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Staff Software Engineer Back-End Focus

Kin Insurance

Kin Insurance

Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

Kin is on a mission to change home insurance from what it is to what it should be. Whether we’re leveraging data to create customizable coverage or providing claims service that goes above and beyond expectations, our members are at the heart of everything we do. In the face of ever-growing climate risk, they deserve an insurance company that cares about them. We aim to stick with our members through thick and thin.

Use efficient technology that lets homeowners buy directly from us to keep costs down: This is the essence of Kin. Our approach has fostered amazing growth, attracted marquee investors, and earned us accolades, including being named to:

  • Built In Chicago's Best Places to Work, Midsize Companies (2021-2024).

  • Forbes' America's Best Startup Employers (2021- 2023).

  • Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies.

  • Forbes’ Fintech 50.

Simply put, our people are what make us great – we need forward-thinking, inspired game-changers like you to join us in our mission.

So, what’s the role?

As a Staff Software Engineer - Back End Focus at Kin, you'll develop the products and features that make Kin operate. We run Ruby environments with Typescript front-ends and use PostgreSQL, and we apply Scrum methodologies to our product and software development processes.

In your role, you will have the opportunity to work on more complex engineering problems while collaborating with peers in Dev, Product, QA, and other cross-functional teams. As a senior team member, you'll have the opportunity to mentor more junior engineers, and on occasion lead small teams. Staff Software Engineers at Kin typically serve as the technical lead for an entire team.

A day in the life could include:

  • Writing clean, maintainable, and efficient code in Ruby on Rails and occasionally some Python and Typescript

  • Setting the standards for the Engineering team by example

  • Leading pair programming sessions and providing mentorship to team members

  • Driving and fostering advanced design or architectural tasks

  • Developing technical roadmaps

  • Participating in daily stands and weekly retros

  • Collaborating with cross-functional team members, including Product and PMO

  • Providing subject matter expertise and support

I’ve got the skills… but do I have the necessary ones?

  • Has served as technical lead for a team

  • Track record of shipping large, complex software applications

  • Fluid in languages like Ruby, Python, or Typescript

  • Experience with architectural planning and design

  • Ability to articulate value of technical investments

  • Ability to operate with little-to-no technical guidance

  • Experience mentoring engineers

  • Familiarity with the with the front-end and working with modern a Javascript library or framework (React, Vue, Angular)

  • Comfortable in a startup environment – we’re fast-paced, self-motivated, and determined to change the industry

  • A fast learner, ready to bring previous knowledge to this position and continue developing along the way

  • Location in Central or Eastern US time zones (CDT & EDT) strongly preferred

  • At this time, we are unable to sponsor employment visas

Oh, and don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance

  • Flexible PTO policy

  • Remote work

  • Generous equity package

  • 401K with company match

  • Parental leave

  • Continuing education and professional development

  • The excitement of joining a high-growth Insurtech company and seeing your work make an impact

About Kin

Kin is the only pure-play, direct-to-consumer digital insurer focused on the growing home insurance market. We make policies convenient and affordable through a technology platform that delivers a seamless user experience, customized options for coverage, and fast, high-quality claims service. Kin is a fully licensed carrier that offers coverage through its reciprocal exchanges which are owned by its policyholders. To learn more, visit www.kin.com.

EEOC Statement

Kin is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We don't just accept difference – we honor it, nurture it, and celebrate it. We don’t discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.