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Technical Financial Systems Lead at Root

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The engineering team at Root strives to be one of the most transformative engineering teams ever. We’re changing the way an industry works by leveraging technology and data to build the best products possible. Even with our significant growth, we operate in small teams that are given ownership over projects and results. We’ve found that the people closest to the problems are the best at solving them. We're actively hiring Engineers for our Columbus, OH or Chicago, IL offices, as well as those who prefer to work remotely! Remote employees must be located in the United States and are expected to work either Eastern or Central timezone hours. 

 

We’re scaling rapidly, and we recently launched a $6B IPO:

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/root-insurance-ipo-poised-to-disrupt-the-insurance-market-2020-10-30 

 

Technical Systems Leads at Root are expected to wear many hats. Your primary objective is to collaborate with the Finance and Accounting teams to understand organizational process and workflow needs and deliver solutions to fulfill those needs. You will drive the strategy and roadmaps for the implementation of major project initiatives, metrics, reporting, automation across various internal business units. As a driver of technical initiatives, you must exhibit a strong bias for action. You should draw on your personal engineering and finance experience to define a Financial Systems strategy and roadmap aligned with business needs partnering with key team leaders and stakeholders. You should be comfortable communicating with and influencing all levels of stakeholders through concise, timely, audience-appropriate verbal and written communications. As a member of a lean team, you should have the passion to roll up your sleeves and be involved in developing Pull Requests and writing SQL and other scripts.

 

We divide the areas of responsibility for members of the Engineering Team into three major areas:

Technical: The skills and knowledge that make up an engineer’s basic problem-solving toolbox.

Planning and Execution: The ability to plan and execute assigned work beyond basic technical solutions.

Working with Others: The ability to work effectively with other engineers and people in other functions. 

 

Scope of Impact: Multiple Teams, Large Initiatives, or Company

 

What we look for in a Technical Systems Lead:

Technical Skills

  • Expert-level knowledge of database technologies, SQL, and version control tools.
  • Strong technical acumen–you can code and can communicate effectively with developers and analysts (infrastructure and/or software)
  • Deep understanding of accounting and finance platforms such as Oracle PBCS and Netsuite.
  • Ability to identify and drive engineering rigor and operational excellence opportunities to enhance our technical solutions.
  • A knack for documentation to ensure and maintain setup details for all system configurations.
  • Expert-level knowledge of DevOps and agile/scrum methodologies.
  • Fluency in performing rigorous system analysis, design, and administration of financial systems.
  • Familiarity with Finance and Accounting deliverables in an Insurance platform is a plus. 
  • Experience with SOX audit controls and maintaining compliant systems.
  • Ability to be a strategic partner and Solution Architect to generate deep techno-functional detail in all accounting area in Oracle cloud ERP with experience in a technology company.
  • Hands-on experience driving end-to-end Oracle product implementation in providing product direction to meet customer needs.

Planning and Execution

  • Owns all aspects of Finance systems, including configuration, testing of system changes, report writing, system upgrades, and analyzing data flows for process improvement opportunities.
  • Analyzes current processes and makes recommendations for improvement.
  • Drives highly complex technical solutions partnering with cross-functional teams to achieve optimal engineering and business outcomes.
  • Identifies technical, program, and product risks and negotiates the best course of action to achieve optimal business outcomes.
  • Thinks both tactically and strategically to ensure effective end-to-end program management through a solid understanding of business requirements, timelines, and quality objectives.
  • Thinks critically about work to guarantee business functionality. Internalizes business goals in their technical decision-making.

Working with Others

  • Provides the ability to cultivate strong working relationships with business partners to understand business processes, process flows, business needs and analyze pain points, and identify viable solutions.
  • Adapts communication to deliver the right message to the right audience.
  • Builds partnerships with stakeholders to understand and drive business outcomes.
  • Deep dives into requirements and solutions with engineering, business, and product teams to ensure outcomes deliver on organizational objectives.

Join us.

At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. Very few (if any!) people will fit every description; so if you are passionate about what this role entails, and are excited by solving real problems, we encourage you to apply; we want to learn about you, and what you can add to our team!

 

Who we are.

Root Insurance is the nation’s first licensed insurance carrier powered entirely by mobile. We were founded on the belief that the services you need for everyday life should serve you better. That’s why we base insurance coverages on you, not your demographic. It’s the way insurance should be. And it’s all conveniently in an app.

 

What draws people to Root.

Our early success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building and promoting it. We look for individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and a highly analytical lens. Ask anyone who works here and you’ll hear similar reasons for why they joined:

 

Autonomy. For assertive self-starters, the opportunities to contribute are limitless.

Impact. By challenging the way it’s always been done, we solve problems that have a big impact on our business.

Collaboration. We encourage rich discussion and civil debate at every turn.

People. We are inspired by the collection of crazy-smart people around us

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What are Root Perks + Benefits

Root Benefits Overview

Our benefits exist to support exceptional employees in doing their very best work. We have full health, vision, dental insurance and we cover 100% of the premiums for employees and 75% for dependants.

Culture
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Root employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their FSA.
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
A health insurance plan that provides for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Employer-paid for life insurance is equal to 60% times an employee's annual salary.
Pet Insurance
Pet insurance that protects your four-legged loved ones.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Root contributes the equivalent of 3% of your salary to your 401(K) regardless of your contribution.
Company Equity
Root offers incentive stock options that vest over a 4-year period for all of our Engineering roles.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Root also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Root provides employees with a flexible work schedule but our core hours are generally 9-5.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Root offers up to $100 a month for qualified commuter expenses.
Free Daily Meals
We provide catered lunch every day.
Stocked Kitchen
Root has a stocked kitchen of snacks and drinks. Everything you need to do your very best work.
Relocation Assistance
We offer competitive relocation packages.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Root has a continuing education budget for conferences, online resources, and certifications that are related to their work.
Lunch and learns
Root hosts weekly lunch and learns from
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Time allotted for learning
We have 12 hack days a year for engineers to explore new technologies or build things that aren't prioritized on our product roadmap but pique their interest.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Our carefully curated benefits and perks exist to empower our employees to do their very best work by bringing their authentic selves to work every day.

An Insider's view of Root

What does your typical day look like?

A quick standup followed by opportunities for both pairing and soloing. Maybe an occasional design meeting or retrospective. My team sits at the intersection of a lot of technologies so the day-to-day work varies. There's time carved out to learn technologies that are new to me and to help lead others with the technologies that I already know well.

Jordan

Senior Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

I think the emphasis on team rather than personal responsibility makes Root a great place to grow. Engineers aren't concerned with producing their "own" work at the exclusion of helping others. Engineers at Root also just love problem-solving and step up to whatever problems I come to them with.

Liz

Software Engineer

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