Principal Engineer - Payments

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About Us

Launched in 2011, Twitch is a global community that comes together each day to create multiplayer entertainment: unique, live, unpredictable experiences created by the interactions of millions. We bring the joy of co-op to everything, from casual gaming to world-class esports to anime marathons, music, and art streams. Twitch also hosts TwitchCon, where we bring everyone together to celebrate, learn, and grow their personal interests and passions. We’re always live at Twitch. Stay up to date on all things Twitch on LinkedIn, Twitter and on our Blog.

About the Role

Twitch Commerce is the heart of the global Twitch economy where we provide the means for viewers to support our creators in doing what they love. Payments systems and infrastructure fuels all of Twitch's monetization products. Reporting to the Payments Sr. Director of Engineering, we are looking for a senior thought leader with passion, curiosity, and desire to help Twitch reimagine the next version of the Money platform that provides top tier purchase experience for our viewers, and making Twitch the best place for creators to earn a living through smooth monetization experiences.

You should have experience building, maintaining and continuously delivering high-quality production services, platforms, or infrastructure in a distributed systems environment. As a principal engineer you will lead large engineering efforts, working across teams to create clarity, set technical strategy, design architecture, and bring products that delight our customers. You will work with other technical leaders to push the envelope for engineering excellence at the team and organization levels.

Twitch is the leader in live-streaming and is experiencing massive growth, which presents unique opportunities and challenges in Payments and Payouts spaces where you can make a tremendous impact.

This position can also be located in San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA;

You Will:

  • Advance best practices to set team direction and influence culture
  • Develop new product services on native AWS infrastructure
  • Scale and improve existing architecture that powers the Twitch payments platform
  • Improve engineering processes to increase team effectiveness
  • Mentor and cultivate the growth of the engineers around you
  • Establish organization technical strategy and architectural design
  • Work across teams and organizations to provide value to our creators, viewers, and advertisers

You Have:

  • Bachelor's degree or above in Computer Science or related field
  • 10+ years of professional (non-internship) experience developing distributed systems
  • Proficient coder in one of the following: Go, Java, C++
  • Experiences in designing and scaling a multi-tenant eCommerce/Payments platform, managing vendor integrations and dependencies
  • Experience refining technical strategy and mentoring engineers

Bonus Points:

  • Familiarity with Twitch, either as a viewer or creator.
  • Can excel in a fast-moving and fast-changing environment
  • Experience in using Go, React and AWS services.
  • Experience or familiarity with ETL pipelines (Kinesis, Airflow, Redshift, Spark)
  • Experience or familiarity with Docker, Kubernetes and the container ecosystem
  • Experience or familiarity with ML


  • Medical, Dental, Vision & Disability Insurance
  • 401(k), Maternity & Parental Leave
  • Flexible PTO
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Amazon Employee Discount
  • Monthly Contribution & Discounts for Wellness Related Activities & Programs (e.g., gym memberships, off-site massages, etc.),
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Served Daily
  • Free Snacks & Beverages 

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Twitch. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, or other legally protected status.

Job ID: TW5977

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