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Senior/Staff Software Engineer (Core Storage)



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Zip is tackling the $50B+TAM space to transform the way businesses manage spend. Our co-founders started Zip (YC S2020) because they saw the challenges companies had using outdated 20 year old software to manage hundreds of millions of dollars in spend every year. We invented the world’s leading Intake-to-Procure solution to bring a consumer grade user experience to B2B purchasing. And, we’re just getting started.

We're a fast growing team that helped scale category-defining companies like Airbnb, Facebook, Salesforce, Apple, Quora, Pinterest, and Square. With $180 million in funding from YC Continuity (Y Combinator), CRV and Tiger Global, we're valued at $1.5 billion in just 3 years. In today's economic climate, the value we offer our customers is more critical than ever and our business is accelerating. We're growing quickly and need your help!

Your Role

Zip's products are built on top of Ent and TAO, our proprietary database access layer inspired by Facebook's Ent and TAO. As a member of the Infra team, you will primarily work on Ent, TAO, and the underlying database. You will collaborate with product engineering teams to design new features for Ent and TAO that better support their use cases. Additionally, you will enhance database scalability, reliability, and performance to support the company's growth.

You Will

  • Evolve Zip’s data access layer for sharded and distributed databases, to support Zip’s global expansion.
  • Improve database scalability, reliability, performance, and operational efficiency.
  • Support and influence the technical designs of Zip’s products.


  • Experience: Over 5 years of software engineering experience, particularly in cloud infrastructure.
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or a related technical field involving coding, such as Physics or Mathematics.
  • Technical Skills: Proven experience in designing and implementing data access layers, such as ORM, Ent, and TAO.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrated ability and eagerness to quickly learn new frameworks, architectural patterns, and programming languages as needed.

Nice to Haves

    • Experience working on AWS-managed databases.
    • Prior experience designing and implementing distributed systems such as databases or storage solutions.

The salary range for this role is $160,000 - $210,000. The salary for this position is determined based on a variety of job-related factors that may include location, relevant experience, education, or particular skills and expertise.

Perks & Benefits

At Zip, we’re committed to providing our employees with everything they need to do their best work.

  • 📈 Start-up equity
  • 🦷 Full health, vision & dental coverage
  • 🍽️ Catered lunches & dinners for SF employees
  • 🚍 Commuter benefit
  • 🚠 Team building events & happy hours
  • 🌴 Flexible PTO
  • 💻 Apple equipment plus home office budget
  • 💸 401k plan

We're looking to hire Zipsters and that means hiring people who take ownership, communicate openly, have an underdog mindset, and are excited to increase the pace of innovation for every business in the world. We encourage all candidates to apply even if your experience doesn't exactly match up to our job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workspace where everyone (regardless of age, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and more) feels like they belong. We look forward to hearing from you!