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Principal Software Architect
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Principal Software Architect


Apex Fintech Solutions (AFS) powers innovation and the future of digital wealth management by processing millions of transactions daily, to simplify, automate, and facilitate access to financial markets for all. Our robust suite of fintech solutions enables us to support clients such as Stash, Betterment, SoFi, and Webull, and more than 20 million of our clients' customers. 

Collectively, AFS creates an environment in which companies with the biggest ideas in fintech are empowered to change the world. We are based in Dallas, TX and also have offices in Austin, New York, Chicago, Portland, and Belfast. 

If you are seeking a fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment where you'll have the opportunity to make an immediate impact, and you have the guts to change everything, this is the place for you. 

AFS has received a number of prestigious industry awards, including:

  • 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 Best Wealth Management Company - presented by Fintech Breakthrough Awards

  • 2021 Most Innovative Companies - presented by Fast Company

  • 2021 Best API & Best Trading Technology - presented by Global Fintech Awards


This is an incredible opportunity for a Principal Software Architect to join Apex's Engineering team. As an Architect you will work closely with engineering, product, and business teams to create a world class API and product experience. You will lead our efforts to ensure our application architecture scales and provides robust enterprise grade reliability while driving companywide engineering initiatives. Where possible, you will be a technical contributor shifting between low-level design and high-level concepts. You will implement repeatable software delivery practices and processes so that we can readily deliver quality products at Apex. 


  • Understand Apex’ broad product portfolio and lead design of a resilient, customer focused client-facing API and integration experience.

  • Develop and design application delivery rails that enable Apex’s products and services to be delivered to the market in a standardized way. 

  • Ensure that our API based solutions deliver value throughout the customer journey. 

  • Oversee architectural design groups that develop “best in class” engineering practices for our services by ensuring that service and components are well defined, modularized, secure, reliable, reusable, diagnosable, and actively monitored. 

  • Lead an architecture council to drive technical decisions and ensure that services fit within our overall architecture vision. 

  • Build software prototypes and conduct experiments to evaluate alternative architectures 

  • Grow and mentor developers to develop best-practices and collectively collaborate across teams to build and integrate innovative products.  

  • Adhere to and drive modern software engineering practices through code and design reviews, and by using data/telemetry to make decisions. 

  • Build collaborative and productive relationships with development, product and program managers along with broader business stakeholders to define Apex’ developer experience strategy and help accomplish key business objectives 

  • Provide project progress reports to project team, stakeholders, management, and executives. 

  • Have strong understanding of business and technical problems that teams are solving, able to work with stakeholders and teams to prioritize, clarify, and organize team’s work based on this knowledge. 

  • Identify risks, perform risk analysis, effectively manage risks; proactively raise prioritization and scheduling tradeoff decisions, escalating and identifying alternate options as appropriate; Follow defined Risk Management processes. 

  • Assess existing processes and identify opportunities for improvement. 

Education and/or Experience

  • BA, BS, MS, PhD in Computer Science, Engineering or related technology field.

  • 12+ years of software engineering experience 

  • Experience in engineering processes and methodologies for large scale design, development, project execution and integration  

  • Experience gathering and translating business and technical requirements 

  • Experience in the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) or similar cloud platform.

  • Experience with REST and microservices

  • Financial services background preferred 

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Deep expertise in Java (or other modern software languages like Python or Go). 

  • Domain knowledge in large scale API integrations 

  • Domain knowledge in financial information architecture 

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities in creating clarity, generating energy, and delivering success 

  • Demonstrated ability to lead with integrity and remain calm during stressful situations while managing multiple demands and priorities 

  • Demonstrated technical leadership to provide technical guidance on technology issues, designs, and ideas. 

  • Expertise in Agile and other software development methodologies and practices 

  • Proven track record of navigating the company and influencing and inspiring peers 

  • Strong sense of personal accountability

Work Environment

  • This job operates in an office environment.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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Our Rewards

We offer a robust package of employee perks and benefits, including healthcare benefits (medical, dental and vision, EAP), competitive PTO, 401k match, parental leave, and HSA contribution match. We also provide our employees with a paid subscription to the Calm app and offer generous external learning and tuition reimbursement benefits. At AFS , we offer a hybrid work schedule for most roles that allows employees to have the flexibility of working from home and one of our primary offices.

Salary Range


The annual base salary range for this position is noted above. Exact compensation offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and office location.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Commitment

We're looking for all kinds of people.

At Apex, we believe that wealth management and investing should be accessible to everyone, and we strive to create spaces to democratize investing for folks of all walks of life. Internally, we embrace diversity and are dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, which reflects our company vision and mission. We value every team member's unique perspective and are committed to fostering a culture where everyone belongs. Join us in our mission to empower and celebrate individual differences.

Apex is committed to being an equal opportunity employer. We ensure that qualified applicants receive fair consideration for employment without discrimination based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, natural or protective hairstyle, genetics, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Know your rights: workplace discrimination is illegal. We stand by this commitment to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce.