Software Product Designer

| Chicago

ABOUT US

At NextCapital, we build financial software that helps everyday investors build and manage a world-class financial portfolio. Our work directly benefits the millions of Americans who can’t afford traditional financial advice, by providing them a solution driven by software. Working with the world’s leading financial institutions, our software tackles the complex challenges of providing financial advice through an intuitive and engaging user experience.

JOIN OUR TEAM

We're looking for a talented and highly motivated product designer to join our team. As a growth stage technology company, NextCapital is seeking candidates eager to be part of a team, working closely with every part of the company, from engineers to the executive team. Learn more about us at www.themuse.com/companies/nextcapital

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Gather and organize requirements from external partners and internal stakeholders
  • Design and document technical specifications for software engineers
  • Break down and document high-level requirements into detailed components
  • Write test cases and facilitate quality product delivery
  • Define granular development tasks based on design prototypes and test whether results meet stated requirements
  • Organize and prioritize project workflow and keep team members on track to meet deadlines
  • Iteratively improve the platform through a solid understanding of its current state and application of design principles

Requirements

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • You have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in software design. Prior programming experience or 1-2 years of work experience is strongly desired.
  • You understand the software development life cycle and development methodologies such as agile, waterfall and lean
  • You are self-motivated and have experience maintaining your workflow independently
  • You are a creative and proactive problem solver and feel comfortable proposing multiple solutions to a variety of issues
  • You enjoy abstract logic problems and are ready to put those skills to use in a real-world environment
  • You possess strong communication skills and are eager to work with software engineers, financial advisors, and other designers
  • You often consider ways to improve the technology you use in your everyday life, and can convincingly articulate these ideas to others
  • You have experience juggling multiple priorities and overlapping project timelines
  • You are enthusiastic about the details of how different parts of a complex software system fit together, and becoming an expert in those details

Benefits

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

  • Disrupt the financial advice industry by bringing affordable, easy to use financial tools to millions of people
  • See your work move into production quickly, and avoid the bureaucracy that slows down larger companies
  • Receive great benefits like stock options, employer 401(k) match, and employer contributions to health, dental and vision coverage
  • Enjoy a laid back work environment surrounded by top quality designers & engineers that enjoy working with each other
  • Get in on the ground floor of a growth stage company where you can have a real impact on the company's future
  • Participate in company-sponsored cornhole leagues, Thursday After Hours (cards, video games, treats), fantasy football leagues, hackathons and other fun events.
  • Enjoy a newly built out office on Michigan Avenue with unobstructed views of the lake and Millennium Park.
  • Sip locally roasted coffee, iced tea, cold brew, or espresso at your modular sitting/standing desk.
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • HTMLSLanguages
    • MATLAB Languages
    • AWSLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • SinatraLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • JIRAManagement

Location

Located on Michigan Avenue, right across the street from Millennium Park and Pritzker Pavilion with an unobstructed view of the lake.

An Insider's view of NextCapital

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

My team works on various problems. One that I am working on right now is enabling automated testing for users enrolled in workplace plans, ensuring that testers can create users with plans, as well as creating an automated enrollment process.

Alyssa

Software Engineer II

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started at NC as a FullStack Product Designer, which gave me insight into how models form NC’s stack – driving creation of features with value to partners. Then, I moved into leadership by owning the ideation of individual features and facilitating their scoping, design, and development. Now, I’m managing an Agile team for delivery of milestones.

Blake

Delivery Manager

What’s the vibe like in the office?

NextCapital's offices are very open and collaborative spaces. The environment complements our corporate culture and reflects part of our mission to be transparent.

Jason

Platform Engineer

What are NextCapital Perks + Benefits

NextCapital Benefits Overview

NextCapital offers phenomenal healthcare benefits, as well as flexible work hours (core business hours are between 9:30-4:00), a super relaxed dress code, and a generous PTO policy that includes unlimited sick days and work-from-home opportunities (so long as you get prior manager approval). A liberal parental leave policy for new parents is also in place.

With an on-site gym just one floor down, it's easy to stay active if you want to step away from your standing/sitting desk for a bit - or walk across the street to Millennium Park to take in the glory of the bean during your lunch break.

Other fun perks include beer and kombucha on tap, as well as espresso. Awesome company events like happy hours, intramural sports leagues (softball, bowling, and volleyball), and poker, board games, and euchre nights will be on your calendar. Come join in on the fun!

Culture
Friends Outside of Work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany Committees
- DIVE - Diversity, Inclusion, Values, Ethics - Monthly Women's Lunches
Daily Stand Up
Open Door Policy
Team-Owned Deliverables
Team-Based Strategic Planning
Group Brainstorming Sessions
Pair Programming
Open Office Floor Plan
Diversity
Documented Equal Pay Policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious Bias Training
Unconscious bias awareness is a part of our interview training.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team Workouts
We participated in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge this year! And with a gym right downstairs, it's convenient to exercise alongside your teammates! We also host a guided weekly meditation session.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
NextCapital provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan. We match 5% of contributions up to 5% of an employee's annual gross pay.We
Company Equity
NextCapital offers stock-options through its employee profit sharing program, including vesting over a three-year period. Every employee is offered stock-options as a part of their initial offer!
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 4 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. After that, you can come back part time or work from home to ease back into things. 2 weeks for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Core hours are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. As long as you are online and available during that time and get your 40 hours in - you can arrive and leave the office whenever suits your schedule.
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes unlimited opportunity to work from home. We are a collaborative environment, but feel free to work remote on occasion, so long as you get prior manager approval.
Family Medical Leave
All employees receive 5 days of family sick time.
Return-to-Work Program Post-Parental Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited sick days.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
NextCapital sponsors seasonal Intramural sports (bowling, softball, volleyball), as well as weekly euchre nights and occasional board game and poker nights. There are also book and film clubs.
Relocation Assistance
Our relocation assistance plan offers a maximum reimbursement of $2000.
Fitness Subsidies
There is a gym onsite with a one-time fee of $100.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
All new employees become graduates of NextCapital University. NCU is a week-long crash course-load of information that will set you up for success here at NextCaptial.
Diversity Program
Lunch and Learns
NextCapital hosts brown-bags on a variety of topics as they come up.
Cross-Functional Training Encouraged
Promote From Within
Mentorship Program
Our mentorship program includes 1-to-1 program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring. On day one you will be given an individual mentor who will work very closely with you for your first 30+ days.

Additional Perks + Benefits

120 degree sit/stand modular desks. Awesome work/life balance. Local coffee, espresso, cold brew/iced tea, and beer. Stock options for every employee. A generous Parental Leave Policy.

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