Development Manager - Backend Platform



Software Engineering
Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024
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Wealthsimple is on a mission to help everyone achieve financial freedom by reimagining what it means to manage your money. Using smart technology, we take financial services that are often confusing, opaque and expensive and make them transparent and low-cost for everyone. We’re the largest fintech company in Canada, with over 3 million users who trust us with more than $40 billion in assets.
Our teams ship often and make an impact with groundbreaking ideas. We're looking for talented people who keep it simple and value collaboration and humility as we continue to create inclusive and high-performing teams where people can be inspired to do their best work.
About the team
We are looking for an Engineering Manager to join our Backend Platform team. This team is responsible for enabling the Engineering organization to concentrate on building features without having to worry about the “glue”. By defining standards and baking them into all aspects of the organization, we level up developers and provide a delightful environment upon which features are most efficiently built. This team supports our developers through libraries, tools, best practices, and training.
Our systems are built as a collection of containerized microservices, deployed in the cloud, managed using infrastructure as code, and updated through a modern continuous deployment pipeline. You will be supporting Ruby on Rails, NodeJS (Typescript), Kotlin, and Python developers at Wealthsimple. We also are responsible for the tools and patterns used in our CI/CD Platform. We are working with existing teams to distill best practices, creating an excellent experience for new hires and teams, and enabling our developers to ship new features to over 2 million clients in their first month while keeping it simple.
This role has as much cultural influence as technical influence within our Engineering organization. We create tooling and frameworks for other teams to use and only add as much process as is necessary (and never more) to ensure services are resilient and reliable.

What we’re working on 🚀:

  • Creating and maintaining a suite of developer tools and internal libraries that empower all teams across Wealthsimple to build systems and services that best serve our clients.
  • Developing CI/CD pipelines and deployment tools that empower our developers to ship quickly with confidence.
  • Architecting and abstracting the “plumbing” across our supported languages to enable developers to focus on shipping delightful products and features.
  • Building delightful developer experiences that empower developers across Wealthsimple to develop, deploy, and maintain their services efficiently, safely, and consistently.
  • Building a culture of excellence by guiding teams through best practices and standards.

Scope & impact:

  • Directly manage the people and the projects of Wealthsimple’s Developer Tools team.
  • Actively contribute to architecture decisions and build software affecting large parts of the organization.
  • Define best practices and standards that affect multiple teams, and hold teams accountable to these standards.
  • Mentor engineers at all levels.
  • Be a leader for the team, increased individual and team performance, growing careers, and communicating in a way that effectively reaches audiences across the company.
  • Work with staff engineers to curate and evolve our company-wide technology and tools.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Is a true leader and caring manager for the Backend Platform Engineering team.
  • Is able to clearly and effectively communicate, internally and externally, the organization’s vision and strategy and explain technical decisions.
  • Has experience building, evolving, and maintaining large, reliable, and scalable systems or participating in or alongside developer tooling teams or similar roles.
  • Is a mentor and who will have a large positive impact on morale and company culture.
  • Is an effective listener, consensus builder and effectively incorporates diverse ideas into a coherent vision.

Our tech stack:

  • We have a service-oriented architecture with 150+ services.
  • These services are a mixture of Ruby on Rails, Java/Kotlin, NodeJS.
  • Our front end user interfaces are written in React and React Native with TypeScript.
  • We run a containerized platform orchestrated by kubernetes on AWS and highly leverage technologies like Aurora, SQS, SNS, S3, Kafka and GraphQL.
Why Wealthsimple?
🤑 Competitive salary with top-tier health benefits and life insurance
📈 Retirement savings matching plan using Wealthsimple Work
🌴 20 vacation days per year and unlimited sick and mental health days
📚 Up to $1,500 per year towards wellness and professional development budgets respectively
🛫 90 days away program: Employees can work internationally in eligible countries for up to 90 days per calendar year
🌎 A wide variety of peer and company-led Employee Resource Groups (ie. Rainbow, Women of Wealthsimple, Black @ WS)
💖 Company-wide wellness days off scheduled throughout the year
We’re a remote-first team, with over 1,000 employees coast to coast in North America. Be a part of our Canadian success story and help shape the financial future of millions — join us!
Read our Culture Manual and learn more about how we work.
DEI Statement
At Wealthsimple, we are building products for a diverse world and we need a diverse team to do that successfully. We strongly encourage applications from everyone regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.
Accessibility Statement
Wealthsimple provides an accessible candidate experience. If you need any accommodations or adjustments throughout the interview process and beyond, please let us know, and we will work with you to provide the necessary support and make reasonable accommodations to facilitate your participation. We are continuously working to improve our accessibility practices and welcome any feedback or suggestions on how we can better accommodate candidates with accessibility needs.