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MTS 1, Software Engineer in Chicago at PayPal

Date Posted: 10/18/2021

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Job Description

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives. We’re a purpose-driven company, and our beliefs are the foundation of how we conduct business every day. We’re guided by our core values of Inclusion, Innovation, Collaboration, and Wellness. Collectively, these values inspire us to work together as One Team with our customers at the center of everything we do, and to take care of ourselves, each other, and the communities in which we live and work. We challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. Join us as we enable the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of millions of people around the world.

The Braintree Custom Actions Team is looking for a Staff Software Engineer to help us design, develop, and maintain the services merchants use to extend, expand, and customize Braintree’s built-in offerings. Running on Amazon Web Services, the Custom Actions platform allows merchants to add new payment methods not currently supported by Braintree, send transaction data to external accounting systems, run fraud tools from third party vendors, and develop custom workflows unique to their business. As a Staff Software Engineer on the Custom Actions Team, you will work on planning, designing, building, and maintaining the capabilities of our core Custom Actions platform. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work with teams across PayPal as well as external providers to integrate new services with our platform.

Braintree lets you move money from one place to another safely and securely. Every time you pay for an Uber ride, book a stay through Airbnb, or pay with PayPal when you check out online, you’re using our product. It sounds complex (and it is), but we make it so simple you can’t tell we’re there.

We solve world-scale problems and provide opportunities to match. We build diverse teams that recognize our strengths and allow us to work on our weaknesses. You bring skills and a relentless focus on the customer, and we'll provide the support you need to do the best work of your life.

The Engineering Team:

Our focus is teaming with smart engineers who are passionate about their craft and excited to build software for our unique solutions in the space.

At Braintree, developers have the chance to work on various teams and stacks; we believe in using the best tools for the job. For example, we’ve written core serviced in Ruby, data platforms in Clojure, and payment gateways in Java. The Custom Actions Team specifically works with TypeScript and Node.js to build serverless applications using AWS Lambda.

Here’s more:

  • Communication is key to our process, and we don't want to hinder it with walls. We are remote friendly and many teams program in pairs, which means you always have another set of eyes to help you, even if you are in a different time zone.

  • We practice test-driven development and believe that it helps us deliver simple solutions focused on real customer needs. We have no QA department – developers test, release and monitor their own code.

  • We keep the team in sync with daily stand-ups and have regular retrospectives to discuss things that are going well and opportunities for improvements. We also hold weekly engineering deep-dive sessions with open agendas to talk about anything that is on the teams’ mind.

  • We value unique perspectives brought by diverse backgrounds and experiences. A broad range of ideas and perspectives help us to create the best possible product. 

What we look for in you:

  • 7+ years experience building software or web applications with object oriented or functional programming languages. Doesn’t matter what language, just a focus on writing clean, well designed and scalable code.

  • Ability and desire to work in our collaborative environment: open team interactions, pair programming and fluid interactions with all products and operations teams

  • Interest in TDD and specific experiences using a test heavy approach to solve problems and create solutions.

  • Focus on building solutions utilizing an agile approach: close relationships with Product Managers, communicating and digesting real time feedback, and working smart to build story cards on daily basis.

  • Experience designing, building, and operating applications in the cloud.

Bonus Abilities:

  • Experience with serverless architectures.

  • Experience with Node.js and TypeScript.

  • Experience with Kubernetes and/or running container workloads.

  • Have supported large services in production.

  • Experience with Java/JVM technologies.

  • Experience with AWS infra and infrastructure-as-code (Terraform, CDK).


  • Open dev days: every two weeks we spend a day working on projects that interest us and help us expand our skills and knowledge

  • Participation in the technology community: we help cover travel and attendance costs for conferences, and we offer opportunities and tools for speaking.

  • Check out our Careers page for more company perks.

For more than 20 years, PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 400 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways. 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.

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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