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Lead Engineer II

Root Insurance

Root Insurance

Remote · United States
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2024

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


The Opportunity

At Root, we’re doing things differently. We’ve reimagined the car insurance industry to make it smarter, more equitable, and a better experience for all. Using technology in smartphones, we’re able to measure driving behavior to give our customers the prices they deserve.

We are looking for a Lead Software Engineer, II to join engineering at Root. As a Lead Engineer II, you will be a strong technical leader for a team within a product domain (e.g. Pricing, Underwriting, Claims, etc). You will lead your te both through coaching and mentorship and also by example as a primary contributor each iteration. In partnership with your Product Manager, Staff Engineer, and Engineering Manager, you’ll clearly define problems the team will solve on a quarterly time horizon and plan the projects and experiments that will solve those problems.

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: $170,000 - $190,000

How you will make an impact

  • Contribute significantly to the work of the team each iteration through direct coding, code review, and project leadership.

  • Document designs and plans for projects with clear writing and diagrams that give the team and its stakeholders clarity on the work to be done and the expected outcomes.

  • Coach and guide engineers on your team in writing accurate, resilient code.

  • Build relationships with our partners in Product Management, Data Science, and other areas of the business in order to ensure the team is working on the best things each quarter.

  • Improve the performance of the team by suggesting code patterns, process improvements, and technical upgrades.

  • Lead in incident response ensuring we proactively communicate and resolve issues.

What you will need to succeed

  • 4+ years as a software engineer

  • 2+ years leading software teams

  • Broad experience in Ruby on Rails

  • Familiarity with React

  • Proven experience in planning experiments and projects that are completed successfully by your team and achieve the expected outcomes or drive significant learning

  • Excellent communication skills both with engineering colleagues and team stakeholders


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.