Principal Software Engineer

Menlo Park, CA, United States


Role Location

  • Menlo Park, CA, United States


501+ people


85 Willow Rd
Menlo Park, CA, 94025, US

Tech Stack

  • Python
  • Django
  • React
  • Redux
  • AWS
  • Kubernetes
  • PostgreSQL

Role Description

Join a leading fintech company that’s democratizing finance for all.

Robinhood was founded on a simple idea: that our financial markets should be accessible to all. With customers at the heart of our decisions, Robinhood is lowering barriers, removing fees, and providing greater access to financial information. Together, we are building products and services that help create a financial system everyone can participate in.

Just as we focus on our customers, we also strive to create an inclusive environment where our employees can thrive and do impactful work. We are proud of the world class products and company culture we continue to build and have been recognized as:

A Great Place to Work A CNBC Disruptor 50 in 2019 and 2020 A LinkedIn Top Startup in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Robinhood is backed by leading investors that include DST Global, Index Ventures, NEA, Ribbit Capital, Thrive Capital, and Sequoia.

Check out life at Robinhood on The Muse!

About the team: The Activation & Foundations area encompasses two major themes in delivering value to our customers:

We activate customers to take the next step on their financial journey, whether it’s getting started with investing, gaining the confidence to grow their portfolio or build a savings habit, or go deeper with a premium experience.

We build the foundations to deliver a cohesive experience across Robinhood, whether that’s centralizing customer identity, delivering a seamless experience for communications across the app, or ensuring UI consistency with our design system. These two themes, Activation & Foundations, share a common perspective: they sit above our financial services and work together to ensure a cohesive experience across Robinhood.

We are looking for an area-level Principal Software Engineer to help us solve a wide variety of technical problems:

How do we share the right information with a customer that meets them where they are on their unique financial journey? How do we make our products and UI responsive to changes in the financial markets and the needs of our customers? How do we scale our services to 10x the capacity they serve today? How do we manage key third-party dependencies that are resilient to big spikes of traffic?

What you’ll do day-to-day: You’ll create and implement the technical strategy and roadmap for the entire Activation & Foundations area. Be defining and advancing best practices in collaboration with domain-specific Senior and Staff Engineers. You’ll own and improve the operational excellence, efficiency, and sustainability of all Activation & Foundations services. Mentor Senior and Staff Engineers and up-level the Activation & Foundations engineering organization. Be a hands-on developer for critical projects in the roadmap. Influence organizational goals and strategy as the representative of the technical teams within Activation & Foundations. You’ll be helping grow Robinhood’s Technical Lead community through interviews and close partnership with our Recruiting team.

About you: 10+ years of software engineering experience. 3+ years technically leading large engineering organizations with multiple teams. You have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience. You have helped establish a community of Senior and Staff Engineers that is able to set strategy and help one another grow. You have experience with distributed systems and know how to make them reliable and correct at scale. You are comfortable with either mobile or web concepts and have experience building products across the technical stack. You enjoy collaborating with a variety of functions, including Engineering, Data, Product Management, Design, and Management. You are an excellent communicator and are comfortable explaining complex technical concepts to senior managers and other engineers.

Technologies we use: Python + Django and Go are our main languages and frameworks on the backend PostgreSQL as our primary data store, Redis and Memcached as our caching layer Kafka and Celery as our task queue We deploy using Kubernetes in AWS Cloud Native development on the frontend: Swift on iOS, Kotlin on Android, and TypeScript + React on Web

About Robinhood

Robinhood is democratizing finance for all. With customers at the heart of our decisions, Robinhood is lowering barriers and providing greater access to financial information. Together, we are building products and services that help create a financial system everyone can participate in.

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