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Director of Cryptography Engineering in Austin at PayPal

Date Posted: 2/14/2021

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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 375 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.

As a leader in PayPal’s Enterprise Cyber Security (ECS) team, you will have an impact on PayPal building innovative security products to push the boundaries of technology and security. You will work in partnership with other Technology and Product Management leadership to ensure our teammates are well supported and unobstructed in pursuit of their goals. You will be a leading voice of your domain and resourceful to stakeholders throughout the organization. With your direction your team will solve important problems regarding information security and cryptography as a service. You will mentor lead engineers and engineering managers to cultivate an environment where the delivery teams are inspired to do their best work and support implemented key management systems and Host Security Modules (HSM). This team provides critical encryption and certificate services to PayPal’s global services and infrastructure. The team is also expected to provide consultative expertise for implemented transaction processing/routing, cybersecurity, compliance, PKI, digital certificates, and encryption as well as assessing implications for clients.

•       Manage a high performing team of Engineers in the Cryptography arm of the Enterprise Cyber Security Product Development organization 

•       Build, grow, and retain an excellent engineering team to innovate, invent, and deploy best-in-class software. Develop and grow this talent through effective mentoring and coaching 

•       Assure the availability, scalability, and performance of application software your team delivers 

•       Provide technical leadership: articulate high-level technical strategy, encourage technical discussions, establish unified principles for software development, and facilitate code reviews to drive the shipping of quality code into production and other development efforts 

•       Partners closely with Product and Architect counterparts to align on vision, ensure teams are appropriately skilled and mapped to achieve that vision, and then deliver on that vision 

•       Define goals, OKRs, KPIs, SLAs and drive continuous improvements in velocity, quality and issue management 

•       Participate in driving vulnerability management strategies and standards that support enterprise security. 

•       Coordinate internal / external industry audits in collaboration with PayPal internal teams and recommend changes needed for industry compliance 

•       Provide Asymmetric and symmetric encryption subject matter expertise in Applied Cryptography Audits 

Who you are: 

Along with having a tremendous passion for security, you are someone who helps develop talent and recognizes gaps and/or needs for the organization. You have in-depth experience in and thrive on collaborating across functions and are capable of building a compelling vision others are motivated to follow and execute on. You are willing to challenge the status quo, find inefficiencies in systems and fix them, but also have the ability to balance your point of view with different perspectives to push for the best company outcome. 

The ideal candidate must have both a strong technical background and strong leadership skills. 


•       3+ years of experience directly managing Engineering Managers 

•       3+ years of Agile, scrum, SAFE delivery experience 

•       3+ years managing a software development team experience in an engineering leadership position at a technology company 

•       4+ years building security products, with a preference for cryptography emphasis 

•       10+ years Software Development experience 

•       5-10 years of work experience in Cybersecurity operations supporting highly complex clients or services 

•       Demonstrated ability to manage global teams and build and maintain strong business relationships with internal and external stakeholders 

•       Proven track record leading core engineering functions: code reviews, design proposals, code style/structure, contribution guidelines, release conventions, testing strategy 

•       Experience in large-scale software development in one or more programming language 

•       Experience with distributed architectures, service-oriented architectures, and/or microservices 

•       Advanced understanding of software design patterns: object oriented, functional, reactive, data-intensive, scalability, availability principles 

•       Experience driving adoption of software development best practices (continuous deployment, devops, full-stack engineering, micro-service architecture, etc.). 

•       Well-developed ability to attract, mentor, motivate, retain and develop talent 

Nice to Have: 

•       Experience in developing cutting-edge technology in the Payments, Money Movement space 

•       Knowledge of full breadth of systems, products and services required for mature cryptography implementations and services, in depth knowledge of CA/Browser and Industry PKI Trusted Root requirements and industry compliance requirements 

•       Proven track record in designing and implementing latest security trends and products including Cloud based key management, use of advanced cryptography like ECC, certificates 

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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