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CTO (Chief Technology Officer)

Company: Vestwell
Location: New York
Posted on: January 14, 2018

Job Description:

Who are we?

Vestwell provides every employee in America with access to a retirement account by removing the friction points financial advisors and companies have in establishing and maintaining defined contribution & benefit programs. We look out for everyones best interest, including financial advisors, companies and employees.

Why Vestwell?

Vestwell is at the forefront of a wave of change in a $6 trillion 401(k) market; creating a new platform that lowers fees and ensures that individuals retire wealthier. Weve raised some money from great investors in the Fintech and Finserv world to achieve this goal and are already getting a great response from customers.

Who are we looking for?

The overall startup experience on our growing team spans many, many decades including an impressive repeat entrepreneur as CEO. That said, we know that building startups from the ground up, especially in the enterprise world, is incredibly difficult. Part of that puzzle means hiring a CTO who has proven experience recruiting, leading, and inspiring a high growth engineering team. In short, if youre passionate about building complex, secure, and high-quality software then Vestwell is _perfect_ for your next step.

You understand the importance of getting your hands dirty while always keeping the big picture in mind.

The best thing about you, however, is your passion for early stage startups because here, the impact is large, visible, and immediate. People probably describe you as 30% technical savant, 70% manager extraordinaire, and 1000% great human being.

On the tech side, ideally you know several languages. At Vestwell, the ideal trifecta is 5+ years of experience with Scala, Javascript, and a 1+ years of React. If youre a jack of all trades, even better. On the other hand, when your management hat is on, youre able to make informed decisions about how to structure teams, think about succession planning, establish career paths, and resource appropriate against product/business priorities. Youll be sitting across the engineering team to coordinate, orchestrate, and be accountable for the team & deliverables.

What will you be doing at Vestwell?

Vestwell is an agile shop and, in this environment, you will work closely with our development and security team to establish, track, and achieve goals for each sprint, successfully. We believe in deadlines here and expect senior team members to be a model example for everyone else. Your job includes consistently providing leadership, deep expertise, and support to the rest of the development team.

Day-to-day you will also be expected to:

* Recruit, retain, and develop great engineers who form strong teams capable of learning and growing as Vestwell scales.
* Develop the managers on your team through coaching, mentoring, and performance management.
* Play a hands-on role with the engineering organization, maintain a personal presence and be highly visible in the team process and accept responsibility for project performance, all while driving and maintaining a standard of excellence.
* Build a performance driven Engineering team; setting the tone through strategic planning and clear, effective communication of initiatives, objectives, issues, and performance including developing and implementing organizational metrics to drive results and positive behavior.
* Provide technology leadership to business leaders on all engineering-related issues.
* Offer product guidance by leading staff to research, resolve, and respond to users regarding overall product and technical issues.
* Develop, manage and maintain our the SOC2, SSAE16 and other security audits.
* Be the outward technology voice and leader of the firm.


The Necessities

* Proven manager that has been highly successful in building and marinating a highly scalable, secure, complex FinTech platform
* 5+ years professional software development experience
* 5+ additional background successfully building and leading early stage B2B startups from 0 to 50+ engineers in a Director-level and up capacity.
* Consistent track record managing and leading a highly skilled engineering team in a rapidly growing environment. Your teams success is
* Strong attention to detail and a passion for creating a top-notch production environment and establishing and refining the processes that enable it
* Familiarity with application architecture, instrumentation, security, APIs, typical large financial systems dealing with queuing, caching and batching, ETL systems, data normalization and integration challenges, Agile development, Docker, Git, & Jira
* Functional Scala/Akka, Node.js, React, Postgres, AWS, application security fundamentals, etc.

* Excellent written & verbal communication skills are a must
* Computer Science related degree or equivalent work experience required
* Financial services experience, experience in the retirement field would be ideal
* Jenkins, Kafka, Docker, Github, Jira, Agile, ELK
* Prior startup experience, preferably somewhere fast-paced and seed stage
* Any FS certifications are a plus, eg: Series 65, Series 7, CFA, etc.

The Extras


Were an early stage startup with lots of exciting milestones ahead. We value health and wellness at Vestwell and, as such, offer competitive health coverage, an open vacation policy, coffee, cappuccino & healthy snacks, and a bright, comfortable office with lots of workspace options so you can be comfortable and as productive as possible. And naturally we have a great 401(k) plan!

Keywords: Vestwell, New York, CTO (Chief Technology Officer), Executive, New York, New York

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