Apprenticeship Engineer - October 2021 (San Francisco)

San Francisco | Fixed Term

We build simple yet innovative consumer products and developer APIs that shape how everybody interacts with money and the financial system.

We believe that the way people interact with their finances will drastically improve in the next few years. We’re dedicated to empowering this transformation by building the tools and experiences that thousands of developers use to create their own products. Plaid powers the tools millions of people rely on to live a healthier financial life. We work with thousands of companies like Venmo and SoFi, several of the Fortune 500, and many of the largest banks to make it easy for people to connect their financial accounts to the apps and services they want to use. Plaid’s network covers 11,000 financial institutions across the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Founded in 2013, the company is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., London and Amsterdam.

We built the Apprenticeship Program for non-traditional backgrounds and under represented groups who are ready to jump into the industry. We believe that every engineer regardless of seniority works on exciting, meaningful projects, and defines our technical and product strategy. To that extent, we have put a lot of careful thought into designing a program that ensures our apprentices not only develop a strong foundation of knowledge, but also get exposure and opportunities to make meaningful impact on our products. We’ve created an environment in which you should feel comfortable diving in and tackling some of Plaid’s biggest initiatives. There is no hierarchy when it comes to titles, and a super collaborative team is waiting to brainstorm your ideas whether it be over lunch, in a sprint planning session, or a check-in. We move fast, have fun, and help each other out. 
Here’s just a sample of some of the projects offered under the Apprenticeship program:

Credit: The credit team is building new products, Income and Assets, that accelerate the loan application process, allowing for an easier consumer experience when applying for credit. These products span the Plaid’s full code base and require close engagement with other engineering teams and x-functional partners.

International: The international team works on cleaning open banking integrations, to get things ready to the building of the “payments” product in Europe. This isn’t Payments initiation which is most close to our Auth product in the US, but has to operate differently because of open banking. 

The Apprenticeship will start in October 2021 and will be located in San Francisco

What excites you?

  • Taking full ownership of features from idea through launch
  • Projects with real impact: Your work will touch Plaid’s entire user and customer base
  • Digging through finance’s complex challenges—and reimagining the experience completely through high-quality experiences
  • Interactive single-page applications, built on modern front-end frameworks like React
  • Improve our tech stack, tools, and processes
  • Participate in discussions and brainstorms to contribute ideas and feedback

What excites us?

  • 2+ years of work experience in project/deadline based environments (not limited to technical experience)
  • Great fundamentals and a strong command of at least one language
  • Product mindset. You understand that building the right tools and systems can impact millions of users
  • Adaptability. Most of our engineers work across the entire stack, touching everything from the front end to our core infrastructure
  • Strong track record of building interesting projects, whether during internships, for school, or independently

Plaid is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion or religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, military or veteran status, disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Plaid is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance with your application or interviews due to a disability, please let us know at
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