Principal Payments Architect in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 8/8/2018

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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 244 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.

The PayPal Core Payments organization is looking for an exceptional Principal Architect. We are looking for a passionate and skilled architect to design high performance, low latency and scalable Payments systems. Strong technical capability, commitment, common sense, passion for delivering high quality products, intellect, and great people skills are at the top of what we’re looking for. Serving as a technology thought leader, you should have a track record for promoting innovation and delivering and supporting software in stringent 24x7 environments, especially for large web operation. And you should be results and customer focused – because great business results is what PayPal and this team are about.


  • Communicate and negotiate with cross-functional teams of Product Development, Product Management, Business Development, Engineering, Quality, Release, and Operations.
  • Partner with business and product leaders and other engineering leaders across PayPal to ensure strategy and roadmaps effectively support market needs.
  • Work with engineers, team leads, leaders to identify the gaps in service needs that meet market needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, reliability, realistic implementation schedules.
  • Develop thought-leadership on the Payments Platform.
  • Stay abreast of industry technologies and trends.
  • Mentor the team and develop the next set of leaders. Constantly raise the bar on how we collectively perform.
  • Identify project risks, quantify risk/benefit ratio and provide alternative solutions as well as risk mitigation. Offer deep defect root cause analysis and root cause solutions.

Job Requirements

  • 10+ years of engineering experience.
  • Ability to come up to speed quickly and a strong aptitude/passion for creative problem solving when dealing with ambiguity.
  • Strong understanding of the payments industry and the e-Commerce landscape, particularly in the online payments.
  • Knowledge and experience with REST API, XML, Java EE, and web services.
  • Knowledge of object-oriented design and design patterns, and programming skills.
  • Experience with programming languages, especially Java.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with business owners and peers (onshore and offshore) across teams.
  • Define and establish an engineering culture with focus on quality. Actively participate and guide team in code reviews, automation design and development, test code development, and testing approaches.
  • Self-motivated, positive-thinking, team player, leader, partner, problem-solver.

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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