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Senior Software Engineer, Backend (Identity Decisioning)



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024

Affirm is reinventing credit to make it more honest and friendly, giving consumers the flexibility to buy now and pay later without any hidden fees or compounding interest.

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join the Identity Decisioning team, responsible for building backend systems that validates consumer identity in all of Affirm’s products by satisfying regulatory protocols like KYC. The team partners closely with Product, Compliance, Auth, Fraud, and other engineering teams to deliver honest and transparent financial products that help consumers make their purchasing decisions. As we scale the company to be a cornerstone of all e-commerce and offline retail, it is an exciting time to join the team which sits at the core of this mission.

What You’ll Do

  • Collaborate with other Software Engineers to design, maintain, and evolve existing architecture that grows the business and unlocks new product initiatives.
  • Drive detailed project definition, design, technical specification, cross-functional alignment, task breakdown, and delivery.
  • Proactively raise any issues or improvement opportunities in our product, technology, or business processes and contribute ideas to deliver them.
  • Provide technical leadership to ensure the delivery of reliable, scalable, and performant technical solutions
  • Build teams by mentoring other engineers, informing and influencing hiring decisions, and building an inclusive team environment
  • Provide input into planning our product, codebase, infrastructure, team goals, and roadmap.

What We Look For

  • 5+ years of experience designing, building, launching, and maintaining complex systems
  • Familiarity with Python ecosystem - Flask, Mypy, Pytest, etc.
  • Strong cross-team communication and collaboration skills
  • A leader, team builder, and mentor
  • Passionate about Affirm's Mission: "Deliver Honest Financial Products that improve lives"
  • Experience in Risk Engineering domain

Base Pay Grade - N
Equity Grade
- 8

Employees new to Affirm typically come in at the start of the pay range. Affirm focuses on providing a simple and transparent pay structure which is based on a variety of factors, including location, experience and job-related skills.

Base pay is part of a total compensation package that may include equity rewards, monthly stipends for health, wellness and tech spending, and benefits (including 100% subsidized medical coverage, dental and vision for you and your dependents.)

USA base pay range (CA, WA, NY, NJ, CT) per year: $190,000 - $240,000

USA base pay range (all other U.S. states) per year: $169,000 - $219,000


Affirm is proud to be a remote-first company! The majority of our roles are remote and you can work almost anywhere within the country of employment. Affirmers in proximal roles have the flexibility to work remotely, but will occasionally be required to work out of their assigned Affirm office. A limited number of roles remain office-based due to the nature of their job responsibilities.

We’re extremely proud to offer competitive benefits that are anchored to our core value of people come first. Some key highlights of our benefits package include:

  • Health care coverage - Affirm covers all premiums for all levels of coverage for you and your dependents
  • Flexible Spending Wallets - generous stipends for spending on Technology, Food, various Lifestyle needs, and family forming expenses
  • Time off - competitive vacation and holiday schedules allowing you to take time off to rest and recharge
  • ESPP - An employee stock purchase plan enabling you to buy shares of Affirm at a discount

We believe It’s On Us to provide an inclusive interview experience for all, including people with disabilities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates in need of individualized support during the hiring process.

[For U.S. positions that could be performed in Los Angeles or San Francisco] Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, Affirm will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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