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SG - Backend Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · Singapore

About the role
Do you have a product-first approach when building software? Are you experienced with backend development and constantly finding ways to improve existing infrastructure, platforms, and frameworks? Do you enjoy working in an entrepreneurial environment with a talented, fun and energetic team who is running at full speed to redefine the way people invest?

We are currently expanding and looking for a motivated Backend Engineer who have a passion for building robust and scalable systems for client-focused financial products.

You are responsible for translating high-level business requirements for new products and features into the services and data models that power them. You will work to design, build, and support many of the core systems powering StashAway's financial software, from cash flow and transaction libraries to our financial computation engine,  You like thinking critically about how to architect and build new components in a performant and scalable manner.

You will need to leverage the entire technology stack to realise these goals, and will be part of a team that is constantly tackling difficult questions of scale, architecture and interaction. You will develop experience with the full stack across different backend systems, restructuring existing systems, extending their functionality as well as building entirely new services from the ground up in the area of Operations, Compliance, Trading and Banking.

Your contribution to a dynamic Technology team allows you to be exposed to a variety of concepts and technologies. You will enjoy being able to have a direct impact on StashAway's internationalisation plans, and the development of features and new investment products.

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We have assembled an agile stack of microservices primarily written in Scala, Kotlin, Python, Go, and JavaScript that is organised in Kubernetes and runs on AWS, communicates via Kafka and persists data in Cassandra, MongoDB, and Postgres databases. We heavily utilise Event Sourcing as a data modelling and persistency concept for our core trading system.

We strive to keep most of the services simple and robust so they are easy to develop, test and maintain allowing us to iterate quickly and productively.

Do check out StashAway's Engineering blog to learn more about the technology we use, the challenges we face, and the solutions we deliver!

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Responsibilities:
  • Design new services and enhance existing process and data flows with suitable modern technologies.
  • Work on cutting-edge technology and be part of modern software development practices (e.g. agile and self-sufficient teams, continuous integration and deployment, test automation, cloud-based infrastructure, and tooling).
  • Design and implement solutions to handle high levels of traffic, in a rapidly scaling environment.
  • Dive deep into technologies that you are not yet familiar with and work out concepts and best practices for our stack.
  • Write testable, clean, efficient code that can be confidently released in production.
  • Work closely with Product and Business teams to produce high-quality results.
  • Understand the importance of scalability, self-healing, performance, profiling, data, and security when developing and maintaining backend services.
Requirements
Must-Haves:
  • Bachelors' or above in Computer Science, related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • 3-5 years of experience developing distributed systems or building a larger application from scratch
  • Deep experience in at least one of the following programming languages: Python, Kotlin, Scala, Ruby, or even JavaScript
  • Self-driven, has strong sense of ownership and able to work and learn independently
    • We have an annual Learning & Development budget of S$1,000/year for you to take charge of your upskilling and learning!
  • Comfortable with numbers and motivated by steep learning curves
Good-to-Haves:
  • Developed mission-critical products, e.g. trading platforms, medical applications
  • Basic knowledge of finance and trading
  • Preferably some exposure to CQRS / Event Sourcing patterns
  • Basic understanding of infrastructure (e.g. databases, message queues, Docker)

Benefits
Employee financial and physical well-being
  • Compensation package: you will receive a competitive total compensation package with Employee Stock Options (if you are a full-time employee).
  • Personalised insurance coverage: reimbursement of your personal hospitalisation and surgical insurance premium as well as panel outpatient GP, specialist, and dental claims.
  • Expatriate Pension Fund (ExPF): this employer-matching plan is made available via StashAway WorkPlace if you are a full-time expatriate based in Singapore.
  • Management fee discount: you will receive discounts on asset management fees when you invest with us.
Flexible work arrangements and policies
  • Work-from-home policy: you may choose to work from home or the office depending on what works best for you and your team.
  • Work-from-anywhere policy: you can request to work remotely for up to eight weeks in another country.
  • Unlimited paid annual leave: it should be simple for you to decide if you would like to take more or fewer days off. We trust that you are accountable for your work and know best if you need 10 or 30 days of paid annual leave that year.
  • Personal work equipment budget: to help you set up your optimal workstation wherever you are.
Learning and development opportunities
  • Annual L&D budget: you will be given SGD 1,000 with the aim to encourage and reinforce a culture of continuous learning for professional and personal development.
Team bonding budget and initiatives
  • Quarterly team bonding budget per pax (depending on COVID restrictions)
  • Bi-annual off-sites (once in Apr and Oct): a full day of company-wide team bonding activities and challenges.
About us
What We Do

StashAway is the faster way to reach your financial goals. As a digital wealth management platform, we design personalised portfolios and monthly investment plans based on your unique characteristics, and manage your portfolio with highly advanced investment strategies.

The company was founded in Singapore in 2016 with the ambition of expanding to other fast-growing Asia Pacific markets since 2018.

StashAway is led by its three founders, Michele Ferrario, former CEO of ZALORA Group; Freddy Lim, former Global Head of Derivatives Strategy of Nomura; and Nino Ulsamer, founder of several technology companies around the world.

Why We Do 

We deliver sophisticated, personalized advice at a fraction of the cost of existing, basic solutions. Our advanced technology enables us to deliver to each investor a sophisticated investment strategy that was once only available to institutions and high net-worth individuals.

Traditional investment products charge between 1.25% and 5% in annual fees. At 0.2% to 0.8% in annual management fees, StashAway offers a convenient, digital user experience with personalised portfolios with no minimum balance, no restrictions for withdrawals, and real-person client service. We encourage individuals of all net worths with portfolios of any size to build their wealth.

Who We Are

Supported by prominent advisors, the StashAway team is committed to providing investment advice and client experience of the highest quality. Our team is made up of top-tier developers, designers, fund managers, creatives, and managers with diverse backgrounds from all over the world – currently representing Australia, Belarus, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

In April 2021, StashAway raised US$25M through a Series D round led by Sequoia Capital India, with participation from returning investors Eight Roads Ventures and Square Peg.

We write our own rules, and do whatever it takes to build a substantial, meaningful product and service. We work hard, don’t cut corners, and love bonding over (lots of) food.

With regards to our culture, we want StashAway to (i) have a rewarding, diverse, radically candid and cooperative growth environment; (ii) where people work hard, take responsibilities and grow as individuals and as a team; (iii) embrace an open-minded meritocracy, and (iv) are ethical and compliant.
Your application
Thank you for considering a career at StashAway. Please fill out the following form. In case you are experiencing problems with the document upload, mail your documents to jointheteam@stashaway.com.

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  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter

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  • Educational transcript
  • Reference letter

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