Senior Backend Engineer

We have a strong commitment to building a diverse team. If you’re from a background that’s underrepresented, we’d particularly love to meet you.

About Our Team

Fringe is a fast-growing HR technology company based in Virginia. Founded in late 2018, Fringe is the first ever platform for personalized lifestyle benefits. At Fringe, we are a relentlessly people-focused group revolutionizing the way employers care for their people in the benefits space. We’re a supportive, down-to-earth team, fully committed to the belief that relationships fuel outstanding client experience.

What You Get to Do

As a Senior Backend Engineer, you will build and enable the creation of high quality solutions, making a difference in the day to day lives of employees who use Fringe benefits. You will get to bring your creativity and engineering skills to the table to solve unique problems, improving the usability and performance of our product, and driving solutions alongside other backend engineers.

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Working closely with the Product and Engineering teams to maintain and improve core product features, as well as build and deploy new features
  • Supporting other engineers with code reviews and providing meaningful feedback
  • Seeking opportunities to fix performance and developer experience issues
  • Working with senior engineers to prioritize, architect, and build long-term solutions with quantifiable improvements
  • Improving our data architecture and helping scale our systems to enhance usability and performance
  • Strategically and tactically executing on technical integrations with third party tools, systems, or partners

We’re Looking For:

  • You are a skilled backend developer with 5+ years of experience. Your experience includes:
    • developing in Scala or Java
    • building RESTful APIs
    • working with relational databases (PostgreSQL preferred)
    • working in a cloud-computing environment (AWS preferred)
    • observability and APM tooling (DataDog preferred)
  • You enjoy test-driven development and test automation.
  • You understand and appreciate learning about/contributing to DevOps best practices and technologies (Docker, Kubernetes, CI/CD)
  • You have a track record of significant, specific, and self-directed contributions to complex and challenging projects. What we're getting at here is "grit" – proof you’re experienced and have learned some lessons along the way.
  • You think beyond just the task at hand to deeply understand the 'why' behind what you are doing.
  • You have experience dealing with ambiguity, taking abstract concepts and turning them into working software.
  • You work quickly, with confidence, and without ego. We’re a startup and we run fast and lean – which means every engineer has a high degree of ownership and potential impact. Our engineers have the opportunity (and are expected) to exercise leadership and expertise in their daily work, having strongly held and defensible ideas, and advocating for what they believe is right. But they also need to be eager to hear differing opinions, adept at identifying and evaluating tradeoffs, willing to be proven wrong, and quick to walk through fire to help their fellow teammates.
  • You have a product-focused mindset. You have a knack for and ability to contribute to the process of uncovering a solution that will best meet the needs of our clients.
  • You are a curious and creative thinker, not bound by "the way things have always been done". What you know is less important than how well you learn and innovate. We don't need engineers who know all the answers; we need engineers who can invent the answers no one has thought of yet, to the questions yet to be asked.
  • You have a positive and proactive “let’s get it done” attitude.
  • Full stack capabilities are a bonus, especially if your expertise is in React and Javascript/Typescript!

Holistic Benefits

At Fringe, we care about lifestyle benefits. It’s our entire business! Our desire is to be able to support each and every Fringe employee inside and outside of work. Our benefits include:

  • Competitive salary for all employees
  • Employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for individuals and families
  • 3% company match on 401(K) retirement contributions
  • Unlimited paid time off (2 weeks minimum/year) as well as paid holidays, volunteer days, wellness days, and parental leave
  • Stock options so you can participate in our success
  • Company-sponsored happy hours and team events (in person and virtually)
  • Your choice of monthly Fringe lifestyle benefits, ranging from TalkSpace, Hulu, and Spotify to child care, meal delivery, fitness, and more.
  • Free access to DoorDash DashPass and Masterclass
  • Company wellness program

About Fringe

We built Fringe to give companies a better way to show love and care to their people. Because we believe it’s the people who really matter.

Companies exist because of the products and services they offer, but we believe the people within them should come first. At Fringe, this is the way we live.

Practically this means we hire people who care about their teammates just as much as (if not more than) themselves. We hire people who are genuine, humble, willing to learn, ready to teach, able to adapt, flex, collaborate, celebrate each other, win together and lose together.

We’re a startup, and that means we must be a courageous group. We solve problems all day, but we also mess up sometimes. We extend grace to each other, and we try again. We aren’t looking for perfect people. We’re looking for people who own their faults, play to their strengths, and have the courage to simply be the same person all the time.

If that doesn’t sound like your cup of cold brew, no hard feelings. But that’s exactly who we are and what you can expect when you work at Fringe.

Still interested? We’d love for you to apply.