Software Engineer, Observability

Who we are

About Stripe

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

About the team

The Observability team at Stripe provides engineers, merchants, and
organizational leaders with the infrastructure and experiences to
diagnose any operational issues with Stripe online services. We aim to
do this reliably and cheaply at scale.

Our group is going on an ambitious journey to reimagine what an industry
leading observability solution looks like. We are building a new
observability platform from the ground up as a core foundational
cornerstone for all of Stripe’s infrastructure & product services.
We'll use modern distributed computing concepts and open source
observability components that will scale with Stripe’s growth over the
coming 10 years. We envision a modern platform that can efficiently
scale to multiple petabytes of logs and billions of metrics on a daily

What you’ll do

We're looking for a Software Engineer with experience designing,
building and maintaining high-scale, big-data distributed systems. You
will join the team to deliver an observability solution that breaks the
scaling records and exceeds the reliability and performance expectations
of client teams.


  • Contribute to team strategy, roadmap, tooling, process, and culture
  • Actively work with engineers across the company to understand and
    identify observability needs
  • Understand our current system architecture, learn about the
    state-of-the art solutions implemented at other organizations,
    open-source solutions and their respective pros and cons
  • Scope, design, implement, and deploy robust solutions, making
    appropriate tradeoffs between reliability, throughput, latency,
    resiliency, engineering velocity and cost
  • Innovate, design and implement software solutions that contribute
    towards improvement in service resiliency, reliability, efficiency and
    management at scale
  • Uphold our high engineering standards and improve our codebase and

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

  • 3+ years of professional hands-on software development experience
  • Experience developing, maintaining and debugging distributed systems
    built with open source tools
  • Experience building infrastructure as a product centered around users’
  • Experience optimizing the end to end performance of distributed
  • Experience with scaling distributed systems in a rapidly moving
  • Experience with resource optimization in online or batch processing
  • Comfort breaking down large, complex systems; identifying shortcomings
    and optimization opportunities; and making data driven cost
    performance tradeoffs to influence design decisions
  • Experience building and operating infrastructure and tools that
    empower developers

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience building or maintaining observability solutions, such as
    designing and/or building telemetry collection, transport, and storage
  • Familiarity with open source and/or commercial observability
    technologies; familiarity with solutions in metrics, logs, and tracing

Pay and Benefits

The annual US base salary range for this role is $172,800 - $233,800. For sales roles, the range provided is the role’s On Target Earnings ("OTE") range, meaning that the range includes both the sales commissions/sales bonuses target and annual base salary for the role. This salary range may be inclusive of several career levels at Stripe and will be narrowed during the interview process based on a number of factors, including the candidate’s experience, qualifications, and location. Applicants interested in this role and who are not located in the US may request the annual salary range for their location during the interview process.

Additional benefits for this role may include: equity, company bonus or sales commissions/bonuses; 401(k) plan; medical, dental, and vision benefits; and wellness stipends.

Office locations

Seattle, or South San Francisco HQ


Infrastructure & Corporate Tech

Job type

Full time

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.