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Senior Software Engineer - Backend



Software Engineering
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2024
At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives.

Job Description Summary:
What you need to know about the role: As a member of the Checkout Engineering team, you will be responsible for the development and delivery of the applications and services that power PayPal’s Checkout user experiences. You will work closely with product, design, and analytics teams to understand what the buyers and merchants using our software desire from us. We're looking for talented, motivated and detail-oriented technologists with a passion for building beautiful products and experiences. We value collaboration, communication, and a passion for achieving engineering and product excellence. Meet our team: At PayPal Checkout Engineering, we're building experiences used by millions of merchants and shoppers worldwide, and our team is on a mission to provide sophisticated, tailor-made experiences to all of our users. PayPal has been at the forefront of building global-scale applications and is a pioneer in the payments realm. Our passionate engineers continually question assumptions, experiment with new technologies and architectures, and collaborate to create engaging and innovative payment experiences.

Job Description:
Your Way to Impact:

As a backend engineer for PayPal Checkout, you will deliver complete solutions and features spanning all phases of our software development lifecycle. In this role, you will be responsible for shaping the future of PayPal's customer facing checkout products. This will be accomplished through implementation of technical designs, direct contributions to architectural decisions, influencing the technical direction of our applications/systems and mentoring of junior engineers. You will be responsible for developing industry-leading experiences that bring unquestionable value to both merchants and buyers. You will use your years of technical expertise and a solid understanding of the business domain to help us improve the scale, reliability, and performance of our platforms.

Your Day to Day:

  • Provide technical leadership and guidance to a team of software engineers, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate end-to-end ownership of features, projects, modules, and services that you and your team deliver in all phases of the software development lifecycle.
  • Lead your team’s design and implementation of end-to-end solutions towards client-side applications using Java, J2EE, and other relevant technologies.
  • Lead architectural discussions and contribute to the overall technical direction of the client-side applications, advocating for best practices and innovative solutions.
  • Own and optimize software performance, identifying and resolving bottlenecks via monitoring, logging, and metrics to enhance the user experience.
  • Act as a strong advocate for clean, scalable, high-performing, secure, and reliable software services, in all areas, including coding, documentation, automation, etc.
  • Own, Identify, and implement critical non-functional requirements (Availability, Security, Performance, Scalability, and Observability), and improve automated test strategies, build and deploy processes to enable speedy and reliable continuous integration.
  • Collaborate with other development teams to ensure seamless integration and deployment of consumer facing applications, automating and enhancing build, test, and deployment processes.
  • Communicate effectively with all technical and non-technical partners and stakeholders (Architecture, Developer Experience, Product, Design, Analytics, Legal, Marketing, etc.) as well as within your team to ensure shared understanding around the new products and features under consideration.
  • Conduct formal and informal code reviews, providing constructive feedback to team members to ensure code quality and adherence to clean and scalable coding principles.
  • Mentor and guide junior engineers, fostering their professional growth and promoting a collaborative and knowledge-sharing environment.
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards, tools, and technologies related to client-side development, observability, and DevOps practices, and drive their adoption within the team.
  • Participate in program planning, influencing the product and technology roadmap and driving outcomes.

What You bring:

  • 6+ years of professional experience in software development, with a strong emphasis on development of large-scale and performant applications.
  • Expertise in multiple server-side languages such as Java, C++, C#, Go, Python, Kotlin, or Ruby.
  • Familiarity with relational and non-relational database technology such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Bigtable.
  • A history building modern, resilient and operationally efficient backend systems exemplifying industry standards (HTTP REST, GraphQL, Serverless, SOA, etc).
  • Familiarity with observability tools and experience monitoring production systems and swiftly remedying any issues that occur.
  • A strong belief that data is an essential tool to drive ideal solutions.
  • Experience monitoring production systems and swiftly remedying any issues that occur.
  • A desire to ship world class code daily.
  • Strong attention to detail, as well as a passion for delivering high-quality software solutions and compelling customer experiences.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, possessing the ability to work independently or collaboratively to analyze and address complex technical challenges.
  • Ability to mentor and up level team members.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross functional teams and those in non-technical roles, such as marketing, finance, and legal.
  • Experience with modern software development practices, version control systems, and agile methodologies.

Our Benefits:

At PayPal, we’re committed to building an equitable and inclusive global economy. And we can’t do this without our most important asset—you. That’s why we offer benefits to help you thrive in every stage of life. We champion your financial, physical, and mental health by offering valuable benefits and resources to help you care for the whole you.

We have great benefits including a flexible work environment, employee shares options, health and life insurance and more. To learn more about our benefits please visit https://www.paypalbenefits.com

Who We Are:

To learn more about our culture and community visit https://about.pypl.com/who-we-are/default.aspx

PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 400 million consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit paypal.com.

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.

As part of PayPal’s commitment to employees’ health and safety, we have established in-office Covid-19 protocols and requirements, based on expert guidance. Depending on location, this might include a Covid-19 vaccination requirement for any employee whose role requires them to work onsite. Employees may request reasonable accommodation based on a medical condition or religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.

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