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Software Engineer in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/27/2020

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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.

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 210 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 consumer organization at PayPal focuses on new products and capabilities offered to the consumer segment of PayPal users. This organization is responsible for all the experiences and services offered to buyers and casual sellers. Some of the areas of focus are P2P payments, Incentives, login dashboard, shopping experience and consumer utilities like contact book and device management. PayPal is a well-known player in the payment’s ecosystem; one of the next big goal for PayPal is to tap into the pre and post transaction experience to provide a fantastic and engaging user experience for customers starting from purchase intent, pay and post transaction experience of order tracking etc. PayPal has invested $4 billion to acquire Honey to participate in a journey to revolutionize the shopping experience of PayPal customers. The goal is to create an experience for PayPal consumers and merchants a stellar shopping journey when they interface with PayPal. The goal set by business are quite ambitious, but doable with years of experience in the adjacent space of Payments. This would require a foundational redesign of the pre and post transaction experience in PayPal. The goals are, 1) Save consumers money when there is intent to purchase. 2) Provide a cohesive user experience that will please the consumer during the purchase process and beyond. 3) Provide a rich set of tooling to merchants to enable them to engage their customer in a value driven model where both the merchant and consumers benefit from the product. Job Description: The team that the candidate will be working on will be for the merchant facing experiences for the shopping portfolio. There are 2 main touchpoints for a merchant, 1) Merchant portal when they log into the PayPal account to setup the shopping experience they want to provide to their customer like campaigns, targeting etc. 2) SDK that will get deployed in the merchant site to enable smart tracking capability like shopping cart abandonment etc. to create smart self-sustaining campaigns etc. Both these touchpoints need to delightful in terms of integration ease for any type of merchant segment and an intuitive dashboard for merchant to act as a centralized console for them to engage with their customers in a rich and intuitive manner. The candidate will be exposed to product leads, integration specialists, reporting data pipeline, experience services etc. which are very challenging with interesting problems. We believe in lean teams delivering a lot of value, so you will be part of a lean team potentially driving impact for the shopping hub in the PayPal’s Android application. You will be exposed to complex technology problems and will be exposed to technology like complex web experiences, GraphQL, High throughput no SQL stores, Cloud based services, exposure to other client tech stack as part of the development process. This also enables us to quickly iterate and do frequent brainstorming sessions welcoming new ideas and diverse perspectives to conceptualize new features. We quickly run A/B test experiments to make product decisions. One of the core values of our team is to learn from each other irrespective of what level you’re at. We believe in ‘One Team Behaviors’ and Innovation, Collaboration, Inclusion and Wellness are major pillars for our success. The primary role of the User Interface Engineer is to provide expertise and deliver code in the areas that are exposed to the end users via web application for PayPal's web site. This person is a highly experienced technical expert, who understands the e-commerce domain very well, and is well versed in the software implementation. PayPal technology stacks for UI include Node js, dust js, various helper js libraries like require/Angular/Express etc. to work, the candidate should be able to work on these stacks or pick it up with relative ease. Beyond this, the successful candidate is expected to be multi-disciplinary, and is a multi-talented member of the technical team. The individual is expected to be a self-starter and a team player, with a strong drive for results and continuous innovations. The individual should be able to deliver work with minimal supervision. The individual has to impart know-hows to the team to work on effective UI development as well.

Responsibilities:

Work as a User Interface developer for the team. Must be able to work independently as well as in a team to define, design, implement, test, release rollout and support complex software applications for PayPal.  Work with business units to crystallize business needs into product features. Consult with business units on feasibility, technical requirements and cost estimates for new initiatives.  Work with engineering managers, engineers & QA to develop innovative solutions that meet market needs w.r.t functionality, performance, reliability, realistic implementations schedules and adherence to development goals and principles. Provide technical guidance and assistance to other software engineers. Review and approve software design and implemented code. Identify areas of technical improvement and make detailed business cases for improvements or new areas of opportunities. Develop new team capabilities to ensure continued competence and relevance in supporting software development needs of PayPal's business. Define and devise processes, tools and methodologies to achieve excellence in software development, testing and deployment. Ramp-up the team on UI skill set.

Job Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Engineering and ~2 years related industry experience. Skill Set:

Must haves

  • Semantic html skills, experience using html5.
  • Solid css3 (inheritance etc.), ability to make things look good and consistent across browsers.
  • Serverside js experience (node.js).
  • Client side JavaScript (parallax effects, simple animations or interactions, form validations, hand code JS and also be able to use jQuery/Dojo/YUI)
  • Problem solving skills and being open minded about solving a technical problem in more than one way.
  • Ability to build pages responsively.
  • Awareness and experience with best practices for web development, accessibility, page performance etc.
  • Experience with github, managing branches and resolving merge conflicts

Good to have

  • Agile software engineering principles.
  • Experience with JavaScript templating systems (mustache, Dust, etc)
  • Understanding of JavaScript architecture design
  • Knowledge of algorithms, design patterns, and componentization approaches.
  • Experience in working in J2EE.
  • Experience working on Java web services. 
  • Experience in working on shopping/e-commerce products

Highly analytical, innovative, and able to think strategically and to develop comprehensive detailed specifications.

Ability to determine impact of architectural solutions and recommendations.

Must have experience in justification of technology solutions to business leaders.

Excellent verbal and writing skills; ability to produce clear, concise communications and documentation.

Highly effective at working in cross-functional groups and getting results in matrix organizations.

Excellent time management skills and ability to work on concurrent assignments with different priorities


Working knowledge of finance industry standards and practices preferred.


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 paypalglobaltalentacquisition@paypal.com.

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