Senior Engineering Manager

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Hippo is a Palo Alto based company leading the modernization of the home insurance and protection industry, which hasn’t innovated in many years.  We use technology to create modernized, customer-centric home insurance and proactive maintenance services. We take our hyper-focus on customer satisfaction (buyer simplicity, comprehensive coverage, concierge service) a step further, by offering IoT Smart Home devices for monitoring home health. These devices, together with numerous other data sources (like aerial imagery and predictive actuarial data) allow us to proactively address problems before homeowners even know about them. 

Hippo is solving complex engineering, compliance, regulatory and operational problems that have immediate impact on this antiquated industry. We're on a strong (but responsible) growth trajectory, with a proven and recession-proof set of products.

To support our continuous growth, we’re looking for an experienced Engineering Manager to help us develop the core Hippo platform and expand product offerings across the United States. The ideal candidate brings demonstrated experience in software engineering, leadership, maturity and a deep understanding of the software development life cycle.  Preferred but not required experience: former work experience in the digital insurance or fintech sectors, and ideally a startup.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, develop and deploy Hippo’s core capabilities and Platform services
  • Lead a team of 3-10 engineers with 2-3 main topics of focus. Drive technical review of design documents, code review, prioritization of development roadmap and fixes
  • Work with, and influence, cross functional stakeholders within Hippo, e.g. Product, Design, QA, Finance
  • Areas of focus will be around backend services and Platform capabilities, either around Smart Home features and/or a set of Partner APIs for ecosystem enablement
  • Mentor and lead other engineers, develop them for higher impact and teamwork

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years relevant work experience in software development
  • 2+ years of people management experience
  • Relentless focus on end-user and creating customer-centric solutions
  • Proven ability to build a team, develop people, and influence cross-functional teams and senior management
  • Adaptability to increase the scope of work / switch around to other areas of impact at a fast-moving startup
  • High level of technical proficiency with Hippo’s techstack including Javascript (Node.js, React), Python, AWS/GCP, terraform and similar cloud frameworks
  • High level of proficiency in algorithms, data structures, and systems design
  • Experience working with database systems (specifically PostgreSQL, BigQuery)
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related technical field
  • Startup experience
  • Insuretech, fintech experience

Compensation and Perks

  • Healthy Hippos Benefits- 100% Employer paid medical, dental & vision plan options for our team members AND their families (yes, you read that correctly). As well as 401K, long & short term disability, EAP and flexible spending accounts.
  • Flexible Paid Time Off- Uncapped PTO (with manager approval)
  • Hippo Habitat- Fun offices located in downtown Palo Alto, less than a 5 minute walk from Caltrain. We also offer commuter benefits including free parking pass. Stocked kitchen and BBQ Friday’s for all!

Hippo is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion. 

Hippo’s applicants are considered solely based on their qualifications, without regard to an applicant’s disability or need for accommodation. Any Hippo applicant who requires reasonable accommodations during the application process should contact the Hippo’s People Team to make the need for an accommodation known

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • PostgreSQLDatabases
    • BigQueryDatabases
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • SalesforceCRM

An Insider's view of Hippo Insurance

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Hippo’s office vibe is diverse, fun filled & collaborative. Weekly BBQs, office lunches, movies & concerts let employees have fun, bond & collaborate. Leadership cares about employees & prioritizes work life balance, which are the keys to success. Enthusiastic coworkers who believe in teamwork to finish tasks, create positive environment in office

Manjula

QA Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

Being a start-up in an established industry means we get to utilize all the proven techniques & methods & directly innovate on them. These are the most exciting projects, when we tackle similar problems in new ways with new tech. Even better when we work with other teams – each Hippo brings unique ideas from other industries that we can draw from!

Chin

Associate, Actuarial & Risk

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Whether it is a meeting, text or Slack I always make myself available to the team. I am committed to their success at Hippo and carve the time to empower and support their success. As a leader you have to provide a safe place to allow others to experiment, grow and innovate.

Anna

Vice President, People

What are Hippo Insurance Perks + Benefits

Hippo Insurance Benefits Overview

Hippo's benefit's and perks can't be beat, here are a few: -Healthy Hippos Benefits- 100% Employer paid medical, dental & vision plan options for our team members AND their families (yes, you read that correctly). -Flexible Paid Time Off -Little Hippos Program- We reimburse our team members up to $25k for adoption costs and up to $50k for -infertility treatments. Plus, we offer 12 weeks parental leave for primary caregivers and 6 weeks for secondary caregivers. -Hippo Meals & Snacks- We cater lunch in our office 4 times a week and we provide all the snacks & drinks our Hippos can handle daily. -Hippo Habitat- Our beautiful office located in downtown Palo Alto.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to 25,000 for eligible adoption expenses and 12 weeks of paid leave.
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Hippo treats its team members with the same level of dedication and care as we do our customers. Our CEO, Assaf Wand, views this company as an opportunity to care for one another like a family, which is why we’re fortunate to provide all of our Hippos with amazing benefits & perks.

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