Director, Software Engineering in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/1/2018

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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 237 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.

PayPal is looking for a thought leader in software development to lead various engineering teams focused on expanding PayPal’s internationalization framework and enhancing PayPal’s internally Email Content Authoring Tool (eCAT). eCAT is used to author the templates for the 10 billion notifications per year.

PayPal’s Global internationalization framework, or “Griffin”, is an extensive set of objects, libraries and metadata that is used throughout PayPal to normalize, validate, and format data used to describe people, organizations, and transactions: names, postal address, dates, time, timezones, currencies, etc.  The libraries are available in Java, Node, and a configurable small footprint for JavaScript client code. Standard object schemas, created in consideration of industry best practices, and established web and international standards are used for all PayPal API development and transport of personal and transaction information. Griffin’s validation API is a core component of PayPal’s compliance and risk policy used in new user onboarding and risk analysis to weed out invalid names and addresses as required by our regulators.  The normalization and format APIs are used in virtually every product and provide a standard mechanism and design framework for developers and designers

As we embark on a plan to standardize and modernize PayPal to enable and create world-ready products, we are developing web services based on Griffin. A metadata service to provide validation and format templates for automatic UI generators, 3rd party developers, and key external partners. A validation service to enable products to utilize the built-in validators in Griffin as well as more heavy-weight statistics-based name validations.

As an extension to Griffin, we are developing React JS widgets to provide standard UI components for onboarding scenarios, repository scanners to highlight proper and improper integration of Griffin into product code lines, and extending our reference application used by product owners, designers, L10n QA, and others throughout the company.

The i18n infrastructure team is a heavy user and contributor to the open source community.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in hiring, building and retaining top talent, establishing scalable and sustainable architecture, collaborate on the vision & strategy by partnering closely with the product, design and PMO organizations.



  • Hire, develop and retain top talent and be responsible for the overall talent strategy and structure of the org.
  • Provide thought leadership to the broad org around world-ready architecture and code.
  • Guide decisions on architecture and technical strategy.
  • Manage competing priorities, bring predictability to the team’s overall performance and delivery.
  • Take full accountability for quality, innovation and timely execution finding appropriate balance and pushing the envelope on all three dimensions.
  • Build a strong management layer to ensure solid bench and appropriate support for the rest of the team members.
  • Be a critical and active member of the overall merchant engagement leadership team.


  • BS Computer Science or related technical discipline or its equivalent
  • 10+ Years of development experience
  • Web development experience across multiple stacks ideally either Node or Java or C++ being one of them.
  • 4+ Years managing software development teams
  • Demonstrated ability to hire, develop and retain top technical talent
  • Experience working in a large matrix org collaborating with partners to co-own products
  • Experience building high volume customer facing applications at scale
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluent in good architecture design
  • Passion for easily readable code and interest in getting close to the code
  • Firm grasp of fundamental data structures and algorithms

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.



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