Senior Staff Software Engineer

Website OKX

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About the job
Who We Are

At OKX, we believe our future is reshaped with technology.


Founded in 2017, OKX is one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchanges. OKX innovatively adopted blockchain technology to reshape the financial ecosystem by offering some of the most diverse and sophisticated products, solutions, and trading tools on the market. Trusted by more than 20 million users in over 180 countries globally, OKX strives to provide an engaging platform that empowers every individual to explore the world of crypto. In addition to its world-class DeFi exchange, OKX serves its users with OKX insights, a research arm that is at the cutting edge of the latest trends in the cryptocurrency industry. With its extensive range of crypto products and services, and unwavering commitment to innovation, OKX’s vision is a world of financial access backed by blockchain and the power of decentralized finance.


We invest in our people as much as we invest in the technology. We are united by our engaging culture, here we win as a team, embrace changes, and do the right thing. We are committed to creating a friendly, rewarding and diverse environment for OKers. It doesn’t matter where you come from, everyone feels valued here, respected and has the same opportunities to develop and thrive — we want to bring out the best in you.


About the Team

Our Payments Team is a recently-formed development team focused on supporting a growing list of integrations to support payments, crypto transactions and the creation of complex compliance and regulation flows. This is a unique opportunity for technology enthusiasts to embrace your next challenge, to design tailor-made solutions, and to build high-performance web services that handle large volumes of transactions 24×7.


About the Opportunity

We’re looking for a Senior Staff Software Engineer to help lead our Payments Team. This role will provide an early and significant impact on the engineering team in the US. You will be reporting to the engineering director of payment engineering and also work closely with product leadership, head of engineering. You will collaborate with the oversea engineering team and work with management to build out the payment engineering team in the US.


What You’ll Be Doing:

Design and develop 24/7 high scale APIs and distributed systems, the tech stack will be on AWS. Java would be the language for the existing code base. Java Spring Boot will be the framework
Write unit tests, integration tests and CI/CD scripts
Own, monitor and improve our services in production
Lead design efforts, write technical design documents and hold design review meetings
Own and lead collaborative efforts with various stakeholders including: Product, Design, Business and oversea engineering teams
Development and testing of high quality product features spanning multiple product domains
Work with engineering managers, architects, engineers & QA to develop innovative solutions that meet market needs w.r.t functionality, performance, reliability, realistic implementation schedules and adherence to development goals and principles
Be a technical leader; research and promote new technologies and tools
Face technical challenges – performance, fault-tolerance, security and live production issues
Be involved throughout our services life cycle, influence every step of the way
Be part of an amazing fast-paced team


What We Look For In You:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical field, or equivalent work experience. An advanced degree is preferred.
At least 7 years of relevant work experience in software development, with a focus on building complex systems for infrastructure, including storage, distributed systems, or large-scale system design.
Expertise as Java developer, other language experience (C++, Python, Go, Rust) can be a plus
Experience designing, analyzing and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems. And expertise in dealing with complex legacy systems and transforming them into modern, scalable solutions.
Proficiency in designing and implementing solutions using advanced industry technologies and frameworks.
Demonstrated ability to solve cross-cutting concerns in application design, such as security, performance, scalability, and maintainability.
A deep understanding of system architecture, including processors, storage, and networking.
Experience with open-source technologies and cloud services; experience with AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure is a plus.
Familiarity with running web services at scale; understanding of systems internals and networking are a plus.
Experience working in a DevOps environment, including CI/CD, monitoring, and incident response.
Results oriented, self-learner, problem solver with a ‘can do’ attitude
Work well in a team environment and be able to effectively drive cross-team solutions that have complex dependencies and requirements
A continuous learner, keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies.
Fluent in both spoken and written Mandarin and English


Nice to Haves:

Experience with Java Spring Boot is preferred
You either are already or are eager to become an expert in the blockchain and cryptocurrency landscape and will understand how speculators, traders, digital asset exchanges, blockchain money services businesses and financial institutions operate
Experience working in disruptive technology, successfully launching products, ideally, within FinTech, eCommerce, SaaS, AdTech, or Digital Wallet business experience
A history (and preference) of being both strategic, analytical and execution-oriented
Familiarity with product management processes and tools
Experience working with teams across offices and time zones


Highlights of Perks and Benefits:

Market competitive total compensation package
Comprehensive insurance package including medical, dental, vision, disability & life insurance (Company pays 100% for employee/80% for dependents)
401K with company contribution
Paid Parental Leave
Employee Referral Bonus Program paid in BTC
Company Donation Match
More surprises when you join!


The salary range for this position is $233,000.00 to $350,000.00. The salary offered depends on a variety of factors, including job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and market location. In addition to the salary, a performance bonus and long-term incentives may be provided as part of the compensation package, as well as a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the position offered. Applicants should apply via Okcoin and OKX internal or external careers site.


OKX/Okcoin Statement:

OKX and Okcoin is committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, genetic information, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful alien status, national origin, age, marital status, and non-job related physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Pay range in San Jose, CA
Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, and location.

Base salary
$233,000/yr – $350,000/yr
Featured benefits
Medical insurance
Vision insurance
Dental insurance
Paid maternity leave
Paid paternity leave
Commuter benefits

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