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Staff Software Engineer

Circle Internet Financial Limited

This is a Full-time position in Los Angeles, CA posted September 9, 2021.

Los Angeles
– will also consider remote in US

Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currency and public blockchains for payments, commerce and financial applications worldwide.

Circle’s platform has supported over 100 million transactions worth tens of billions of dollars, with nearly 10 million retail customers, over a thousand businesses, while storing and securing more than $5 billion in digital currency assets.

Circle is also a principal developer of USD Coin (USDC), which together with Coinbase and the Centre Consortium oversees the standards and protocol for what has become the fastest growing, regulated, fully-reserved stablecoin.

USDC now stands at well over $10 billion market cap and is adding nearly $300 million net new digital dollars in circulation every week.

Today, Circle’s transactional services, business accounts, and platform APIs are giving rise to a new generation of financial services and commerce applications that hold the promise of raising global economic prosperity for all through programmable internet commerce.

What you’ll be part of:

With the mission “To raise global economic prosperity through programmable internet commerce,” Circle was founded on the belief that blockchains and digital currency will rewire the global economic system, creating a fundamentally more open, inclusive, efficient and integrated world economy.

We envision a global economy where people and businesses everywhere can more freely connect and transact with each other with new technologies for digital money.

We believe such a system can raise prosperity for people and companies everywhere.

Our mission is powered by the values we espouse and which we expect all Circlers to respect.

We are Multistakeholder, serving the needs of our customers, our shareholders, our employees and families, our local communities and our world.

Furthermore, we are also Mindful, Driven by Excellence, and High Integrity.

Engineering at Circle:

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

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

If you’re data-driven, interested in building something meaningful and would love to work in an entrepreneurial environment, we can’t wait to hear from you.

You will aspire to our four core values:
– you have dedication and commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees and families and local communities.

– you seek to be respectful, an active listener and to pay attention to detail.

Driven by Excellence
– you are driven by our mission and our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity and you work intensely to achieve your goals.  High Integrity
– you seek open and honest communication, and you hold yourself to very high moral and ethical standards.

You reject manipulation, dishonesty and intolerance.

Here is our team hierarchy for individual contributors:

Principal Software Engineer (V)

Staff Software Engineer (IV)

Senior Software Engineer (III)

Software Engineer II

Software Engineer (I)

What you’ll be responsible for:

As a Staff Software Engineer on the Circle Platform Services team, you will lead teams technically to build scalable microservices that are responsible for reliable and secure APIs that transfer value & assets across all blockchain protocols (think Bitcoin and 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 and Engineering teams to design, develop, test and 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 and APIs Extending Circle’s in-house blockchain systems infrastructure to support the tokenization of the world.

What you’ll bring to Circle (not all required):
7+ years of professional software development experience in object oriented languages like Java and Go.

Led teams technically on architecture and system design.

Expert in one of the domains of API design, payments processing, risk/fraud detection, data engineering, machine learning, or blockchains.

Experience with payment systems like credit cards and bank transfers Deep understanding of API design and REST principles Deep Experience with cloud services (AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, etc) Experience with container orchestration systems like Kubernetes or EKS, ECS Deep Experience with SQL databases and designing schemas Deep Experience in the deployment of production-quality, scalable software Deep focus on coding standards and code quality –
– a desire to have great test coverage to enable continuous delivery Excellent communication skills, able to collaborate with remote teams, share ideas and present concepts effectively Self-starter, you enjoy moving at a fast pace, shipping software that improves the user experience and constantly improving your work with little supervision
We are an equal opportunity employer and 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.

Do you currently have authorization to work in the United States?


Will you, now or in the future, require the support of Circle to maintain that authorization?


We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal information. Please refer to our candidate privacy notice here  for more information on how we will be using your personal information.

By submitting your application, you agree that you have read and understood the candidate privacy notice .

What attracts you to Circle and the role?


Describe how you think you could contribute to Circle’s mission and how you are aligned to our values?