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Senior Software Engineer, Economic Payments



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 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 supports this mission and allows any two people in the world to frictionlessly exchange money with easy to use payments services. It is a core strategy to fulfill Airbnb’s belongs anywhere mission.We are building a world-class payments platform that moves billions of dollars, in 191 countries, with 75 currencies, through a complex ecosystem of payments partners. We build and maintain our own in-house global payments platform because no solution exists with the global reach needed. As the platform grows we’ll be adding new payment partners, global licenses, compliance and regulation controls, and building new payment experiences for our guests and hosts.

The Difference You Will Make:

As a Staff Engineer in the Cost and Economics Payments Org you’ll need to be passionate about payments. You will lead through influence and collaboration to transform concepts into reality. Your deep understanding of how money moves between merchant platforms and payment processing partners, including payment gateways, processors, acquirers, card networks, and issuers will be needed for ideating, advocating, and driving cost efficiencies across our payments platform. You’re expected to be comfortable with ambiguity, and help the team enjoy working backwards from highly ambiguous starting points by leveraging data, running experiments, and following a structured approach to build business use cases that influence a diverse team of engineers, data scientists, finance, compliance, legal, and business experts. You should be able to guide and navigate the team through technical and regulatory constraints while simultaneously distilling and communicating complex subject matter to payments and non-payments stakeholders. You will have to be passionate about guiding a high performing team and creating a unique culture. You will be expected to lead the team to tackle these complex challenges.

Aligned with our company mission, Belong Anywhere, we value the importance of diversity and belonging in the workplace, and that's why we commit to not discriminating on basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

A Typical Day:

  • A typical day starts with a daily-standup, where you get an accurate view of the team’s output, their technical blockers so that you can provide the right support engineers to move forward in their tasks without any friction.
  • Architect and lead the development of Economics initiatives across Payments Stack.
  • Embedding Engineering best practices and being the goto person for all the engineers to technically guidance.
  • Finding ways to improve collaboration and communication within the team and within org for a strong team culture.
  • Since most of our initiatives/projects are going to be driven by business savings, you will have to understand Product, Partnership and other XFn orgs to get the project prioritized on their roadmap also if needed.
  • Last, but not least, you’re likely to be the one responsible for recruiting the right engineers by taking interviews and adding new initiatives to drive innovation and tech excellence for the overall India site culture.

Your Expertise:

  • BS, MS or Ph.D. in computer science or related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • 9+​ years of relevant engineering work experience and 4+ experience working within Payments.
  • Experience with building payments or relevant systems
  • Strong coding abilities and experience with architectural patterns of large, high-scale applications.
  • Experience architecting, building, and maintaining highly available, distributed services in a large service-oriented architecture (SOA) using Java on cloud.
  • Familiarity with design patterns, libraries and frameworks for building and testing services, and service-to-service communications
  • Experience in partnering with other leaders in setting product strategy
  • Successfully partnered with Product, Data Science, Finance, Legal, and/or Compliance functions
  • Actively coached and mentored team members in their careers
  • Consistently made culture choices that positively impact all of engineering

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: 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