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Staff Software Engineer, Payments Processing



Software Engineering
United States
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Community You Will Join:

Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere. Airbnb Payments team supports this mission by economically empowering Airbnb businesses and our global community of guests and hosts.

Payments Processing team is the gateway and core platform of the Airbnb Payments ecosystem. We are the team that connects Airbnb to the outside world of payment processors for the execution of any payment anywhere reliably, accurately, conveniently, and cost-effectively. Our platform integrates with 20+ different Payments Service Providers, processing 70+ currencies across 191 countries and moving billions of dollars on an annual basis. We work closely with Partnerships, Finance, Product, Compliance and Legal teams to keep the money moving.

The Difference You Will Make:

As a Staff Software Engineer on the Payments Processing team, your mission is to design and build a payments gateway platform that is fast and easy to integrate with, reliable for money movements, smart to route our business cost-effectively, resilient to any external processor downtime in any market, and accurate for Financial reporting. We’re looking for engineers who are independent, thoughtful, creative, and passionate about building the best payment gateway platform. As a Staff Engineer, you will:

  • Critical to make technical decisions
  • Provide technical guidance for engineers and teams
  • Advise on architecture and propose solutions to payment problems that span multiple teams and organizations.
  • Consult on the performance, scalability, architecture, reliability, testability and engineering best practices of payment gateway systems.
  • Lead a cross-team group of engineers and partner with product, data, finance, operations to push the boundaries of what payments gateway platform can support.

A Typical Day:

  • Lead a group of 5-8 engineers to design and build our next generation of service-oriented-architecture gateway platform, making the processor integration simple, fast, flexible, and robust.
  • Design and build a platform that has strong redundancy function and is processor agnostic for compliance, vaulting, and transaction processing.
  • Partner with Design and Product to innovate and lead new initiatives to improve our orchestrations, anomaly detections, payin and payout qualities.
  • Collaborate with Partnerships and Product teams to define Airbnb’s payment scorecard and operational process.

Your Expertise:

  • 9+ years of software development experience with a minimum of 5 years experience working within payments
  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree, preferably in CS, or equivalent experience
  • Experience leading design, implementation, and deployment of one or more high scale, cross-functional payment systems.
  • Experience driving initiatives that span across teams or departments.
  • Ability to work independently while showing being able to deliver production ready code with minimal guidance
  • Deep understanding of async programming models (events, callbacks, promises, async/await).
  • Experience with Java
  • Experience with relational databases and caching solutions
  • Experience in designing APIs and building RESTful services.
  • Experience with message queuing, data streaming, and workflow frameworks.
  • Experience with distributed system and service-oriented architecture
  • Experience with Agile software development and Agile software solutions

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. While the position is Remote Eligible, you must live in a state where Airbnb, Inc. has a registered entity. Click here for the up-to-date list of excluded states. This list is continuously evolving, so please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to also provide a disability inclusive application and interview process. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in order to submit an application, please contact us at: [email protected]. Please include your full name, the role you’re applying for and the accommodation necessary to assist you with the recruiting process.

We ask that you only reach out to us if you are a candidate whose disability prevents you from being able to complete our online application.

How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.

Pay Range
$204,000$259,000 USD