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Staff Backend Software Engineer

San Francisco, California


At StubHub, our mission is to bring the joy of live to fans globally. We’re the world's largest ticket marketplace, and we make sure that the events where you want to be are never sold out.

At StubHub, we are:

Owners – We carry the ball. We act as one team, in it together. We live above the line as optimists and with a solution mindset. We are fully accountable for solving problems, both our own pieces and the whole.

Fan First – We are the fans’ biggest fan. We are the fan and the voice of our fans in everything we do.

Driven – We push past the finish line, aggressively prioritize and focus on what matters most. We debate, decide, commit and deliver.

Inventive – We play a new chord; we celebrate progress over perfection and learnings as much as success. We’re agile because there is always more than one way.

Courageous – We take big swings. We show up for challenges with resilience and persistence. We take risks, embrace failure as a path to learning, and speak up when we have a different opinion.

Diverse & Inclusive – We harmonize. We assume positive intent, trust and empower others; bring a global mindset and seek out alternative viewpoints.

The Opportunity:

As a lead backend engineer at StubHub, you’ll be the hands-on engineer and leader who inspires our team to produce amazing systems that support our product and business. Reporting to an engineering manager or director, you’ll be responsible for working with your product manager counterpart to understand the problems we’re trying to tackle, driving the creation of a solution design, and being responsible for the team in executing. Our stack is primarily Java, and we’re moving from on-premise hosting to a PaaS-based cloud architecture. While this is not a people management position, we expect our lead engineers to bring out the best in other engineers, and help us scale by growing the technical capabilities of engineering as a whole.

You Will:

  • You will be responsible for the technical aspects of a set of our systems (commensurate with your skills and experience)
  • Lead the creation of technical designs in response to business requirements
  • Deliver consistently high quality software with your team
  • Identify areas where technology innovation can be used to grow our business
  • Grow our technical capabilities by guiding and mentoring junior engineers
  • Collaborate with other technology leaders to develop standards, best practices and other tools that make us more productive as engineers
  • Communicate and influence effectively with tech and non-tech stakeholders
  • Eventually, augment your expert-level knowledge of our systems with a broad knowledge of all systems in our ecosystem

You Bring:

  • An ownership mindset - we completely own our systems from the whiteboard to the cloud and beyond
  • Leadership - you are a multiplier of engineering teams, and a trusted partner for the business
  • Expertise in Java and its ecosystem (some tech we use: Spring Boot, Kafka)
  • Lessons learned from migrating from legacy tech, monoliths and on-premise infrastructure to modern, PaaS-based systems hosted on cloud infrastructure (we use PCF and GCP)
  • Experience building products with full stack technologies, and an excellent understanding of computer science fundamentals, data structures and algorithms
  • A talent for influencing and collaborating with PMO, UX, PMs and other functions that help deliver an outstanding product
  • Experience with Agile development methodologies, particularly Scrum
  • A love of diving deep to confront difficult challenges across the organization
  • An understanding of what it takes to build products that are deployed at scale

We expect successful candidates will have obtained the competencies above over a career of 8+ years of hands-on engineering experience, and a BS/MS/PhD degree in computer science or other related discipline

Are you interested in joining an ambitious and close-knit team dedicated to solving meaningful customer problems? Your work will have a significant impact on the business, and help spread the joy of concerts, theater, and sports around the world.

We love creating opportunities for others by connecting people from widely diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and geographies. So, being diverse and inclusive isn’t just something we strive for, it is who we are, and part of what we do each and every single day. We want to ensure that as an employee, you feel eBay is a place where, no matter who you are, you feel safe, included, and that you have the opportunity to bring your unique self to work. To learn about our Diversity & Inclusion click here:

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What makes a successful Software Developer at eBay? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Team player
  • Courageous
  • Productive
  • Creative
  • Quick-thinking
  • Problem-solver


  • Healthcare

    Medical, Dental,Vision, Healthcare FSA, Dependent Care FSA, Health and Wellness Programs

  • 401(k) / Retirement Plans

    Employer Matching, Employee Stock Purchase Program

  • Continuing Education

    Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development

  • Paid Time Off

    16+ Days of Paid Time Off, Paid Maternity leave, Paid Paternity Leave, 11 Paid Holidays

  • Amenities

    Onsite Gym/Fitness Center

  • Sabbatical

    Sabbatical, 4 paid weeks every 5 years

About our location

San Francisco Office