Director of Software Engineering

ABOUT US
Founded in 2014 and having grown to 90 global team members, Supernova offers the industry’s first and only cloud-based, fully customizable, end-to-end software solution to automate securities-based lending (SBL) from origination through the life of the loan. By combining thought leadership in suitability and risk management with industry-leading education and the latest technology, Supernova enables advisors to deliver holistic, goals-based advice and to help their clients achieve financial wellness. We partner with the industry’s largest banks, most prominent insurance companies and leading online brokerages to democratize access to securities-based lending and better the entire financial ecosystem.

JOB DESCRIPTION
As the Director of Software Engineering, you will oversee the engineering talent and technical strategy for multiple domains and technical areas focused on our business services and APIs. This role will be directly responsible for systems supporting Supernova’s cloud-based Security-Based Lending (SBL) SaaS platform.

We are looking for a leader who is passionate about people and technology and who has a proven record of scaling engineering teams and systems. This is a new role for Supernova as we continue to expand as a business and grow our engineering teams. This role will report directly to the Head of Technology and have a direct impact on our business performance and the continued growth of our engineering teams and technologies.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage the software development team; measure and improve team engagement and productivity
  • Coach and develop individual contributors and managers; foster a high-performing engineering culture
  • Own the quality, scalability, security, and performance of applications, systems, and integrations
  • Instill a mindset of curiosity and continuous improvement, with a goal to drive faster speed to market at a lower cost
  • Partner with internal and external stakeholders to enable business value creation, as well as the stability and scalability of our solutions

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering or relevant field of study
  • In-depth experience architecting, delivering, and operating large scale, highly available eCommerce systems
  • Good with follow up to ensure all information and documentation is provided in a timely manner
  • 5+ years' experience building backend API centric software solutions
  • Experience with enterprise asynchronous system architecture and scaling
  • Strong expertise with Object Oriented back end languages / technologies such as Java, Groovy, .NET, Scala, Python, etc.
  • A strong understanding of database technologies
  • Experience in a fast paced, Agile, continuous integration environment
  • Experience with Single Page Application (SPA) web architecture and associated frameworks
  • Customer first mindset

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Location

Do you like fine art, modern furniture, poké crunch wraps and beer arcades? Then you'll love our office space near the corner of Chicago and Franklin.

An Insider's view of Supernova Technology

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our vibe is really fun and energetic! It is an open spaced loft in River North. Nobody has an office and even the CEO and CTO sit in rows of desks with all of the other employees. People are always working together. We have a fridge and pantry stocked with snacks, a pool table and casual dress.

Jaramee

Controller

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Supernova enables wealth management firms to offer securities-based loans, an attractive liquidity solution, to their clients. Historically, setting up SBLs was very cumbersome. Our solution not only supports competitive borrowing rates, but is also easy to use and includes robust collateral management and risk monitoring capabilities.

Kristin

Sr. Vice President of Business Development

What makes someone successful on your team?

One quality that comes to mind is a positive attitude. When one brings a positive energy into their workspace their teammates draw from it and everyone is more productive as a whole. Successful people are open to advice — different perspectives shed light on problems and provide insight that one may not discover on their own.

Peter

Security/Dev Ops Engineer

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

When we started Supernova, we wanted to create a culture of open communication and collaboration to share ideas and best practices. No one has an office. I sit with the rest of the team and purposely keep my calendar as clear as possible so I can participate and be involved in organic discussions that are often my favorite part of the day.

Jeff

Head of Operations

What projects are you most excited about?

I'm excited about being able to calculate the probability of call in our collateral management system; which combines advanced statistical analysis and financial knowledge to predict the performance of all the holdings in the collateral accounts. We want to provide the most accurate and configurable financial data to our clients.

De

Quantitative Risk Analyst Intern

What are Supernova Technology Perks + Benefits

Supernova Technology Benefits Overview

Exceptional benefits package Equity-linked compensation. A vacation policy designed to achieve work-life balance. Frequent team lunches to help keep us all connected. Office pool table complete with regular tournaments. Matching 401(k) program.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Supernova has a Party-Planning Committee that plans all kinds of fun events for our team.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Supernova hosts several company outings each year
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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