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Lead Full Stack Software Engineer

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Date Posted: Nov 16, 2022

Location(s): Cary, North Carolina, US

Company: MetLife

Job Location: United States : North Carolina : Cary

Alternate Job Location: Not Applicable : Not Applicable

Work Arrangement: Hybrid


Role Value Proposition: 

As an invaluable developer who is part of MetLife transformational program, you will have the opportunity to shape some of the critical applications. You will be responsible for thought leadership, creative problem solving, provide appropriate escalation of issues and resolve escalated issues using solution knowledge and expertise in a complex environment. Your responsibilities include writing full stack code, reviewing code written by the team, design and write systems, frameworks, applications and APIs. As a senior member of the team, you will be responsible for all aspects of the Dev Ops life cycle of the product and its successful build out, delivery and production maintenance. This position will collaborate closely with a diverse team of Project Managers, Business Analysts, Business Systems Analysts and Software Development Engineers to deliver to internal and external US Group Benefits Business initiatives.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Hands on development with UI, Backend, Database, APIs, DevOps. Technologies in our stack: Angular, Java, SQL, Micro services, Docker, Kubernetes, Azure DevOps. Similar related technologies will be an asset.
  • Develop architecture and solution designs.
  • Develop iterative implementation plans and strategies. Estimate user stories, epics, spikes as part of release plan and iteration plan exercises
  • Mentor, motivate, influence, drive innovation, and coach broader technical team. Provide technical and solution guidance to the team. Conduct design and code reviews for the team delivery.
  • Oversight of junior developer and vendor development work
  • Key participant in user story breakdowns, user story elaboration, and user story reviews
  • Drive breakdown of features into vertical slices and user stories, ensure user stories can be estimated by development team
  • Serve as an escalation point for deployments, and change oversight, enabling highly visible business priorities.


Expected behaviors:

  • A self-starter capable of acting independently and proactively without requiring management oversight.


Required experience

  • End to end system design that balances the tradeoffs between technical solution, business value and operational simplicity
  • Core hands on development skills in Angular, React, Java, OOP, SQL, JSON, No-SQL, Docker/AKS, Scripting.
  • Experience with Micro services, and integration patterns using middleware.
  • Hands on DevOps skills. Prefer Azure DevOps otherwise similar alternate technologies is a must.  
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles in software engineering, system analysis and design, design and analysis of algorithms, computer system architecture, data structures.
  • 7-10 years related work experience successfully delivered on large, complex projects
  • 2+ years technical leadership experience


Preferred experience

  • Experience with following: Kafka, AppDynamics, Splunk
  • BS/MS in Comp Science/IS.
  • Insurance industry knowledge.
  • Experience with cloud migration projects
  • Experience working in cross-functional, multi-location teams.
  • Experience in Agile methodology, tools, and Agile integration with Waterfall.


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At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.






MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $642.4 billion of total assets under management as of March 31, 2021. We are ranked #46 on the Fortune 500 list for 2021. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies. We are proud to have been named to Fortune magazine’s 2021 list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.”      


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.


The wage range for applicants for this position is [the more specific figure (for example (only): $80,000) or range within which the hiring manager reasonably expects to hire (for example (only): $70,000 - $85,000)]. The role is eligible for incentive compensation under the sales incentive plan for your position. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.