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Software Engineer, Staff - Core Services






San Francisco, CA, US


At Plaid, we believe that the way consumers and businesses interact with their finances will drastically improve in the next few years. Our goal is to build the tools and infrastructure for developers to create this next generation of financial services applications. Today, hundreds of companies such as Acorns, Stripe, and Venmo rely on Plaid to integrate with banks and the financial system.

Plaid’s infrastructure handles millions of requests per day and thousands of bank integrations, and we pride ourselves on maintaining a robust API to support the developers who depend on us—and the millions of consumers who use their apps. On top of our existing traffic, we’re expanding rapidly to international markets and building entirely new products.

Our ability to support new products, markets, and users rests on the quality of the internal platform, abstractions, and APIs that we build. The better common building blocks we create, the faster we enable other engineering teams to build and scale each product for our customers and our users.

Core Services provides those common abstractions and primitives. For example, the creation of a single external API route can require the ability to permission, schedule updates to, retrieve, and send notifications about multiple core data models.

As an engineer, you’ll help build, scale, and design the next generation of Plaid’s product infrastructure. Our engineering culture is IC-driven—we favor bottom-up ideation and empowerment of our incredibly talented team. We are looking for engineers who are motivated by creating impact for our consumers and customers, growing together as a team, shipping the MVP, and leaving things better than we found them.

What excites you

        Crafting a thoughtful, long-term technical strategy for Plaid’s product infrastructure that anticipates future needs
        Working with product engineering teams across the company to design the right backend abstractions while making pragmatic tradeoffs
        Proposing and driving cross-team backend initiatives, such as setting principles for how we design internal APIs, aligning the team around new technologies across our backend services, or developing a plan to achieve a step improvement to our uptime
        Mentoring other engineers into senior roles and establishing a culture of technical excellence

What excites us

        Deep industry experience laying the technical foundations for top-tier teams
        Production experience designing and shipping highly reliable backend systems and APIs
        Empathy and enthusiasm for understanding other teams’ challenges and the ability to influence them towards the right technical path for the org
        A record of mentoring experienced engineers around you and helping them grow

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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