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Principal Software Engineer, Growth

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Employer Provided Salary: 144,000-272,000 Annually
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About Gusto
Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto offices in Denver, San Francisco, and New York serve more than 300,000 businesses nationwide.
Our mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life, and it starts right here at Gusto. That's why we're committed to building a collaborative and inclusive workplace, both physically and virtually. Learn more about our Total Rewards philosophy .
About the Role
The Growth org is a product team that focuses on driving revenue growth. We're accelerating Gusto's revenue growth by providing a platform for customer acquisition efforts that drive more visitors and leads, as well as building out an ML-powered recommendation engine for our ACV expansion initiatives. We're also in an exciting phase of redesigning and expanding our onboarding and activation platform, which will be key in unlocking Gusto's next phase of growth. We're looking for a strategic and motivated engineering leader to empower and scale the engineering teams that are building Gusto's next big thing!
If you're interested in solving complex problems and contributing to the overall strategy of growing Gusto, join us!
Here's What You'll Do Day-to-day

  • Define, iterate and execute on projects contributing to the Growth's technical roadmap to drive revenue growth.
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to tackle complex and ambiguous problems, translating them into engineering solutions that drive our customer acquisition and ACV expansion platform forward.
  • Identify areas for process and/or technical improvements, and take the initiative to enhance engineering processes and structures.
  • Collaborate with tech leads, product managers, designers, and data scientists to understand short- and long-term investment opportunities, and collectively deliver innovative solutions.
  • Execute in different horizons based on Growth's overall goals. This means at times, embedding in a team for multiple months/quarters to deliver complex initiatives, and at other times, kicking off or jumping into initiatives to assist/drive towards alignment and help set teams up for success.
  • Engage with all development teams across Gusto to align and drive towards long-term maintainability and stability of our systems.
  • Take ownership of projects, ensuring they meet high standards of quality and performance.
  • Mentor and provide guidance to software engineers, fostering their growth and development.
  • Actively participate in code reviews and maintain code quality.

Here's What We're Looking For

  • 15+ years of professional software development experience
  • Experience in scaling Engineering organizations with the focus on individual and team development
  • Web development expertise, including observability and performance
  • Experience in highly cross-functional environments for highly complex products
  • Experience as tech lead, overseeing projects across multiple teams
  • Experience in experimentation and user experience optimization is preferred
  • Proven experience in recommendation engine and Machine Learning is nice to have
  • Proven experience in customer acquisition and ACV expansion efforts to drive revenue growth is nice to have

Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $250,000-270,000/yr for San Francisco & New York. $215,000-231,000/yr in Denver & most remote locations, Stock equity is additional. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.
Gusto has physical office spaces in Denver, San Francisco, and New York City. Employees who are based in those locations will be expected to work from the office on designated days approximately 2-3 days per week (or more depending on role). The same office expectations apply to all Symmetry roles, Gusto's subsidiary, whose physical office is in Scottsdale.
Note: The San Francisco office expectations encompass both the San Francisco and San Jose metro areas.
When approved to work from a location other than a Gusto office, a secure, reliable, and consistent internet connection is required.
Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Gusto.
Gusto is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Gusto considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gusto is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you require assistance in filling out a Gusto job application, please reach out to [email protected].

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What are Gusto Perks + Benefits

Gusto Benefits Overview

Taking care of our people is just as important as taking care of our customers. We offer competitive total compensation packages with an emphasis on equity, along with many other great benefits, some of which are included below!

Medical, dental, and vision: comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, plus a variety of mental health resources.

Time off
Gusties are encouraged to take the time off they need to continue doing great work.

Inclusive healthcare
Fertility benefits, parental leave, pregnancy termination, caregiving, gender-affirming surgery, hormone treatments, transgender-inclusive services, and more.

Free meals and refreshments
If you work at one of our offices, enjoy food, drinks, and snacks— on us. Conversation and community is an added bonus!

Celebrate 5 or 10 years at Gusto and take a month off to recharge.

Take advantage of monthly internet, phone, and wellness stipends. Enjoy commuter or remote work stipends, along with and cash for your Gusto anniversaries!

Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Quarterly engagement surveys
Hybrid work model
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Diversity employee resource groups
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Fertility benefits
Gusto provides a benefit designed to support your unique parenthood journey. The benefit is not health insurance, but rather provides resources to make family forming more accessible to everyone.
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Free daily meals
If you work at one of our offices, enjoy food, drinks, and snacks— on us.
Free snacks and drinks
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

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