Engineering Manager at Bestow

| Austin
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Who We Are
Bestow is a digital life insurance company built on full stack technology and AI. In a world in need of greater financial resilience and protection, Bestow democratizes access to smart financial products and powers some of the world’s leading consumer platforms. We are reimagining and rebuilding a 400-year-old, $7 trillion industry to create a brighter future for millions of families. And we’re just getting started.
The Bestow team is a diverse band of first principles thinkers on a mission to do good. We’re fortunate to be backed by leading investors and partners including Valar Ventures, NEA, 8VC and MunichRe.
Open to Austin or Dallas, TX
We're Looking For 
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. 
As an Engineering Manager (open to Austin, TX or Dallas, TX) you will oversee all aspects of technical execution for a team of engineers working on our life insurance platform. You can explore our dynamic life insurance application process directly on our website to see exactly what we're referring to.  
-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. 
-You have a passion for design and user experience. 
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 secure, performant, scalable, maintainable, 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 
You will be responsible for the successful delivery of software. You must understand your team's output and maintain their maximum, balanced pace. 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 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 communicationInitiative and motivation to make things happen

What We Can Offer You:

  • Competitive salary
  • Stock options
  • 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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Occupying a former art gallery in Downtown Austin, our spacious and natural light-filled office is located two blocks away from Congress Avenue.