Guidewire Software

Lead Software Engineer – Full-Stack

Posted on Mar 02, 2023

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Job Details

Full Time
🇺🇸 United States

About Guidewire Software

Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently. We combine digital, core, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. More than 450 insurers, from new ventures to the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire.

As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record with 1000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our Marketplace provides hundreds of add-ons that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.

For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter: @Guidewire_PandC.

Guidewire Software Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All offers are contingent upon passing a criminal history and other background checks where it's applicable to the position.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The Position

Guidewire is searching for a smart, proactive, and results-oriented Senior Software Engineer to build sophisticated solutions for the property & casualty insurance industry's complex business domain and make our industry-leading products even better. The product development team is looking for an enthusiastic engineer who is passionate about building high-quality software with a phenomenal team and improving the customer experience for millions of people who use our products every day.

You will have the opportunity to make an impact and contribute to a complex application suite of products that generate over 500 million dollars of revenue annually, mission-critical to 400+ enterprises serving more than a million users. Guidewire provides outstanding software for the second-largest financial services industry in the world: insurance. We deliver the core applications that Property and Casualty (P/C) insurers use to build their products, sell policies, settle claims, and bill their customers. The SaaS solutions delivered via Guidewire Cloud enable our customers to rapidly innovate and drive measurable value. Guidewire Cloud is powered by the highly resilient Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure, with SLAs backed by experienced Guidewire teams and SaaS-certified partners spanning application management, system administration, security and compliance, upgrades, QA testing, health checks, and other services.

The successful candidate will work on the entire technology stack, from the core persistence layer through to the Web Application front ends.

Our teams are lean, empowered, and collaborative. You must be a self-starter and able to perform with minimal supervision while working alongside intelligent colleagues who've checked their egos at the door in a team environment, communicating effectively with everyone. We've built a strong culture, and we're looking for engineers who can help us maintain it.


Successful software engineers at Guidewire typically have:

  • Enjoy working collaboratively in an empowered, small, cross-functional team
  • Experience working in an agile and fast paced development environment (e.g. TDD, BDD, Agile, pair programming, etc.)
  • A passion for code quality demonstrated by thorough testing
  • A desire to be hands-on in designing and writing code
  • Curiosity and internal motivation to constantly improve
  • Ability to learn quickly in a dynamic environment
  • Excellent communication skills, comfort level to speak their mind and defend ideas based on merit, yet humility and hunger to learn from others

Key qualifications include experience with:

  • Proficiency in Core Java and solid understanding of JavaScript / HTML5 / CSS.
  • Experience with a market leading client-side framework (e.g. React, Angular) is plus.
  • Familiarity with Continuous Delivery, Continuous Integration, Unit/Integration Testing, etc
  • Object-Oriented Design using SOLID and Hexagonal design principles
  • Experience building secure software and knowledge of security practices
  • Experience working with Open-Source frameworks (e.g. Spring, Jersey, Drools, others)
  • Understanding of relational database persistence (e.g. MySQL, Oracle). Familiarity with NoSQL databases (e.g. MongoDB, CouchDB) is a plus
  • Agile development practices
  • Experience designing REST or gRPC based APIs
  • Cloud Services (e.g. AWS/GCP/Azure)
  • Technical design and leadership of features from inception to release
  • Mentoring less experienced engineers
  • Maintaining and promoting a healthy codebase and ensuring high quality of products
  • A typical candidate has a Computer Science degree or equivalent.

Our Hiring Process

The process varies depending on the job you applied for. In general, you can expect to meet with one of our recruiters or sources for an exploratory call to see if you are a fit for the role. After that, if it’s a technical role you’ll be invited to complete a code test. Based on the results you’ll move to the next stage to meet the hiring manager and other team members during an online Zoom interview. There’ll be one more round of Zoom interviews if you’re one of the top candidates being considered for the role. For other non-technical roles, the process is pretty similar - except no code test required. Your recruiter will make sure you clearly understand what’s needed at every stage!

1. Choose your starting point...

Your adventure begins when you discover a role that excites you on our careers listings. Think you and the role are a great match for each other? Then set it as your journey's starting point, and submit an application to help you stand out from the crowd. Remember, this is your time to shine. So show us why you and our role are a great match!

2. Get prepared...

If your application is successful, a recruiter will chat with you before arranging a Zoom interview. This is your chance to get prepared and really investigate the role. Ask our recruiters all about Guidewire and the specifics of the job; make sure it’s right for you. Share your story with our recruiters too; what motivates you, what drives you to seek challenges, what makes you dig deeper? Of course, if you don’t feel this is the right role for you but you still want to work at Guidewire in the future, we can stay connected.

3. Meet the crew...

If your chat with our recruiter goes well, it’s time for the next step: an interview, where you can show us what you’re made of. The process can differ from team to team here. You may take an online code test for more technical roles, share ideas in a group presentation, or even take a live programming and theoretical questions interview. Whatever route you take, though, one thing remains constant: the Guidewire team is super excited to get to know you. Your recruiter will be there to support and help prepare you at every step. And you’ll get to meet lots of members of the Guidewire team, discovering first-hand that we all want you to do your best here. We’re rooting for you!

4. Adventure

Once the interview process is complete, our teams get together and decide whether you’re the best match for the role. If you’re the one, then our recruiter will share the details of the offer with you. Then the ball is in your court: you can decide whether you’re joining the Guidewire crew. If it’s a yes, it’s a pretty streamlined process from here on out. Sign all your documents via DocuSign, and work with our dedicated coordination team to go through the background check process and final steps. It’s only a matter of time until you join our team of explorers—and we are beyond excited to have you on board!


  • COMPENSATION - The US base salary range for this full-time position is $115000 - 215000 + bonus + equity + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process. Please note that the compensation details listed in US role postings reflect the base salary only, and do not include bonus, equity, or benefits.
  • FINANCIAL - Receive market-competitive pay and incentive programs—because you deserve it! To help future-proof your income, we offer generous support through retirement savings plans.
  • HEALTH AND WELLNESS - Keep your physical and emotional health in tip-top shape with health insurance for you and your family, an employee assistance program, annual wellness reimbursement, and access to wellness resources.
  • FLEXIBLE WORKING - Work in an environment where you’ll have the freedom and trust to make an impact, with time for your life outside of work.
  • DOWNTIME - Relax and kick back through our generous paid time-off programs. Make a difference in your community with three volunteer days each year. Take your own personal day of rest with My Day. We also offer ample paid leave for all new parents.
  • CONTINUAL DEVELOPMENT - We encourage self-directed learning, giving you every chance to become a better version of yourself, both professionally and personally. At Guidewire, lifelong learning is here for the taking.
  • CAREER MOBILITY - Your career opportunities are only limited by your own imagination. Guidewire’s community is filled with chances to expand your horizons across any of our teams or worldwide‌‌‌‌‌‌‌ locations.
Lead Software Engineer – Full-Stackat Guidewire Software