Engineering Manager of Managers, Core Infrastructure

Stripe Seattle, Washington
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April 27, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Who we are

About Stripe

We are looking for a leader to own one of our core databases here at

Stripe. If you are someone who finds solving complex distributed systems

challenges just as exciting as hiring and mentoring a quickly growing

organization then this role is for you.

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

Build the platform to store all of Stripe s online data

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

Online Database organization provides the core database infrastructure

that s at the heart of all real-time critical payment requests to the

Stripe API. We architect, build, maintain, and operate the underlying

database infrastructure that enables six 9s (that s right, 6) of

availability for all critical Stripe payment APIs.

Our system is the record of truth for nearly all of Stripe s online

data. It must meet the highest levels of security, availability,

consistency, performance, and durability in the face of our

ever-increasing growth. We are continually thinking about ways to

evolve our infrastructure to support Stripe s growing needs to build

the best-in-class distributed database platform -- including ways to

work around the CAP theorem!

We provide a product portfolio of key-value, relational, caching, and

distributed consensus offerings.

What you ll do

We are looking for a leader to own one of our core databases here at

Stripe. If you are someone who finds solving complex distributed systems

challenges just as exciting as hiring and mentoring a quickly growing

organization then this role is for you.

You will:

Be directly responsible for defining and implementing the database

strategy that will power Stripe for the next five years

Work with engineers and other leaders to improve our database

platform, primarily in the areas of availability, performance, and


Support the engineering team in achieving a high level of technical

quality, reliability, and developer satisfaction

Manage processes to help the team do its best work and engage

effectively with the rest of Stripe

Recruit great engineers and managers in collaboration with Stripe s

recruiting team.

Mentor and coach managers to create healthy and well-executing teams

Develop engineers on the team, enabling them to advance in their


Contribute to engineering-wide initiatives


We look at Stripe as a constant work in progress and the same is true

of our people; for all of us, we believe the best is yet to come.

We re here to support each other in our curiosity and creativity

which we pursue through thoughtful discussion and knowledge-sharing

among a diverse set of peers and colleagues.

We encourage all engineers to transition teams once every year and a

half and also take on short-term projects with other teams across

Stripe. This enables engineers to learn how different parts of Stripe

work while also establishing stronger ties and cross-pollination

between groups.

We contribute to existing open-source projects and the people working

on them, and we release several tools as open-source.

We want to work in a company of warm, inclusive people who treat their

colleagues exceptionally well. The kind of people who are committed to

going out of their way to help other Stripes in the short-term and

pushing them to improve over the long-term (by helping them to get

better at what they do).

We re a highly cross-functional organization and view that as part of

the fun: we design our space to encourage as much collaboration as

possible. We have long tables in the kitchen for a reason (to enable

everyone to meet new people and learn from them). We also have a

culture of transparency that we carry through to email communication,

ensuring that Stripes all around the world have the information they

need to make good local decisions.

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


Minimum requirements

We re looking for someone who has:

* Managed teams that have shipped and operated large scale, highly

available distributed systems, with database experience (MongoDB,

MySQL, Redis, Memcached, etcd, zookeeper) a plus

Extreme customer focus, committed to investing in partnerships

with other Stripe engineers to establish empathy and understand their use-cases

A genuine enjoyment of learning and diving into the nuts-and-bolts

of how things work, with the ability to question and direct architectural decisions

The ability to work well cross-functionally, and the ability to think rigorously and make hard decisions and tradeoffs A strong quantitative and analytical background

The ability to thrive on a high level of autonomy and responsibility

The desire to encourage a healthy, inclusive work environment

that s both supportive and challenging

Successfully recruited and built great teams

Experience managing teams of 50+ engineers

Office locations

Seattle, or South San Francisco HQ

We look forward to hearing from you

At Stripe, we're looking for people with passion, grit, and integrity. You're encouraged to apply even if your experience doesn't precisely match the job description. Your skills and passion will stand out and set you apart especially if your career has taken some extraordinary twists and turns. At Stripe, we welcome diverse perspectives and people who think rigorously and aren't afraid to challenge assumptions. Join us.

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