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Senior Backend Engineer, Java



Software Engineering
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2024

OurFamilyWizard is a technology company on a mission to help families thrive across all of life’s circumstances. We bring together two leading family management brands: OurFamilyWizard, the world’s most trusted co-parenting application, and Cozi, the #1 family organizing app.

Cozi is the leading family calendar and organizing app, helping millions of families manage busy family life and receiving over 250,000 5-star ratings. OurFamilyWizard is a SaaS technology platform that enables families to co-parent seamlessly across households. Nearly one million parents and family law practitioners have leveraged OurFamilyWizard to coordinate schedules, record documentation, exchange digital payments, and settle disputes. Together, the platforms provide a holistic set of solutions for all types of families.

We recently received a private investment round from Spectrum Equity, putting Cozi and OurFamilyWizard in the same neighborhood as Grubhub, Ancestry.com, Headspace, and others. We are looking for passionate team members to join us in accelerating our growth to the next level by reaching the millions of families who can benefit from our technology solutions.

As a Senior Java Engineer, you will directly contribute to features that make everyday life a little bit easier for families on their co-parenting journey. You will be part of a product team, and operate alongside a collaborative group of product managers, designers, QA analysts, automation engineers, and other web and mobile engineers working together to solve meaningful problems for parents, children, and practitioners. We are looking for an individual who is experienced in creating high quality software and has a deep knowledge of Relational Databases, Hibernate, and the Spring Framework. In addition, we value individuals familiar with microservices architecture who are passionate about solving problems.

Please note, we're only accepting applicants located in the United States and are unable to provide sponsorship at this time.

What you will accomplish:

Getting to know teammates, technology, and tactics.

The first day will be spent partnering with your manager and a teammate to get your local environment set up and fixing a bug. The following 29 days will involve connecting with teammates across OurFamilyWizard and Cozi to gain a high-level understanding of how we prioritize, plan, build, and deliver value to families on our platform. You will build deeper connections with product and platform teammates as you get more immersed in the daily and weekly agile rituals, and the API guild. In these early days, your manager will set up recurring 1:1’s and begin the ongoing discussion of personal and team goals. Technical work will focus on gaining exposure to services within your team’s domain, as well as key areas of the platform beyond team boundaries where ownership is shared. By the end of your first month, you will be acclimated to the operating rhythm and rituals of your product team and gain confidence by taking on increasingly complex tasks.

Try, learn, ship.

By day 60, you will be comfortable operating within our SDLC from planning through production releases. You will have a broad understanding of our backend architecture, and a deeper understanding of the services within your team’s area of ownership and the API’s that power our client experiences. Through weekly work that presents complex and varied challenges, you will continue becoming familiar with processes, patterns, and best practices. By releasing regularly, you will have an impact on end users.

Solidifying the foundation.

Beyond the first couple of months, you will grow into an autonomous operator, capable of architecting solutions to complex problems that are consistent with our existing patterns and best practices with minimal supervision and support from others. You will partner with cross-functional engineering teammates, as well as your product manager, designer, and engineering manager to help build execution plans to build out new features that support our product and business strategy. The API is foundation for building delightful, value-adding experiences in our clients, and by day 90 as Sr. Java Engineer you will have the tools and confidence, to provide that foundational support for your product team.

Accelerate growth.

With a solid foundational understanding of platform architecture, design patterns, and best practices you will have opportunities to inform and affect change at the platform level to further your ownership, impact, and growth. Through partnership with product and design you will be empowered to influence strategy and end-user experience and impact. Complex product problems, and technical challenges related to scale and modernization will present opportunities to establish yourself as a subject matter expert, expand your impact and ownership, and continue learning and growing as an engineer.

Who you are:

  • Confident craftsperson. You have the tools you need to solve most problems, are comfortable speaking to multiple approaches, and have an opinion on the best approach given the constraints.
  • Scientific artist, artistic scientist. You understand that software is necessarily complex, and are capable of driving clarity in the face of complexity while valuing simplicity as the ultimate sophistication.
  • Curious operator. You value the variance in challenges a cross-functional team encounters and embrace unexpected hurdles with a mindset that seeks to understand the landscape before charting a course towards a solution.
  • Pragmatic optimizer. You identify when something’s harder than it should be, articulate why change is needed, and affect change through incremental improvements towards an audacious end goal.
  • Champion of Inclusion. You want everyone on the team to have a voice and are open and eager to hear everyone's thoughts, helping to guide the team to good solutions.
  • Low ego, high integrity. You value doing what’s right over being right. You pivot when a better path forward arises in order to meet technical and business needs and are comfortable saying something when a course correction is needed.

What you bring:

  • 5+ years of Java development experience
  • Analytical mindset and good problem-solving skills.
  • Experience in the Spring Framework
  • Proven experience delivering software applications/features from inception to shipping within a cross-functional team environment.
  • Object Oriented analysis and design using common design patterns.
  • Excellent knowledge of Relational Databases and ORM technologies (Spring Boot, Hibernate)

What would be great to have:

  • Experience with Kotlin
  • Experience with Docker
  • Experience with Kubernetes
  • Experience with Atlassian products for CI/CD (Bamboo, Bitbucket)
  • Experience with Confluent Cloud (Kafka)
  • Experience with writing and maintaining tests
  • Experience with iterative, agile based software delivery processes.
  • Experience in legal technology or legal profession in some way

Why Join?

Great mission. Creating a safe and productive environment for families to co-exist is extremely important for us; we’ve been doing it for 20 years and are deeply motivated by adding value to the lives of parents, children, and practitioners.

Growing team. While we’ve been around for a while, we continue to evolve and innovate. That’s what keeps us going! You’ll have an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to our organization as we hit our second stride.

Amazing Culture. OurFamilyWizard has a positive and supportive culture—we look for people who are curious, inventive, and work to be a little better every single day. In our work together, we aim to be smart, humble, hardworking and, above all, collaborative.

Here's a list of our key benefits:

  • Full Medical: OFW Pays 100% of the premium for employee AND additional family members
  • 401k: Up to a 4% match with immediate vesting
  • 12 weeks paid leave for all new parents
  • Learning & Development stipend for employees
  • Supportive and flexible working environment
  • 12 Paid Holidays + Paid Winter Break

Come As You Are!

OurFamilyWizard provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.