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Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024

About Forma

The market for employee benefits is broken. Companies spend millions annually on employee benefits that employees neither value nor regularly use. Founded in 2017, Forma set out to build a better model by challenging traditional one-size-fits-all approaches.

Forma’s flexible benefits software helps companies offer competitive benefits packages while reducing costs and inefficiencies, by giving employees more choice and flexibility in how they spend their benefit allowances. The platform also saves HR professionals countless hours managing and supporting various point solutions.

Using Forma, companies can select from a suite of products that include Lifestyle Spending Accounts, Health Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, Flexible Spending Accounts, and more to design and deliver customized benefits programs–all through a single platform. Employees then have three choices to spend account funds: The Forma Store with discounted products and services, The Forma Visa Card, or claim reimbursement backed by Forma’s world-class member support team.

Forma has helped hundreds of the world’s most admired companies, including Stripe, Zoom, Lululemon, and Affirm, design and support flexible, inclusive benefits programs for nearly a million employees. And, we are seeing great success with 98% customer retention, 75 NPS, and 98 CSAT ratings from members.

Forma is backed by Emergence Capital and Ribbit Capital and has received numerous awards for its exponential growth, its software innovation, and as a “Great Place to Work.”

About the Role

Forma is looking for a Principal Software Engineer reporting to the VP of Engineering to help spearhead the technical vision of how we can build a best in class benefits experience to allow customers and members to access an easy-to-use and cutting-edge employee benefits platform that offers a wide range of health and wellness benefits to employees in a user-friendly and engaging manner.

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will lead major engineering projects and strategic initiatives, showcasing in-depth knowledge of industry trends and effectively communicating complex technical issues. Additionally, you will contribute significantly to long-term strategic business thinking and drive engineering innovation.

You Will

  • Drive engineering innovation and culture across the entire company

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and emerging technologies

  • Spearhead research initiatives to explore new tools, frameworks, and methodologies

  • Guide the approach and execution of a particular team or group of teams

  • Drive engineering excellence by inspiring and empowering engineers across Forma

  • Dig deep into arbitrarily complex and critical problems and find an appropriate path forward until resolution

  • Collaborate with product managers, designers, and other stakeholders to understand requirements to architect, design and deliver high-quality solutions

  • Conduct thorough architectural reviews and improve quality in every step

  • Mentor and coach other engineers, especially staff level engineers, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement

Preferred Skills

  • 10+ years of experience shipping features and products, with a focus on backend systems at scale with a strong focus on accuracy, quality and security

  • 5+ years developing APIs that are leveraged by an external audience.

  • Passion for building platforms in a rigorous, measurable and scalable way

  • Proficiency in a diverse set of programming languages such as JavaScript, TypeScript and Python

  • Possess a deep understanding of monorepos, microservices architecture and cloud technologies

  • Showcase strong expertise in database design and optimization

  • Built and operated real time financial systems at scale

  • Experience with infrastructure tooling and containerization and orchestration tools like Kubernetes and extensive experience designing APIs

  • Understanding of security best practices in software development

  • High commitment to cultivating an inclusive team culture

Benefits and Perks

  • Remote-first working environment

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance plans

  • Employee wellness program

  • One-time home office stipend

  • 401(k) savings plan

  • Flexible PTO policy

  • 12 weeks Parental Leave + 4 additional weeks for the Birthing Parent

At Forma, we value diversity, and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Duties and responsibilities may not all be covered in the description, or may change over time at the discretion of Forma. You're encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description. Your skills and passion will stand out—and set you apart—especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. At Forma, we welcome diverse perspectives, and people who think rigorously / aren't afraid to challenge assumptions. Join us!