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Staff Software Engineer 2, Payments in Chicago at PayPal

Date Posted: 7/2/2021

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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 392 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.

Engineering at Venmo At Venmo, we are creating a product that people love. We strive to create a delightful user experience while connecting the world and empowering people through payments. We are looking for intellectually curious people who want to be inspired and inspire others to change the world. Engineering is a craft, and at Venmo we want the internals of our software to be as elegant as the end user experience we are designing. We spend our days scaling our payment backend services and building new features to meet and exceed our user’s needs and wants. We teach and learn from one another and push each other to be at our creative and analytical best. We work to push our technology forward with respect to functionality, performance, reliability and scalability.

Job Description 

As a Sr. Staff software engineer for Venmo Payments Engineering you will act as a Tech lead and subject matter expert for the Payments Platform Engineering team. You will have the opportunity to work on one of the biggest payments platform that caters to 60 million active users and had a transaction volume of 159 billion dollars in 2020 alone. And we have a YoY growth rate of 60%. Given all these fun challenges, we are a fast-paced organization going through rapid growth that is solving technical challenges at exponential scale. As an organization, we have a strong culture of committing to goals and delivering on timelines. 

We are looking for technologists with the highest levels of technical talent, programming, communication skills with a keen desire to deeply understand our product.  

Things you'll do as Sr. Staff Software Engineer at Venmo: 

  • Lead engineering effort(s) and takes ownership of multiple larger project features, modules, or services. 

  • Provides technical leadership for a team with limited guidance from management or senior teammates. 

  • Design, estimate and implement new and refactored software services on the platform securely, reliably and at scale. Take ownership for quality of design and implementation of software components 

  • Deliver high quality code on time and follow our SDLC process 

  • Have an appetite to learn and contribute to complex projects alongside your colleagues  

  • Participate in code reviews  

  • Interact with various non-engineering teams such as product, support, finance operations, compliance and legal. 

  • Follow engineering best practices as well as propose new ones 

  • Break down monolithic backend systems down to distributed scalable, resilient services/systems. 

  • Scale our distributed services architecture to support growth while maintaining performance and reliability 

  • Collaborate with other engineers in software design and development best practices to significantly drive faster iteration and experimentation 

  • Strong, active advocacy for technical standards and quality across PayPal, Inc. 

  • Interface with the product and other functional teams and their leadership to deliver new features and services against the product roadmap. 


What we are looking for: 

  • Bachelors and/or Masters in computer science, or a related field of study, or equivalent experience 

  • 8+ yrs experience Java, Python or equivalent high-level programming language 

  • Advanced skills with RDBMS and NoSQL data stores, caching solutions (e.g. Redis,ElastiCache, Hazelcast) and messaging/queuing protocols/systems such as SQS/Kafka/RabbitMQ/Pulsar 

  • Ability to lead projects and mentor all levels of engineering staff, along with managing relationships with Product, Engineering Operations and non-technical business and support teams 

  • Expert with distributed services and backend systems 

  • Expertise with building services on public cloud – AWS, GCP, Azure 

  • Experience in architecting and developing fault-tolerant and scalable distributed services and systems  

  • Strong application security consciousness  

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to understand and explain technical issues to a non-technical audience 

  • A strong collaborator, who is excited about teaching and learning from the team 

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to understand and explain technical issues to a non-technical audience 

  • Being collaborative, willingness to learn and share/teach the team 


Preferred Skills: 

  • Experience in payments processing or payments domain 

  • Expertise in enterprise systems integration. 

We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates. If you care about delivering great technical products with a willingness to learn and help, Please don't hesitate to apply. 

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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