Staff Software Engineer (Hybrid)

Position Type
Full Time
Location : Location

About Blackhawk Network:

Blackhawk Network (BHN) is the leader in global branded payment technologies. We strengthen relationships between brands and their customers, employees, and partners by transforming transactions into connections. BHN’s portfolio includes: Gift Card & eGift products, promotions and distribution that grow revenue faster; Rewards & Incentives that build loyalty and acquisition and are integrated into today’s leading platforms; and Payments that enable businesses and customers to access and disburse funds in convenient and innovative ways. BHN’s network spans across the globe with over 400,000 consumer touchpoints. Learn more at


Our employees are our biggest assets!  Come find out how we engage, with the biggest brands in the world.  We look for people who collaborate, who are inspirational, who have passion that can make a difference by working as a team while striving for global excellence. You can expect a strong investment in your professional growth, and a dedication to crafting a successful, sustainable career for you. Our teams are composed of highly talented and passionate 'A' players, who are also invested in mentoring and enabling the best qualities. Our vibrant culture and high expectations will kindle your passion and bring out the best in you!


If you enjoy building world class payment applications, are highly passionate about pushing the boundaries of scale and availability on the cloud, leveraging the next horizon technologies, rapidly deliver features to production, make data driven decisions on product development, collaborate and innovate with like-minded experts, then this would be your ideal job. Blackhawk is seeking passionate backend engineers at all levels to build our next generation of payment systems on a public cloud infrastructure.Our team enjoys working together to contribute to meaningful work seen by millions of merchants worldwide.


What’s in it for you?


You will build different parts of our payment network, that have high scale, precision and availability requirements. You will be part of a world class team delivering awesome features to Blackhawk consumers and partners.  You will stretch the limits of backend technologies to deliver functionality. You will be constantly leveraging cutting edge technologies on the cloud, and application stacks to build efficient systems. You will be an awesome team player that can learn and coach simultaneously.  You will learn to innovate. You will build relationships with the world's best payments systems while you help them realize their visions. Your work will play an essential part in how developers build state of the art payment experiences that consumers love.


  • Build products that perform, scale, are highly available and fault tolerant with automated failover capabilities.
  • Defines a complete technical solution for a well-defined business problem which aligns to a platform vision. Write clean, reusable code that’s easier to read and test.
  • Proactively influences design to achieve best practices and advocates for technical improvements on the product .
  • Contributes to conversations about technical decisions, resulting change to one or more standards within a team, creating influence through peer code reviews.
  • Shows initiative and independently execute process improvements for the team.  
  • Drive architectural designs for product features and produce artifacts as part of Discovery phase partnering with Principal Engineers
  • Communicates with senior stakeholders within the enterprise on matters that require explanation, interpretation, and/or advising; typically has responsibility communicating to parties outside of the organization.  
  • Works to influence parties within the enterprise to agree and accept new concepts, practices, and approaches.
  • Articulates problem statements, sizes opportunities, and brings substantive ideas to leadership on how to improve the organization/product direction 
  • Mentor/Coach other members on the same team to be more effective.
  • Lead complex projects that span multiple teams from launch to release in a fast-paced agile environment.



  • At least 6 years of experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, 5 years and a master's degree, or a Ph.D. with 3 years’ experience, or equivalent experience. 
  • Solid programming experience building distributed systems using Java technologies.
  • Designing high-performing APIs with less than 50ms Service Level Agreement (SLA) using Java, Spring, Spring Boot, and relational database.
  • 2+ years of technical leadership experience – proven expertise in building large-scale platforms/products using a modern technology stack.
  • Strong computational skills, fluent in data structures, algorithms, and design patterns.
  • Solid understanding of relational and non-relational databases (My SQL, NoSQL, Mongo DB)
  • Strong knowledge of computing concepts such as service-oriented architecture, REST services, fault tolerance, self-healing, network protocols, network programming, multi-threaded programming, performance, reliability, scalability, and security (OWASP).
  • Ability to differentiate good and bad, design and coding practices.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong in self-direction, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  • Deep passion for providing high-quality customer experiences.
  • Familiarity with the whole web stack, including protocols and web server optimization techniques 


  • Experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) including RDS and EC2.
  • Experience with container-based application development using Docker/Kubernetes.
  • 2+ years of technology leadership experience in a modern/complex payment environment.


Salary Range for California Residents Only: $133,920.00 to $180,722.00


Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, Blackhawk Network offers benefits including 401k with employer match, medical, dental, vision, 12 paid holidays throughout the year, 1 hour of sick pay accrual for every 30 hours worked, parental leave, life insurance, disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, wellness benefits, and flexible time off for all full-time employees. 

EEO Statement:

Blackhawk Network provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.  Blackhawk Network believes that diversity leads to strength. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


Blackhawk Network encourages applicants with previous criminal records to apply to all positions and, pursuant to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Acts (and other “Fair Chance” laws), Blackhawk Network will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  For Philadelphia applicants or jobs, please see a copy of Philadelphia’s ordinance on this topic by clicking this link:


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