Lead Engineer, Platform as a Service

| Watertown

The Opportunity:
athenahealth is transforming healthcare by creating easy to use, ultra-powerful, cloud based tools which allow medical professionals to focus on what they do best – treat patients. Our product and services impact the practice of medicine for half of all physicians in the US. Our network covers over 46 million patient lives and 160 million visits per year.

We are a technology-enabled services company, and as we progress towards our vision of being the health information backbone for the entire nation, we need to ensure that athena’s products are built on a truly elastic and performant platform. We are embarking on an initiative to deliver a new set of core services that will allow our own product teams, as well as external 3rd parties, to efficiently consume and manipulate enormous data sets and operate at the truly massive scale we need to in order to service the country's health information needs. Come join our fast-paced and high-energy team and help make this aspiration a reality.

Position Summary:

We are looking for strong candidates to join our teams working in the Platform as a Service group. At a high level, these teams are working on a set of microservices that will:

  • provide a centralized healthcare data I/O framework allowing any system or user, both internal and external, to extract and persist data at scale
  • provide a programmatic and GUI-based means of managing the orchestration of state-machines, complex event processing, and the massive amount of ETL we perform on a daily basis
  • provide a holistic and consolidated view on a patient's demographic, claim and clinical data regardless of whether the data is sourced from an athena practice, another vendor's acute or ambulatory EHR or any point of care in the care continuum

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Technical Execution

  • Produce accurate, unambiguous technical design specifications to the appropriate detail
  • Ability to critique technical documentation as needed
  • Deliver customer value in the form of high quality software components and services in adherence with policies on security, performance, longevity and integration testing
  • Proactively identifies and proposes new, alternative technology in order to create scalable implementations and achieve results.
  • Accurately estimate the size of development tasks; challenge other during estimation
  • Provide high level T-shirt sizing for the work required to build smaller software components and services
  • Understand and follow coding conventions, architectures, and best practices; hold other members of the team accountable for doing so
  • Write, debug, and deploy code to production; deliver timely fixes
  • Participates in team member interview process as needed; influences final hiring decisions.
  • Scale systems to meet business demand
  • Deploy systems to meet availability targets (HA/DR)
  • Adhere to DoD (definition of done) as part of the sprint, including unit tests, functional testing, code reviews, no regressions, bug fixes, documentation and adhere to best coding practices
  • Perform peer code reviews in order to ensure quality standards.

Contributions to the Team

  • Act as the subject matter expert for their area of assignment
  • Take ownership of what the team builds after the release; consider customer adoption as success criteria
  • Contribute to agile ceremonies(i.e. daily stand-up, sprint planning, readouts and retrospectives) to improve team performance
  • Volunteer for work in the backlog and commit to quality delivery; Coordinate efforts across the team to ensure completion and effectiveness
  • Drive self-organization; help determine how the team functions in collaboration with your peers
  • Serve as Scrum Master as assigned and ensure high team effectiveness and efficiency

Cross functional Coordination and Communication

  • Work collaboratively across the Platform and Product organizations to ensure alignment towards business goals
  • Builds strong relationships with cross-functional team members and business stakeholders
  • Share business and technical learnings with the broader engineering and product organization, while adapting approach for different audiences

Mentorship of Others

  • Advise and train members of the team to maximize overall productivity and effectiveness of the team.

Education, Experience, & Skills Required:

  • 6-8 years of experience in an engineering role
  • Experience in an Agile environment preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Significant software engineering skills, object-oriented programming and computer science experience
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language such as: Javascript (nodejs), Java, C#, C++, Perl, or Python
  • Familiarity with Unix/Linux, Big Data, SQL, NoSQL, and various other technologies
  • Exposure to distributed computing tech (Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, ElasticSearch), Microservice and API design
  • Experience deploying or managing applications in an AWS or private cloud environment

Behaviors & Abilities Required:

  • Ability to learn and adapt in a fast-paced environment, while producing quality code
  • Working collaboratively on a cross-functional team with a wide range of experience levels
  • Ability to prioritize both individual time and the time of the team
  • Strong mentoring and coaching skills that encourage growth for more junior members
  • Writing of code that is technically sound, performant, scalable, and readable
  • Effective partnership with business owners to understand and refine business requirements
  • Ability and willingness to demonstrate ownership of an area of athena’s technology
  • Active participation in the maintenance and evolution of athena's rich culture

The Opportunity:
athenahealth is transforming healthcare by creating easy to use, ultra-powerful, cloud based tools which allow medical professionals to focus on what they do best – treat patients. Our product and services impact the practice of medicine for half of all physicians in the US. Our network covers over 46 million patient lives and 160 million visits per year.

