Staff Software engineer (Architect) - Database infrastructure





About Rippling

Rippling is the first way for businesses to manage all of their HR & IT—payroll, benefits, computers, apps, and more—in one unified workforce platform.
By connecting every business system to one source of truth for employee data, businesses can automate all of the manual work they normally need to do to make employee changes. Take onboarding, for example. With Rippling, you can just click a button and set up a new employees’ payroll, health insurance, work computer, and third-party apps—like Slack, Zoom, and Office 365—all within 90 seconds.
Based in San Francisco, CA, Rippling has raised $700M from the world’s top investors—including Kleiner Perkins, Founders Fund, Sequoia, and Bedrock—and was named one of America’s best startup employers by Forbes (#12 out of 500).

Software Engineer (Architect) - Database infrastructure

About the Role

Rippling is a multi-product compound startup. The product teams build products. The Infra team takes care of all the things that are common. It could be the deployment infrastructure, debugging tools, framework, language runtimes, CI/CD pipelines, pub-sub and database tooling, anything that’s common and generic. 

The main codebase is written in python with Django framework and MongoDB as a backend database. About 500 engineers work on this to add product features. We have other languages and a few microservices being built. 

We are looking for an experienced technologist who can envision, architect and build our data access layer that powers the needs of the products being built. You will solve problems that involve designing SQL/no-SQL data access patterns, sync/async workloads, data archival strategy, application frameworks and ORM for data access and audit logging. The architecture and frameworks you build will be used by Rippling engineers. 

About the team

The infra team exists with the mission to free the engineers to concentrate on product building and not worry about the fundamental pieces of the platform like - middlewares, language runtimes, core libraries, ORM, debugging tools, etc. The team takes care of introducing new tooling, bringing architecture changes and improving the developer productivity. The work is deeply technical, the team members are passionate about technology trends and developer productivity. Few articles to get an idea

You will technically lead the data infrastructure team of the infrastructure department. 

What will you do

  • Envision long-term company-wide technical roadmap that will introduce new features and improve the stability
  • Lead as mentor and role model for infrastructure and other product engineers
  • Design and execute high-impact cross-team projects in data access area
  • Be part of design discussions and ensure the architecture evolves to suit the needs of the platform
  • Refactor existing systems with performant, robust and highly scalable data infrastructure 


  • 10+ years of software engineer experience
  • 2+ years of working on data infrastructure
  • Experience in platform teams would be an advantage
  • Experience driving impact through cross-functional leadership
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with distributed teams across multiple time zones

If you don’t meet all of the requirements listed here, we still encourage you to apply. No job description is perfect, and we might find an even more suitable opportunity that matches your skills and experience.

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