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Principal Product Engineer



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Sunday, May 5, 2024
Axle - Universal API for insurance

Axle is Plaid for Insurance - a universal API for access to Insurance Data. We make it easy for consumers to securely share their insurance data to companies they trust, in seconds.

Over $13B is spent on uninsured property loss every year, and mortgages and auto loans are prohibitively expensive for many borrowers. Why? In a large part because fleet managers, lenders, and gig services are missing access to insurance data.

Axle solves this problem - providing instant, continuous access to insurance data, enabling our Fortune 500 clients to make decisions in seconds instead of hours.

Axle is a fast growing, seed-stage startup backed by leading investors including Google's AI-focused fund (Gradient Ventures), Y Combinator, and angels from companies like Plaid and Cox Automotive. Our team is based in New York.

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Who are we looking for?

Axle is looking for principal / senior engineers who will build and evolve products that will expand the possibilities of how insurance works in our every day lives. As a founding engineer at the company, you will contribute across both external interfaces used by Axle’s customers and internal services that serve as the foundation of the Axle platform. You will drive the development of new features, from conception to design to implementation, testing, and beyond. You'll help identify and prioritize the most impactful problems to solve and set the direction of Axle for years to come. And you will help chart the future of a growing engineering team by engaging in mentorship and improving standards and processes.

What will you be doing?

  • Build, scale, and evolve services, components, and data pipelines used by every Axle customer, partner, and user.
  • Manage the deployment and delivery of entire features and products to our customers.
  • Deeply understand our customer needs and design systems to solve them.
  • Create and improve tooling, processes, and engineering standards across the team.
  • Mentor engineers and help the team grow.

What would set you up for success?

  • 5+ years of experience (or equivalent) building and scaling libraries, services, and data pipelines
  • A desire to think deeply about API design and maintenance.
  • Ability to write and debug production-quality functions and interfaces (Node.js, TypeScript) as well as infrastructure as code.
  • Experience designing event-driven systems from database to client and evaluate the tradeoffs in scalability, reliability, performance, and maintainability.
  • A desire to work closely with customers to solve their problems and quickly iterate where needed.

What would be even better?

  • Experience in integrating with public and internal APIs.
  • A strong background in network protocols and authorization standards.
  • Working knowledge of common web and mobile frameworks and libraries.
  • Familiarity with leading LLM capabilities and deployment practices.

Why join Axle?

Best time to join - We are just getting started but well-funded, meaning you get the upside of starting at the earliest stage without the risk.

Define our culture - You will have an active hand in molding our engineering culture and outlining our growth journey.

Build something transformative - Help build the insurance data infrastructure of the future.

Benefits Included

  • Great compensation & equity packages
  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Mentorship opportunities for junior engineers
  • Hybrid work environment, 3-4 days per week in person, 1-2 days flexible

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Axle

Axle is an equal opportunity workplace—we are dedicated to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We believe in actively building a team rich in diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions to better allow our employees, products, and community to thrive.