About Ladder 

We saw a problem within the life insurance industry: getting covered took too long, involved too much paperwork, and required too many in-person meetings with salesy agents. Having lost his father at a young age, our CEO, Jamie, was determined to make it easier for people to get the coverage they needed to provide for their families. So, we got to work. We developed a method of real-time underwriting and, in doing so, reduced the months-long process of applying for life insurance to minutes. Our digital experience is quick (instant decisions!), loved by users (check out our Trustpilot or Google reviews) and prolific ($34 billion+ in coverage provided).

About the role 

The Ladder engineering team is looking for a staff software engineer to come and join us to  reimagine what life insurance can be. You will be responsible for implementing full-stack features that directly impact the business by collaborating closely with other engineers, designers, and product managers.

If you're interested in doing mission-driven work with smart, caring people, we’d love to hear from you.

How you'll make a difference

  • Implement full-stack features that directly impact the business
  • Collaborate closely with engineers, designers, and product managers
  • Quickly build ownership over major parts of our codebase
  • Explore data to provide insights into our product and business  
  • Design, develop, deploy, and maintain services, systems, and user-facing applications helping thousands attain life insurance
  • Conceive of and implement new features to help connect consumers with life insurance 
  • Continually improve code quality, performance and reliabilities

Who you are

  • Previous experience working on production web applications
  • Excellent communication skills, especially in a remote context
  • Familiarity or experience with our tech stack
  • Interest in reimagining consumer financial services

Our engineering culture & values

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  • Bottom-up leadership: teams are most successful when everybody shares their ideas, comfortable that they'll be seriously considered. engineers can and should provide product & business insights.
  • Ship fast without breaking things: we've invested heavily in engineering tooling that provides guardrails without getting in your way. We believe in shipping MVPs & iterating quickly rather than waiting for perfection to ship.
  • Invest in automation: automating repetitive tasks saves time and reduces errors. We're always on the lookout for manual workflows to automate away.
  • Continuous improvement: we learn from our past wins & losses by conducting blameless retros.

Technologies

While it's great if you're already familiar with some of these, we strongly believe that general technical proficiency is more important than knowledge of specific technologies. If the role sounds interesting, please apply even if you don't know any of these technologies!

  • Frontend: Clojurescript, React, GraphQL
  • Backend: Clojure, JVM
  • Infrastructure: Kafka, Docker, Kubernetes, Packer, Terraform, AWS
  • Data: BigQuery, Tableau, BEAM

What we offer

Ladder is building a diverse team of talented and enthusiastic people. We are an equal opportunity workplace. At Ladder, differences are celebrated and supported for the benefit of our people, our product, and our community. Let us know why you’re interested in this position and what unique contributions you can make to the Ladder team.

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