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Staff Software Engineer - Platform



Software Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 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 $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).

About the role

The Platform team builds both the product and technology foundations of Rippling. We’re responsible for the data platform, core service framework, permissioning, analytics & reporting, customizable workflows, custom fields, and any other core technologies needed to write backend code at Rippling.

There are two different objectives for the team - to provide the building blocks of Rippling in order to accelerate product development within Rippling by building all of the common functionalities and connectors. And to create a user-facing experience that allows companies to solve for the long tail of use cases with the hyper configurability of Rippling and exposing the underlying technologies of Rippling in a user-friendly way.

All these projects have customer-facing product components and core platform components supporting 10+ product teams.

What You'll Do:

  • Be a technical subject matter expert, provide technical leadership, and share your expertise with a growing team of engineers

  • Design, develop, code, and test software systems, improvements, products, and user-facing experiences

  • Continuously raise our standard of engineering excellence by implementing and driving best practices for coding, testing, and deployment

  • Interact with customers and support them in being successful with Rippling

  • Influence technology selections and trends of the whole company


  • 7+ years of software engineering experience, with 4+ years in technical lead or architect roles

  • Experience building large-scale distributed systems, such as high-volume SaaS environments

  • Experience in distributed processing engines and distributed databases of large-scale data sets

  • Excellent ability to communicate complex technical ideas with clarity and precision in written and verbal modes across multiple functional teams

Additional Information:

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.

Tier 1: $198,000 - $279,000/year

Tier 2: $178,000 - $252,000/year

Tier 3: $168,000 - $238,000/year

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 above.

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.