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Architect in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 11/23/2020

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 305 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

The Consumer Financial Services team is seeking a senior architect to oversee the development of high-profile, innovative consumer products that help bring financial freedom and support to the underserved. You'll design complex distributed systems, help plan development projects, guide implementation, articulate the technology vision, and collaborate with product owners, platform teams, and external partners.


  • Design, understand, and articulate the end-to-end functioning of sophisticated distributed systems involving multi-platform user experiences, core domain services, internal common platforms and integrations with partnerships.
  • Document and articulate the technology vision for a suite of related products through diagrams, presentations, and informal information sharing
  • Partner with Product, Engineering, Program Management, Operations and other stakeholders to successfully launch and maintain complex products
  • Innovate through architecture, API design, and data modeling to create systems that scale with increasing volume, partnerships, tenants, features, and global offerings.
  • Advocate for the technical needs of the product while supporting the goals of the teams and technology on which it depends
  • Assess existing code assets, and review API designs and pull requests for correctness, strategy, and non-functional requirements such as security, scalability, and reliability
  • Learn and apply internal platforms for capabilities such as account information, payments, personalization, communication, and machine learning
  • Learn and apply company-wide standards, best practices, and technology stacks to guide the team
  • Serve the engineering team through mentoring, guidance, research, and removing blockers

Minimum Qualifications

  • 10+ years of software engineering experience
  • Experience implementing event- or message-driven distributed architectures and scheduled jobs
  • Experience planning and shipping complex software releases in an agile software development lifecycle
  • Leadership skills; experience providing mentoring and support to engineers
  • Communication skills in verbal, written, and presentation settings with a range of audiences both business and technical, individual  contributor and leadership
  • Familiarity with SQL, data modeling, and applications of RDBMS
  • Maturity in RESTful API design, familiarity with other API paradigms
  • Familiarity with Java and Java application architectures

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarity with GraphQL
  • Familiarity with JavaScript and Node.js application architectures
  • Familiarity with Kafka, ElasticSearch, and caching approaches
  • Awareness of native application architectures and technology
  • Experience in FinTech, financial products, payment processing
  • Familiarity with Enterprise Integration Patterns
  • Experience designing systems that are observable from the perspectives of business analytics as well as DevOps
  • Awareness of and experience addressing technical considerations for global offerings including internationalization (i18n), local product differences, and multi-environment solutions
  • Awareness of considerations in establishing multi-tenant platforms

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at



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