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Staff Software Engineer

Root Insurance Company
🏢 Root Insurance Company 🇺🇸 Chicago, IL, US 🕑 February 27

The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way that car insurance works. We’re competing with companies that have been around for a century and comprise a $200B industry—and we’re doing it with an astonishingly small team.

We're building an Engineering Team in Chicago that will be working very closely with our telematics data. This team will play a major part in where we're headed, so we're searching for experienced Software Engineers who are looking to have a significant impact by building and leading a team from scratch.

Our tech stack includes:
Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing
Javascript / React Native frontend, Mocha for testing
Small amounts of native iOS and Android
Deployment to AWS ECS using containers
Buildkite for CI

We recently raised the largest VC rounds ever for an Ohio technology company:

https://news.crunchbase.com/news/ohio-unicorn-root-insurance-rolls-on-with-350m-in-new-cash/1021/

Our team excels at delivering software to build Root’s products: presently, mobile apps and a backend platform for personal auto insurance. We’ve shaped our team and our way of working around this. Our engineering team would not be the most transformative team at building a mobile operating system. We’d be quite bad at that. We’re exceptionally good at building the type of software that is necessary to invoke change in the insurance industry.

For more information on engineering at Root see https://eng.joinroot.com/

We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:

Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.
Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute assigned work beyond basic technical solutions.
Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.

Scope of Impact Team/Initiative/Company

What we look for in Staff Software Engineers:

Technical Skills:
Deep understanding of dynamic languages, client-server architecture, and web technologies
Incorporates testing and thinks about reliability as a natural part of delivering working software
Experienced with several programming paradigms
Solid knowledge of databases, SQL, and version control tools
Adequate understanding of infrastructure and devops

Planning and execution:
Plans and completes large and complex tasks/projects without supervision
Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
Completes large pre-planned tasks in an efficient manner
Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Understands and takes into account business goals into their technical decisions.
Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables

Working with Others:
Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
Able to positively influence other engineers, both directly and indirectly
Works with product owners, analysts and other functions to move company’s priorities forward

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