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Software Engineering Manager



Software Engineering
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Avant is seeking a driven Software Engineering Manager with full-stack experience to help us build the future of consumer lending. We provide personal loans and credit cards to millions of customers across the US, empowering them to take control of their financial futures. If you're passionate about leveraging technology to drive innovation and impact people's lives, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

Why Join Avant?

  • Dynamic, fast-paced FinTech where your contributions directly influence the company's success and growth.

  • Collaborative a culture that values continuous learning, professional development, and offers career advancement opportunities.

  • Competitive compensation with equity and comprehensive benefits.

  • Beautiful office in the heart of Chicago.

  • Flexible PTO and work-from-home options.

What You’ll Do:

  • Plan and refine your team’s backlog items with the product owner.

  • Lead, coach, and mentor a team of software engineers in a fast-paced Agile environment.

  • Facilitate Agile ceremonies, including daily stand-up, sprint planning, retrospectives, and demos.

  • Manage project priorities, timelines, and deliverables through close collaboration with product teams and stakeholders.

  • Communicate and enforce Avant software engineering standards and best practices.

  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by encouraging innovation, experimentation, and reflection within the team.

  • Maintain high morale and manage the well-being of team members.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design, and ship new features.

  • Efficiently use our tech stack to develop scalable and robust software solutions.

  • Participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle, including analysis, design, implementation, testing, and deployment.

  • Drive onboarding and professional development of new team members.

  • Create and Review Request For Comments (RFC) documents.

  • Maintain and improve the performance and maintainability of existing software.

  • Clearly and regularly communicate with management and technical support colleagues.

  • Design and update the database, as well as develop system architecture.

  • Ensure code quality with peer reviews, unit tests, and code coverage.

  • Stay updated on new technology trends and best practices in full-stack development.

  • Leverage your experience and knowledge to increase your team's productivity through mentorship and coaching.

Why you're a fit:

  • BS/MS computer science or related field.

  • Proven experience as a software engineering manager or team lead within an Agile environment.

  • Excellent knowledge of Agile methodologies, techniques, and frameworks, like Scrum or Kanban.

  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to motivate and guide a team.

  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, GCP, or Azure, and containerization technologies like Docker and Kubernetes.

  • Five or more years with front-end technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML, and one or more frameworks (React, Angular, Vue).

  • Eight or more years experience in back-end development using languages like Python, Ruby, Java, or .NET.

  • Five or more years in database management and maintenance with SQL and NoSQL databases.

  • Experience with version control tools (e.g., Git), automated testing, and continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) systems.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to think outside the box for innovative solutions.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Five or more years of experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process.

  • Understand the value of teamwork and know that no problem is too hard or too big with the right team.

  • Experience with performance management and team building.

  • Familiar with DORA metrics

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We believe that a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences helps us create the most innovative solutions for our customers. We invite you to apply to our positions even if you do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed in the description. If you’re passionate about our mission and aligned to our values, we hope you’ll come contribute to our awesome culture.

Why Avant is the place for you:

At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:

Authenticity. We show up to work as our whole selves and make sure others can too.

Collaboration. We can only succeed when we do so as a team.

Problem-Solving. The harder the problem, the more satisfying the solution.

Customer. We are all owners of the customer experience.

Initiative. Plan. Adapt. Get Sh!t Done.

We believe that great ideas come from anyone and anywhere, that everyone is an owner who drives change, and that we have more fun when we work together. We're problem solvers who love collaborating with intelligent and highly-motivated people to reshape the face of digital banking. Avant offers terrific perks and benefits, fun social events with employees who actually like hanging out together, and a flexible growth environment where trying your hand at new projects and being the active owner of your career path is encouraged and supported.

Some of our benefits include:

  • Choice of great Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plan options

  • 401(k) Match

  • Unlimited Paid Time Off

  • Flexible Work Environment

  • Generous Paid Parental Leave

  • Lunch Allowance (Fooda) and In-office Snacks

  • WFH Stipends for our Remote Employees

  • Access to LinkedIn Learning for Professional Development

  • No Meeting Wednesdays - (a.k.a. planned time to Get Sh!t Done)

  • Summer Fridays

  • Fun In-Office and Virtual Social Events

  • And who doesn’t love the swag

This position may require you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If required, you'll be asked to provide proof that you’re fully vaccinated upon your start date or before working in or visiting our Chicago office. You’re considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). Failure to provide proof of vaccination may result in termination. Subject to applicable law and requests for accommodation.