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Senior Architect in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 1/18/2021

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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 305 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 Product & Technology, China team is looking for a talented and highly motivated seasoned architect to join the team. The person will serve as a key technologist in the team responsible for Payment, Risk and Compliance, Settlement, infrastructure and security components. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and self-motivated individual with strong consulting, technology skills, commitment to quality, positive work ethic and a "can do" attitude. In this position, you will architect platforms and make design decisions that impacts millions of merchants and consumers in China and across the global. You will be the go-to person for all back end systems and infrastructure that support Chinese customers. You will closely collaborate with global architecture, infrastructure, program management, engineering, and product teams to refine and deliver the strategies and build technical & solution architecture for large initiatives. You will work with partners and conduct technical assessments and impact analysis.


  • Develop a strong partnership with China and global business, product, and engineering leaders to define business, product, and technology architecture
  • Gain a deep understanding of domain and industry best practices to develop technical vision and strategy
  • Define and maintain long term architecture (LTA) for China and other geo-locations globally
  • Effectively communicate technology strategies and trade-offs both to senior and executive management and to development teams
  • Review solution designs to determine their technical viability and their relevance to the business goals
  • Responsible for creating simple API’s, easy integration patterns for external services
  • Develop and govern repeatable design strategies and patterns to ensure consistent solutions
  • Guide engineering teams toward a common methodology
  • Work with the engineering team on Proof of Concepts
  • Be extended team member to the global enterprise architecture team

Skills Required:

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience required
  • Fluency in programming languages such as Java, Node, Python
  • Expert with frameworks, platform trends in the space of Data and Distributed Systems – Hadoop, Kafka, Spark, Elastic Search, Graph DB, etc. 
  • Ability to lead various Technology Assessments.
  • Broader knowledge of infrastructure and info security
  • Familiarity with frameworks such as Spring Boot, Spring Data, and microservices methodology.
  • Documenting Solution Design and Architecture
    • Option Analysis and Recommendations with costs/benefits, high-level tradeoffs, constraints, and assumptions
    • Define/Refine Architecture Guidelines and Principles
    • Detailed Designs (RESTful API design)
  • Delivering proof of concepts and reference implementations
  • Excellent communication skills; verbal, written, and presentation skills and interpersonal skills
  • Mentor and direct architects and engineers
  • Cross-Functional collaboration with various stakeholders and partners (Business, Product, Engineering, and Architecture)
  • Comfortable with context switching and managing across multiple priorities
  • Make high-quality decisions with limited information
  • Thrive in an environment of constant change
  • Be a quick learner undaunted by complex systems. Ability to expand to new domains and be able to pick up and contribute quickly
  • Experience in the payments or eCommerce industry
  • Prior knowledge of Risk Management and Fraud Detection technologies in the Payments industry a plus
  • Prior experience in active-active, multi-AZ, multi-region processing a huge plus
  • Mandarin-speaking a plus. Travel may be required.

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