Backend Lead Software Engineer (Remote)

San Francisco, California /
Engineering /
Full Time
A bit about Newfront:

From the the Lloyd’s of London coffee shop to the moon landing, every venture relies on insurance. The $1 trillion insurance industry is fundamental to our economy and society, but remains stuck in the stone age. Incumbents rely on antiquated pen-and-paper process and there's a huge opportunity to transform it through technology. At Newfront, we're building software to supercharge insurance brokers and help them deliver a delightful experience to clients.

While we’re a technology-driven company, we believe that people and trusted relationships matter. Newfront believes in empowering people rather than "disrupting" them. Our singular mission is to create the future of work for this massive industry.

We believe breakout growth creates breakout opportunities and diversity drives innovation.

As an Engineering Lead at Newfront, you will work with a team building features across the platform to help clients manage their risk and supercharge our brokers. There are tons of challenging technical problems to solve that directly impact the lives of your teammates and Newfront clients.

Newfront scales by hiring brokers who join with their book of business. Through automation and artificial intelligence, we eliminate paperwork and pay brokers a higher split of their commission revenue. We represent a paradigm shift in the industry and career path for tens of thousands of brokers.

This position is open to remote candidates with Pacific Time Zone preferred. #LI-Remote

🎥 To learn more about the technology we're building, watch our video Engineering at Newfront
🚀 To learn more about our mission and values, check out our Careers Page or Key Values
💰 To learn more about our funding, check out this Forbes article

What you'll work on

    • Lead the development of product features: You'll be involved during product discovery and you'll contribute to the technical design process. You are product-minded and able to collaborate with a Product Manager to define the product roadmap and vision. You'll be responsible for speccing and guiding your team in building out features and infrastructure
    • Shape business processes: As Newfront is a technology-driven brokerage, we are looking for new ways to improve business processes through technology. You will become the expert on how an area of the business functions and work directly with stakeholders to constantly delight client, grow revenue, and increase efficiency
    • Define technical direction: You will help shape the technical vision and roadmap for a large area of the product. You will also influence best practices and introduce new technologies when appropriate. You'll need to clearly communicate your vision with the team to gain support and a shared understanding of the technologies
    • Mentor other engineers: You will work with other engineers on your team to help them grow and develop their skills


    • 5+ years of engineering experience. You have previous success developing and shipping a large-scale application with a user-empathetic mindset
    • 2+ years of experience leading an engineering team. You have proven abilities in providing technical direction for a small to medium team of engineers
    • You're product-minded. You take initiative to understand production intention, team goals, business context, and user problems to propose improvements, eliminate gaps, and reduce risk in the project. You contribute to and drive the team roadmap with product and design. You meet with stakeholders across the company when needed to eliminate gaps in your knowledge. You work closely with design to create a world class User Experience
    • Security-minded. You have a detailed understanding of security protocols like OAuth2/OIDC/JWT. You understand client-side cookie authentication and JWT. You should have an understanding of front-end security risks and how to mitigate them
    • In-depth knowledge of microservice/cloud and enterprise architecture patterns. You have a track record of success in architecting and building distributed applications in the cloud. You design for efficiency, reliability, and resiliency and know when to make trade-offs between them. You have experience with messaging/pub-sub systems such as SNS/SQS, ActiveMQ, RabbitMQ, or similar
    • You have some experience with web technologies including JavaScript (React), HTML, and CSS. While you may not be spending your time developing in these, you have a decent understanding of them and know how to coordinate with those who are

Nice to haves

    • Proficiency in NodeJS and Typescript
    • Experience with Dependency Injection Frameworks
    • Understanding of containerization technologies such as Docker
    • Experience deploying services in AWS using Terraform

Some of the technologies we use

    • NodeJS
    • TypeScript
    • PostgreSQL
    • AWS ECS
    • Docker
    • React/Nextjs
    • NestJS
    • Redis
    • Github
    • CircleCI
    • Vercel
Newfront is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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