At Collective Health, we're modernizing employer-sponsored health insurance and building the first healthcare solution that people actually look forward to interacting with.

Our applications are predominantly containerized Java micro-services deployed in AWS cloud environments. And so we have a Java “base app”, the foundation of all of our micro-service applications. This base app ensures that all of our apps can share a common approach to security, monitoring, database access, deployment which means (1) application engineers can focus on application solutions, and (2) when we introduce new foundation technologies in the base app, we can implement them once and use them everywhere. 

We’re looking for a lead Java engineer for our base app. You will solve the gnarliest problems for scaling, security, reliability, performance, deployment, and you will directly power our entire Engineering team. You will work in our small but mighty (currently 5 person) “DevX”, or Developer Experience, team. And you will enable our 150+ person Development organization to deliver solutions that revolutionize the way that Americans understand, navigate, and receive healthcare.

If you love gnarly Java technology problems, if you dig the total admiration of thankful colleagues, if you get a kick out of solving a problem once and using the solution thousands of times, if you think American healthcare could make use of modern technology, we would love to talk to you!

What you’ll do:

  • Work with Engineers, including specialist Site Reliability Engineers, to set the roadmap for investments in our Java base app, driving scalability, resiliency, deployability, maintainability, security, observability.
  • Research, prototype, and select viable technical solutions: open source, 3rd party, and home-grown.
  • Implement and test your technical solutions as enhancements to the Java base app.
  • Rollout solutions to the rest of the Engineering team. We’ll ensure you’re helped in the rollout and education process!
  • Be a steward of code quality and a mentor and teacher to others. Support engineers as they take advantage of the new capabilities that you’ve enabled.
  • This role is based in our San Francisco office and will report to our DevX Engineering Manager.

Desired expertise and experience:

  • Strong background as a Java engineer.
  • Track record of developing well-tested software that relies on robots and continuous integration, not humans, to validate builds.
  • Experience with Dropwizard, Spring, Guice, and Hibernate, or a similar list with your own favorites substituted in. Either way, you can explain why you prefer your list over alternatives.
  • You collaborate and communicate well with other engineers.
  • You enjoy mentoring and teaching others.
  • You are excited about diving into complex technical domains, including open-source debugging and contribution.
  • Prior experience working in high security environments e.g. healthcare systems or finance systems, is a plus.
  • Previous startup experience is a plus.
Collective Health is a technology company simplifying employer healthcare to make health insurance work for everyone. With more than 200,000 members and over 45 enterprise clients—including Pinterest, Red Bull, Restoration Hardware, Activision Blizzard, and more—our technical and customer experience teams are reinventing the healthcare experience for forward-thinking employers and their people across the U.S.

Collective Health is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with additional offices in Chicago, IL, and Lehi, UT. Founded in 2013, Collective Health is backed by the SoftBank Vision Fund, DFJ Growth, PSP Investments, NEA, GV, G Squared, Founders Fund, Maverick Ventures, Mubadala Ventures, Sun Life, and other leading investors. For more information, visit us at

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



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