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Staff Software Engineer II

Root Insurance

Root Insurance

Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024

CURRENT ROOT EMPLOYEES - Please apply using the career page in Workday. This career site is for external applicants only.


Since 2015 Root has been on a mission to make lives better through better and more fair insurance. We’re doing this through a focus on an exceptional user experience, robust systems, and modern quantitative methods. We want to attract the best drivers and reward them with fair prices for the coverage they need that ensure profitability for the business.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer II to join and lead engineering at Root. As a Staff Engineer, you will be the primary technical leader for an engineering team responsible for proper handling of our customer’s profile data. You’ll work very closely with the software engineers on your team(s) to ship valuable software as well as the broad set of stakeholders to guide the organization in building systems that help us build trust with our customers.

Root is a “work where it works best” company. Meaning we will support you working in whatever location that works best for you across the US. We will continue to have our headquarters in Columbus and offices in other locations to give more flexibility and more choice about how we live and work.

Salary Range: $180,000 - $229,000

How You Will Make an Impact

  • Partner with Product, Information Security, Analytics, and experts in the Insurance group to understand our business and establish a technical strategy for the quarters to come

  • Identify, plan, and socialize important technical initiatives that increase the effectiveness of our products, systems, and teams

  • Establish a first-class system and practices around data collection, storage, and maintenance

  • Coach and guide engineers on your team in planning experiments and projects that align with our strategic objectives

  • Contribute code each development cycle to advance the impact of the team

  • Lead by example in incident response ensuring we take action to continuously improve the resiliency of our systems and third party vendor integrations

  • Coordinate with Staff Engineers across the organization to establish and evangelize standards and best practices for handling personal data

What You Will Need to Succeed

  • 7+ years as a software engineer

  • 3+ years leading software teams

  • Expertise in Ruby on Rails

  • Familiarity with React

  • Proven leadership of projects involving multiple teams across functional domains

  • Excellent communication skills both with engineering colleagues and senior business leaders

  • Experience in compliance, data protection, fraud, information security


Don’t meet every single requirement?

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Root, Inc., we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway!

Join us

At Root, we judge people based on the merit of their work, not who they are. If you are passionate about what this role entails and 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

We’re harnessing the power of technology to revolutionize insurance. Using machine learning and mobile telematic platforms, we’ve built one of the most innovative FinTech companies in the world. And we’re just getting started.

What draws people to Root

Our success is in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our products are only as good as the people building and promoting them. We want individuals who find solutions by going through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity, rigor, and an 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.