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Staff Software Engineer in Austin, Texas, United States of America at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/3/2022

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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.

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 PayPal Checkout and Beyond Engineering Team builds the technology that powers PayPal’s core payment products. Our software enables the highest payment volume and fastest growing revenue area for the company.

As a senior member of this team, you'll define the technical vision and architecture of our services and web applications. You will execute upon and guide the team towards that vision. You will focus on optimizing for performance, engineering efficiency, and scalability and will be responsible for all aspects of the software development lifecycle. This is an opportunity to develop products that delight millions of consumers each day with high impact to PayPal, our merchants, and their customers.

We’re looking for strong Java skills and solid real-world experience designing and building systems at scale. We want candidates with a vision for how to empower customers by building delightful experiences. You should be familiar with the latest tools & practices popular in the development community. We hope you’re passionate about these tools and can help us make decisions about which ones will work best for PayPal. We’re looking for leaders to help move the company forward. Experience managing or contributing to open-source projects would come in handy, so would any kind of high-profile work with many contributors & customers. People will look up to you on this team, so experience in mentoring and teaching team members would be helpful.

We adopt a rapid iteration, lean startup, and rapid experimentation approach. It’s a fast-paced, innovative environment, and we love our work and take pride in it. Communication is key to our process, and we don't want to hinder it with walls. Collaboration is key – since we work with multiple stakeholders and teams. We have no QA department – developers test, release and monitor their own code. We keep in sync with daily stand-ups and have regular retrospectives to discuss things that are going well and opportunities for improvement. We value unique perspectives brought by diverse backgrounds and experiences. A broad range of ideas and perspectives help us to create the best-in-class product.

About You:

You will be instrumental in helping scope out both the near-term as well as the next generation of our platform and craft solutions capable of delivering a billion transactions a day. We’d like to know that you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy driving innovation through rapid prototyping and iterative development.

What You’ll Do:

  • Architect solutions and execute with hands-on prototyping, development, and testing

  • Deliver code in an Agile software development

  • Participate in development life cycle activities like design, coding, testing and release

  • Partner with product, design, analytics and dependencies to craft great product experiences

  • Promote architectural initiatives, balancing long-term velocity with customer needs

  • Mentor teammates and collaborate with other teams to deliver best in class product

  • Follow and be a strong advocate for clean code principles

  • Drive innovation through rapid prototyping and iterative development

What we are looking for:

  • Minimum 6 years of experience delivering enterprise class applications, with at least 3 recent years working in Java

  • Experience building API services with popular frameworks and standards (Spring, REST)

  • Solid understanding of object-oriented design and programming concepts, core Java concepts, and multithreaded programming. Able to navigate full stack development easily.

  • Experience working with large scale applications, production rollouts, monitoring and debugging live issues

  • Experience with test automation: TDD, unit/integration/functional testing

  • Have a passion for quality and writing clean, solid, readable code that scales and performs well

  • Strong desire to learn, push the envelope, and share knowledge with others

  • Strong debugging and problem-solving skills across the whole tech stack - language, databases, web servers and system environment

  • Proven interpersonal communication skills

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. 

Our Benefits:

At PayPal, we’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can’t do this without our most important asset—you. That’s why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.

We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit

Who We Are:

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PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit

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

As part of PayPal’s commitment to employees’ health and safety, we have established in-office Covid-19 protocols and requirements, based on expert guidance. Depending on location, this might include a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for any employee whose role requires them to work onsite. Employees may request reasonable accommodation based on a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.



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