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Circle // global crypto finance
Engineering, Full Time    Seattle - will also consider remote in US    Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021
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Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currency & public blockchains for payments, commerce & financial applications worldwide. Circle platforms & products provide a suite of internet-native financial services for payments, treasury infrastructure & capital formation. Circle is also a principal developer of USD Coin (USDC), which has become the fastest growing dollar digital currency in the world. USDC has grown to over 23 billion in circulation & supported over $640B in transactions in the past year. Circles payments & treasury infrastructure services available through the Circle Account & APIs helps bridge the legacy financial system & digital currency & blockchain based finance. Circles SeedInvest service brings internet-native fundraising & capital formation to startups & growth companies. Combined, Circles suite of services helps companies to participate in a more open, global & inclusive financial system.

What youll be part of:

With the mission To raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value, Circle was founded on the belief that the internet, blockchains & digital currency will rewire the global economic system, creating a fundamentally more open, inclusive, efficient & integrated world economy. We envision a global economy where people & businesses everywhere can more freely connect & transact with each other with new technologies for digital money & internet-native finance. We believe such a system can raise prosperity for people & companies everywhere. Our mission is powered by the values we espouse & which we expect all Circlers to respect. We are Multistakeholder, serving the needs of our customers, our shareholders, our employees & families, our local communities & our world. Furthermore, we are also Mindful, Driven by Excellence, & High Integrity.

Engineering at Circle:

In 2020, Circle unveiled Circle APIs: a set of solutions & smarter technology to help businesses accept payments in a more global, scalable & efficient alternative to traditional banking rails (spoiler: were using USD Coin under the hood).

Over the next 12 months, were going to rapidly grow our API customer base & enable even more businesses to easily integrate & benefit from the breakthrough of programmable money on the internet.

If youre data-driven, interested in building something meaningful & would love to work in an entrepreneurial environment, we cant wait to hear from you.

You will aspire to our four core values:

  • Multistakeholder - you have dedication & commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees & families & local communities.
  • Mindful - you seek to be respectful, an active listener & to pay attention to detail.  
  • Driven by Excellence - you are driven by our mission & our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity & you work intensely to achieve your goals. 
  • High Integrity - you seek open & honest communication, & you hold yourself to very high moral & ethical standards.  You reject manipulation, dishonesty & intolerance.

Here is our team hierarchy for senior level individual contributors:

Senior Software Engineer (III)

Staff Software Engineer (IV)

Principal Software Engineer (V)

What youll be responsible for:

As a Senior Software Engineer on the Circle Platform Services team, you will lead teams technically to build scalable microservices that are responsible for reliable & secure APIs that transfer value & assets across all blockchain protocols (think Bitcoin & Ethereum, for example) as well as traditional banking protocols (think credit cards, bank transfers etc).

What you'll work on:

  • Challenging (and fun!) problems centered around digital currencies & their adoption. Did we mention that Circle launched a programmable dollar called USD Coin (or USDC)?
  • Collaborating with our Product & Engineering teams to design, develop, test & ship phenomenal Circle features
  • Building publicly accessible APIs that make it simple for developers to integrate with complex payment systems.
  • Integrating Platform Services with leading banks & financial technologies to allow an ever greater number of Circle customers access to fast, secure & low cost payment channels.
  • Writing the infrastructure to deliver great payment experiences, including data sources (SQL or NoSQL), messaging systems & APIs
  • Extending Circles in-house blockchain systems infrastructure to support the tokenization of the world. 

What you'll bring to Circle (not all required):

Senior Software Engineer (III)

  • 4+ years of professional software development experience (including internships) in object oriented languages like Java & Go.
  • Experience with payment systems like credit cards & bank transfers.
  • A broad understanding of API design & REST principles.
  • Experience with Cloud Services (AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, etc).
  • Experience with SQL databases & designing schemas.
  • Experience in the deployment of production-quality, scalable software.
  • A focus on coding standards & code quality -- a desire to have great test coverage to enable continuous delivery.
  • Excellent communication skills, able to collaborate with remote teams, share ideas & present concepts effectively.
  • Self-starter, you enjoy moving at a fast pace, shipping software that improves the user experience & constantly improving your work with little supervision.

Staff Software Engineer (IV)

All the requirements of a Senior Software Engineer and:

  • 7+ years of professional software development experience in object oriented languages like Java & Go.
  • Led teams technically on architecture & system design.
  • Expert in one of the domains of API design, payments processing, risk/fraud detection, data engineering, machine learning, or blockchains.
  • Deep understanding/experience with:
    • API design & REST principles, 
    • Cloud services (AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, etc)
    • Container orchestration systems like Kubernetes or EKS, ECS
    • SQL databases & designing schemas
    • Deployment of production-quality, scalable software
  • Deep focus on coding standards & code quality -- a desire to have great test coverage to enable continuous delivery.

Principal Software Engineer (V)

All the requirements of a Staff Software Engineer and:

  • 12+ years of professional software development experience in object oriented languages like Java & Go.
  • Cross-functional partnership to align teams with external stakeholders.
  • A champion on setting coding standards & code quality -- a desire to have great test coverage to enable continuous delivery.

We are an equal opportunity employer & value diversity at Circle. 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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