Senior Payment Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Los Angeles, CA, USA · San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024

We are seeking a talented and experienced Software Engineer lead with a deep understanding of payment platforms and the ability to optimize them for efficiency, security, and performance. The ideal candidate will play a crucial role in enhancing our payment systems to ensure seamless transactions, reduce latency, and maintain the highest level of security. If you are passionate about payment technology and have a proven track record of optimizing payment platforms, we invite you to apply for this position.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Payment Platform Optimization:

    • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to analyze, design, and implement enhancements to our payment platforms.

    • Identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies in the payment process and implement solutions to optimize them.

    • Ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations in all payment-related activities.

  • Performance Enhancement:

    • Optimize payment processing pipelines to reduce latency and increase transaction speed, as well as throughput

    • Monitor system performance and proactively address issues that could impact payment processing.

    • Conduct load testing and performance tuning to handle high transaction volumes efficiently.

  • Security and Fraud Prevention:

    • Implement and maintain robust security measures to protect sensitive payment data.

    • Stay updated on the latest security threats and best practices in payment security.

    • Collaborate with security teams to proactively detect and prevent fraud.

  • Integration and API Development:

    • Work closely with third-party payment service providers to integrate their APIs into our systems.

    • Develop and maintain APIs for payment processing and reconciliation.

    • Ensure seamless integration with various payment methods and gateways.

  • Payment Platform Monitoring:

    • Implement monitoring and alerting systems to track the health and performance of payment platforms.

    • Respond to incidents and troubleshoot issues related to payment processing.

    • Maintain thorough logs and documentation for auditing purposes.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related field (or equivalent work experience).

  • Proven experience as a Software Engineer with a focus on payment platforms and optimization.

  • Strong understanding of payment processing workflows, protocols, and security standards (e.g., PCI DSS).

  • Proficiency in programming languages commonly used for payment platforms (e.g., Python, Java, C++).

  • Experience with payment gateway integrations and APIs.

  • Knowledge of database systems and data modeling related to payments.

  • Familiarity with payment fraud prevention and risk management.

  • Excellent problem-solving and debugging skills.

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills.

  • Attention to detail and a commitment to delivering high-quality work.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently or in a collaborative environment.

  • Knowledge of mobile payment technologies.

  • Familiarity with regulatory requirements in the payments industry.

  • Experience working with cloud-based payment solutions.

P.S. If you don’t tick every box in this ad, please don’t rule yourself out. We take pride in inclusion and hiring incredible human beings with great potential over ticking boxes – so if this role resonates with you, hit that apply button!

Linktree is committed to providing a competitive compensation package. Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $170,000-$255,000 in the San Francisco Bay or Los Angeles area. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate expertise, the scope of role and level, and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Where and How We Work

We are a global and diverse group offering a truly flexible and family friendly work environment. Kids, pets, and the occasional delivery person are all actively encouraged to appear on our Zoom screens. All of us at Linktree work either fully remote or a hybrid approach.

We currently have offices in Melbourne, LA and (soon to be) SF but our team is spread across Australia, United States, Europe and New Zealand. As our team approaches 200 people, our company will be 10x the size we were in 2020.

We offer autonomy and flexibility in how you structure your days and weeks. There will be the need for some collaboration outside of a "normal" 9-5 being a global company, but we aim to work asynchronously where possible.

How we’ll help you thrive

Our approach to benefits considers the whole person and the unique contributions they bring to Linktree. We want the experience at Linktree to be one that enables people to truly thrive so we can Go Further Together. Some ways we support you:

  • An annual wellbeing allowance ($7,000 AUD / $4,900 USD) to use on things like (but not limited to) fitness memberships, development courses, childcare, travel, charitable donations, pet insurance, home office set up - the choice is yours!

  • 100% coverage (and 80% for your dependents) of your monthly premiums for medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance.

  • 401K matching for you to save towards retirement.

  • Generous time off for vacation, holidays, parental leave, volunteer time and other categories.

  • Employee Stock Option Program - we want each and every employee to share in the company’s success as we go further together.

We believe in promoting a culture that celebrates unique backgrounds, talents, and experiences. We are creating an inclusive workplace where every individual feels valued, respected, and has equal opportunities to thrive. To learn more about our benefits, including our parental leave program, volunteering leave, DE&I initiatives, and more, click here!

Our Story

We're on a mission to empower anyone to curate, grow and monetize their digital universe. We created the "link in bio" category and are trusted by some of the world's biggest brands and celebrities including TikTok, The UN Environmental Program, The White House, F1, Manchester United, Olivia Rodrigo and Selena Gomez. With over 40,000 new accounts created everyday, Linktree is the fastest growing leader in our category. Linktree has partnered with some of today’s biggest names like Amazon, TikTok, Snap, YouTube, GoFundMe, Spotify, Google, Stripe, Reddit and more to help unify users’ digital spaces— and we’re just getting started. Join us in empowering everyone from businesses to creatives in building their online presence.

At Linktree, we celebrate and support everyone’s perspective and background, and we’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We aim to foster a diverse and inclusive environment where all team members have a sense of belonging, because we believe in going further together. Linktree welcomes all people regardless of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, age, or other lived experience. If you require accommodations to fully participate in our opportunities, please don't hesitate to reach us at – your needs are important to us.