Senior Back-End Engineer

| Greater Denver Area
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Senior Back-End Engineer

Maxwell is on a mission to transform the $8.5T residential mortgage market by re-imagining how loan officers work together with borrowers to buy a home.

Based in beautiful Denver, Colorado, Maxwell is a VC-funded, Techstars-backed company with a mission to empower mortgage lenders to be more connected, productive, and successful.

WHO ARE WE?

Maxwell was founded in 2015 by three friends who were fed up with the arduous process of getting a mortgage. We believe everyone who is buying a home deserves a delightful mortgage experience.

After speaking with hundreds of lenders, home buyers and real estate agents, Maxwell was born as a solution to provide mortgage professionals a modern platform that transforms and enhances their workflow. Buying a home is one of the happiest, most fulfilling experiences of a person’s life. We help make the mortgage just as fun.

We also believe that doing well means also doing good: a portion of all of Maxwell’s revenues is dedicated to building homes for those who need them most in Haiti and El Salvador.

WHO ARE YOU?

You are an experienced senior engineer with a strong orientation towards back-end systems and services. You are looking for a position where you’ll get to build key systems and lay down the foundation for our mortgage platform. As a full-time senior member of the engineering team, you’ll help lead the effort to build and operate our software systems while also contributing to the decisions that will steer the product’s future. As a senior engineer you will also mentor our team of talented technologists and work closely with our product team.  

You need to be comfortable with deployment environments, writing database queries, building out backend services, and implementing APIs. We integrate with many third party services, so experience with a variety of third party APIs is a plus. In the past you have built and managed scaled platforms which enable many different users and use cases.  

You’ll be a critical part of our product development team which is design, frontend and backend engineering combined. You’ll use your education and experience to inform our engineering process and decisions when building new features, enhancing existing functionality, and ensuring the availability of the entire platform.

Be prepared to...

  • Prioritize and then Execute. We focus on training our engineers to thoughtfully make an impact everyday and over the long term.

  • Be a teammate people trust and enjoy working with. We focus on building an inclusive work environment where everyone’s voice is heard, respected and encouraged.

  • Grow yourself and others. Be an active learner. We focus on training our engineers to be experts, mentors and leaders.

At Maxwell we are building a product development organization which:

  • Delivers delightful products by reliably and quickly producing high quality systems.
  • Is full of teammates people trust and love working with.
  • Is highly capable and competent across multiple domains and technologies.
  • Can gracefully make trade-offs against multiple conflicting constraints.
  • Aggressively overcomes obstacles to deliver amazing results.
  • Delivers valuable, and trustworthy experiences to our customers and partners.
  • Focuses on learning and improving it’s team members skills and abilities.
  • Enables its members to be long term successful engineers and technologists.
  • Has a vibrant culture and evidence based practices (Lean/Agile/DevOps practices).
  • Can deliver the solutions needed today (APIs, SaaS Mortgages, Integrations, Cloud Tech) and tomorrow (ML, Big Data).

WHAT IS OUR STACK?

  • Back-end: Ruby on Rails (Rails 4.x)
  • Front-end: React, Redux, Javascript, JQuery, SLIM, SCSS, HTML 5, CSS 3
  • Databases/Datastores: Postgres, Redis, Memcache
  • Infrastructure: Heroku, AWS, Lambdas, SQS, and more.
  • Domains: APIs, Microservice Architecture, Monitoring/Telemetry, Scaled Architectures

WHAT YOU GET

An opportunity to be a key part of an agile team of thinkers and doers collaborating to help people complete complex financial transactions with elegant solutions. We offer meaningful equity at an early stage company, a competitive salary, top-tier medical, dental and vision insurance, and generous vacation time.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • WordpressCMS
    • SalesforceCRM
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Steps from 16th Street, our neighborhood is thriving with restaurants and coffee shops. Plus, just steps from Union Station, RTD rail and bus lines.

An Insider's view of Maxwell

What’s the vibe like in the office?

We have an amazing team that really works hard & cares not only about getting their job done but about going above and beyond. Everybody is eager to learn: about our product, our customers, how the industry operates, & about each other. We have created a culture where there are no stupid questions & always someone around to answer those questions.

Ellie

Customer Success Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

The company culture requires high levels of personal responsibility and accountability, but with lots of freedom to be creative and accommodate personal work habits. Everyone is accessible and willing to help each other.

Jason

Business Ops & Finance Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Maxwell respects each employees personal life, cares about their success, and wants them to succeed both professionally and personally. They value us enough to take the time to disconnect and listen to every single person's opinion.

Alan

Head of Growth

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

Every quarter each team makes a Big Bet. The bar is high: a big investment that could fail, but if successful would be a step-function change for Maxwell. We all know we're here to innovate and own the future. So we celebrate failures along with wins. If we're not failing, we're not learning, and we're probably not winning either.

John

Co-Founder & CEO

What's something quirky about your company?

We have a floating "Powder Ski Day" that we can use whenever we want. Got to love the company-wide appreciation for fresh powder :p

Chelsea

Content Manager

What are Maxwell Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
If you select a high-deductible plan with Health Savings Account, in addition to your contributions, you will also receive an annual $500 employer contribution to your HSA from Maxwell.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Maxwell offers employees multiple choices for dental/vision insurance through Aetna. Maxwell also subsidizes the cost of this insurance for employees and their spouses and/or dependents
Vision Benefits
Maxwell offers employees multiple choices for dental/vision insurance through Aetna. Maxwell also subsidizes the cost of this insurance for employees and their spouses and/or dependents
Health Insurance Benefits
Employees currently have a choice of four healthcare plans offered by Aetna
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
We believe that every employee should not only be a part of building something great but be given a chance to have ownership in Maxwell. The value of shared success is very high here.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Employees get over 35 paid days out of the office each year, including paid holidays, An Even Merrier Christmas (from Christmas to NYE off), Volunteer Days, a Ski Powder Day, and personal time off.
Paid Volunteer Time
Every year, you get two paid volunteer days, in addition to PTO, to volunteer at the charity of your choice.
Sabbatical
Every five years, based on your employment anniversary date, you are entitled to enjoy a one-month sabbatical, fully paid, to see the world or to change it, maybe even some of both!
Paid Holidays
Maxwell observes the following 10 paid holidays, plus one floating holiday for your birthday, a religious holiday that’s important to you, or anything else.
Paid Sick Days
On top of paid holidays and company days off, we provide 15 days per year of PTO. This can be used to be away from the office for vacation, sickness, or personal requirements.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Maxwell offers all full-time employees based in Denver a $100 stipend for monthly parking or commuting expenses, including RTD and Uber.
Company Outings
We work hard and we like to have a good time together. Any given week there may be a Happy Hour, a team hike, a team ski day, etc.
Game Room
Bowlers of all skill levels are welcome in our bowling alley!
Stocked Kitchen
Pooled snack budget around the office for those who want to participate. Throw a few dollars in a hat and we stock up on a few munchies from Costco.
Some Meals Provided
Bagel Fridays for those who are in Denver to enjoy good food and good company!
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Built in Colorado recently spotlighted Maxwell for our diversity initiative. Our company-wide goal is that at least 50 percent of candidates who make it to interviews are from under-represented groups
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