We are a technology-enabled services company, and as we progress towards our vision of being the health information backbone for the entire nation, we need to ensure that athena’s products are built on a truly elastic and performant platform. We are embarking on an initiative to deliver a new set of core services that will allow our own product teams, as well as external 3rd parties, to efficiently consume and manipulate enormous data sets and operate at the truly massive scale we need to in order to service the country's health information needs. Come join our fast-paced and high-energy team and help make this aspiration a reality.

Position Summary:

We are looking for strong candidates to join our teams working in the Platform as a Service group. At a high level, these teams are working on a set of microservices that will:

  • provide a centralized healthcare data I/O framework allowing any system or user, both internal and external, to extract and persist data at scale
  • provide a programmatic and GUI-based means of managing the orchestration of state-machines, complex event processing, and the massive amount of ETL we perform on a daily basis
  • provide a holistic and consolidated view on a patient's demographic, claim and clinical data regardless of whether the data is sourced from an athena practice, another vendor's acute or ambulatory EHR or any point of care in the care continuum

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Technical Execution

  • Produce accurate, unambiguous technical design specifications to the appropriate detail
  • Ability to critique technical documentation as needed
  • Deliver customer value in the form of high quality software components and services in adherence with policies on security, performance, longevity and integration testing
  • Proactively identifies and proposes new, alternative technology in order to create scalable implementations and achieve results.
  • Accurately estimate the size of development tasks; challenge other during estimation
  • Provide high level T-shirt sizing for the work required to build smaller software components and services
  • Understand and follow coding conventions, architectures, and best practices; hold other members of the team accountable for doing so
  • Write, debug, and deploy code to production; deliver timely fixes
  • Participates in team member interview process as needed; influences final hiring decisions.
  • Scale systems to meet business demand
  • Deploy systems to meet availability targets (HA/DR)
  • Adhere to DoD (definition of done) as part of the sprint, including unit tests, functional testing, code reviews, no regressions, bug fixes, documentation and adhere to best coding practices
  • Perform peer code reviews in order to ensure quality standards.

Contributions to the Team

  • Act as the subject matter expert for their area of assignment
  • Take ownership of what the team builds after the release; consider customer adoption as success criteria
  • Contribute to agile ceremonies(i.e. daily stand-up, sprint planning, readouts and retrospectives) to improve team performance
  • Volunteer for work in the backlog and commit to quality delivery; Coordinate efforts across the team to ensure completion and effectiveness
  • Drive self-organization; help determine how the team functions in collaboration with your peers
  • Serve as Scrum Master as assigned and ensure high team effectiveness and efficiency

Cross functional Coordination and Communication

  • Work collaboratively across the Platform and Product organizations to ensure alignment towards business goals
  • Builds strong relationships with cross-functional team members and business stakeholders
  • Share business and technical learnings with the broader engineering and product organization, while adapting approach for different audiences

Mentorship of Others

  • Advise and train members of the team to maximize overall productivity and effectiveness of the team.

Education, Experience, & Skills Required:

  • 6-8 years of experience in an engineering role
  • Experience in an Agile environment preferred
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Significant software engineering skills, object-oriented programming and computer science experience
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language such as: Javascript (nodejs), Java, C#, C++, Perl, or Python
  • Familiarity with Unix/Linux, Big Data, SQL, NoSQL, and various other technologies
  • Exposure to distributed computing tech (Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, ElasticSearch), Microservice and API design
  • Experience deploying or managing applications in an AWS or private cloud environment

Behaviors & Abilities Required:

  • Ability to learn and adapt in a fast-paced environment, while producing quality code
  • Working collaboratively on a cross-functional team with a wide range of experience levels
  • Ability to prioritize both individual time and the time of the team
  • Strong mentoring and coaching skills that encourage growth for more junior members
  • Writing of code that is technically sound, performant, scalable, and readable
  • Effective partnership with business owners to understand and refine business requirements
  • Ability and willingness to demonstrate ownership of an area of athena’s technology
  • Active participation in the maintenance and evolution of athena's rich culture

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Location

311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

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