Staff Back End Engineer, Experience



Software Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

About Altruist

Altruist is a fast growing fintech company that's transforming the financial advice industry. Our mission is to make financial advice better, more affordable, and accessible to everyone. We’re a modern custodian built exclusively for registered investment advisors (RIAs). As we disrupt legacy custodians and revolutionize the $100T RIA market, we're seeking exceptional individuals to join our team. If you embody our core values of kindness, brilliance, and grit, and are passionate about making a meaningful impact, we want to hear from you!

About the team
The Experience team is a newly-formed group of engineers, designers, QA, and product professionals with two main responsibilities. First, it ensures the highest quality user experience for advisors' clients on the Altruist platform, managing both the client mobile and web app code bases. Second, it leads high-usability product initiatives on the advisor platform. The Experience team’s areas of ownership include horizontal features such as search, dashboards, document stores, and the client’s user experience. The team operates with well-defined goals, KPIs, and strong support from the entire company.

What you’ll do

  • Work with Product to refine requirements and turn them into high-quality product launches
  • Work with Product and your manager to create half-year project roadmaps
  • Lead back end initiatives to improve the performance of some key surfaces like the global search, advisor dashboard, and the client experience
  • Work with partner teams on consolidating data from across the company into performant derived data sets to power search and dashboards
  • Work with a team of client-side engineers on delivering 0-1 features
  • Coach and mentor junior developers and take responsibility for meeting deadlines for your team’s deliverables
  • Lead with engineering best practices and make decisions based on measurable impact
  • Promote a culture of quality, accountability, autonomy, and open communication across teams

What you’ll bring

  • 8+ years of building scalable RESTful back-end services using one or more backend technologies (eg. Java/Kotlin)
  • Strong grasp of SQL and NoSQL database technologies databases like Postgres, Snowflake; data tools like Airflow, DBT
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders from ideation to launch
  • Experience with working in a cross-functional team that touches many of the core services powering Altruist
  • Experience with event driven development
  • Experience with performance optimization and/or search (ElasticSearch a plus)
  • Strong understanding of caching technologies like CDN, Redis, and Memcache
  • Experience building on cloud technologies like AWS
  • Degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
Los Angeles, CA salary range
$181,000$226,000 USD


  • Competitive salary and stock options
  • Premium Healthcare, Dental, and Vision insurance plans
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • 401(k) savings plan with matching contributions
  • Flexible paid time off

Total compensation includes a competitive benefits package along with equity in the form of Stock Options (ISOs). A salary offer will be determined by a number of factors including experience, skill level, internal pay equity, geographic location, and other relevant business considerations. We review all employee pay and compensation programs regularly to ensure fair, equitable, and competitive pay. At Altruist, we are committed to providing fair, equitable, and competitive compensation by leveraging market data to inform our pay bands. Base salaries will be reviewed at regular intervals throughout the year, typically in conjunction with performance review cycles. By evaluating compensation on a regular basis, we are able to reward high performance and ensure all employees have opportunities for growth.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Altruist we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.