Staff Engineer, Payment Methods

Stripe (View all Jobs)

San Francisco, Seattle, Remote

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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.

Programming Languages Mentioned

Java


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’s payments products have helped to accelerate many of the world’s most innovative companies, and the Payments Methods team owns one of Stripe’s most critical workflows, a platform that processes billions of dollars in payments annually. 

We see more and more payment methods coming to the Buy Now Pay Later, Wallets, Bank Debits and Bank Transfers space. These provide more benefits to merchants and enable functionality that was not present before. These innovations are only increasing as new payment methods come to market each month. The team is focused on increasing the coverage and adoption of locally preferred payment methods for all our users. This includes building the payment method platform and the payment method integrations, and working on the adoption funnel to increase usage.

What you'll do

Engineers on the team have the opportunity to expand the reach of Stripe’s global payments network, design and implement novel payment capabilities, and deliver best-in-class reliability and performance. 

Learn more about payment methods at Stripe’s Payment Methods Guide.

Responsibilities

  • Lead, scope, design and implement the unique, large scale, high-performance distributed computing engine to handle billions of money movement requests in face of complex and often changing business logic
  • Scope, design and implement highly performant hybrid transaction processing solution for large scale financial data
  • Scope, design and build a comprehensive set of tools to enable effective and delightful developer experience for payment related products by codifying complex payment logic and engineering needs with declarative artifacts (data model, rules, configurations, etc)
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the organization such as product, design, infrastructure, and operations to improve Payment Methods capabilities and accelerate its adoption
  • Design, build, and maintain beautiful, robust, and powerful APIs and services for existing products and new products
  • Help debug and solve critical production issues across services and multiple levels of the stack
  • Work with engineers across the company to build new features at large-scale, while improve internal engineering standards, tooling, and processes
  • Serve as a role model for our high engineering standards and bring consistency to the many codebases and processes you will encounter
  • Arbitrate critical decisions correctly that fully consider software best practices, Stripe system realities, and numerous stakeholders’ preferences and concerns
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the organization such as experts product, design, infrastructure, and operations
  • Teach and mentor the next generation of technical leaders at Stripe

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

  • Have a strong technical background, including 10+ years of experience with software engineering at a top tier software company
  • Strong coding skills in Java or related languages for building high performance services
  • Good understanding and practical knowledge in cloud based services (e.g. gRPC, GraphQL, Docker/Kubernetes, cloud services such as AWS, etc.) 
  • Strong expertise and practical knowledge in database technologies particularly in utilizing large scale databases in the cloud, which includes clustering, sharding and failure recovery of RDBMS, Key-value store, and document databases
  • Practical knowledge and expertise in data modeling and entity-relational schema design
  • Familiarity with the full life cycle of software development, from design and implementation to testing and deployment
  • Strong analytical capability especially in modeling complex business flows and turning the business requirements into programatic artifacts such as data models, algorithms, and API designs
  • Experience in systems engineering on large scale testing, as well as reliability, security, and observability
  • Prior knowledge and expertise in building advanced development tools such as Domain Specific Languages (Xtext), IDE integration, Web hosted IDE (Language Service Protocol), admin interface, et. al. 
  • Listen well and internalize the best ideas from all over the organization while also setting a vision that others are excited to get behind
  • Prefer simple solutions and designs over complex ones, and have a good intuition for what is lasting and scalable
  • Enjoy working with a diverse group of people with different expertise; Can stitch together many different services and processes together even if you have not worked with them before

Preferred qualifications

  • Prior knowledge in financial technology space, particularly in payment processing

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