Senior Engineer

  • Alpaca
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 10/07/2024
Full time Fintech Forex IT - Software Development

Job Description

Who We Are:

Alpaca is a fast-growing series B fintech company that's raised over $120 million in funding.

Alpaca is an API-first stock and crypto platform that enables developers and businesses across the world to build trading algorithms, applications, and brokerage services.

Our globally distributed team consists of developers, traders, and brokerage specialists, and is backed by a group of prominent investors and highly experienced industry angel investors, including Portage Ventures, Spark Capital, Tribe Capital, Social Leverage, Horizons Ventures, Unbound, SBI Group, Eldridge, Positive Sum, Elefund, and Y Combinator.

And, of course, we are very enthusiastic about open source contributions as well as community building.

The Alpaca Team:

We have 150+ globally distributed (remote) team members who love to work from their favorite places in the world. We have team members based in the USA, Canada, Hungary, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Philippines, Nigeria, UK, and more! We love candidates who have a passion for making a global difference in financial services and technology, by impacting local communities and becoming a part of our hyper-growth company.

Your Role:

As a Senior Engineer, you will be responsible for designing, implementing, and maintaining the systems and services that form the foundation of Alpaca and empower millions of users who are trading billions of dollars worth of assets.

The Ledger Team is responsible for building a modern ledger system, whose purpose is to maintain a complete and correct view of everything that has ever happened in every account. From a business perspective, the ledger provides a structured and organized system for recording and aggregating transactional data. It plays a crucial role in supporting financial reporting, decision-making, and compliance. From an engineering perspective, the ledger serves as the source of truth for many services in the Alpaca ecosystem.

For this role, we are seeking an experienced engineer who is obsessed with delivering defect-free solutions, has proven experience architecting and building at scale, and who is not afraid of challenging conventions or voicing their opinions. In this role, you will have the autonomy to design and implement solutions to achieve defined goals while actively participating in defining those goals in cooperation with a cross-functional team.

Things You Get To Do:

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders–including finance, operations, and product teams–to deliver high-impact features/projects
  • Build backend systems/components with integrity, maintainability, scalability, and stability in mind
  • Own the delivery of high-visibility features/projects, from design to deployment
  • Collaborate with engineering teams to improve the health of Alpaca's systems

Who You Are (Must-Haves):

  • A seasoned engineer, with 5+ years experience working on systems at scale
  • Obsessed with performant, defect-free, maintainable code
  • A strong problem solver with a proactive mindset
  • A collaborator who is capable of creating alignment with technical and non-technical stakeholders alike
  • Comfortable working heads-down or tag-teaming problems
  • Strong coding skills, preferably in Go
  • Ability to debug issues or, better yet, foresee problems and avoid them entirely
  • Experience with IDLs (e.g., protobuf), RPC frameworks (e.g., gRPC), cloud platforms (e.g., GCP), and relational databases (e.g., PostgreSQL)

Who You Might Be (Nice-to-Haves):

  • Experience in the financial services or accounting industry
  • Experience with distributed systems/databases
  • Experience with event driven systems and messaging brokers (e.g., Redpanda)
  • Experience working remotely
  • Experience working at a startup

How We Take Care of You:

  • Competitive Salary & Stock Options
  • Benefits: Health benefits start on day 1. In the US this includes Medical, Dental, Vision. In Canada, this includes supplemental health care. Internationally, this includes a stipend value to offset medical costs.
  • New Hire Home-Office Setup: One-time USD $500
  • Monthly Stipend: USD $150 per month via a Brex Card
  • Work with awesome hard working people, super smart and cool clients and innovative partners from around the world