The Opportunity

Toronto, ON
Information Technology
Full-time - Permanent

We're on a mission to transform the insurance space as you know it. As a key member of our new venture in the InsurTech space, Relay, you will help establish a next-generation reinsurance workflow solution in the Property & Casualty (P&C) market.

Relay is a cross-platform SaaS collaboration hub for Property & Casualty reinsurance placements, backed by US-based American Family Innovations and Toronto-based fintech incubator, Highline Beta.

American Family is a top 10 U.S. insurance company with a long history of relevant innovation. Highline BETA is a startup co-creation and venture capital firm with extensive experience structuring new ventures with leading corporations such as Royal Bank of Canada and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Relay is the open, cross-platform SaaS hub that Property & Casualty reinsurance purchasers have been looking for, and that reinsurance providers and brokers also safely embrace as a better way to acquire, process and share placement data.

Relay brings a cutting-edge, visual and intuitive solution to the pains of reinsurance placements, a market of $300 billion in premiums. We are quickly moving towards commercialization, with our product in beta at several US corporations.

Existing commercial and proprietary solutions in the market today are engineering-driven. Not us. At Relay, user experience is at the core of our product, and great design drives our efforts. We believe it makes all the difference between a product that is adopted and used, and the others.

What you'll do


You will be developing a transformative solution in the P&C reinsurance, reinsurance brokerage, and insurance spaces, with a huge emphasis on creating an incredible user experience. We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer (Full Stack) with a passion for contributing to a solution that will revolutionize the way things are done in a huge, established market.

Your core responsibilities will be to:

  • Create an extraordinary experience by developing a world-class product addressing key pain points in a large market ripe for disruption;

  • Work with Relay's cross-disciplinary InsurTech team, consisting of the CEO, Head of Product & Engineering, Developers, Product Designers, Product Consultants and Beta Product users;

  • Design and develop a React-based application, delivering a streamlined, elegant front-end experience;

  • Develop a responsive interface for various browsers and devices;

  • Architect and build a Ruby on Rails backend application;

  • Ability to communicate architectural and design choices thoroughly;

  • Design within technical constraints while being aware and mindful of business objectives, helping prioritize requirements;

  • Work with team to set goals and milestones and respond to evolving changes rapidly;

  • Tutor and coach junior engineers within the development team as it grows.

  • Contribute to the development of innovative/value-add features e.g. blockchain-based functionality, open API documentation, or other (imagination is the limit)

This is a highly entrepreneurial opportunity and you will be part of the first wave of collaborators, with the ability to shape both the venture and your role as you go forward and build credibility and trust with our team and partners.

What you'll need


You're perfect for this role if you:

  • Are looking to build something from the ground up with the potential to disrupt a space with cool technologies, with the full backing of an established incubator and proven entrepreneurs;

  • Have a strong interest in leveraging the latest tech (e.g. blockchain) and frameworks, and generally turning innovation into real-world products;

  • Follow a method to drive the product forward, and have the discipline to implement it day-in day-out;

  • Are result-driven with a strong ownership mentality and drive to deliver on schedule; problem-solve independently in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;

  • Have experience working at startups or on highly innovative projects at larger corporations; and/or have previous exposure to the reinsurance/insurance markets.

  • Team player who openly shares information, helps others, and is open to new ideas and "going the extra mile" when needed.

Your track record should include:

  • Exceptional programming skills and grasp of software engineering principles with 5 or more years developing front end applications;

  • Demonstrated success managing development projects end-to-end with significant ownership over technical decision-making;

  • Knowledge of modern front-end frameworks, principles and tools. (Ideally: React, JavaScript (ES6),TypeScript, GraphQL, Styled Components, Apollo, Enzyme, Jest)

  • Any development experience in the following fields would constitute a plus: process automation, open APIs, marketplaces, enterprise software, blockchain applications, mobile applications;

  • A drive to get better every day, demonstrated by evident career progression and explorations;

  • Extensive experience with agile and lean philosophies - you delivered user facing online applications in an agile design environment;

  • Experience working with a small team towards aggressive product development milestones, with strong appreciation of business needs;

  • Preferably a Bachelor's or advanced degree in Computer Science or related field

We're looking for

Core Skills

PostgreSQL Ruby on Rails Agile Methodologies Jest Enzyme GraphQL React Front-end Development Apollo Responsive Web development

A little bit about us

Highline BETA

We believe that diverse teams build better companies and better products. We encourage applications from qualified candidates from all backgrounds, including candidates of colour, women, queer candidates, candidates with family caregiving responsibilities, immigrant candidates, transgender candidates, and candidates with disabilities.

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