Lead Engineer (Contrast)

Contrast

Cambridge, MA

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About Contrast
Did you know that half of Americans would need to borrow money to come up with just $400 for an emergency expense? Our mission is to help people make better financial decisions, so that savings accumulate, debt gets paid off, and our users reach their financial goals. Our flagship product, SmartSavings, makes it as easy as possible to set and stick to a weekly budget while still putting money away for longer-term goals.

Contrast is currently incubating at Cogo Labs. This means we have support and guidance from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Boston, and work in a collaborative environment with over a hundred other smart people.

The position
Being our lead engineer will give you a lot of autonomy, and a lot of responsibility. While the rest of the team can hack it in Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, and Javascript, it will be up to you to lead the development of SmartSavings and ensure we end up with reliable, secure, and maintainable code. We also expect you to be thoughtful in recommending new features, and in critiquing those of the rest of the team. Our traffic team can bring in users, but we need your contributions to keep them happy.

Our technology
SmartSavings is built in Python (Flask), with plenty of CSS and little bit of Javascript (JQuery) on the front end. We use Amazon RDS for our database, Github for version control, Travis for CI, and Vault for secret management.
Qualifications
  • You have experience writing software professionally, ideally for consumer-facing web applications
  • You're familiar with Python, SQL, HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • You have the ability to pick up new languages, frameworks, or tools quickly when necessary
Bonus Points
  • You enjoy mentoring others about software development
  • You like to geek out on personal finance, behavioral economics, or investing
  • You care about great UX as much as your care about the quality of your code
Benefits
  • Weekly catered lunch and well-stocked kitchen
  • Commuter benefits parking or T pass
  • Equity compensation
  • Comprehensive health and dental plans
Salary Range
  • $90k-$110k
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