Senior Python Engineer - Backend at Sila Inc.

1 year ago Development & Programming Senior Full-Time 145,000-190,000 $/Year

As a Senior Python Engineer - Backend, you will build the best-in-class financial services and products.

To be successful in this role, it would help if you have:

  • Be proficient in the Python programming language.
  • Experience engineering service-oriented distributed systems where services are calling on services from other systems.
  • Verifiable experience with AWS infrastructure, including event-driven microservices.
  • An understanding of API security and best practices.
  • The proven ability to quickly and efficiently analyze problems and then offer effective and workable solutions.
  • Proficiency with PostgreSQL or open source databases.
  • Understanding of the software development lifecycle.
  • Experience working on Agile/Scrum development teams.
  • The proven ability to work independently and be self-motivated with minimal supervision and assistance.
  • Self-development skills with a willingness to keep up to date with fast-changing trends.
  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or engineering (or equivalent experience).

Preferably you will have:

  • Self-development skills with a willingness to keep up to date with fast-changing trends.
  • Experience developing highly available and secure APIs or SaaS applications
  • Experience with the Django framework (especially DRF).
  • Understanding of banking or money movement processes.


Sila’s goal is to transform the financial landscape by creating an open-access financial network with a stable cryptocurrency at its core. We want to help developers and entrepreneurs bring their fintech ideas to market quicker and easier by incorporating compliant processes and making money programmable. Sila connects the world’s financial networks with easy-to-use and innovative services and APIs. From ACH, wires, payment cards, and cryptocurrency, our disruptive and ubiquitous platform will allow all sorts of financial apps to be built in the matter of days instead of months. Although the platform already handles significant transaction volume, Sila is poised for its next growth phase and is looking for a Sr. Python Engineer to build and scale distributed service-oriented systems.

As a Senior Python Engineer - Backend, you will build the best-in-class financial services and products. You will collaborate with engineers to build APIs, large-scale systems, message queues, event-driven apps, and work with the leadership team to define design patterns and establish business workflows. Knowledge of the payments, money transfers and the consumer finance industry along with Python expertise is preferred. As a senior member of the engineering team, you’ll mentor a small team working on assigned projects. This role is for a strong individual contributor who would move into a Technical Lead role over time.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Designing, building and maintaining APIs, distributed service-oriented systems.
  • Designing, building, and high capacity event driven microservices and message queues.
  • Creating, improving, and maintaining backend processes per product requirements.
  • Dealing with large data sets, relational and object databases.
  • Collaborating with product managers and other business-side stakeholders to brainstorm, design, and create features and applications.
  • Writing clear, efficient, scalable, modular, and maintainable code.
  • Participating in design and code reviews.
  • Translating business requirements, mockups and other product manager input into achievable milestones and code.
  • Creating and maintaining internal and external documentation supporting all functional changes.
  • Demonstrating excellent communication and interpersonal skills on a daily basis.
  • Willingness to participate in an on-call rotation using defined escalation procedures.
  • Ability to contribute consistently and positively in a high-paced, fast-changing and sometimes unpredictable work environment.

As a member of the Sila Team you will:

  • Be part of developing and building a whole new financial system making moving money quicker and easier.
  • Be joining a great and diverse team of experienced and respected professionals.
  • Play an active role in bringing our customers’ dreams to life and through them serve the financial needs of many underserved populations around the world.

In this role, you’ll be eligible for:

Expected base salary is $145,000- $190,000, depending on relevant experience.

Stock options and benefits package including health care, retirement, paid company holidays, and responsible “unlimited” time off.

Sila Core Values:

  • Accountability – We hold each other to the highest standards to ensure quality in ourselves and our products.
  • Teamwork – We support each other to succeed as a team; we are collaborative and help each other develop.
  • Fearless – We take calculated risks and we are not afraid to learn from setbacks and failures.
  • Respect - We treat every team member with respect and welcome differing viewpoints. No mean-spirited, selfish, or condescending behavior allowed.
  • Integrity – We are honest and forthright about who we are. We admit our mistakes; we live our values.
  • Fun – We are serious about injecting humor, play, and joy into our daily work.

Job Type: Full-time

This position is based in the United States remotely, or from our headquarters in Portland, OR. International applicants are not being accepted at this time.

Sila is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Sila does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship status, national origin, veteran status, uniformed service member status, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Keywords: Python, JSON, AWS, API development, SDK deployment, design, blockchain, backend, full stack, Django, React, microservices, mentor, train, develop

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