We started Root to change the car insurance industry. Other insurance companies don't know whether people are good drivers or bad drivers. They set insurance prices based on crude demographic factors like age and gender, resulting in bad drivers paying too little, and good drivers paying too much. At Root we are changing that. We've created a way to understand how people actually drive, so that we can give the best drivers the best insurance prices. We have an opportunity to collectively save people billions of dollars a year. We received regulatory approval from the Ohio Department of Insurance in 2016 to become an officially licensed insurance carrier. This enabled us to launch and start selling policies. In 2020 and 2021 we're focused on adding top engineering talent to our current team of 200 engineers while also increasing the number of states we are licensed to sell in and building out new lines of insurances. With a stellar team, our product growing rapidly on the market, and our recent public offering, it certainly is an exciting time to join our ever-growing team!

Root Insurance Company

Chicago, IL

Staff Software Engineer - Pricing at Root Insurance (Remote Possible)

$130,000-$170,000 / YEAR

The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way that car insurance works. We’re competing with companies that have been around for a century and comprise a $200B industry—and we’re doing it with an astonishingly small team.

Our tech stack includes: 
Ruby / Rails backend, RSpec for testing 
Javascript / React Native frontend, Mocha for testing
Small amounts of native iOS and Android 
Deployment to AWS ECS using containers 
Buildkite for CI

We're scaling rapidly, and we recently launched a $6B IPO:
https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/root-insurance-ipo-poised-to-disrupt-the-insurance-market-2020-10-30

Our team excels at delivering software to build Root’s products: presently, mobile apps and a backend platform for personal auto insurance. We’ve shaped our team and our way of working around this. Our engineering team would not be the most transformative team at building a mobile operating system. We’d be quite bad at that. We’re exceptionally good at building the type of software that is necessary to invoke change in the insurance industry.

For more information on engineering at Root see https://eng.joinroot.com/

In this role, you would help design and build the next-generation of our pricing data infrastructure. Staff Engineers at Root are our most trusted technical experts and work across multiple teams of engineers to set and coordinate technical direction. Staff Engineers facilitate the delivery of large projects and features by helping design solutions, pair programming with other engineers, contributing to code review, and writing code themselves. They help strengthen the technical prowess of the entire engineering organization by mentoring and growing the engineers around them.

We divide the areas of responsibility for engineers into three major areas:

Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox. 
Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute assigned work beyond basic technical solutions.
Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions.

Scope of Impact Team/Initiative/Company

What we look for in Staff Software Engineers:

Technical Skills

    • Deep understanding of technologies used in our stack, client-server architecture, and web technologies
    • Ability to architect complex, high-scale web applications and data solutions
    • Incorporates testing and thinks about reliability as a natural part of delivering working software
    • Experienced with several programming paradigms
    • Expert-level knowledge of databases, SQL, and version control tools
    • Thorough understanding of infrastructure and devops

Planning and Execution

    • Plans and completes large and complex multi-person or multi-team projects
    • Foresees issues and requirements for large projects and features
    • Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Internalizes business goals in their technical decision making.
    • Can break down large initiatives into incrementally implementable deliverables and coordinate them across multiple engineers and teams

Working with Others

    • Provides effective and accurate technical feedback in code reviews
    • Able to work across teams to tackle complex issues
    • Mentors and grows the engineers around them
    • Works with product owners, analysts and other functions to move company’s priorities forward