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Nordstrom Principal Software Engineer - Payments Platform in Seattle, Washington

Job Description

Nordstrom is a leading fashion specialty retailer founded on a simple idea: offer each customer the best possible service, quality, value, and selection.

Being the Nordstrom Payments Technology Team, we own a critical pipeline that powers the frictionless online and store payment capabilities for Nordstrom. Our system provides fast and secure payment solutions, enables modern digital payment methods, and prevents fraud & abuse in the space.

We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer to lead the software development across multiple squads in the payment team. This person will involve in the full development cycle, mentor the developers and partner with engineering managers to ensure the smart design and high-quality delivery of the software.

A day in the life..

  • Understand architecture and systems at the organization level. Design and develop end-to-end solution to support Nordstrom’s Payments Platform that processes billions of dollars transactions annually.

  • Collaborate with the agile, multi-discipline payments teams as well as cross-functional organizations to solve technical problems and come up with cross-team solutions. Elaborate ideas and drive consensus among multiple engineering teams.

  • Mentor the development teams on engineering practices, coach the engineers to develop robust, supportable, secure, scalable software for a high-availability, high- volume system.

  • Lead the software development activities such as design sessions and code reviews in a hands-on style, ensure the team applies the software development best practices.

  • Coach the team on technical problem solving, help the management make smart decisions and tradeoffs, and deliver the projects on time with high quality.

  • Drive operation excellence, proactively identify system and process weakness to prevent production downtime, take timely measures to remediate production incidents.

  • Provide vision to future roadmaps and architecture for the payments tech team

We’d love it if you have…

  • 10+ years of professional experience and a related Bachelor's or Master's degree

  • 5+ years of experience mentoring engineers

  • Comprehensive knowledge of backend technology – Java, AWS, APIs, services, event queues, database technologies, etc.

  • Strong large-scale backend system design skills

  • Strong communication, leadership, organizing and problem-solving skills

  • Passion for new technologies, operational excellence and customer impact.

  • Experience with payment and store retail industries a huge plus for this role

  • Passion for new technologies, operational excellence and customer impact.

  • Knowledge of Linux/Docker and open-source software development is desired but not required.

  • Experience with e-commerce and payment processing a plus.

How we work

  • With others. We have remote collaboration tools where our teams work together collectively to build out technical solutions.

  • With transparency. We encourage open dialog and discourse. We don’t encourage silos.

  • With agility. We don’t believe in following a process for process’s sake. We ship frequently and focus on delivering incremental value.

  • With open minds. We are committed to building a diverse team of people with unique perspectives. This encourages a healthy and inclusive environment that builds a more sustainable, successful company.

  • With pride. We value our people most of all. We invest in ourselves by applying our own strengths and interests to company


We’ve got you covered…

Our employees are our most important asset and that’s reflected in our benefits. Nordstrom is proud to offer a variety of benefits to support employees and their families, including:

  • Medical/Vision, Dental, Retirement and Paid Time Away

  • Life Insurance and Disability

  • Merchandise Discount and EAP Resources

A few more important points...

The job posting highlights the most critical responsibilities and requirements of the job. It’s not all-inclusive. There may be additional duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job.

Nordstrom will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all legal requirements.

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance or accommodation should contact the nearest Nordstrom location, which can be identified at .

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We’re a fast-moving fashion company that empowers our people to be innovative, creative and always focused on providing the best service to our customers. The retail industry is rapidly changing, and we have interesting, complex problems to solve every day – from developing cutting-edge technology and opening new stores, to designing fresh, must-have fashion.

Whether you’re a genius engineer, a phenomenal salesperson or a supply chain guru, we invite you to bring your unique talents and join our team. We’ve been on the Fortune™ 100 Best Places to Work list for more than 20 years because we reward great work, promote from within and celebrate diversity.

Our values are the core of who we are. They inspire our employees, delight our customers and bring our business to life every day.


We strive to know our customers better than anyone else. We listen, anticipate, build trust and move with speed to deliver on their needs.


We treat every interaction as an opportunity to make an impact and deliver excellence.


We approach problems with curiosity and create solutions. We unlock potential to be bold, think big and inspire innovation.


We’re committed to delivering results, both today and tomorrow. We win as a team by supporting and challenging one another to be better every day.


We treat each other with respect and kindness. We do the small things that make a big difference. We create a welcoming environment, helping people feel connected, valued and part of one community.

Come on! Join us!