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Backend Software Engineer



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA · Phoenix, AZ, USA · Austin, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024


There are over 30M small businesses in the United States, but only a tiny fraction of them have a workplace savings program in place. As the savings gap in the country widens, it’s imperative that every worker has access to and participates in their company’s savings program, such as a 401(k) or 403(b). We believe that American workers should have easy access to an inexpensive, flexible, and intuitive solution to save for a brighter future.

Unfortunately, prior to Vestwell, small businesses have been neglected and underserved, with expensive, inflexible, poorly designed offerings built on old, mainframe software. Vestwell is changing that, starting with rebuilding the core infrastructure for the modern era.

Vestwell’s north star is to be the engine behind a $30T industry, powering all payroll-deducted workplace savings programs for small-to-midsize businesses, such as 401(k), 403(b), IRA, emergency savings accounts (ESA), health savings accounts (HSA), 529 college savings, and alike.

Vestwell’s focus is to build the most flexible, powerful workplace savings and investment platform, delivered through the hands and minds of their financial services partners with the help of payroll provider partners. The team at Vestwell makes the hard stuff look easy, by combining the expertise of financial advice with the sophistication of a technology provider.

As a result, workplace providers are able to bestow the advice and solution employers and employees have been asking for, while growing and scaling along the way. Employers get a cost-effective solution designed for their needs without all the headaches, and employees get a user-friendly portal that helps them achieve their long-term saving goals.


With backing from leading FinTech investors, as well as a growing team of dedicated professionals of strong industry pedigree, Vestwell is at the forefront of a much-needed change in a 40-year old industry. Our team believes in the mission we’ve set out to achieve and we are working hard to get there. We’re ambitious, honest, thoughtful, and fun.

Who are we looking for?

Vestwell’s payroll integrations engineering team is seeking a Software Engineer with demonstrated experience creating and consuming REST APIs using Python or other object-oriented languages to enable communication between Vestwell’s systems and those of our partners.

The ideal candidate will be experienced working within a kanban development team, writing well-tested, maintainable and clean code and collaborating day to day with stakeholders on our product and operations teams.

You’re a great fit for our team if you:

  • Can balance detail-oriented tasks with long term strategy and scale initiatives.
  • Prioritize sustainable development, meaning that you can deliver value quickly but not at the expense of code sustainability.
  • Work strategically to avoid tech debt and are constantly looking for the better way.


  • Create and maintain software enabling internal and external API integrations using Python
  • Follow best practices in code to build maintainable, low-complexity software which adheres to common programming principles
  • Work with stakeholders including our Product and Operations teams to support their product development needs
  • Review requirements and translate into an executable development plan, breaking down projects to enable iterative and agile implementation
  • Provide production support. We do not have after-hours on-call support, but do support our products during business hours with a rotating schedule.


The Necessities

  • 2+ years of experience as a Software Engineer
  • Demonstrated experience building out REST APIs in Python or another language
  • Experience working with a RDBMS like PostgreSQL
  • Ability to collaborate while working on a team and find the best solutions
  • Understanding of git

The Extras

  • Experience working at a company founded in the past 5-10 years
  • Experience writing unit and automated acceptance tests
  • Experience with UI technologies such as React. Our team works on internal and external facing UIs, and, while we don’t expect frontend experience with this role, it’s a plus!
  • Experience provisioning AWS cloud services using Terraform
  • Building pipelines in Jenkins or another CI tool

Our Culture

We take a modern Agile approach to web development, trusting cross-functional squads to make bottom up decisions in terms of roadmap prioritization, technical choices, and day-to-day processes. We want squads to be first class citizens, working as a team to define their roadmap and prioritization, that follows best practices in development, automation testing, deploying, and support.

The expected salary range for this position is $125K - $140K. Please note that salary bands are based on NY and other similar metro areas and may differ based on where the role is ultimately hired.


We’re a growth stage startup with lots of exciting milestones ahead. We value health and wellness at Vestwell and in addition to a dedicated Employee Wellbeing Committee, we offer competitive health coverage and an open vacation policy. We have adopted a remote-hybrid office policy, but all employees are welcome at our bright, comfortable office with many workspace options in midtown Manhattan so everyone has a setting that is the most productive for them. We provide our team with all the equipment they need (plus a few perks!) to work effectively remotely. Oh, and naturally we have a great 401(k) plan!


It starts the same for every candidate: getting to know the team members through 1 - 2 conversations about Vestwell, your experience, and your interests. Next steps can vary by role, but the usual next steps are a skill or experience screen (e.g. a coding interview for an Engineer, a portfolio review for a Designer, deeper experience call for other roles) which leads to a virtual or in-person interview panel after that if the screens go well. Before making an offer, our interview process concludes with a references check stage for your recruiter to meet with a current or former supervisor and peer. We prioritize transparency and lack of surprise throughout the process.

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