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Pie is transforming small business insurance—starting with workers’ compensation

Engineering Team Lead

$100k – $170k
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Your Mission

At Pie Insurance, we have a set of development teams working together to deliver applications and platforms to realize our vision. As an Engineering Team Lead, you set the direction for one of those teams. It’s about making sure everyone understands and follows major technical decisions. Team Leads find answers to questions with a high impact on the teams' productivity and morale. Are our services reliable enough? How can we improve quality? Can we afford more technical debt? These are just a few of the questions our Team Leads often get to answer. Team Leads help their engineers structure work provided by product owners and solve coordination issues faced by their teammates.

How You'll Do It

As an Engineering Team Lead, you’ll be an instrumental member in leading and growing Pie’s Engineering team. You will own and build large scale systems and microservices. You will lead in the design, development, and delivery of powerful server-side applications.

Whether it's Right For You

You will be joining our team in downtown Denver, specifically LoDo within walking distance from Union Station. Everything we do is connected: we need you to be a strong communicator and a doer. We are a start-up so hands and minds are needed at peak efficiency.

Engineering Excellence

For Pie, engineering excellence is about following solid software design and implementation principles. These principles include; functional decomposition, understanding cohesion vs. coupling, graceful handling of error conditions, never trusting networks, and resiliency over reliability. Ultimately, Team Leads must drive engineering principles, while making sure the team is delivering testable and maintainable code that provides real value to customers. We have an engineering culture that promotes technical excellence through a shared experience.

Consistently Deliver Customer Value

We are passionate about our customers and a Team Lead must understand and predict the needs of our customers. In that intimate understanding of our customers, the Team Lead is instrumental in planning the customer's most valuable features. The only way to truly delight our customers is to consistently deliver what we have committed. Keeping the team’s cadence requires experience, creativity and communication skills. Team Leads must understand the skills of each team member as well as what motivates them.

Art & Science

Team leads at Pie are principled about balancing artful leadership and delivering distinguished technical work. They are intuitive, personable, relationship-oriented leaders who seek to empower their teams. That empowerment, however, doesn’t stop at soft skills. Our tech leads are expert engineers who relish heavy lifting design and implementation tasks that enable their teams to deliver robust business value more quickly and sustainably.

Mentor, not Manage

A significant part of the day to day activity is to act as a mentor to your teammates. Great engineers are lifelong learners and love change. As a mentor you need to portray these characteristics every day. And mentoring doesn't just cover technical aspects; communication and team work are equally as important.

The Right Stuff

7-10+ years of industrial strength engineering development and delivery of large-scale systems that have had rigorous systemic quality requirements.

Proven track record of execution at the individual contributor level and ideally as a team lead (if not in title, in practice)

Deep knowledge of procedural programming languages such as C# or Java. We are a .NET Core shop

Deep understanding of open source frameworks and tools to shorten development efforts

Have worked extensively in an Agile/SCRUM development methodology

Functional understanding of Design Patterns and pragmatic implementation sensibility

Have worked in CI/CD Environments

Understand design trade-offs and make sure they are documented

The ability to create, debug, and maintain elements of the overall code base

Be a critical thinker, without over thinking

Be able to communicate to engineers, the why as well as the how

Must be adaptable. We are a startup and you need to thrive in a highly dynamic environment.

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, related field, or equivalent years of experience

Working at Pie

You expect to challenge others and to be challenged.
Your communication style is candid and compassionate.
You share your knowledge. We aren’t here to compete with one another; we are in it to win it, together.
You share our passion for the small business community.

Why Pie

We're building Pie for the next generation of small businesses. Our team is on a mission to make workers’ compensation less expensive, simpler, and more transparent. Easy as pie, in fact.

Founded in 2017, Pie is a fast-growing InsurTech startup with home offices in Washington, DC, and Denver, CO. Pie offers an incredible career opportunity where you can use your expertise to disrupt an industry and serve the SMB community. Invest your time doing meaningful work in a fast-paced environment where your contribution will have an immediate impact.

Pie, backed by trusted global insurer Sirius Group, continues to expand nationwide in 2019 as we scale our team and operations. Want a slice? In return for your commitment to us, you’ll get a piece of Pie in the form of stock options. At Pie, we’re invested in you, and you in us.
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Dan Lockhart

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Meet your team

People you would work with in this role

John Swigart

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Co-Founder and CEO at Pie Insurance

Page Sincler

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Lauri Putt Needleman

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People @Pie Insurance Recruiting, empowering and supporting the humans @Pie Insurance to be the best they can be!

Aaron Holderman

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Front End Architect currently focused on working in Javascript with React. Experienced in design and user experience consulting.

Kevin Philpott

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Head of User Experience at Pie Insurance. Previously improved UX for GEICO, IBM, Office Depot, QuickenLoans (RapidAdvance), LowerMyBills and CreditKarma.

Pie Insurance at a glance

Pie is transforming small business insurance—starting with workers’ compensation

Pie Insurance focuses on Small and Medium Businesses, Insurance, Finance Technology, Fin Tech, and Insurtech. Their company has offices in Denver and Washington DC. They have a mid-size team that's between 51-200 employees. To date, Pie Insurance has raised $88M of funding; their latest round was closed on May 2020.

You can view their website at https://pieinsurance.com or find them on LinkedIn.

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