Founding Backend Engineer

🎯 Our mission

Column Tax is on a mission to help Americans gain financial independence. Our first product is an API that brings the power of a high-end accountant to users who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access financial advice. Our users are individuals and families living paycheck-to-paycheck who use Column to get out of debt, move into their own homes, and save up for emergency bills.

👥 Our team

We're a fast-growing, tight-knit team on a mission to remake the income tax landscape in the U.S. Our founders (ex-Waymo) and early engineering team (ex-Google Brain, ex-Intuit ML) are passionate about building products that will directly impact the financial security of millions of Americans.

We're backed by world-class investors including Bain Capital Ventures, Core Innovation Capital, South Park Commons & Operator Partners.

We’re a remote-first company and we have flexible offices for in-person collaboration in strategic locations like San Francisco & New York.

🏔️ As a Founding Backend Engineer, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Directly impact the financial security of millions of Americans
  • Build product from scratch and set product direction
  • Make hiring decisions
  • Set our engineering practices and technology choices
  • Shape our future culture
  • Work with our existing tech stack: Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, Redis, Sidekiq, Heroku, React, TypeScript

💻 About you:

  • You have the ability to write quality backend software and occasionally flex into frontend code
  • You're familiar with Ruby on Rails and SQL databases
  • You are able to handle ambiguity & change
  • You are an execution-minded team player

⭐ Things we value:

  • Focus: we know that doing great work takes long blocks of uninterrupted time
  • Ownership: everyone at Column is empowered to make big decisions
  • Transparency: expect honest & vulnerable communication
  • Doing the right thing: Taxes is an industry with a history of predatory practices; we’re determined to fix that

🏥 Benefits:

  • Time off: we want you to truly recharge
  • High-quality healthcare coverage
  • Home office & MacBook setup
  • Free accounting services & tax prep each year

☑️ What happens after you apply:

  • Intro call with one of the founders
  • Technical screen: short, time-boxed programming project
  • Virtual one-day “onsite”: solve a real technical challenge, tell us about your values, and learn how we work

📩 How to apply:

Email us at team@columntax.com with your LinkedIn/GitHub