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Sallie Mae Senior Software Engineer II in Indianapolis, Indiana

Senior Software Engineer II

Indianapolis, IN

Who we are:

Sallie Mae is proud to help Americans aspiring to create the life they imagine—whether that means helping them make college happen, or other endeavors they pursue to invest in their future. Our colleagues across departments and across the country are united in our passion and our customer-first approach. Whether you want to join a growing company, be part of an agile workforce, or gain new skills—you’re in the right place.

What You'll Contribute

As part of this team you will work with other top developers to create cloud native solutions that are modern, intuitive, and scale in high-volume transactional environments. In this role you will provide technical guidance and build modern DevOps solutions that provide test and deployment automation to help the team transition into a full CI/CD pipeline.

What You'll Do


% of Time Spent

Works in iterative sprints to design, develop and test solutions. Builds automation and tests to streamline the code to cash pipeline. Refactors new and legacy code as we work towards eliminating technical debt.


Collaborates with agile teams to identify approach, dependencies, tasks, and seek opportunities for automation; mentors other team members, helps recruit and onboards other top-talented developers.


Continually improves your craft as a software engineer by learning and leveraging the latest design patterns, principles and technology. Attends training, participates in Communities of Practice (CoPs), and reads related materials to stay ahead of the technology curve.


Required Qualifications:

What You Need to Succeed

Being focused on our customer helps us to deliver a lasting impression and instill trust. Through collaboration and teamwork, we are able to communicate effectively across departments leading to better decision quality. We hold ourselves to the highest standards ensuring accountability in all we do to deliver on our mission and shared values.

What You Have

  • 5+ years of experience as a full-time software developer or engineer building integrations across workforce management, customer relationship management, unified communications, and contact center solutions

  • 3+ years of DevOps experience with a strong background in Cloud services

  • 3+ years of experience developing cloud solutions in AWS Connect or similar

  • 3+ years of experience with Cloud PaaS offerings

  • Experience with automating application deployment, continuous delivery, and continuous integration (VSTS, Jenkins)

  • Infrastructure Automation (eg, Puppet, Chef, Ansible) 

  • Experience with Source Control (Git preferred) 

  • Experience with virtualization and containers (Docker, Kubernetes, Vagrant)

  • Experience in a production services operating environment

  • Ability to write code/script using TypeScript, Python, PHP, Django, Java, C# or similar

  • Experience with Rest API, Micro services, etc

  • Experience with any DB2, MYSql DB & any of the NoSQL technologies such as Cassandra,

  • Couch DB or Mongo

  • Experience with test driven development (TDD)

  • Experience with Agile methodology

  • Experience working in a team-oriented fast paced, distributed and collaborativeenvironment

  • Excellent troubleshooting skills, self-motivated, results-driven and well organized

  • A self‐motivated leader who is results driven, and media or technology enthusiast and someone that can mentor junior developers

  • Must value operating in a collaborative and cooperative environment

  • College Degree or equivalent work experience

Accountability - Hold self and others accountable to meet commitments.

Collaboration - Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.

Communication - Develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Customer focus - Build strong customer relationships and delivers customer-centric solutions.

Decision quality - Make good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.

Instill trust - Gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.


  • Experience in Linux Administration including Bash/shell scripting

  • Experience administering services on AWS (RDS, VPC, RedShift, EMR, CloudWatch, Cloud Formation)

  • Cloud application deployment and monitoring

  • Ability to use a wide variety of open source technologies and cloud services

  • Experience with Event Driven and event sourced architectures leveraging microservices

  • Experience designing/developing robust API’s for mission critical, high volume systems. (RESTful, GraphQL)

  • Experience working in financial services industry, compliance regulated environment

  • Proven ability to learn new technologies quickly

What You'll Get at Sallie Mae:

  • Comprehensive Compensation and Healthcare Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision plans)

  • Financial Well-being : 401(k) company match, employee stock purchase plan, and basic life insurance and short-term disability are provided to employees at no cost

  • Work/Life Balance : Paid time off, time off to volunteer, and tuition reimbursement. In addition, after 6 months of employment, primary caregivers receive 12 weeks of 100% fully paid time off and secondary caregivers are eligible for 4 weeks of 100% fully paid time off, for birth or adoption

  • Wellness : Fitness centers/gym subsidies, free Fitbits with step challenges, and wellness education

Sallie Mae is proud to be an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, gender identity, disability, Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant, please click here. EEO is the Law Supplement. Click here to view the U.S. Pay Transparency Policy.