Senior Software Engineer - Privacy

Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto
R&D - Development – Engineering

Shopify is dedicated to safeguarding the trust our merchants have in us, which is only possible through the careful handling of their data. Hundreds of thousands of merchants all over the world trust our systems with a myriad of important and sensitive information as we process millions of transactions each year. Protecting this information and being conscientious about how we use it is at the heart of how Shopify operates.

We are looking for a developer with a keen interest in online privacy. You will help us build and enhance our systems to protect the information entrusted to us and keep our systems compliant with privacy regulations the world over. You will work closely with our security, data, and legal teams to improve current products and build out new features with privacy baked into the development process. Your work will directly impact millions of people by protecting our merchants' data and that of their customers, thereby improving the trust people have in online commerce.

You’ll bring the following skills and experiences to your team:

    • Experience with Rails or the desire to learn it quickly
    • Extensive software development experience - proficient with things like software design patterns, code review, a variety of languages, TDD, etc
    • Interest in developing creative ways of balancing the needs of a fast-growing platform and privacy protection
    • Curiosity about how systems, both legal and software, work

We'll be super excited if you have these experiences:

    • Building, developing, and scaling user-focused web applications, especially with Ruby on Rails and Javascript
    • Developing regulatory-compliant systems (anti-spam laws, privacy laws, consent decrees, etc.)
    • Developing for Spark or similar technologies
    • Database technologies including MySQL and Postgres
    • Data warehouse technologies such as Vertica or HDFS

You'll be working on things like:

    • Writing backend code in Ruby on Rails, data processing code in PySpark, or frontend code in Javascript
    • Collaborating with project teams to help guide product development toward having privacy concerns included by design
    • Responding to changes in regulatory or contractual requirements with timely code fixes and product adjustment

How to Apply 📄 ➡️ 📬 
If you’re interested in helping us shape the future of commerce at Shopify, click the “Apply Now” button to submit your application. Frances will be reading your application, so be sure to say hello!

Experience comes in many forms, many skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. If your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, consider applying. We know that diversity of thought makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we're dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply.