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Lead Software Engineer
Minnetonka, Minnesota  |  Remote, Onsite
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Applied on September 30, 2022
Job Id #57331 Posted June 28, 2022


  • Full Stack expertise is a must and usage of technology best practices and patterns is highly desired. Experience with integration patterns e.g. microservices and data streaming is critical to the overall initiative.
  • The entire system will be cloud-first and will need to be containerized, so experience with large container-based development/deployment will be a plus.
  • React, Kafka, Elastic Stack, Databricks, Python/PySpark and GraphQL are among a few of the key technologies used to build this product.
  • Each engineer on assignment will need to provide hands-on mentorship/pair programming opportunities to their scrum team, which is likely to be comprised of mostly very junior developers.
  • Close mentorship and upskilling of the early career talent currently making up the team is a key measure of success for this engagement.

Projects the candidate will be working on:

  • The initiative will be in the Healthcare domain and will be focused on building a suite of technology capabilities comprising a Total Experience/Quality Management Platform.
  • This platform will offer our operations teams the ability to leverage Voice of the Customer and modern tech to keep close tabs on how well our operational processes and benefit products are executing against a quality member experience.


  • Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration, and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. The stakes are high. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)
  • We attract driven individuals, passionate to work in a modern engineering culture, and create technology that saves lives.
  • At, we know the extraordinary happens when we value, include, and learn from diverse people and perspectives.
  • That’s why we’re committed to building an innovative culture where every team member is empowered to do their best work, where our diversity fuels our performance, and where we leverage our collective power to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We recognize and embrace the strengths of Neurodivergent individuals and are committed to creating an environment where all people will feel connected, safe, heard, respected, and valued.

About the team:

  • Looking to make a radical impact on the way the health insurance industry uses and applies technology to make patients and providers’ lives easier? Becoming a part of Technology Division will give you the opportunity to just that. Serving all of UnitedHealthcare’s technology needs, Tech is responsible for driving outcomes across nearly 30 million+ human lives, a number which puts at the top of the pack as the largest managed care provider in the United States.
  • UnitedHealthcare is on a journey towards delivering a best-in-the-industry consumer experience to it’s patients and providers. This journey starts with the flawless execution of the operations that get benefit plans into the hands of our customers, and the support those customers receive throughout their healthcare journeys. Our team, Tech BenOps, is transforming to meet the moment – to begin radically altering the way our customers engage with the healthcare system using modern tech to solve some of the most complex problems experienced along the way.
  • Our team focuses on ensuring our Customers are experiencing the healthcare system as they expect, from execution of sales through to price transparency, overall utilization of benefits and service experience.
  • The team is focused on the following products:
  • Quality and Readiness – a suite of technology tools enabling us to identify, monitor and control quality trends in our operational processes and healthcare products.
  • Price Care – an enterprise cost estimation capability providing up-to-date member cost share for all populations and provider services covered by.
  • Frontline Messaging – an asynchronous messaging platform connecting our consumers to our healthcare advocates for sales, service and support.

The role:

  • As a Lead Software Engineer, you will be accountable for designing software solutions across the product, which means at least 2 cross-functional/cross-component scrum teams, comprised of 4-6 people each.
  • You will be mentoring software engineers within the team
  • You will interface with business partners to identify opportunities for better consumer experience
  • You will partner with stakeholders to understand business needs, technical solution and implementation
  • You will continuously look for, suggest and implement opportunities for solution improvement
  • Engineering excellence will be one of your core areas of focus, ensuring that our solutions adopt core efficiencies and proper architecture patterns with a focus on High Availability, Low Latency, Scalability, Consistency, Security, and Enterprise reusability.
  • You will lead the system and help to define the processes that deliver it. You will act as an individual contributor while providing influence over multiple scrum teams. You will master modern technologies, using them to ensure our system’s continued evolution as customer needs grow and change.
  • You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.


About you:

  • You have 6+ years of broad technical knowledge – meaning you are not specialized in Java, Python, or any other coding language.
  • That knowledge spans the full stack, from deployment ops and database technologies through to front-end frameworks. Ideally, you have a deep understanding of both OOP and Functional stacks, Relational and NoSQL Data Stores, Streaming Applications and system development/maintenance in the Public Cloud (Azure a bonus!)
  • You have extensive experience (4+ years) in Agile and Scrum. You know how to work within teams against a single backlog to avoid component specialization, and how to enable true CI/CD.
  • You understand the role of aa Lead Engineer in an Agile environment – where supporting the team’s understanding of the solution approach, and continuing to build solutions in advance of the team’s work on roadmap items is paramount.
  • You have spent at least 4 years in a senior engineer role before, and know how to contribute to a culture of appreciation and continuous peer feedback. You know what it takes to coalesce around a problem and deliver high quality software solutions. You take total ownership over problems, your focus will be exactly where it needs to be, when it needs to be.

Essential criteria:

  • You have a degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics, other Engineering degree, IT, MIS, other technology related fields, or a specialized certificate in a technology related field 

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