Staff Software Engineer (Backend) at Nova Credit | Powderkeg

Location: (Remote) Latin America or United States

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Engineering

At Nova Credit, our mission is to power a more fair and inclusive financial system for the world. Nova Credit’s diverse global team is stitching together the world's credit data into a single network to unlock financial opportunities for immigrants and other populations historically excluded from the credit system. We’ve built a platform that enables lenders to access a single, predictive cross-border credit database to help enable underwriting decisions. We are backed by leading investors including Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, and Index Ventures.

The Enterprise team aims to empower our customers to utilize Nova Credit's technology via an API while also controlling the applicant flow. This team is working on enabling the credit data transfer process to become a many-to-many interaction where global citizens can use their international credit history to apply for financial services in the U.S. and in any country. Our daily work includes both frontend and backend projects, including maintaining a dashboard for our customers, owning a webhook system, and building out our groundbreaking API.

For a more in-depth look of our engineering culture, check out our page on Key Values.


  • Work collaboratively with Product, Data, and other engineering teams
  • Design, extend, improve, and manage the complexity of our global financial data system (APIs, services, integrations)
  • Deliver high quality solutions and features with speed and end-to-end ownership of your projects
  • Participate in and improve our products' on-call rotations
  • Improve and scale engineering processes, tools, and standards


  • Strong collaboration skills with both internal and external stakeholders to discover requirements and deliver a solution
  • 5+ years of relevant experience, including experience at a high growth or early-stage startup
  • Experience with core parts of our stack (Node.JS, Express, React, ES6, Typescript, Postgres, Terraform, AWS) (Preferred, but not required)
  • Experience at a fintech startup (Preferred, but not required)


  • Step 1: The phone screen gives us a chance to learn more about you, your goals, and your interests. It’s also a chance for you to learn about us and get answers to your questions.
  • Step 2: The technical assessment (a one-hour coding challenge) is intended to give you a taste of what you’ll be doing at Nova Credit. We avoid asking algorithmic questions, so you can expect to be asked to complete more practical tasks, such as working with an existing API, parsing JSON responses, or building a UI component.
  • Step 3: The final round will give you the opportunity to meet additional engineers, product managers, have a conversation with your potential manager, and expose you to the Nova Credit culture. It is broken down into three one-hour technical sessions (coding challenges/systems design sessions) and a forty-five minute chat with the hiring manager.

Everyone is welcome at Nova Credit. We are an equal opportunity employer where our diversity and inclusion are central pillars to our company strategy. We look for applicants who understand, embrace and thrive in a multicultural and increasingly globalized world. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Staff Software Engineer (Backend)
  • Company
    Nova Credit
  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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