Architect in Development, Data Pods in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 11/26/2019

Job Snapshot

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 286 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.

Business Title: Architect in Development - Data, Enablement Pods Hiring Manager: Varun Kumar, Director, Global Marketing Operations Transformation & Enablement

Business Context:

Today, PayPal is operating in a more dynamic market, with more capable competitors than ever before. To meet our ambitions for democratizing access to the digital economy and financial services, we need to play our very best game. That’s why PayPal is transforming its business to be more customer centric and global in mindset to solve customer problems. Alongside Sales and Product functions, the Marketing function will be central to this transformation. Its ambition is to create and embed a bold new operating model that will position PayPal to compete and win in the market. It will empower marketers on the frontline and our Marketing function more broadly with the knowledge, skills, platforms and capabilities to do exceptional work.

The Team – Global Marketing Operations Transformation & Enablement:

Historically, all Regions (NA, EMEA, APAC) have run separate Marketing functions and have had different operational set ups. As part of the Global Marketing transformation program, all regional teams have been consolidated in to one and the new Global Marketing Operations Transformation & Enablement team has been established. The Global Marketing Ops Transformation & Enablement team are tasked with designing and driving this bold new operating model, establishing a blueprint for the future where people, process and technology come together as one. Creating new ways of working that elevate our ability to deliver our marketing plans and innovate continuously. The team are very well regarded, highly skilled and innovative with over 220 full time and agency support staff building our organization structure, process and technology for change. For you to succeed on this team it is important for you to be comfortable working with a high degree of autonomy, to continuously learn and have a curious mindset, to understand and help drive a DevOps Culture, to be proactive, collaborative and to have a sense of humor.

Location: San Jose

Travel: Main destinations will include San Jose (Global HQ) & Global Hubs: New York, London, Singapore.

Job Description, T-Profile:

Depth Type: Deep

  • Deep expertise on Data Architecture and Tools - UNICA, Notebooks, Bigdata / Hadoop Ecosystem (Spark, Hive, HDFS, HBase, Elastic, Kafka, Presto etc)
  • Big data Architecture patterns

Breadth Type: Narrow

  • Technology Architecture and Development
  • Digital Marketing domain
  • Good knowledge of Architecture patters for Security, Data and Applications.

What will your week look like?

You are participating in the Scrum Ceremonies of the team and are dearly missed if you cannot attend. Everyone loves interacting with you. The team trusts, that with you around, no technical and architectural barriers exist. Week after week you are enabling any and every marketing use cases with rapid Proof of Concepts, coding away user stories and features, orchestration across PYPL technical ecosystem and if required breaking the architecture. You are a star firefighter who after winning the fight always come back to refactoring the architecture and code base to keep it healthy. Even with all this happening around you, you are finding time to read and learn more about emerging technologies.

Skills to be used: Deep knowledge of the data tools in the PYPL ecosystem. The ubiquitous language used to articulate business or technical problems to drive knowledge acquisition for the team. Big data and backend engineering.

What will your quarter look like?

You have identified parts of the architecture which need to be refactored and you are getting your hands dirty with refactoring while partnering across PYPL organization. You are defining the to-be state continuously and moving towards it. With quarterly cadence you are consolidating and refactoring features which were delivered in the quarter with focus on user and developer experience trumping functionality.  You are reviewing and contributing to help groom the backlogs of other technology and marketing teams. You are making other teams successful. Your coding skills are exemplary. You are also collaborating and contributing to the continuous improvement and evolution of PYPL Bigdata ecosystem by partnering across teams. You are reviewing key metrics, learning from mistakes and scaling up successful tests.

Skills to be used: Coding best practices, Architecture patterns. Communication and soft skills. Data refactoring and design patterns.

What will your year look like?

You are grooming everyone around you and distributing your specialist knowledge and experience. You are aware of PYPL cloud strategy and are ready to adapt to Google cloud platform. You are aligned and aware of the enterprise wide architecture vision. All effort in pivoting and improving data reference architecture and data flows can be celebrated now as data dependent business cases are getting delivered at faster speed with quality. Infosec and compliance are most happy as security and governance is built in our data fabric.

You with other architects have a senses of responsibility and pride on (1) Data Technical architecture - strategy for technology throughout the organisation (2) Data Solutions architecture- guidance, strategy and methods for better generating technical solutions across the organisation and (3) Governance- information security, standards and compliance with central architectural biases

Skills to be used: Marketing Domain and PYPL Enterprise Architecture understanding. Collaboration and team management. Continuous learning

Education & Experience required:

  • Technology degree Education and Technology certifications.
  • Multiple year, Data architecture project experience in Agile environments, working in Product and Platform thinking teams.
  • Essential experience in managing multiple small/medium workstreams in parallel. 
  • Digital marketing experiences a big plus

Key Stakeholders & Relationships:

  • Core Technology Engineering teams in Product and Engineering orgs
  • Global Go To Market & Global Marketing, Growth, Channel Planners,, Creative Lab
  • Offshore Dev Teams, Campaign Delivery Experts, Process Design Devs, Enablement Pods
  • Agencies & Partners: Multiple

PayPal Behaviours:

  • Deliver Stand out Results – develops decisive strategies that deliver tangible results
  • Execute Well – focuses the business area on strategic priorities; operates clear, simple systems
  • Compete to Win – identifies consumer and competitor focussed business opportunities
  • Innovate – leads effectively in a dynamic, fast-changing environment; challenges convention
  • Enable and Grow Talent – builds capability and a succession pipeline
  • Lead Completely – contributes to the business leadership agenda; sets business area vision
  • Navigate the Matrix – organisational awareness, engages widely with peers and seniors across PayPal

What we offer?

  • Be a part of a dynamic company helping shape the commece landscape
  • Concrete experience with strategic thinking and on-the-ground drive and execution
  • Future career opportunities with international exposure via PayPal’s network of global locations
  • A supportive environment that allows our employees to thrive and learn


From the moment that you join our team we aspire to make your employment experience an outstanding and engaging one. We are passionate and proud of our company. It is this vigor and attitude that helps us execute well, every day. If you are enthusiastic and thrive in a collaborative and friendly environment then we invite you to learn more, explore opportunities, and discover a place for you.

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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