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Sr Architect in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 6/18/2019

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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 277 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 267 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. PayPal Consumer Engineering team is looking for an experienced software architect to join the team. 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 who can collaborate with multiple teams. The person will be a key technologist in the Consumer focused team, responsible for architecting scalable systems across web and mobile channels. Our platforms help improve user experience and streamline interactions. In this position, you will architect platforms that impact millions of users across the globe exchanging billions of dollars every day. We are innovating on product capabilities, decision management and user account related platforms to provide safe digital payments ecosystem. You will closely collaborate with engineering and product teams to refine and deliver on platform goals, build solution architecture for large initiatives, drive availability and performance improvements, support PayPal technology initiatives, and conduct technical assessments and impact analysis.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop strong partnership with business, product and engineering leaders to define business, product and technology architecture
  • Gain deep understanding of domain and industry best practices to develop technical vision and strategy
  • Define and maintain long term architecture (LTA) with 24 months outlook
  • Effectively communicate technology strategies and trade-offs both up to senior and executive management and down to development teams
  • Get sponsorship and alignment to ensure LTA is baked into product roadmaps
  • Deliver exemplar architecture modeling using standard frameworks
  • 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

Skills Required:

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience required
  • Fluency in Java, Javascript. Familiarity with iOS and Android development ecosystems.
  • Familiarity with architecture frameworks, platform trends for highly performant and scalable consumer focused platform solutions
  • Documenting Solution Design and Architecture
    • Option Analysis and Recommendations with costs/benefits, high-level tradeoffs, constraints and assumptions, high level effort estimates
    • 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 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
  • Experience in the payments or e-commerce industry
  • Prior knowledge of Regulations in the payments/fintech industry a plus


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.


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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