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Engineering Manager

| Austin
Who We Are
First thing you need to know; Bestow is not your typical insurance company. We’ve completely reimagined industry assumptions, and harnessed technology and big data to create life insurance products that aren’t just delightful to use but deliver on our mission: to make financial products accessible to more people than ever before.
Check us out at hellobestow.com
Who We’re Looking For
“Innovative” and “disruptive” can be overused words. But at Bestow, it isn’t jargon, it’s an everyday rally cry. We are rewriting the rules of the 400-year-old, $7 trillion life insurance industry, serving communities who have been underserved in the past, and we believe the future is a bright one.
So, if you’re excited by the idea of building something from scratch, working at a mission-driven company and fundamentally shaking up an age-old industry, please read on.
Who We're Looking For
As an Engineering Manager, do you thrive on building valuable technical projects – ensuring that our software conforms with meaningful non-functional concerns while meeting a high quality standard? If so, we'd love to hear from you. 
You are first and foremost a people manager.
You accomplish business goals by strengthening your team and motivating/retaining those already here.
You are successful when your team is fully staffed and equipped with the right skills.
Challenges on which you can expect to work:
Ensure High-Quality Software
You will work with Product Managers to define product vision and strategy and make certain that requirements are clear and sufficient to develop. Working with engineers, you will ensure software is secureperformantscalablemaintainable, and extensible.
Facilitate and contribute to architectural conversations;
Identify new technologies and practices that move us ahead;
Facilitate security processes such as penetration tests and threat modeling exercises.
Cultivate a Successful Team
Your success at Bestow is significantly influenced by your ability to build and maintain a high-functioning engineering team. That team will, in turn, ensure we develop a high-quality engineering culture.
Perform regular talent reviews, collaborate with engineers on professional development roadmaps and find solutions for low performers;
Coach and mentor your team, including weekly 1:1s;
Source, screen, and interview engineers; 
Identify and craft improvements to engineering practices (ex. interview process, code-review process).
Predictably Deliver Software
Understanding your team's output and maintaining their maximum, balanced pace, you will be responsible for the successful delivery of software. In addition, you will also work with Technical Project Managers and Product Managers to quickly break ties and resolve blockers.
Weigh constraints and make rapid decisions;
Represent the team in product and planning meetings;
Actively communicate roadblocks or significant delays in estimated delivery.

A Little About You:

  • 2+ years of engineering management experience
  • 5+ years of professional software development experience
  • Experience with both dynamic languages (Python preferred)
  • Experience with strongly-typed languages (Go preferred)
  • Experience with relational databases (PostgreSQL preferred) and columnar databases (BigQuery preferred)
  • Experience with Cloud Hosting providers (Google Cloud Platform preferred)
  • Clear, concise written and verbal communication
  • Initiative and motivation to make things happen

What We Can Offer To You:

  • Competitive salary
  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible schedule and work/life balance
  • 100% company-paid health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Choose your own computer setup (Mac or PC)
  • Office snacks and weekly team lunches
  • Team building events and activities

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. 
Bestow does not currently sponsor applicants for work visas.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • Python 3Languages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • FlaskFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • SegmentAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • InVisionDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • SketchDesign
    • AbstractDesign
    • BasecampManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SendGridEmail

Location

209 West 9th Street, Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78701

An Insider's view of Bestow

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe can be hectic at times and mellow at others. I feel I am in the good company of others that are trying to create something significant; no one is ever too busy to allocate time in their day for your comments or concerns. I consider a good office atmosphere, one where healthy discourse is encouraged and Bestow Austin has it in spades.

Mikhail

Software Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success is delighting people in unexpected ways. For example, we had someone apply but wasn’t eligible. Our team researched a company that might fit their specific case and helped them apply even though it wasn’t with us! This person was literally brought to tears because they were so grateful. We made a difference for someone. That’s success.

Grant

Director, Customer Experience

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Engineers are most engaged when they have the autonomy to make decisions on how things get built. We provide an environment where they can propose ideas, validate them and safely get to production with minimal friction. We don't micromanage decisions. We give people freedom to bring their good ideas to reality.

Brian

Vp, Engineering

What does career growth look like on your team?

At Bestow, you are not only free to define your own career path, but encouraged to step outside the boundaries and think outside the box on a daily basis. There are no limits placed on your work and you are entrusted with the responsibility and freedom to identify what problems need to be solved and how to solve them.

Lexie

Senior Analyst

What are Bestow Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Caring for our own by covering 100% of employee medical insurance.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
We offer employees a parking subsidy.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
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