Staff Software Engineer, Compute



Software Engineering
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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

The Compute organization at Stripe manages the core cloud infrastructure that powers Stripe’s products. We are responsible for managing the server fleet, containers, and resource automation to enable thousands of Stripe services. As an Engineer working with teams in Compute, you will play a key leadership role to build resilient infrastructure that scales our business and achieves a best in class price/performance ratio. Some of the technologies that we work with include Linux OS & Kernel, Kubernetes, and AWS EC2. We continuously invest in building new distributed services and scaling existing technologies while working with service owners to meet their current and future needs.

Stripe’s infrastructure powers businesses all over the world. We process payments, run marketplaces, detect fraud, help entrepreneurs start an internet business from anywhere in the world, build world-class developer-friendly APIs, and more. Every request we process is very important to everyone involved and Stripe’s availability and reliability are critical because our users’ businesses depend on us. Our Compute organization provides the underlying infrastructure that’s at the heart of all real-time critical payment requests to the Stripe API.

What you’ll do

We're looking for a Software Engineer with experience designing, building and maintaining high-scale, distributed systems. You will work with a team that is in charge of building the core infrastructure used by the product teams to build and operate their services. You will have the opportunity to build a great customer experience for internal Stripe teams using this infrastructure and play a key role in enabling Stripe’s infrastructure to power all of our products, globally and at scale.


  • Drive team’s technical vision, roadmap, tooling, process, and culture
  • Scope, design, implement, and deploy robust solutions, making appropriate tradeoffs between reliability, throughput, latency, resiliency, engineering velocity and cost
  • Innovate, design and implement software solutions that contribute towards improvement in infrastructure resiliency, reliability, efficiency and management at scale
  • Uphold our high engineering and operational standards and improve our codebase and processes for safe change mgmt, observability, incident handling, reducing outage risk and to maintain SLOs

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+ years of professional hands-on software development experience
  • Proven track record of building large scale, complex distributed systems; identifying shortcomings and optimization opportunities; and making data driven cost performance tradeoffs to influence design decisions
  • Experience building and operating infrastructure and tools that empower developers/product teams to deliver business value
  • Experience leading and creating strong technical teams that balance operational excellence, collaboration and user needs

Preferred qualifications

  • * Experience in a development team in AWS/Azure/OCI/GCP
    • Experience with Go and Java
    • Experience with low-level OS, systems debugging techniques & tools (eBPF, perf etc)
Office-assigned Stripes spend at least 50% of the time in a given month in their local office or with users. This hits a balance between bringing people together for in-person collaboration and learning from each other, while supporting flexibility about how to do this in a way that makes sense for individuals and their teams.

The annual US base salary range for this role is $209,800 - $314,800. For sales roles, the range provided is the role’s On Target Earnings ("OTE") range, meaning that the range includes both the sales commissions/sales bonuses target and annual base salary for the role. This salary range may be inclusive of several career levels at Stripe and will be narrowed during the interview process based on a number of factors, including the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and location. Applicants interested in this role and who are not located in the US may request the annual salary range for their location during the interview process.

Additional benefits for this role may include: equity, company bonus or sales commissions/bonuses; 401(k) plan; medical, dental, and vision benefits; and wellness stipends.

Office locations

Seattle, or South San Francisco HQ


Infrastructure & Corporate Tech

Job type

Full time