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Staff Software Engineer, Big Data

Remote (Columbus, OH)

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.

The Pricing Data Engineering team is focused on building scalable data platforms for software engineers, actuaries, and data scientists to use when experimenting with and deploying insurance pricing models.

Our tech stack includes:

- Apache PySpark
- AWS Athena
- AWS Glue
- AWS Redshift
- AWS Step Functions
- Apache Hive
- Prestodb

We’re scaling rapidly, and we recently launched a $6B IPO:

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 root.engineering

In this role, you would help design and build the next-generation of our pricing data infrastructure. Staff Engineers at Root are our most trusted technical experts and work across multiple teams of engineers to set and coordinate technical direction. Staff Engineers facilitate the delivery of large projects and features by helping design solutions, pair programming with other engineers, contributing to code review, and by writing code themselves. They help strengthen the technical prowess of the entire engineering organization by mentoring and growing the engineers around them. 

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.

What we look for in Staff Software Engineers:

Technical Skills

  • Deep understanding of big-data architectures and technologies
  • Solid understanding of technologies used in our stack, client-server architecture, and web technologies
  • Ability to architect complex, high-scale web applications and data solutions
  • Incorporates testing and thinks about reliability as a natural part of delivering working software
  • Experienced with several programming paradigms
  • Expert-level knowledge of databases, SQL, workflow orchestration, MapReduce, distributed file systems and version control tools
  • Thorough understanding of infrastructure and devops

Planning and Execution

  • Plans and completes large and complex multi-person or multi-team projects 
  • Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
  • Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Internalizes business goals in their technical decision making.
  • Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables and coordinate them across multiple engineers and teams

Working with Others

  • Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
  • Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
  • Mentors and grows the engineers around them
  • Works with product owners, analysts and other functions to move company’s priorities forward

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Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. If you are passionate about what this role entails and solving real problems, we encourage you to apply. We want to learn about you and what you can add to our team.

Who we are

We’re harnessing the power of technology to revolutionize insurance. Using machine learning and mobile telematic platforms, we’ve built one of the most innovative FinTech companies in the world. And we’re just getting started.

What draws people to Root

Our success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our products are only as good as the people building and promoting them. We want individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and an analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

Autonomy—for assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless. Impact—by challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business. Collaboration—we encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn. People—we are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us.

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