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Staff Backend Engineer

Wealthfront, Palo Alto

Plan your future and invest your money with an automated advisor


Our Backend team covers four different areas:

Brokerage and Banking Platform - Help us build a service-oriented architecture that can handle hundreds of thousands of securities trades (worth hundreds of millions) every day without missing a beat. Just as AWS does for Amazon, our brokerage platform creates the foundation underlying our industry-leading financial products. We want you to help scale the platform 10x and then 10x again as we automate financial services into the future.

Financial Planning - Wealthfront engineers working within our financial planning area implement Path, which helps users plan and optimize their financial lives in an automated way. Path derives users’ financial histories and current situations from data that is pulled in from linked external accounts. This user data plus financial industry data are combined together within complex forward-looking simulations which allow our users to explore and understand what is needed to achieve their most important financial goals such as buying a home, paying for a child's college education, retirement, etc.

Client Journey - Our main focus is on removing unnecessary friction and building trust. Through the experiences we build, our clients become delighted by the unexpected ease of common tasks (like account opening) and the thoughtful guidance they receive during times of anxiety (like transferring money and market volatility). 

Financial Services - Wealthfront’s financial services help our clients achieve their financial goals. From the trading algorithms that power all of Wealthfront’s investment products and the Portfolio Line of Credit that lets you access cash easily, to the 529 college savings account that lets you start saving for your kids’ education, our engineers work with our research team to bring these innovative financial services to life.

Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, test and maintain backend components: application, data, infrastructure, analytics and deployment
  • Design and build systems with automated instrumentation and monitoring
  • Live and breathe resiliency and uptime
  • Consistently improve maintainability and stability of the codebase

Requirements

  • 6+ years of prior backend experience
  • Expertise in Java or similar language (such as C++ or C#)
  • Experience with online data stores (preferably MySQL)
  • Experience with offline data stores (preferably Hadoop stack) a plus
  • Experience with at least one scripting language
  • Real passion for agile, test-driven development, continuous integration and automated testing
  • Deep understanding of distributed systems and functional programming paradigms
  • BS, MS, or PhD in computer science, math, physics or related field


Everyone across the financial spectrum deserves to live secure and rewarding lives. In order to successfully serve clients across the United States, the Wealthfront team is focused on hiring team members with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.



Wealthfront is a nextgen banking service. We help you manage your money for both your short-term and long-term goals by providing a cash account with a top-of-market APY, best-in-class automated investment management, and free financial advice, anytime you want it. We entered into the banking space in a big way this year with the launch of our cash account that offers an interest rate 23x greater than the national average. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and have grown nearly 100% this year already to manage nearly $20 billion in total client assets.  

Our ultimate vision is to optimize and automate all of our clients’ finances and build what we call Self-Driving Money™️. We want clients to be able to automatically deposit their paycheck into their Wealthfront account, and let us take care of the rest — paying their bills, topping off their emergency fund or 401(k), and investing the rest based on their specific goals and lifestyle. To get there, we’ll be focusing the bulk of our 2019 efforts on creating a better alternative to what the banking industry provides. Join us so you can help us turn this industry on its head and build a service that our clients don't just like, they love.

About Wealthfront

Our mission at Wealthfront is pretty simple: we believe that everyone deserves access to sophisticated financial advice. Over the past five years, Wealthfront has built a technology company focused on re-architecting the finance industry. Some might call us ‘robo-advisor’, but we promise we’re made up of humans. Our world-class research team develops sophisticated and time-tested investment strategies, and our product and engineering teams build the software that enables us to deliver them automatically and at scale, right to your phone.

Want to learn more about Wealthfront? Visit Wealthfront's website.