Engineering Manager - Backend Applications at M1 (Chicago, IL)

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Who we are

M1 has created a personal wealth-building platform made for the modern era, uniting personal perspective and automated ease. We seamlessly combine free investing, low cost borrowing and digital checking all in one intuitive, automated Finance Super App, and we’re driven by a mission to empower personal financial well-being. We believe that financial well-being is fundamental to overall well-being, and we strive to deliver products that are simpler, smarter, and stronger than those created by our competitors. 

Our clients have already trusted us with over $6 billion of assets, we’re currently helping hundreds of thousands of people grow and manage their wealth with our industry-leading automation and tools, and we’re adding thousands of new clients every day.   

We’re looking for passionate people who want to improve and build on what we’ve created and take responsibility to help others build something meaningful and sustainable for their futures.  

We've been named a 2021 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune and listed on Built In’s 2020 Best Places to Work in Chicago. We mean it when we say, “M1 is yours to build.” 

If this sounds interesting to you, read on! 

What we’re looking for 

We are looking for a highly self-driven engineering manager to join and have a force multiplying impact on our backend engineering team – someone who is passionate not only about solving interesting technical problems but also about building, developing, and energizing a team of engineers.

M1’s engineering team is in charge of building, deploying, and maintaining mission critical systems that power the operation of the entire M1 platform. We adopt a microservices architecture and our systems, which range in responsibility and complexity (from login and account management to banking and trading) are all built on top of Reactive technologies (Lagom / Play! / Akka / Scala).

What you’ll do

  • Lead and support a team of 3-5 backend application engineers in building and maintaining business critical software systems at scale
  • Take full ownership of associated systems - from initial build and deployment to ongoing initiative prioritization and future roadmap definition
  • Take responsibility for team output and team outcomes - for delivering timely, high quality software that inspires confidence
  • Enable day to day team success through effective code reviews, facilitation of design and architectural discussions, and ongoing mentorship and guidance in both technical and business domain spaces
  • Grow team member careers via clear performance goal setting, effective feedback collection (and delivery), and ongoing coaching
  • When applicable - identify, recruit, and retain additional highly skilled application engineers
  • Utilize engineering processes and tools to ensure execution is transparent, effective, and predictable. Additionally take the lead on collecting feedback and evolving and improving processes when needed.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with cross functional team members and stakeholders to ensure clarity and alignment on direction, prioritization, and requirements across the organization.
  • Foster ownership and purpose in team members by deeply understanding and articulating not just the business value and impact of day to day initiatives but also the broader company vision
  • Cultivate a culture of safety, collaboration, and transparency through practices like pair programming, emphasizing documentation, and proactively providing recognition for wins, big or small.

Skills / Qualifications

  • 5+ years of professional software engineering experience
  • 2+ years experience of engineering management experience leading a team of 3+ people
  • Proficiency in a JVM language, such as Scala, Kotlin, or Java
  • Familiarity with functional programming, CQRS, and event sourcing
  • Experience in building and maintaining scalable and fault-tolerant distributed systems deployed to a cloud environment (AWS, Kubernetes, etc)
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with cross functional teams and stakeholders to deliver complex projects from start to finish
  • Strong mentorship skills with demonstrable experience elevating fellow team members
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, self-motivated, growth-minded 
  • Excellent communicator and collaborator 
  • General knowledge of investing and personal finance or desire to learn 

Engineering Culture @ M1

We are a team of driven engineers committed to executing a clear and exciting vision. We adopt an iterative approach, believe in continuous improvement, and embrace first-principles thinking. While we value creative dissent in problem solving and eschew the idea of adopting a solution just because "it has always been done that way," we also believe in respect, support, and enabling each team members’ best contributions however we can. Everyone plays an integral part in developing our product and is empowered to make impactful decisions on features, architecture, and implementation.

M1's Commitment to Diversity

M1 is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate different experiences and we're committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at all levels of the company. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. With our three DEI task forces (internal education, recruiting, and community involvement) and five Employee Resource Groups (Mental Health, Pride, Black, Latinx, and Women at M1) , M1 employees and leaders set aside company time to tackle DEI projects and achieve goals every quarter.

Our Values

Our team embodies our eight core principles and if these principles speak to you – we’d love to talk with you.

  • Mission Driven: We will passionately apply ourselves to deliver immense value to our customers, knowing if they succeed, so too will the company
  • Extreme Ownership: We think and act like owners. Our focus is building long-term value, not scoring short-term marks. We own everything in our domain, including the outcome and everything that affects it
  • Boldness: We want to do things of consequence. Make a difference. We would rather fail at something meaningful than succeed at something trivial
  • Bias for action: The best way to make progress is to act
  • Economical: Efficiency is important, and we consider both the costs and benefits to our actions
  • Team oriented: In working together, we maintain low ego, make everyone feel welcome, assume good intent, trust one another, and seek out different perspectives. We empower our teammates to be at their best.
  • Challenged, but not overwhelmed: We are curious people who always want to grow. Growth happens outside our comfort zone. We achieve our potential through consistent, manageable growth
  • Integrity: We do the right thing. When we make mistakes, we own and correct them. We would be proud if our actions are shared with our family, friends, and strangers. Everyone can count on us to act according to our values, beliefs, and principles we state we hold. This trust must never be broken.

Our Perks

  • Competitive Pay and Stock Options
  • Comprehensive health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance
  • Retirement benefit with employer match
  • Unlimited PTO
  • $500 to spend on home office equipment while working from home
  • Stylish M1 swag
  • Socially distant team outings, celebrations, and events
  • Transparent and open communication with leadership
  • Office in the Loop with a Game Room and Gym

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An Insider's view of M1

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Laid back but very energetic at the same time. We're always working on the next product update, the next campaign, and while it can be a bit demanding, every team is good about providing flexibility and we celebrate all successes together.


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Open communication and collaboration welcome at all times. We're always looking for ways to harness each other's expertise so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

We look for people who are smart, ambitious, hard-working, and friendly.


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What is your vision for the company?

M1 should functionally change the way we manage our personal finances.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

M1 has a mountain to climb, and we are always looking for more solutions. Any person on my team is empowered to come up with those solutions


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