Principal Software Engineer, Activation & Foundations

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What Robinhood is looking for in applicants

Join a leading fintech company that’s democratizing finance for all.

Robinhood was founded on a simple idea: that our financial markets should be accessible to all. With customers at the heart of our decisions, Robinhood is lowering barriers and providing greater access to financial information. Together, we are building products and services that help create a financial system everyone can participate in.

Just as we focus on our customers, we also strive to create an inclusive environment where our employees can thrive and do impactful work. We are proud of the competitive products and company culture we continue to build and have been recognized as:

  • Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2020
  • TIME100 Most Influential Companies 2021
  • Fortune Best Workplaces in Financial Services & Insurance™ 2021 and Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials™ 2021

We’re growing and looking for...

We continue to hire Robinhoodies at a rapid pace to drive this journey, and with that growth comes necessary change. We’re seeking culture builders and curious thinkers looking to co-author the next chapters of our story. We’re in build mode, majorly expanding our team while also growing up as a company. Joining now means helping shape our structures and systems, then taking part as we launch into our ambitious future.

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About the team:

The Activation & Foundations area encompasses two major themes in delivering value to our customers:

  1. We activate customers to take the next step on their financial journey, whether it’s getting started with investing, gaining the confidence to grow their portfolio or build a savings habit, or go deeper with a premium experience.
  2. We build the foundations to deliver a cohesive experience across Robinhood, whether that’s centralizing customer identity, delivering a seamless experience for communications across the app, or ensuring UI consistency with our design system.

These two themes, Activation & Foundations, share a common perspective: they sit above our financial services and work together to ensure a cohesive experience across Robinhood.

We are looking for an area-level Principal Software Engineer to help us solve a wide variety of technical problems:

  • How do we share the right information with a customer that meets them where they are on their unique financial journey?
  • How do we make our products and UI responsive to changes in the financial markets and the needs of our customers?
  • How do we scale our services to 10x the capacity they serve today?
  • How do we manage key third-party dependencies that are resilient to big spikes of traffic?

What you’ll do day-to-day:

  • You’ll create and implement the technical strategy and roadmap for the entire Activation & Foundations area.
  • Be defining and advancing best practices in collaboration with domain-specific Senior and Staff Engineers.
  • You’ll own and improve the operational excellence, efficiency, and sustainability of all Activation & Foundations services.
  • Mentor Senior and Staff Engineers and up-level the Activation & Foundations engineering organization.
  • Be a hands-on developer for critical projects in the roadmap.
  • Influence organizational goals and strategy as the representative of the technical teams within Activation & Foundations.
  • You’ll be helping grow Robinhood’s Technical Lead community through interviews and close partnership with our Recruiting team.

About you:

  • 10+ years of software engineering experience.
  • 3+ years technically leading large engineering organizations with multiple teams.
  • You have a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience.
  • You have helped establish a community of Senior and Staff Engineers that is able to set strategy and help one another grow.
  • You have experience with distributed systems and know how to make them reliable and correct at scale.
  • You are comfortable with either mobile or web concepts and have experience building products across the technical stack.
  • You enjoy collaborating with a variety of functions, including Engineering, Data, Product Management, Design, and Management.
  • You are an excellent communicator and are comfortable explaining complex technical concepts to senior managers and other engineers.

Technologies we use:

  • Python + Django and Go are our main languages and frameworks on the backend
  • PostgreSQL as our primary data store, Redis and Memcached as our caching layer
  • Kafka and Celery as our task queue
  • We deploy using Kubernetes in AWS Cloud
  • Native development on the frontend: Swift on iOS, Kotlin on Android, and TypeScript + React on Web

We’re looking for more growth-minded and collaborative people to be a part of our journey in democratizing finance for all. If you’re ready to give 100% in helping us achieve our mission—we’d love to have you apply even if you feel unsure about whether you meet every single requirement in this posting. At Robinhood, we're looking for people invigorated by our mission, values, and drive to change the world, not just those who simply check off all the boxes.

Robinhood promotes diversity and provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We are dedicated to building a company that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work (and work environment) will be for everyone. Additionally, Robinhood provides reasonable accommodations for candidates on request and respects applicants' privacy rights. To review Robinhood's Privacy Policy please visit

Robinhood's benefits include generous time off, 401(k) participation with employer match, comprehensive health coverage, a health savings account (HSA), wellness benefits, backup childcare and education stipends (all benefits are subject to applicable taxes and based on eligibility). 


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