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Staff Software Engineer, Lantern (Contract)



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA · Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2023

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Who we are:

Shape a brighter financial future with us.

Together with our members, we’re changing the way people think about and interact with personal finance.

We’re a next-generation fintech company using innovative, mobile-first technology to help our millions of members reach their goals. The industry is going through an unprecedented transformation, and we’re at the forefront. We’re proud to come to work every day knowing that what we do has a direct impact on people’s lives, with our core values guiding us every step of the way. Join us to invest in yourself, your career, and the financial world.

The Role

We are looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join the Lantern team who will help build our next generation Marketplace platform. You will have the opportunity to set technical direction for a growing and critical business function within SoFi where the overall architecture is still relatively greenfield and the business impact is high. This is a great opportunity to help shape the evolution of the team and the platform capabilities for years to come.

This role is focused on the Lantern team at SoFi. Our mission is to build and grow a financial marketplace, building both a compelling supplier experience for providers of financial products, as well as a compelling user experience in suggesting the right financial products for our users. Ideal candidates have a passion for designing beautiful APIs and well architected systems.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead the development and testing of our systems and services
  • Participate in shaping the technical architecture of the product
  • Help translate product requirements into user stories and technical solutions
  • Deliver highly available and scalable services in a production environment
  • Mentor other engineers, support the technical culture, and help grow the team
  • Generate ideas for new initiatives and technologies
  • Communicate with project leads, product managers and other software developers


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 8+ years programming experience, ideally on a modern stack
  • Our core stack is Java/ Kotlin/ Spring / AWS/ PostgreSQL, and we run on Kubernetes in a service oriented architecture.
  • 5+ years Java, Kotlin or other OO programming experience
  • A solid understanding of relational databases and ORMs
  • Experience working on a SOA or microservice-based application.
  • Experience working with GIT and CI/CD systems.
  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves, collaborate with others and get stuff done
  • Solid sense of responsibility; driving a project from inception to completion
  • Affinity for solving problems and shipping impactful features, not polishing perfect code or architecture
  • Experience working in a collaborative coding environment, refining designs together, working through code reviews and managing pull requests
  • View Unit and Integration test as 1st class citizen in software development

Nice To Have

  • Experience scaling highly available, mission critical systems
  • Full-stack experience, either toward systems (kafka, temporal, docker), databases (DynamoDB), or front-end (javascript/typescript, react)
  • Experience with Python and Machine learning models.

Due to the temporary nature of the engagement, this position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

Compensation and Benefits
The base pay range for this role is listed below. Final base pay offer will be determined based on individual factors such as the candidate’s experience, skills, and location.
To view all of our comprehensive and competitive benefits, visit our Benefits at SoFi page!
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