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Returnship: Backend Engineer - Collective Health

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Job Title
Returnship: Backend Engineer
Job Location
San Mateo, CA | Lehi, UT | Chicago, IL | Remote
Job Description

We all depend on healthcare throughout our lifetimes, for ourselves, and our families and friends, but it is notoriously difficult to navigate and understand. As an industry that comprises 20% of the US economy we think healthcare should work better for all of us. At Collective Health we believe it’s time for a new day in healthcare where as members we are informed and empowered to make the right care choices when the decisions are urgent and critical. 

The Path Forward Return to Work program at Collective Health is a 16- week paid returnship for experienced professionals returning to the workforce after taking time off for caregiving. The program is open to individuals who have at least 5 years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caring for a loved one. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply. 

At Collective Health we are excited to be part of the Path Forward program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, update your resume with new experience, and make connections with others transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving transition back to the paid workforce.

At the completion of the program, qualified Returners will be considered for a full-time position.

About the Team: 

As an engineering team, we believe good code is easy to read and understand. We expect all of our engineers to continually teach as well as learn. We are working on improving our systems to use the latest technologies (Spring Boot, Java 17, etc.) for greater overall efficiency and ease of use. We support our operations team so they can ensure uninterrupted membership for our clients. We have also started to architect the next generation of our systems. This is a data-centric, critical role that is highly visible within the organization. If this sounds interesting to you, please apply! 

Our Tech Stack: 

Our backend services follow microservices architecture using Java and Spring Boot. We use cloud services (AWS) as our backbone, with Kubernetes and Docker for our orchestration. We use PostgreSQL for our databases, and Python & Spark for large scale data workloads. For the frontend, we have a React-driven architecture. 

What you’ll do: 

  • Become an essential part of a cross-functional team of highly skilled engineers 
  • Help push forward the development of the engineering department as a whole Drive the continued design and development of our platform 
  • Engage with our operations team to help them improve their overall efficiency You will be a fit for this role if you: 
  • Communicate clearly up, down, and across teams 
  • Balance getting things done with making things perfect
  • Take pride in mentoring and teaching other developers what you've learned Love working with a team of awesome, collaborative co-workers 
  • Like to be involved in the decision making process, taking into account the needs of our customers as well as our company 

Get in touch with us if you: 

  • Enjoy building well-engineered systems 
  • Have 5+ years of software engineering work experience 
  • Are well-versed in technologies such as Java & Spring 
  • Experience with data architecture and SQL is a plus 

Imposter syndrome is real. If you are hesitant to apply because of not checking all the boxes, or you’ve had a less-traditional career or educational background, we encourage you to still apply and mention why you believe you’d be a fit for the role. 

This job can be performed in a location where we have an office: San Mateo, CA, Chicago, IL, or Lehi, UT, or hired for remote work in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, TX, UT, or WA.

Pay Transparency Statement

Per Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and New York City’s Int. 1208-2018, the estimated monthly salary for this role if hired in Colorado is $7,600-$8,900, and for New York City is $10,600. Compensation will depend on multiple factors, including geographic location, qualifications, and experience.

Please note that this information is provided for those hired in Colorado or New York City only, and this role is open to candidates outside of those locations as well.

In addition to cash compensation, you will be eligible for  benefits like health insurance, 401k, and paid time off. Learn more about our benefits at

About Collective Health

Founded in 2013, Collective Health’s ecosystem of innovative partners across care and benefits delivery, and powerful and flexible technology better enable employees and their families to understand, navigate, and pay for healthcare. By reducing the administrative lift of delivering health benefits, providing an intuitive member experience, and helping improve health outcomes, the company guides employees toward healthier lives and companies toward healthier bottom lines. Collective Health is headquartered in San Mateo, CA with locations in Chicago, IL, and Lehi, UT. For more, please visit

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Collective Health is committed to providing support to candidates who require reasonable accommodation during the interview process. If you need assistance, please contact

Collective Health Headquarters Location

San Mateo, CA

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Collective Health Company Size

Between 500 - 1,000 employees

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Collective Health Funding Rounds

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  • Series F

    $280,000,000 USD

  • Series E

    $210,000,000 USD

  • Series D

    $110,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $81,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $32,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $6,000,000 USD