Backend Engineer (Python/Django)

Position: Financial Technology Partners (FT Partners) is looking for a Backend Software Engineer to improve, refactor and extend our web app in collaboration with our small but growing engineering team. Our stack is Python/Django, Django Rest Framework, AWS, RDS, Redis, Vue/Vuex, and Node. We’re looking for someone who has experience, passion and diligence in contributing to a stable, clean, readable, maintainable Python/Django codebase and supporting infrastructure.

Company Description: Financial Technology Partners (aka “FT Partners”) is the only investment banking firm focused exclusively on the financial technology sector. We broadly define the sector as the dynamic convergence of technology-based solutions and financial services. FT Partners was recently recognized as "Dealmaker of the Year" and "Investment Banking Firm of the Year" by the M&A Advisor.

The firm was founded by Steve McLaughlin, Managing Partner, formerly a senior investment banker in Goldman Sachs & Co.'s Financial Technology Group and Financial Institutions Group in New York and San Francisco. The firm's Founder and senior bankers are all highly experienced investment bankers formerly with the financial technology, M&A and investment banking groups of Goldman Sachs & Co in New York, San Francisco, London, and Los Angeles.

About FT Partners Engineering: Our primary purpose as an engineering team at FT Partners is to build the (web-based) operating system that the company runs on, as well as its data infrastructure. This is particularly exciting given the company’s focus on research, data and technology, and the large impact our small team can make when our tooling contributes to the success of a huge high-profile deals. High expectations are placed on the engineering team, but we are also afforded substantial autonomy and context to provide real solutions to investment banking operations and data challenges. Our philosophy is to continually simplify our system while providing increasingly powerful features. We are committed to constant research of tools and approaches that provide more elegant solutions than our previous iterations. In places, our application of technology will be truly unique, but it will be built atop a modern high-quality standards-based foundation.

Responsibilities:

  • Build new functionality, models and APIs using Django Rest Framework
  • Audit and refactor older parts of the codebase
  • Implement unit and integration tests for stability and continuous delivery
  • Assist with dependency versioning and security warnings
  • Continuously audit and improve security. Keep the system as simple as needed in order to account for the security and stability of every aspect
  • Collaborate with engineering on database infrastructure, security and efficiency
  • Contribute to team task visibility through participation in our ticket tracking system, daily standups and sprint planning.
  • Write code that is easy for other engineers to understand and expand on, through technology/library choices, code style (readability matters), and documentation

General Qualifications:

  • 2 to 5+ years as a Software Engineer in a modern web-app engineering environment (APIs, SPAs, CI/CD, Cloud infrastructure, Tests, Git, Agile)
  • 1+ of those years working primarily with Django (and preferably DRF)
  • Salary is commensurate on experience, and we are seeking a range of experience levels (from 2 years minimum)
  • U.S. work authorization required. FT Partners will not sponsor applicants for work visas at application or in the future.
  • Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by date of hire to be considered

Team Player:

  • Team player who can contribute to building a positive team spirit, keeps commitments, inspires the trust of others, works with integrity and ethically, and upholds firm values
  • You are collaborative, you recognize that as an engineering team (especially a small one) we succeed together, and we fail together.
  • You are comfortable asking for help, context, and ideas, and you are happy to provide help, context, and ideas to your team.
  • You keep looking into new ways to do things and are willing to replace your own previous solutions in favor of new standards that become available
  • You have a healthy fear of introducing complexity into the system
  • You are self-motivated in contributing to the underappreciated aspects of a stable system like test coverage and documentation

Nice to Haves:

  • Startup experience and comfort wearing multiple hats
  • Experience with large databases and task queues
  • Any DevOps experience a plus

Benefits of this role:

  • Opportunity to implement best-practices of a modern stack
  • Our offices around the world are the direct consumers of the digital products we build, so you’ll have direct feedback on the impact of your work
  • Team culture that values training, social events, and an international and diverse environment
  • Relocation bonus available for candidates meeting certain conditions

Why FT Partners?

  • Managing Partner and Managing Directors formerly of Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan
  • Award-winning execution; Investment Bank of the Year / Boutique of the Year Awards (among many others)
  • Executing both billion dollar and early stage / high-growth VC transactions
  • Excellent career path, strong and competitive compensation
  • Unparalleled deal flow with premier client base
  • Access to world-class executives at high-growth companies
  • Dominant footprint in the one of largest sectors: financial technology
  • Top-notch financial sponsor relationships
  • Close-knit, rapidly growing team

Selected Transactions include advising: 

  • Heartland Payments in its $4.5 billion sale to Global Payments (NYSE: GPN)
  • Assurance IQ in its $3.5 billion sale to Prudential (NYSE: PRU)
  • Mercury Payment in its $2.0 billion sale to Vantiv (NYSE:VNTV)
  • SquareTrade in its $1.4 billion sale to Allstate (NYSE:ALL)
  • Finicity in its $985 million sale to Mastercard (NYSE: MA)
  • Interswitch in its $200 million minority investment led by Visa
  • com in its $230 million minority investment from Insight, DST, GIC, and others
  • CardConnect in its $750 million sale to First Data (NYSE:FDC)
  • GreenSky in its $300 million minority investment led by DST, TPG, Wellington Management, and Iconiq
  • Instamed in its $500+ million sale to JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM)
  • BlueVine in its $102 million minority investment led by ION
  • Stone in its $1.4 bn IPO
  • FleetOne in its $369mm sale to WEX (NYSE:WEX)
  • AvidXchange in its $300 million financing from MasterCard (NYSE:MA), CDPQ, Temasek and Peter Thiel
  • Automated Trading Desk in its $680 million sale to Citigroup (NYSE:C)
  • Custom House Ltd. in its $370 million sale to Western Union (NYSE:WU)
  • Addepar in its $140 million financing from Valor Equity Partners, 8VC and Harald McPike
  • Automatic in its $115 million sale to SiriusXM (NASDAQ: SIRI)
  • GoCardless in its $75 million minority investment from Adams Street Partners and Google Ventures

Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Employment: Financial Technology Partners is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veterans status, Aboriginal/Native American status or any other legally-protected factors. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact recruiting@ftpartners.com.

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