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Principal Developer Platform Architect in San Jose, California, United States of America at PayPal

Date Posted: 12/22/2021

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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.

Developer Platforms and Experience (DPX) is the team that powers PayPal’s business. We deliver scalable, efficient and highly reliable infrastructure and services platforms in a hybrid cloud environment to our developer community. As a Principle Platform Architect in DPX you will lead initiatives to deploy world class capabilities that will enable our developers to release high quality software to our Customers across all of our brands as quickly as possible.

About the role:
In this newly-formed role you will be responsible for overseeing the technical strategy, designs, and tech-debt roadmaps for the software applications making up a PayPal platform, reporting directly to the Vice President/Sr Director responsible for the platform. You will also co-ordinate the activities of the lead design engineers associated with the platform. You will be responsible
for defining the technical strategy for the platform as a whole, working with engineering leaders and product stakeholders.

As a member of the platform engineering delivery team, you will be an architect with “skin in the game” of practical delivery who also judiciously balances long-term design with near-term delivery pressure. You also will be expected to ensure your platforms’ adherence to enterprise architecture standards and to bring modern coding methodologies and best practices to the platforms’ engineering teams.

You will participate as a member of the extended Enterprise Architecture Council and have a dotted line reporting relationship to your platform’s Group Platform Architect. Regular interaction with Enterprise Architecture community is an important part of the role, and you will be a key contributor to the enterprise architecture standards, as well as communicating those standards to the platform architects and engineering leaders.

The ideal candidate will have a deep technology background, years of hands-on software development experience and strong platform thinking. You must be passionate about solving hard technical problems at scale and must have an ability to collaborate with many teams and stakeholders to move the big rocks forward. This role will partner at scale with stakeholders across the enterprise, lead hundreds of others through influence and provide guidance in executing tech platform consolidation, convergence and reengineering. Finally, the ideal
candidate must have a proven record of leading efforts to solve large, complex problems while setting a compelling vision to gather support from all stakeholders, navigating competing technical and product requirements and balancing both immediate tactical needs and long-term success.

•Work with engineering leadership and engineers across multiple teams to identify technical improvements and efficiencies that will advance and simplify our technology stack and engineering practices
•Work with the Chief Enterprise Architect, other Group and Platform Architects across the company to develop, enhance, and publicize core enterprise architectural standards and best practices

Skillset and requirements:
•Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering/Computer Science or related field (or equivalent experience) and 15+ years or PhD with 10 years

•Experience in enabling existing and emerging web and mobile technology frameworks, SDLC tool chain support for full stack and back end development, & knowledge of GraphQL, CDN workflow solutions
•Track record leading, developing, and delivering significant, complex software projects within complex organizations
•Strong technical background and an expert in many tech stacks (mobile, web, backend, node)

•Expertise in designing and delivering large scale distributed systems
•Experience designing and building cloud native applications on public clouds (ideally GCP and AWS)
•Experience with high-performance data storage tiers, relational and No-SQL
•Demonstrable in-depth experience with Java, node.js
•Experience in software release lifecycle with modern distributed version control (e.g. git)
•Experience working in an Agile environment, including Extreme Programming practices like Iterative Development, Continuous Integration (and Deployment) and Test-Driven Development
•Great analytical and problem-solving skills
•Strong influencer and strong communicator, both written and spoken

•Approach problems with humility, rigor, and decisiveness
•Demonstrate a high emotional quotient and empathy, with ability to build trust and create psychological safety while tackling tough problems and navigating conflicts
•Identify and solicit input from all stakeholders, balancing competing needs and distilling a coherent strategy
•Lead by meeting people where they are at and building bridges to where you need them to go
•Emphasize iterative progress, risk management, and delivering value
•Leave the campsite cleaner and people stronger

For more than 20 years, PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 400 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways. 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 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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