Frontend Software Engineer

at Live Oak Bank • Raleigh or Wilmington, NC

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What is Live Oak Labs? 

Live Oak Labs is a fast-paced development shop that functions as a well-funded start-up.  We are the technology arm of Live Oak Bank, who has a history of transforming banking thru technology.  Having already spun-off two fintech SaaS companies, Live Oak is a different kind of bank and proven leader in banking innovation.  We’re on a mission to revolutionize the banking experience, with the use of open banking platforms, native cloud technologies, and modern user experiences, for our modern world. 

We’re seeking a Software Engineer with frontend expertise to join our Asset Based Lending team in either our Wilmington headquarters or our new office on NC State’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.  This is a unique opportunity for an experienced frontend engineer to join our growing organization in order to influence the future of banking. 

What You’ll Do at Live Oak 

You'll work on a cross-functional scrum team within a scaled agile environment to deliver the next generation of Asset Based Lending.  Below are some of the activities you would perform on regular basis.  

  • Analyze and design new features to streamline the collection, analysis, and calculations of financial data to help users make informed financial decisions via an intuitive user interface. 
  • Use your eye for good UX design and knowledge of frontend technologies to implement quality user experiences that are clean, consistent, and easy to use. 
  • Facilitate good technical designs and solutions based on modern software development patterns and practices. 
  • Help establish and document designs and engineering standards, as well as participate in peer reviews. 
  • Design and implement libraries and frameworks that allow us to effectively scale development on our web applications. We are growing fast and are establishing the UX patterns and standards for our growing codebase. 
  • Write unit and other test automation to ensure the quality of your team’s deliverables. 
  • Optimize frontend code to operate responsively and efficiently in a variety of browsers and devices. 
  • Participate in training and customer support activities as needed. 
  • Learn quickly and adapt fast. We are looking for folks to lead the charge, not just keep up with it.  

Technology Environment 

Our software engineers typically use MacBooks, Git, Jira, Confluence, and VS Code.  Many of our products are built within a service-oriented architecture using Salesforce, Apex, JavaScript, Lightning, SnapLogic, REST, SOAP, as well as Jenkins, Java, and Selenium for CI/CD.  Teams also regularly integrate with numerous cloud-based partners using standard protocols for synchronous and asynchronous communication. 

We are in the process of building our next generation banking platform using a microservices architectural style with a lot of Node.js and AWS cloud-native technologies.  As part of that effort, we're also evaluating popular frontend web and mobile technologies, such as Angular, React, and Vue.js for our next generation banking experience.   

Desired Qualifications 

Software Engineers likely to succeed in this role have most of the qualifications listed below.  

  • Ability to work in a team environment and not take yourself too seriously. 
  • Strong initiative to champion and support improvements to processes, tools, methodologies, and product quality. 
  • Multiple years of solid hands-on web application development experience with modern JavaScript development and testing frameworks (e.g., Angular, React, Vue.js, Node.js, Jest, Jasmine, etc.). 
  • Strong programming skills and knowledge of patterns and practices for object-oriented design and development. 
  • Experience writing unit and higher-order test automation for your team's deliverables. 
  • Experience integrating different databases and/or third-party services using REST and SOAP. 
  • Ability to work in the abstract when discussing problems and use attention to detail when implementing solutions. Working knowledge of Agile methodologies and other software development best practices and tools. 
  • You keep up with new technologies because it interests you, not just because it’s part of the job. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, MIS or related field, or equivalent experience 

Is this the right opportunity for YOU? 

If you have the desired qualifications, below are reasons you should apply for this position. 

  • You'll build software that matters.  We make software that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs get the capital and financial services they need to succeed and support their local communities. 
  • You'll be part of an empowered agile team that operates like a start-up.  Your team decides the best technical approach and commitments, not your manager. 
  • You'll collaborate with super-smart people to build a next generation platform with plenty of challenging engineering problems, as we enable capabilities to transform the outdated financial banking system. 
  • You'll work on greenfield projects using the latest technology.  Our new platform will be based on Open APIs, NOSQL, NodeJS, native cloud and modern frontend technologies.  We’re still making a lot of decisions around the tech stack, meaning you could be a key influencer in the future of our technology.