Robinhood

Senior Software Engineer

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What Robinhood is looking for in applicants

Join a leading fintech company that’s democratizing finance for all.

Robinhood was founded on a simple idea: that our financial markets should be accessible to all. With customers at the heart of our decisions, Robinhood is lowering barriers and providing greater access to financial information. Together, we are building products and services that help create a financial system everyone can participate in.

Just as we focus on our customers, we also strive to create an inclusive environment where our employees can thrive and do impactful work. We are proud of the competitive products and company culture we continue to build and have been recognized as:

  • Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2020
  • TIME100 Most Influential Companies 2021
  • Fortune Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance™ 2021 and Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials™ 2021

We’re growing and looking for...

We continue to hire Robinhoodies at a rapid pace to drive this journey, and with that growth comes necessary change. We’re seeking culture builders and curious thinkers looking to co-author the next chapters of our story. We’re in build mode, majorly expanding our team while also growing up as a company. Joining now means helping shape our structures and systems, then taking part as we launch into our ambitious future.

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About the team:

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will be leading, building and owning backend services, infrastructure and data that power our core financial products. You will gain a unique look into how the US financial systems work on the inside and strengthen your financial-domain knowledge.

We strive for high standard of engineering quality while solving unique scalability challenges. You will have high impact at a relatively small company for our user base.

You will support one of three engineering organizations:

Product

  • Responsible for the end-to-end user experience of Robinhood. Our teams are product-aligned, and have engineers from across the stack working together to ship high quality products. Strong partnerships with product and design are at the core.

Data

  • Advancing Robinhood’s mission by building products and infrastructure to collect, clean, and organize datasets. We make informed decisions about user-facing products as well as internal systems, often by using mathematics and statistics to extract insights about uncertain processes. We empower Robinhood to measure the impact of those decisions.

Infrastructure

  • Providing the infrastructure for our products as well as ensuring developer velocity and system stability. Our work spans multiple areas including architecture, the software development lifecycle, cloud infrastructure, networking, online data processing, reliability and more.

What you’ll do day-to-day:

  • Design large scalable systems within a team; making the right tradeoffs for risk and long-term maintainability.
  • Lead, build, test, and release product-facing features with stringent correctness and scalability requirements; these features could be related to market data, trading, accounting, authentication, or security.
  • Proactively identify and drive optimizations and improvements to the product.
  • Collaborate with our frontend team to fine tune our REST API and with our data team to support millions of customers.
  • Contribute to open source projects.

About you:

  • 6+ years of software engineering experience.
  • A proven tech lead with experience planning and leading large projects with long-term impact on a single system or team.
  • Strong technical grasp and excellent judgment on task prioritizations.
  • Able to tackle complex engineering problems that deliver results.
  • History of creating and applying new processes and tooling to increase engineering efficiency.
  • Solid understanding of relational databases and transactions.
  • Familiar with writing highly concurrent systems.
  • Good intuition for REST API design.

Bonus points:

  • Intimate familiarity of Python/Django or Go
  • Proven experience building large scale systems

Technologies we use:

  • Python/Django, Go as the main languages and frameworks of choice.
  • PostgreSQL as our primary data store.
  • Redis and Memcached as our caching layer.

 

We’re looking for more growth-minded and collaborative people to be a part of our journey in democratizing finance for all. If you’re ready to give 100% in helping us achieve our mission—we’d love to have you apply even if you feel unsure about whether you meet every single requirement in this posting. At Robinhood, we're looking for people invigorated by our mission, values, and drive to change the world, not just those who simply check off all the boxes.

Robinhood promotes diversity and provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We are dedicated to building a company that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work (and work environment) will be for everyone. Additionally, Robinhood provides reasonable accommodations for candidates on request and respects applicants' privacy rights. To review Robinhood's Privacy Policy please visit rbnhd.co/applicant-privacy.

Robinhood's benefits include generous time off, 401(k) participation with employer match, comprehensive health coverage, a health savings account (HSA), wellness benefits, backup childcare and education stipends (all benefits are subject to applicable taxes and based on eligibility). 

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