Principal Architect- Native & Web

Remote San Jose, CA
Kotlin Java Microservices SQL Spring API Android Oracle Swift Objective-C
The Identity Engineering team is responsible for providing Identity & Access Management capabilities for PayPal users and partners. We design, develop, and enhance services that are called across every interaction between PayPal and its users and partners. Our solutions must scale across billions of such interactions, working with petabyte plus data, integrating with various other APIs in real-time and providing high availability and configurability to the business. To achieve this, we are always looking at advances in technology and science and tying those back to business needs. As the Principal member of the Identity Engineering organization, you will play a pivotal role in developing, implementing, and maintaining the company’s identity and access management systems focusing on iOS and Android mobile native offerings. This role is critical in ensuring the security, scalability, and efficiency of the identity infrastructure, aligning with business objectives and compliance requirements. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of Mobile devices, Mobile OS and system libraries, hands-on experience building iOS and Android native applications, identity and access management technologies, strong leadership skills, a strategic mindset, and motivation to achieve results in a fast-paced environment. You will architect and implement robust solutions to complex problems. Our team is fast and innovative, following agile methodologies. If you are self-driven, passionate about Identity technology, a team- player and have effective communication skills, this role will fascinate you.


  • Engage with multiple teams of highly talented engineers and architects to design and develop highly scalable, secure and configurable identity solutions that meet the needs of our customers and stakeholders. 

  • Mobile App Development: Design and build innovative, scalable, and reliable mobile applications for iOS and/or Android platforms. 

  • Actively engage with leadership across Product, Architecture, Design and Engineering to design, propose, discuss and refine new features and functionality. 

  • Collaborate with other engineering teams, IT, and business stakeholders to understand requirements and deliver innovative identity solutions that meet organizational needs. 

  • Communicate with stakeholders on technical standards, principles, methodologies and trends. 

  • Enhance overall system operational characteristics by establishing best practices for code quality, reduction in tech debt, building frameworks or shared techniques to improve engineering effectiveness. 

  • Identify opportunities for refactoring, API changes, and other types of tech debt remediation. 

  • Influence management for driving technical decision-making for the right selection of technology by giving forthright, understandable, and actionable advice. 

  • Work with standards defining organizations to understand the evolving standards, identify gaps, provide inputs on platform gaps, contribute to roadmap planning to build world class CIAM platform. 

  • Drive decision-making with team members with different views for simple to complex problems with the business requirements to help synthesize the best solution 


Required Skills: 

  • You must have significant business knowledge and technical expertise in application design and architecture, as well as knowledge of related domains of technical architectures (network, security, and infrastructure engineering), information architectures, and data architectures. 

  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in programming languages such as Swift, Objective-C (for iOS), Kotlin, or Java (for Android). 

  • Deep familiarity with mobile development frameworks and tools. 

  • Problem-Solving: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to address technical challenges and optimize application performance 

  • In-depth knowledge of identity management technologies, protocols, and standards, and competent in designing solutions for reliability, availability, scalability, and performance. 

  • In-depth knowledge of Identity standards such as OAuth 2.0, Open ID Connect, SCIM etc. 

  • Must be a self- starter, able to work independently or as a team member, and have strong communication skills in interfacing with business partners and the technology teams. 

  • Strong OOP skills, with ability to analyze requirements and transform into scalable software designs. 

  • Experience with HTTP, REST API's and competent designing and building web services/microservices in a commercial setting. 

  • Knowledge of SQL and other/NoSQL/modern database and storage technologies. Desired understanding of Oracle, JDBC and ORM frameworks (e.g. Hibernate). 

  • Experience with Design Patterns, MVC and frameworks (e.g. Spring). 

  • Competent in software engineering tools (e.g. Java build tools) and best practices (e.g. unit testing, test automation, continuous integration, etc.). 

  • Serve as a strong advocate of code craftsmanship, good coding standards and use of tools that will improve the quality of the delivered code 

  • Experience with using Agile/Scrum methodology for software development 

  • Good understanding of web services and SOA related standards like REST/OAuth/JSON and SOAP/WSDL. 

  • Extra credit: Provide your GitHub account or code samples with your resume! 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field. 

  • A solid grounding in Computer Science fundamentals. 

  • 15-20 years of experience building successful production software systems and Identity solutions 

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