Software Engineer

At Ascend Learning
  • Full Time
  • Employee

Posted on January 13th

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Ascend is a fintech company building the financing and payments infrastructure for the $1T insurance market (did you know insurance premiums make up 7.2% of global GDP?). More than 40% of payments are still made with paper checks resulting in poor customer experience and expensive and operationally intensive commercial workflow. Today's solutions were built 40 years ago for pen and paper insurance sales. Ascend is the first modern payments platform for insurance helping to enable the industry's rapid digitalization.

How we do it
Ascend automates insurance payments end-to-end — from online customer payments and financing to the distribution of commissions and carrier payables — so that insurance distributors can eliminate laborious, expensive processes while giving their customers the great online checkout and financing experience they've come to expect. Think Stripe + Affirm + Modern Treasury for insurance.

Why we do it
We exist to make it easier for people to protect the things they care about by simplifying and modernizing the insurance industry’s financial infrastructure. 

Your role
We’re looking for a Software Engineer to join our team and help us solve these complex technical challenges. The ideal candidate loves to learn, is highly-determined to grow with the business, and is motivated by new and unique problems. This person will be a key member of both our engineering and overall team, and will have a large impact on the technical and cultural direction of the business.

Responsibilities will include
  • Build applications and services using Rails/Javascript
  • Work directly with our cross-functional team & customers to define & build product
  • Generalist - our team is small and you'll likely be involved in cross-functional things
  • Help design & implement our technical architecture & processes

You might be a good fit if you have/are
  • A strong desire to learn new skills and business problems
  • 4+ years of experience and knowledge of the full web stack
  • Experience with relational databases
  • Experience building and scaling consumer products
  • Familiar or excited to work with Ruby on Rails and Next.js
  • Familiar building external APIs & integrations with platforms such as Salesforce

Tech stack & processes
  • Ruby on Rails API hosted on Heroku
  • Next.js w/Typescript hosted on Vercel
  • Tailwind CSS across all the FE
  • Postgres + Redis for Storage
  • Continuous integration & delivery

  • Competitive base salary and meaningful equity in a fast-growing company
  • Our in-office locations are across NYC, San Francisco, and Columbus
  • Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to recharge and get offline
  • Parental leave and flexibility for families
  • 100% health premiums covered for you and your dependents
  • In accordance with Ascend policies and our commitment to prioritizing the health and safety of our employees, all positions will require proof of COVID vaccination prior to entering the office. Guests who visit the office must also provide proof of vaccination prior to entry. Our COVID-19 health and safety protocols may change over time as local and national guidance and regulations evolve.

We encourage you to connect with us, even if you think you may not have the exact experience for this opportunity. We know that imposter syndrome is real – and that being outside of your comfort zone often prevents us from meeting candidates we would love to connect with and learn from as we grow.

Equal Opportunity
We're an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We don't discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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