects.

Our consultants are experts in strategy, user experience, architecture, engineering, and delivery management. We combine knowledge of the latest trends in technology with deep domain expertise to deliver innovative solutions with accelerated time-to-market.

We have office hubs in Midtown Manhattan, Washington DC, London, Budapest, New Delhi and Sydney. 

Lab49/ION is committed to maintaining a supportive and inclusive environment for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We respect the varied identities, abilities, cultures, and traditions of the individuals who comprise our organization and recognize the value that different backgrounds and points of view bring to our business.
Lab49/ION adheres to an equal employment opportunity policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against applicants or employees based on any legally impermissible factor.