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Software Engineer - Ventures & Innovation (open to remote)

Company: American Family Insurance
Location: Madison
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

At American Family Insurance, we believe people are an organization's most valuable asset, and their ideas and experiences matter. From our CEO to our agency force, we're committed to growing a diverse and inclusive culture that empowers innovation that will inspire, protect, and restore our customers' dreams in ways never imagined.

American Family Insurance is driven by our customers and employees. That's why we provide more than just a job - we provide opportunity. Whether you're already part of our team in search of a new challenge or new to our company and ready for what's next, you're in the right place. Every dream is a journey that starts with a single step. Start your journey right here. Join our team. Bring your dreams.

Job ID:

R20821 Software Engineer - Ventures & Innovation (open to remote) (Open)

Compensation may vary based on the job level and your geographic work location.

Compensation Minimum:$66,800

Compensation Maximum:$107,000


The American Family Venture Build team takes on the challenges of innovation via a unique, multi-disciplinary team focused on business creation. We combine Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design Thinking to come up with great ideas for companies, validate them in the market, build solutions and spin them out. It's a challenging objective that requires agile thinking and a commitment to excellence.

Job Description:

This is a hands-on role where you'll have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of "insurance-adjacent" projects and help define their future. We'll look to you to take initiative with new projects in determining technical fit and feasibility for projects and work to develop those concepts through MVP to a market-ready product. The hands-on element is just that: building the tech, doing technical due diligence, and exploring emerging trends.

You'll be part of a team, supporting innovative projects that are focused on building solutions, based on our Design Thinking and Lean Startup methodologies. A strong candidate will have 2 to 5 years of software development experience, as well as an interest in helping grow businesses that provide value to their communities. Our methodology includes a lot of market validation, which means we like to be flexible and adaptable, and this role will play a key part in helping support and evaluate changes in direction.

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

* Work on multi-disciplinary (Design, Tech, Product) teams in building MVPs and market-ready solutions

* Build prototypes, proofs-of-concept, and production-ready products in a cloud environment

* Stay informed of emerging technologies and be able to describe their impact to the business

* Perform code reviews and technical analysis for projects

* Produce technical deliverables including technical documentation.

* Work with business stakeholders to perform technicaldDue diligence and technology feasibility for new projects

* Quickly learn and experiment with new technologies to establish an opinion and build supporting prototypes

Travel Requirements

* This position requires travel up to 25% of the time.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills Requirements

* 2-5 years of full-stack software development experience

* Excellent oral, written, and visual presentation skills

* Relentless intellectual curiosity and a love for rapid learning

* Understanding of human-centric/empathetic research techniques

* Comfortable talking & presenting to people internal and external to the company

Additional Job Information:

Preferred Qualifications

The information below is meant as a guideline, and we don't expect any one person to check all of these boxes. If the description resonates with you on any level, please don't let something we listed (or didn't list!) prevent you from applying!

* Bachelor (or higher) degree in CS, Engineering, STEM, etc

* Knowledge of microservices architecture and building scalable, modular, API-based systems

* Proficiency in one or more modern languages, e.g. Java, C#, Javascript (any framework), Python, Ruby, Go, etc.

* Ability to work in a self-directed manner, proactively requesting support when needed

* Startup experience or working in small cross-functional teams

* Experience working with AWS, Google Cloud, Azure or another cloud provider.

Additional Details

Offer to selected candidate will be made contingent on the results of applicable background checks.

Offer to selected candidate is contingent on signing a non-disclosure agreement for proprietary information, trade secrets, and inventions.

We are open to hiring candidates to work remotely (anywhere in the USA).


When you work at American Family you can expect benefits that support your physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing. You will have access to comprehensive medical, dental, vision and wellbeing benefits that enable you to take care of your health. We also offer a competitive 401(k) contribution, a pension plan, an annual incentive, and a paid-time off program. In addition, our student loan repayment program and paid-family leave are available to support our employees and their families. Interns and contingent workers are not eligible for American Family Enterprise benefits.

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