Overview

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We acknowledge that Bench headquarters is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Dear future Benchmate,

There has never been a more exciting time to join Bench. We’re on our way to make a profound difference in the quality of life of one million people.

Finance is inseparable from the human experience. Our personal finances influence our mental and physical wellbeing, where we live, our education, our family structures, and the opportunities we do or do not have. In the mind of a small business owner, there is no distinction between their business finances and their personal finances. Working at a Bench isn’t about fintech; it’s about making a difference in the quality of life of human beings.

Bench is already the biggest bookkeeper in North America—we currently have over 11,000 clients, and in 2020 alone we processed $21B in transactions—and we’re just at the beginning of our technological journey.

Support Engineers live at the heart of Bench’s ability to make a difference. Bench can’t exist without us! We fix bugs, build feature enhancements, and improve our infrastructure so that using Bench as a client, partner, or bookkeeper is a consistently delightful experience. Doing this work requires the ability to deeply understand novel problems and identify the best possible solution with incomplete information, thinking on your feet when no day, and no problem, is the same.

We tackle problems in every area of Bench’s code, working with analysts to ensure we’re targeting the highest impact work. If you’re looking to expand your understanding of the entire stack—analytics to frontend to infrastructure—we are here to support you in your growth. I promise that you’ll grow fast and have a blast doing it. We’re up to incredible things, come make a difference with us.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I can’t wait to meet you.

Sincerely,

Sean Helgason, Support Engineering Manager

What you’ll be getting up to

  • Support our software products as they change and expand
  • Collaborate with other teams and stakeholders
  • Work effectively in a team and individually
  • Participate in continuous improvement of the team and processes
  • Participate in coaching, mentorship and personal growth
  • Contribute to a culture that is consistent with our principles
  • Develop and grow your own skills, experience, and knowledge; and receive coaching and mentoring

To be successful in this role, you’ll need to have:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in software engineering
  • A resonance with our Bench and Technology principles
  • A deep knowledge of the frontend, and broad knowledge of the backend
  • Demonstrable ability to work with a high level of autonomy
  • You’ll need to have helped colleagues to learn and grow by sharing your knowledge and experience with them

It’s an even better fit if you have:

  • A high level of competence in Typescript (ReactJS/NodeJS)
  • A high level of competence in JVM languages (Java/Scala)
  • A high level of competence in AWS technologies
  • Little or no fear with diving into other people’s code to diagnose and resolve issues, or to add enhancements.
  • Previous experience in a support engineering type of role
  • A passion that you want to tell us about!

The extra details:

  • This is a full-time permanent position because we want to spend lots of time with your wonderful self!
  • This position offers an annual salary, stock options, and an extended benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision.
  • Vacation in the Technology organization is unlimited. 2 weeks paid time off, and unlimited flex days.
  • Technology is a remote-first organization. We have folks spread all over North America! That said, we support folks in all the ways they want to go to work. We’ll set you up with everything you need to work from home, from day one.
  • Bench offers Affinity groups which are a gathering of people who have shared identities and experiences! The purpose of these groups is to support underrepresented Benchmates and amplify their voices.
  • As a Benchmate, you will have the opportunity to influence policy and processes and be part of initiatives to effect change and improve the status-quo
  • All Benchmates have access to Inkblot Therapy, our virtual counselling service to support mental wellbeing, and Bravely, our confidential, on-demand, 1:1 professional coaching service.
  • Our salary band for this role is between $108,000-$135,000. We’ve recently made a change to our compensation process – learn more about why and what practices we’re putting in place here.

For a deep dive on how we define Engineering roles at Bench, please see our competencies matrix. To learn more about how we do things, you can also read through our Technology Organization Handbook and our blog.

We believe that unchecked biases disproportionately impact the most marginalized people in society—including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ people, immigrants, and people with disabilities. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or other marginalized communities because we believe that without you, we are all less. At Bench, we don’t stand for tokenism. We stand for representation.