: Lead Software Engineer – Platform Identity Services
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

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athenahealth is looking for a Lead Software Engineer to join our Platform team in Watertown, MA. The ideal candidate would enjoy building scalable web applications in the cloud using the latest technologies. We are looking for an individual who is not afraid to bring new practices and innovative ideas to our team in order to move quicker and deliver high quality software.

This energetic individual will partner with both technical and business teams on multiple initiatives and collaborate to deliver new features and enhancements.

The Team: The Platform organization at Athenahealth is looking for a new member for their Identity Services team. This team is focused on becoming the universal identity and access management provider for healthcare. The global login for all healthcare users and applications. Enable access across practices, EHRs, diverse health systems, and other health information data stores (e.g., fitbit or weight watchers). Serve users across the healthcare continuum, from patients and providers, to fitness coaches and billing coordinators.

Job Responsibilities

  • 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 RPR 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 in story points, challenge other during estimation

  • 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

  • Deploy systems to meet availability targets (HA/DR)

  • Adhere to DOD (story 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

Typical Qualifications

  • 8 12 years of experience in an engineering role

  • Experience in an Agile environment preferred

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent

  • Significant software engineering skills and computer science experience

  • Knowledge of modern programming languages such as: Java, Node, React, RESTful API, Perl

  • Knowledge of security standards including: oAuth2, OpenID Connect, SAML as well as healthcare standards like SMART on FHIR a plus

  • Knowledge of Unix/Linux, SQL and various other DB technologies

  • Experience with deploying and maintaining services in public cloud like AWS is a Plus

  • Knowledge of microservices architecture, Okta is good to have

About athenahealth

  • Our Vision: To create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.
  • Our Location: This role is based in Watertown, MA, just a few miles outside of Boston. Watertown is our Global Headquarters and our campus, the Arsenal on the Charles, is home to several restaurants, a local gym and large outdoor space. This office also has a cafeteria, coffee caf and food trucks that rotate every day.
  • Our Culture: At athenahealth, our employees (or athenistas) are committed to making healthcare smarter. Our success is dependent on the diversity, collective spirit, and contributions of our people, clients and partners. We value teamwork and believe that the strength of our team comes from supporting each other and leveraging our specialized skills. If you are looking for a company that will enable you to work outside of your comfort zone to transform the healthcare ecosystem, athenahealth is the place for you.
  • Our Perks: Along with health & financial benefits, our athenistas are offered a variety of perks that promote employee wellbeing such as commuter support, collaborative workspaces and dog-friendly offices - just to name a few

Employee Testimonials

Olivia Adams
Lead Member Of Technical Staff

“I enjoy working at athenahealth because I am making something that matters.  My passion isn’t writing code - it’s what writing code enables me to do, which is make something for other people.  And there’s no nobler cause than healthcare.”


Sherry Cheuk
Product Operations Manager

“athenahealth has a mission to transform healthcare, which is something I really admire.  Every company out there is trying to grow, but I think our focus on making an impact and delivering value is really powerful.  Our work is about improving people’s lives.”