Staff Hardware Engineer, Principal Systems Architect

Stripe (View all Jobs)

San Francisco, CA

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Interview Process

1. Programming/debugging phone screen 2. On-site with your own laptop/setup and full access to internet. Interviews include systems design, 45 min practical coding question, integrating an API exercise, debugging, and talking with hiring manager about team alignment.

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Who we are

About Stripe

Stripe is a financial infrastructure platform for businesses. Millions of companies—from the world’s largest enterprises to the most ambitious startups—use Stripe to accept payments, grow their revenue, and accelerate new business opportunities. Our mission is to increase the GDP of the internet, and we have a staggering amount of work ahead. That means you have an unprecedented opportunity to put the global economy within everyone’s reach while doing the most important work of your career.

About the team

Stripe Terminal helps Stripe users extend their online presence into the physical world. The Terminal Team’s mission is to make it as easy for businesses to accept in-person payments as the Stripe API has done for online payments. With Terminal, businesses can unlock in-person payments use cases that are right for their business model—whether it’s creating a flagship retail experience, extending their website to a pop-up store, or enabling a mobile point-of-sale at their next event. Stripe Terminal is built atop the Stripe Payments Platform, letting businesses maintain a single view of their customers and sales across online and offline channels. They can also take advantage of Stripe’s integrated payments capabilities, including initiating a subscription in-store with Stripe Billing and letting SaaS platforms and marketplaces accept in-person payments with Stripe Connect.

We’re searching for a seasoned technical leader who will architect our payments solutions for the Hardware Engineering team on Stripe Terminal. As a Staff Engineer, you’ll work with a variety of internal and external partners, including but not limited to: electronic engineers, mechanical engineers, contract manufacturers, and component suppliers. We’re looking for someone who is excited by contributing to the payments industry, with new payment usage and payment schemes, and who will want to inspire, influence, and successfully partner with a wide variety of stakeholders. 


What you’ll do



  • Own and drive the Hardware architecture of future products, limiting the complexity while offering maximum flexibility of hardware customization
  • Play a key-role in Hardware design, component selection, schematic reviews, defining and supporting manufacturing and repair operations
  • Define the platforms that will be necessary to support our ambitious expansion plans
  • Participate in and influence payment industry forums and consortiums
  • Provide engineering leadership to internal teams, supplier teams, and contract manufacturer teams during EVT, DVT, and PVT hardware builds
  • Play a key role with our large customers to co-develop their bespoke device, while maximizing leverage of our platforms
  • Drive IP activity from a technical standpoint, including patents filing and joining R&D work with partners
  • Teach and mentor both individual contributors and managers to become the next generation of leaders at Stripe. As a senior member on a new team, you will be looked to for guidance.

Who you are

We’re looking for someone who meets the minimum requirements to be considered for the role. If you meet these requirements, you are encouraged to apply. The preferred qualifications are a bonus, not a requirement.

Minimum requirements

  • 10-15+ years demonstrated experience with system architecture design, software and/or electrical engineering applied to consumer electronics devices
  • 3+ years experience of POS hardware development including knowledge of tamper-proofing systems, development, and components for POS devices
  • Great interpersonal skills and strong verbal and written communication. You can collaborate and thrive in productive and healthy debate with mutual respect and shared goals. You can make complex concepts accessible with clear communication.
  • Worked closely with Asia-based suppliers and CMs
  • Served as the technical lead and defined the roadmap for complex projects spanning multiple teams and functions


Preferred qualifications

  • Payment NFC design, test, and certification expertise
  • Wireless communication and 4G Modem expertise 

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