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Senior Software Engineer - Payments



Software Engineering
Remote · United States
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Astra processes payments at the speed of the Internet. Through our API, developers can easily leverage accelerated settlement for a wide variety of transfers – everything from account funding, peer-to-peer transactions, and business payments. We make the complexity of interfacing with payment rails simple and our platform optimizes transactions so that our customers can enable their users to process fast, secure, and automated payments. Our platform is powering the next generation of fintech products and services, and we are growing rapidly.

The Astra API is central to how our service executes financial automation for our customers. We empower engineers on our team to contribute to the full spectrum of product development, from strategy to shipping, operations, and beyond. Since our service directly interacts with bank transfers and payments, we have a high bar for performance with matching expectations for problem-solving and high-quality code.

We are looking to add key early team members to join our platform development efforts. As one of the first Astra hires, this position comes with competitive salary, health benefits, PTO, and equity compensation.

You will:

  • Design, build, and maintain an API consumed by our customers and internal apps

  • Build and maintain important third-party integrations, including bank connectivity and payments execution

  • Build and maintain payments and transfer automation – triggers, rules, and execution

  • Build and enhance internal and developer tools to manage the lifecycle of payments

  • Enhance our payments monitoring, compliance programs, and associated workflows

  • Debug production issues in concert with customer support

  • Improve engineering standards, tooling, and processes

  • Be expected to balance immediate business impact with scalability and/or long-term considerations

You may be fit for this role if you:

  • Love solving complex problems

  • Enjoy supporting a wide range of developer use cases

  • Are comfortable working in dynamic environments with fluid requirements and a rapid pace of iteration

  • Uphold best practices in engineering, security, and design

  • Are an effective communicator and like working in a collaborative environment

  • Excited to be an early team member at a venture-backed startup


  • Python experience - Flask/Django

  • APIs - Authentication, REST, JSON

  • Databases/Caches - Google Datastore, MemCache, Redis

  • DevOps - Google Cloud Platform (App Engine), scaling, logging, error collecting

  • Queues - Google Cloud Tasks, Amazon SQS or similar

  • Experience writing and maintaining test suites

  • 5+ years of backend engineering experience


  • Familiarity with building and maintaining an OAuth server

  • Familiarity with financial/payments technology and money movement concepts

What it’s like to work at Astra:

Astra is a next-generation financial services company focused on providing advanced bank-to-bank transfer technology for financial institutions, fintech startups, and enterprises. The company’s transfer automation platform enables its customers to offer fast, programmatic transfers between their users’ network of accounts through rules-based routines. Astra’s proprietary, vertically integrated API allows developers to easily embed financial automation within their existing products.

We are solving the most challenging and foundational problems of money movement with automation and we are seeking bright, motivated team members to help us build that future. We are a small but effective remote-first team with team members located throughout the US. We hire the right people regardless of location.

We are committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. We believe that such an environment advances long-term professional growth, creates a robust business, and supports our mission of making your financial life simple and automated. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye to fostering an inclusive environment that recognizes the contributions of all. We’ve worked hard to build an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and the opportunity for professional growth. As part of the Astra team, your voice will be heard, your contributions will matter, and your unique background and experiences will be celebrated.

Astra is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome all candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, status as a protected veteran, or any other protected characteristic. We prohibit discrimination of any kind and will also consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law.

Our people are everything, our core values are real, and our mission is ambitious. Join us!