Patreon is hiring a

Backend Engineer - Fraud

San Francisco, United States

Do you believe that creators should have the ability to get paid for the value they give to their fans?
We do, which is why we're building Patreon, a platform that powers membership services for creators with established followings. Patreon strives to provide creators with insight, education, and tools that make it possible to retain creative control while running their creative business, so creators can focus on creating and energizing their fanbases.

Our user base has doubled in the last year alone, and we have paid over $1 billion directly to creators on our platform. In order to support this level of growth, Patreon is looking for Backend Engineer for Fraud.

What you will do:

  • Design, build, deploy, and support engineering solutions to manage and fight fraud. You’ll contribute to projects from the initial design process all the way to deployment.
  • Write a lot of python and some javascript with robust unit and integration tests.
  • Collaborate with product, fraud operations, data science, payments and compliance to engineer ways to combat fraud.
  • Contribute at a global scale at a fast-moving, fast-growing company.

Skills and experience you possess:

  • You have 2+ years of experience working as a software engineer
  • You have an excitement for learning new things and for working with a variety of technologies in order to ship reliable code quickly
  • You have excellent communication skills to facilitate requirements gathering, decision-making, and knowledge sharing
  • You can collaborate cross-functionally. You will be working with product managers, data scientists, adjacent engineering teams, and operations teams.
  • You have experience working in Python and/or a similar general purpose language
  • You have a strong understanding of web servers and RESTful API design
  • You are proficient at writing well-optimized MySql database queries and can model data
  • You have experience shipping code quickly using CI/CD
  • You have a desire to write clean, easy-to-read code with a strong attention to detail
  • You are interested in learning or have experience with JavaScript, TypeScript, and/or React

Even if you don’t hit all these bullet points, we’d love to hear from you. Ultimately, we’re looking for someone who is excited to tackle new challenges and can learn quickly. If you’re someone who cares deeply about your work with a constant mind for improvement, you’re likely the candidate we’re looking for.

However, please note that in order to be set up for success during our initial technical screening process, you must know one of the following: Python, Ruby, Java, JS, TypeScript.

Projects you may work on:

  • Design, build and deploy scalable stream and graph processing systems to power model training and real-time automated decision making.
  • Migration of our fraud system to a separate standalone service, which will process thousands of transactions per minute, ensuring our creators and patrons are safe and secure.
  • Build risk checks to block in product features that require additional risk verifications.

What you will have the chance to learn about:

  • The design and shape of risk systems.
  • Fraud mitigation techniques that safeguard Patreon’s bottom line while maintaining a positive user experience.
  • How to build robust and reliable tools that are used extensively by an internal operations team.
  • Ways to empower a product that gets creators paid. You will help creators make a sustainable living and achieve higher levels of creativity.


Who you'll work with:

At Patreon, you'll join a high-performing and highly-empathetic team of people who proudly work on fulfilling our mission of funding the creative class. Our culture of creator-first, thoughtful teammates keeps work creative, stretching, and rewarding.

Our Core Behaviors:

  • Put Creators First. Patreon is nothing without our creators. 
  • Achieve Ambitious Outcomes. Set, measure, and accomplish goals that deliver massive value to our creators and patrons. 
  • Cultivate Inclusion. We want an environment that retains and engages the diverse teams we build.
  • Bias Towards Action. When in doubt, we take the next best step, then course correct when needed. We go out of our way to fix problems when we see them. We take ownership seriously.
  • Be Candid and Kind. Be extremely caring and extremely direct in all you do at Patreon, especially when it comes to giving positive and constructive feedback. 
  • Be Curious. You don’t know it all, and that’s the fun part. Everything gets better when you’re curious. Things get more interesting, more clear, and more approachable. When you bring curiosity into the workplace, you’re growing yourself, your teammates, and Patreon as a whole.

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