Staff Engineer, IAM

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 career.

About the team

Stripe’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) team builds innovative solutions for Stripe customers to confidently manage access to their data and resources. IAM Data Plane, part of Identity Access Management platform, is at the front-line for building trust with Stripe customers. We do this by ensuring correct access to merchant data and maintaining a highly available and performant infrastructure. The team is responsible for ensuring that our user’s data is safe and protected and allowing only appropriately authenticated requests.

This role is critical for Stripe and its customers. Our systems in IAM power all of Stripe and ensure strict standards for Authentication and Authorization throughout the product and the impact of our work cannot be understated. IAM engineers operate load bearing dependencies on every request to Stripe, and on a long chain of trust that our users rely on.

What you’ll do

As an engineer on the team you will have the opportunity to solve a broad range of challenging problems at scale. You will partner with many other teams at Stripe, building and designing solutions that are scalable to power Stripe authentication and authorization needs. 


  • Build new infrastructure, services, and features that operate at scale for serving Stripe request authentication and authorization needs
  • Ensure that our services are scalable, extensible, reliable, and performant which meet SLAs for our users.
  • Have a broad scope of influence, with frequent collaboration across teams and functions
  • Develop and execute against both short- and long-term roadmaps. Make effective tradeoffs that consider business priorities, user experience, and a sustainable technical foundation
  • Uphold our high engineering standards, and elevate quality and engineering efficiency within our codebase and processes

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 requirement.

Minimum requirements

  • Have a strong technical background, including 7+ years of experience designing and engineering large-scale systems
  • Have experience with distributed computing systems
  • Prefer simple solutions and designs over complex ones, and have a good intuition for what will last and scale
  • Attention to technical detail and the nitty gritty
  • Experience writing high quality code in a major programming language (ideally Java)
  • Attention to detail, especially around performance, accessibility, reliability, and security

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with building distributed computing systems
  • Experience with Identity Access Management systems
  • Experience optimizing the end to end performance of distributed systems
  • You prefer simple solutions and designs over complex ones, and have a good intuition for what is lasting and scalable
  • You enjoy working with a diverse group of people with different areas of expertise. Engineering works closely with a variety of teams from Security to mobile and product teams. 

Hybrid work at Stripe

Office-assigned Stripes spend at least 50% of the time in a given month in their local office or with users. This hits a balance between bringing people together for in-person collaboration and learning from each other, while supporting flexibility about how to do this in a way that makes sense for individuals and their teams.

Pay and benefits

The annual US base salary range for this role is $209,800 - $314,800. 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.

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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.