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Lead Android Engineer

Root Insurance

Root Insurance

Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2023

CURRENT ROOT EMPLOYEES - Please apply using the career page in Workday. This career site is for external applicants only.


The Opportunity

We are looking for a Lead Android Engineer to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for the technical leadership of our Mobile applications team (Android & iOS). This team is responsible for building and maintaining our industry-leading mobile telematics platform and suite of applications used by hundreds of thousands of users each month. Leads are often our strongest contributors and we expect them to meet or exceed all of the technical and non-technical expectations of a Senior Mobile Engineer.

Root is a technology company revolutionizing personal insurance with a pricing model based upon fairness and a modern customer experience. With its technology-forward products, Root is working to fundamentally change an industry for the better.

Root is a “work where it works best” company. Meaning we will support you working in whatever location that works best for you across the US. We will continue to have our headquarters in Columbus and offices in other locations to give more flexibility and more choice about how we live and work.

Salary Range: $136,500 - $185,000

How You Will Make an Impact

Software Engineers at Root are accountable for project delivery and maintenance of their team’s systems. This role requires clear communication with peers and stakeholders, technical proficiency across domains, and strong collaborative instincts and skills – all to ensure high-quality and impactful changes are delivered reliably for our business. Successful engineers in this role work closely with their team.

Responsibilities of this role:

  • Serve as the technical point of contact over both our iOS and Android Mobile Applications and trip-tracking libraries.

  • Define, design, and drive the realization of our mobile application architecture and technical roadmap.

  • Guiding, mentoring, and ensuring the team's adherence to established best practices.

  • Perform code reviews on the team’s code and provide coaching where necessary.

  • Ensure our applications remain up to date with the latest OS platforms and development standards.

  • Lead and participate in the development of product features and capabilities required to support business initiatives.

  • Work closely with the team’s Engineering manager to help direct, motivate, and guide the mobile engineering team.

What You Will Need to Succeed

  • 5+ years of experience working in software development.

  • 2+ years of experience working as a lead developer.

  • Experience with building iOS and Android applications and modular libraries.

  • Strong knowledge of Kotlin, Android SDK, Core Java, Gradle, and different versions of Android.

  • Some experience in Swift, X-Code, and iOS Development.

  • Experience leading a team of engineers.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Experience working with background execution on mobile devices, mobile application lifecycle, location libraries, motion libraries, permissions, and performance as it relates to battery and mobile data usage.

  • The ability to incorporate testing and reliability as a natural part of delivering working software.

  • Mastery of debugging and leveraging tools like logging, stack traces, and metrics.

  • Experience with several programming paradigms.

  • Solid knowledge of databases, SQL, data analysis, and version control tools.

  • Experience managing and deploying native application builds to development, staging, and production environments using tools such as FastLane and Bitrise.

  • Familiarity with a modern CI/CD pipeline such as Buildkite.

  • Ability to write clean, functional, well-tested code.

  • Can follow existing patterns and aims for consistency with the rest of the code.

  • Willingness to take on small feature work and bug fixes.

  • The ability to incorporate business goals into account when making implementation decisions.

  • Ability to provide good feedback on other teammates’ work in code reviews.

  • Willingness to work with engineering teammates to answer questions about their work.

  • Ability to understand and implement feedback from peers into their own work.

  • Experience working alongside other engineers on the team to elevate technology and consistently apply industry and team best practices.

  • In-depth knowledge of the full software development life cycle (SDLC).

  • Experience developing flowcharts, layouts, and documentation to define requirements and solutions.


Don’t meet every single requirement?

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Root, Inc., we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway!

Join us

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.