Software Developer - Innovation

4 months ago
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Information Technology


The Innovation Hub and is seeking an entrepreneurial and innovative technologist with a mindset that designs and develops new software tools to create new solutions.  The developer will participate in the intake process of new ideas from within and outside the company as well as the evaluation, screening, and validation of these concepts.  The developer will then be responsible for UI/UXdesign, creating and designing a minimum viable product to pilot/test on select customers.  The goal will be to develop an MVP of the product as efficiently as possible to ascertain its viability, value, scalability and sustainability.  The development may be done on a variety of platforms and will involve prototyping ideas on multiple mediums – in other words use the right tools for the right job.

This position will be integral in developing new products and services created by the Innovation Hub to solve customer challenges and generate new earnings streams.  The position will be critical for idea evaluation and build-out, and pivots made before, during, and after launch with modifications being made with the customer as the focal point.  This position will be converting an idea to create solutions for further analysis, refinement, and customer buy-in.


  1. Assist in the ideation, collaboration, development, and screening of newly proposed solutions. Participate in solution design to satisfy a wide range of customers and ideas.
  2. Participate in the collaboration and refinement process of an idea – done internally and externally to the company.
  3. Perform analysis and translation of business requirements into technical requirements for development and creation of design documents and technical specifications.
  4. Keep abreast of advancements and changes in technology and develop an understanding of how new technologies can be leveraged into new business solutions.
  5. Develop a minimum viable product to drive a go/no-go decision prior to launch. Quick development and design are critical in providing a proof-of-concept.
  6. Assist in creating the test/pilot and presentation associated with a concept up to its launch. Developer will be relied upon to communicate the design internally and externally using appropriate media and fidelity.
  7. Be comfortable problem solving with differing perspectives, confident and effective in communicating new ideas, and fully committed to the successful launch of new ideas. Must have a passion to seek solutions in a transparent manner with external colleagues/customers, internal project teams, and senior executive management.



Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and/or commensurate experience



5+ years experience in software development & an ability to develop early-stage solutions in multiple platforms.  Ability to think creatively, network internally and externally, and communicate effectively are a must.  Experience conducting interactive design, UI/UX design, and prototyping.



  1. Proficient & confident communication skills: effectively communicates with and engages all levels of the organization from peers to senior management to customers both verbally and in writing.
  2. Committed to probing for challenges and identifying proposed solutions in a collaborative, agile environment. Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively in team-based project teams to achieve common goals.
  3. Outside-the-box thinker, passionate about problem-solving, and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit.
  4. Ability to maintain the highest level of accountability, confidentiality, ethics and integrity and to share information with resources appropriately
  5. High standards for productivity with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple competing task and demands. Utilization of effective organization and prioritization skills to complete assignments within established time frames.
  6. Ability to make decisions quickly, take risks, act in times of uncertainty, think creatively, and bounce back from failure.
  7. Strong knowledge and experience in an agile and iterative approach to software development.
  8. Strong relationship database knowledge. Ability to quickly learn new technologies and business functions.
  9. Working knowledge of the network and/or server infrastructure required to host an application on various platforms.
  10. Expertise with various cloud hosting options: AWS, Azure and On-Premise
  11. Experience with the following platforms: Microsoft .NET Framework, C#, VB, WCF and Mircosoft SQL Server.
  12. Well-versed in the following web technologies: HTML5 / HTML / CSS, Responsive Web Design, Knockout.js, Backbone.js, Bootstrap, Angular.JS, Electron and WPF.
  13. Expertise of developing a wide-range of applications includes: Embedded Systems, Desktop Applications, Mobile Device Sensor Analysis & Integration and Mobile App Development

EEO Statement

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Talent Acquisition & Recruiting.

Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.


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