VP of Engineering

Full Time
Senior Executive

We are seeking a VP of Engineering who will be responsible for the strategic direction and the management of software development professionals.  The ideal candidate will be committed to building and nurturing  high-performing teams across Engineering, SRE/DevOps, IT, Product, Security, and Cloud Operations. The focus will be on consistent engineering practices to ensure stable product delivery that aligns with PayJunction's core values and contribute to long-term, sustainable success. 

Why PayJunction?

PayJunction is relentless and emphatical about helping others.  We exist to drive the success of our partners.  Specifically, the developers who connect to us, businesses who process payments through us, and all of our team members who work with us at PayJunction.

We believe dreams inspire people to start a business, and others to partner with them.  While building dreams, entrepreneurs and business professionals will face many challenges along the way. We believe great partners can make all the difference.

We are your dream partner.  

Your success is our success. 

Our dream is to help you realize yours.

We exist to drive the success of our partners.  We do this by fundamentally changing the way you transact with others.  We just happen to make great payment systems.  If you love helping others succeed, in a culture that celebrates perfecting your craft, consider partnering with us.


PayJunction takes a Flex First approach to work environments. This means that our team members can choose to work from our Santa Barbara office or remotely from home. We ensure that everyone has the resources and equipment to work where they feel most productive. We trust our teams to make the best decision for their work environment.


The Engineering team’s mission is to design, develop, and maintain the products, technology, and systems that drive our partner’s success.


Thousands of partners' love and rely on our platform to make payments simple.


We operate in a Linux and Mac environment, and use Java and Javascript for our development. Puppet is our infrastructure automation tool and we rely on Selenium, Karma and JUnit for testing. Learn more about our stack and engineering process read here: https://blog.payjunction.com/payjunction-engineering-ethos


  • Strategic Planning and Execution
    • Develop and execute a clear, strategic vision for the engineering operations that aligns with the company’s long-term business goals. This includes roadmap development, resource allocation, and performance metrics that support sustainable growth.
  • Leadership and Talent Development
    • Build a diverse, highly skilled engineering team capable of meeting current and future technology challenges. Enhances team capabilities through continuous training, career development opportunities, and performance management systems.
  • Leadership in Software Development
    • Lead the engineering team in the development of software solutions that are scalable, reliable, and secure. Must effectively use leadership skills to manage, inspire, and direct the software development team towards achieving technical excellence.
  • Quality Assurance and Compliance
    • Implement stringent quality assurance protocols and lead compliance with relevant legal and industry standards (PCI DSS, GDPR, etc.). Maintain a defect rate of less than 1% in all product releases and ensure 100% compliance with all audit requirements.
  • Product Development and Delivery
    • Ensure that the products developed by the team are of high quality, reliable and meet the customer expectations.
    • Develop the medium and long term roadmap for all systems based on strategic goals.
    • Translate medium-term and long-term vision into actionable goals for the team.
    • Ensure that the company's products are developed and delivered on time and on budget.
  • Infrastructure Oversight 
    • Manage and optimize the physical and cloud-based infrastructure, as well as the company IT infrastructure,  to ensure high availability, disaster recovery, and responsive load handling. Success includes proactive management that supports seamless scalability and robust security measures.
  • Resource Allocation and Budgeting
    • Resource Distribution
    • Vendor and Contract Management
    • Investment Prioritization
    • Expense Tracking and Reporting
    • Staffing Levels
    • Financial Reporting and Communication


  • Minimum of 15 years in the software engineering development department with 7 of those years in a management leadership role, managing large-scale software projects.
  • At least 3 years in a VP, Sr. VP, CTO, or other comparable high level position.
  • Bachelors in CS is required. Masters in CS, Engineering , or related fields are a plus. Ongoing certifications that show continued learning around technology and best practices is preferred.
  • Experience in the payments industry or experience implementing SaaS payment systems.
  • Deep understanding of the payments ecosystem including areas such as
    • PCI DSS (required)
    • ISO 8583 (a plus)
    • EMV standard (a plus)
    • Technical/regulatory requirements specific to payment processing (a plus)
  • Expert in
    • Software development practices including:
      • High-availability systems
      • Micro-services
      • Front-end and back-end technologies
  • Proficient in Java, AWS and API driven products (JSON/REST)
  • Leadership experience with direct reports from leaders in Engineering, SRE/DevOps, Product, Security, IT and Cloud Operations.
  • Proficient in Agile/Scrum methodologies and experience with tools like Jira.
  • Experience working in at least two company sizes as a W2 employee
    • Companies with over 200 employees
    • Companies with under 200 employees
  • A ‘Builder Mentality’
    • Able to execute and build new teams/products and features, as opposed to just “maintaining” a large legacy product
    • Experience building a minimum of 2 teams with multiple functions reporting, including/not limited to:
      • Scrum Team (Software Development)
      • Scrum Team (SRE / DevOps)

About PayJunction

Founded in 2000 by three UCSB graduates, PayJunction has grown from a bootstrapped startup to a recognized and respected leader in the payments industry. PayJunction processes more than $12 billion dollars annually for thousands of businesses with solutions that make it easy to accept credit and debit card payments in-store, online, and on-the-go.

Our people-first culture values long-term relationships over short-term profits. Honesty and integrity are part of every interaction with partners, customers and employees. We foster a collaborative work environment, where creative ideas are welcomed, teams are inspired, and success is celebrated. PayJunction is a place where you can find experienced mentors and supportive friends who are committed to your growth.

Total Rewards Plan

  • Health, dental, and vision paid 100% by company for you and your dependents
  • 401k with 6% match
  • FSA and Dependent Care FSA
  • Long-term & short-term disability coverage for you paid 100% by company
  • 8 paid company holidays per year
  • 2 paid floating holidays per year
  • Annual learning stipend
  • 1 paid volunteer day per year
  • Paid Time Off
  • Home office equipment stipend
  • Quarterly “fun budgets” for team bonding events
  • Opportunity to be part of a company that is changing a whole industry
  • Opportunity for growth within the company
  • Opportunity for remote, in-office, or hybrid work 

Office Environment

  • The opportunity to choose the work environment that best suits you - remote, in-office, or hybrid.
  • All remote & hybrid team members can enjoy:
  • Those who choose to come into the office can look forward to:
    • Bright and open offices in downtown Santa Barbara
    • Stocked snack kitchens 
    • Collaborative work spaces with Herman Miller chairs, height-adjustable desks, and a large 32-inch monitors
    • Dog-friendly office

Company Values

  • Build the Dream
  • Put People First
  • Value Long Term Relationships Over Short Term Profit
  • Make it Simple
  • Be Data Driven
  • Own It

Salary Range Transparency - The base salary range for this role is $275,000 - $350,000/year plus our Total Rewards Benefit package.  Actual base salary offered will vary depending on factors including but not limited to: education, experience, skills and qualifications.

PayJunction is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a work environment where people from all backgrounds and identities thrive. We firmly believe that more diversity and inclusion in our workforce creates a stronger team, product, and culture.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. PayJunction reserves the right to conduct background and/or credit checks on all of its potential employees.


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