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Director of R&D



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

MoneyLion is a leader in financial technology powering the next generation of personalized products and content, with a top consumer finance super app, a premier embedded finance platform for enterprise businesses and a world-class media arm. MoneyLion’s mission is to give everyone the power to make their best financial decisions. We pride ourselves on serving the many, not the few; providing confidence through guidance, choice, and personalization; and shortening the distance to an informed action.

In our go-to money app for consumers, we deliver curated content on finance and related topics, through a tailored feed that engages people to learn and share. People take control of their finances with our innovative financial products and marketplace - including our full-fledged suite of features to save, borrow, spend, and invest - seamlessly bringing together the best offers and content from MoneyLion and our 1,100+ Enterprise Partner network, together in one experience. MoneyLion’s enterprise technology provides the definitive search engine and marketplace for financial products, enabling any company to add embedded finance to their business, with advanced AI-backed data and tools through our platform and API. Established in 2013, MoneyLion connects millions of people with the financial products and content they need, when and where they need it.

About the Role

The Kuala Lumpur office is the technology powerhouse of MoneyLion. We pride ourselves on innovative initiatives and thrive in a fast-paced and challenging environment. Join our multicultural team of visionaries and industry rebels in disrupting the traditional finance industry!

The Director of R&D will lead a team of team leads and engineers to design, architecture, implement, and facilitate the operation of large-scale cloud systems, MVPs for brand new ideas, or POCs for internal tools. This role will also lead the end-to-end R&D incubation process from ideation to forming a team. We are looking for someone with a strong technical foundation and business acumen with a proven track record of building a strong engineering culture that encourages effective collaborations across multiple domains.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the senior executives business line head(s) to meet business objectives, through ensuring timely delivery, and making sure system architectures are future-proof
  • Act as a hands-on coach and mentor who contributes to the development effort while helping grow your team members
  • Champion engineering excellence by fostering a culture of alignment with Product Engineering to ensure R&D is at the forefront of adopting new engineering initiatives.
  • Take on the responsibility of performing feasibility checks on new ideas from management or PMs, playing a crucial role in keeping the team focused on pursuing initiatives with the highest potential for success
  • Foster a culture of innovation within R&D to encourage engineers to propose and provide feedback on new ideas
  • Be deeply involved in the full development lifecycle: design, code, test, deploy
  • Collaborate closely with Product, Design, and QA to iterate on the design, implementation, deployment, and monitoring of our product
  • Lead the development of POCs and MVPs with a 'move fast, break things (safely)' mentality, promoting a culture of growth, experimentation and rapid iteration
  • Serve as a product manager as needed, taking ownership of defining product requirements and driving cross-functional teams towards successful product launches.
  • Be actively involved in resource planning and hiring strategy

About You

  • Worked as a software engineer with Java or other modern programming language like Typescript, Scala or equivalent
  • Experience with REST applications and services using open-source Java Frameworks - Spring MVC, Spring Boot, Spring Data or other modern programming frameworks
  • Experience with Infrastructure as a Code (IAAC) practice and cloud infrastructure AWS, Kubernetes, CI/CD systems
  • NoSQL and Relational databases (We use DynamoDB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL)
  • Experience designing and developing platform level, reusable components, including event architectures, messaging and caching (JMS, ActiveMQ, Kinesis, Apache Kafka, etc)
  • Experience designing and devleoping big scale Front End applications using one or more of the modern frameworks: React, Angular, React Native, Flutter, iOS, Android, Redux or equivalent
  • Experience with modern experimentation & growth engineering frameworks: A/B testing, feature-flagging, reverse-ETL, or equivalent
  • Optional: Equip with some product management skills and knowledge to effectively serve as a product manager as needed
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience building highly scalable and available distributed systems
  • Managed a team of people managers, team leads or engineers
  • Demonstrated experience recruiting, building, structuring, leading technical organizations, including performance management in fast paced organizations

What's Next…

After you submit your application, you can expect the following steps in the recruitment process:

  • Interview - Talent Acquisition Team (Virtual or face-to-face)
  • Interview - Interview by the SVP Engineering (face-to-face)
  • Interview - Interview with Technical Panel (face-to-face)
  • Interview - Final Interview by the Bar Raiser (face-to-face)

What We Value

We value growth-minded and collaborative people with high learning agility who embody our core values of teamwork, customer-first and innovation. Every member of the MoneyLion Pride is passionate about fintech and ready to give 100% in helping us achieve our mission.

Working At MoneyLion

At MoneyLion, we want you to be well and thrive. Our generous benefits package includes:

  • Competitive salary packages
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Learning and Development resources
  • Flexible working hours

MoneyLion is committed to equal employment opportunities for all employees. Inside our company, every decision we make regarding our employees is based on merit, competence, and performance, completely free of discrimination. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Within that team, no one will feel more “other” than anyone else. We realize the full promise of diversity and want you to bring your whole self to work every single day.