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Senior Network Engineer in Austin, Texas, United States of America at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/6/2022

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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.

About Us: 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. Every time you pay through an app, check out online, or send money to friends or family, you’re probably using one of our products. It sounds complex (and it is), but we make it so simple you can’t tell we’re there. Our focus is teaming with smart engineers who are passionate about their craft and excited to build unique solutions in the space. • We solve world-scale problems and provide opportunities to match. • We build what we love, and we own what we build. We take great care to build the best products and we ensure its quality by running it ourselves in production. • Communication is key to our process, and we don't want to hinder it with walls. We work in pairs, which means you always have another set of eyes to help you. • 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 value unique perspectives brought by diverse backgrounds and experiences. A broad range of ideas and perspectives help us to create the best possible product. • 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 Role:

As a Senior Network Engineer on the Braintree Platform, you will be responsible for architecting, deploying, and supporting the networks that fuel our next generation payments platform. You will be constantly collaborating with our customers, tech leadership and your peers, learning and teaching new ways of making our datacenter, backbone, and partner processing networks even more resilient, robust, and scalable. 

What You’ll Do

  • Design and build the datacenter, backbone, and cloud networks that run the Braintree Platform
  • Create and innovate brand-new, and next generation cloud native connectivity methods in AWS and GCP
  • Support & scale our on-premises datacenter operations through route/switch refresh/redesign
  • Deploy connectivity with payment partners via VPN, MPLS, and BGP around the globe
  • Operate and automate our world-wide networks spanning multiple datacenters, cloud regions, and backbone points of presence across multiple continents
  • Partner with our customers (product engineering teams) on their products design, development, and capacity planning to ensure Braintree continues to scale and maximize availability.
  • Brainstorm and implement ways of reducing tech debt, automate repeated manual tasks and improve team productivity.
  • Ensure sufficient logging, monitoring and alerting strategies around availability, latency, and overall system health.
  • Scale systems sustainably through automation and evolve systems by pushing for changes that improve reliability and velocity.
  • Be part of incident reviews and blameless post-mortems.
  • Mentor other members of the organization through their career journey at Braintree.

What We’re Looking For

  • Networking and infrastructure background with ability to analyze and improve existing architecture.
  • Expertise building solutions both on premise and in the Cloud (Ideally AWS)
  • Expertise with Unix/Linux operating systems internals and administration.
  • Established experience with monitoring/logging tools and best practices.
  • Established ability to diagnose technical problems, debug code, and automate routine tasks.
  • Experience in one or more of the following: Java, Ruby, Golang, or shell scripting.
  • Experience with orchestration tools (Ansible, Puppet, Terraform, etc.).
  • Experience with modern distributed version control (e.g. git).
  • Ability to support a 24/7/365 always available production grade service.
  • Patience and fortitude to work complex issues in production systems
  • Great analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and spoken.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ Years Experience in Large-Scale Production Environments
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent Experience
  • Industry Technical Certification (Cisco, Juniper, Amazon Web Services, or Google Cloud)

Within 1 month, you will:

  • Develop and deploy changes to our production systems.
  • Interact with our production networks and production changes
  • Collaborate regularly with your fellow engineers, fellow developers, and manager to deliver value to our users.
  • Log into our Linux servers and monitor the status of our services.
  • Get regular team feedback on your progress through reviews.

Within 3 months, you will:

  • Focus on quality with meaningful test coverage and operability.
  • Contribute to our Agile culture of continuous improvement through retrospective meetings and experimentation-oriented thinking.
  • Work with your team to create and prioritize quarterly roadmap goals.
  • Build connections with members from other teams through guild projects.
  • Participate in technical design meetings with your teammates to walk through new feature ideas.
  • Be the first line of defense against product outages while on support duty.
  • Maintain and build upon systems that handle hundreds of thousands of transactions a day.
  • Begin participating in on-call support rotations

Within 6 months, you will:

  • Contribute significantly to a major datacenter refresh initiative
  • Contribute significantly to a major AWS Cloud initiative
  • Integrate and use monitoring and alerting tools to know about problems before our users.
  • Participate in our teams’ blameless postmortem exercises following any incidents
  • Be “point person” on a project, including writing design documents, coordinating dependencies, and acting as domain owner.
  • Build your engineering skills by attending in-house presentations, workshops, and training sessions.
  • Partner with the team to improve your team’s ability to deliver reliable, highly available services.

Within 12 months, you will:

  • Form a career growth plan with your manager and work towards it.
  • Lead technical architecture meetings.
  • Identify technical debt and performance bottlenecks within our systems, come up with a plan to improve, and get it pushed to production.
  • Build connections with members from other teams through active networking and community building.
  • Have opportunities to contribute to in-house technical presentations and workshops that share your expertise with large groups of PayPal developers.
  • Surprise us! Use your unique ideas and abilities to change your team in beneficial ways that we haven’t even considered yet.

Of course, what is outlined above is the ideal timeline, but things may shift based on business needs and the discretion of your manager.

Whenever possible, we want to provide our team with the flexibility to work in the location that makes the most sense for them. For those that prefer an office setting, this role may be based in our Chicago, Austin, or Scottsdale locations. If you prefer to work from your home, we can accommodate that for many locations across the United States.

We know the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates. Please don’t hesitate to apply. You can also check out our FAQ!

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.