Node Developer at M1 Finance

| Chicago
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Company Description 

M1 is a young, rapidly growing company revolutionizing personal finance. The current tools used to invest, borrow, or spend your money are woefully undershooting what’s possible -- so we have created a new generation of investment and banking tools that will entirely reinvent how people interact with their money. 

Our signature product is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, free investing platform. People can easily create and automate their investments, borrow against a flexible portfolio line of credit, and soon, use M1 as their bank -- creating a finance experience that is totally new and incredibly exciting. There has never been an easier, more convenient, or less expensive way to control all aspects of your finances. 

We manage hundreds of millions of dollars and are signing up thousands of new customers each week. But we are not done! We have ambitious plans to take on an entrenched, aging industry. Join us and help build the future of personal finance. 

Job Description 

We are a small team of driven engineers committed to executing a clear, 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. 

As a Node Developer, you’ll work along side our team of accomplished Backend Engineers to own the full stack feature development for our critical internal applications. You’ll interface with our other teams and leadership to understand the needs of the organization, then bring those requests to reality, paying attention to quality and identifying ways to improve. You’ll also have the opportunity to grow into more backend heavy development as you learn the tools and team. 

As a Node Developer on the backend team, you’ll: 

  • Be a product owner for a new product
  • Design and build both backend and frontend changes to deliver features to our critical internal applications 
  • Gather requirements for feature development from stakeholders 
  • Implement backend REST APIs 
  • Implement frontend consumers of REST API services 
  • Ship code to production often 
  • Deliver valuable features to support multiple business domains 
  • Be responsible for designing, building, and owning a critical internal application that is used every day 


  • Proven ability to build applications using Node and React 
  • Experience using GraphQL and Flow 
  • Experience in Scala is a plus 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and take ownership over projects 
  • Ability to communicate with internal stakeholders and translate needs into product 

Technologies you’ll get to learn 

  • Scala 
  • Lagom/Play Framework 
  • Kafka 
  • Postgres 
  • AWS Services 
  • Event Sourcing 
  • CQRS 

Additional Information 

Job Perks 

  • Unlimited PTO & personal days 
  • Comprehensive health benefits 
  • Stock options for all employees 
  • Office in River North conveniently located near public transportation 

This is a full-time, on-site position at our Chicago, IL headquarters (no remote). Candidates must be authorized to work in the US. Sorry, we are unable to sponsor visas at this time. 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. 

M1 will not consider candidates submitted from third party recruiting firms. 

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213 W Institute Place, Suite 301, Chicago, IL 60610

An Insider's view of M1 Finance

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.


Art Director

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.


Digital Marketing Specialist

What makes someone successful on your team?

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


VP of Engineering

What is your vision for the company?

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


VP of Engineering

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


VP of Engineering

What are M1 Finance Perks + Benefits

M1 Finance Benefits Overview

A great product is the result of a talented team and strong work culture. At M1, our philosophy is to hire unbelievably intelligent, motivated, high-integrity individuals and promote an environment that enables their best work.

Our company’s culture reflects what creative, intelligent people value in their careers: meaningful and interesting work, a fun environment, and financially rewarding opportunities.

Volunteer in local community
M1 sponsors volunteer opportunities in the Chicago community each quarter, which allows us to give back, bond as a team, and spend time doing things that are important to the employees of M1.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
M1 uses a SIMPLE IRA, which is similar to a 401K. It allows us to use the M1 platform for the retirement benefit. M1 will contribute 2%, regardless of the employee contribution, even if that is 0%.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. M1 also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
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