Senior Software Engineer - Universal Object Platform



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023
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 $1.2B from the world’s top investors—including Kleiner Perkins, Founders Fund, Sequoia, and Bedrock, and Greenoaks—and was named one of America’s best startup employers by Forbes (#12 out of 500).
About the role
Rippling's special sauce is its ability to automatically react and understand changes and connections across many systems. Rippling developed Unity, a major platform that connects systems traditionally reliant on bespoke integrations or, in worse cases, spreadsheets. These systems encompass payroll, device management, and others.
The next phase of Unity focuses on universal objects, where all objects—customer-defined data, first-party developer data, or third-party developer data—should attain the status of first-class citizens. This parallels the creation of a new type of database. Additionally, enabling next-generation product development. If you find solving these types of problems at scale exhilarating, this role is highly likely to be a perfect fit for you.
As part of this role, you will build fundamental components that empower engineers to develop software with step function-inducing capabilities. Your work will bring about transformative changes in software development practices at Rippling.
What you will do
  • Constructing a unified query layer for accessing data across multiple storage layers.
  • Designing algorithms to optimize specific data access patterns.
  • Creating a domain-specific language that allows engineers to interact with these foundational elements.
  • Establishing a generic data persistence layer that spans across Rippling's entire technology stack (similar to building GCP Firebase).
  • Developing fundamental abstractions/frameworks that enable engineers to create OLAP or OLTP-oriented applications.
  • 5+ years of software engineering experience
  • Experience building large-scale distributed systems, such as high-volume SaaS environments
  • Preferred experience in building out large scale product infrastructures/platforms
  • Preferred experience in our technology stack- Python, Django, Golang, React, MongoDB, Presto, Pinot, Kafka, AWS
  • Ability to thrive in an dynamic environment by identifying areas of impact and independently pursuing them
  • A track record of influencing and enabling forward-thinking technology decisions across a wide organization
  • Excellent ability to communicate complex technical ideas with clarity and precision in written and verbal modes

Additional Information

Rippling highly values having employees working in-office to foster a collaborative work environment and company culture. For office-based employees (employees who live within a 40 mile radius of a Rippling office), Rippling considers working in the office, at least three days a week under current policy, to be an essential function of the employee's role.

This role will receive a competitive salary + benefits + equity. The salary for US-based employees will be aligned with one of the ranges below based on location; see which tier applies to your location here.

A variety of factors are considered when determining someone’s compensation–including a candidate’s professional background, experience, and location. Final offer amounts may vary from the amounts listed below.