Senior Staff Software Engineer, Architecture at BlockFi

BlockFi is looking for Senior Staff Software Engineers to join our Architecture Team!

About Your Team

The Architecture Team at BlockFi plays a crucial role in designing and communicating company-wide architectural strategy and setting architectural guidelines across the engineering organization. Our members work collaboratively with stakeholders and developers to influence the architecture of systems running in production and act as integral & embedded members of the engineering teams they interact with.

Your Mission

You’ll work closely with several engineering teams to help clarify and improve the architecture of their systems as well as designing and communicating company-wide architectural strategy. We are looking for proactive, collaborative, and hands-on engineers who have real world distributed systems experience at scale.


Develop strategies, write proposals for new architectures, systems, and processes, and communicate them to diverse stakeholders in terms they can understand.
Work with diverse stakeholders to ensure our systems are built for quality attributes like availability, reliability, resilience, scalability, performance, and security from the ground up.
Deeply understand the architecture for a major part of the business, and clearly communicate quality attributes and risks for that area to multiple audiences.
Mentor teams on design proposals, tradeoff analyses, and design and code review practices. Ensure significant design decisions are publicly documented with tradeoffs clearly described.
Facilitate cross-team and cross-functional communication to specify the problem domain, business goals, quality attribute requirements, and timelines for committing to architectural decisions.

Deliver and Own Solutions:

Enable early and continuous delivery of business value, integrating across technical (development, infrastructure, security, QA, SRE, etc.) and non-technical functions.
Work with stakeholders to understand and document both functional and quality attribute requirements.
Identify problems before they happen across systems/domains, and bring together and lead strike teams to accomplish high impact work.
Build prototypes, simple models, and scaffolding for new technologies.
Ensure that teams adhere to quality standards through cross-team communication, mentoring, code review, and backlog grooming.


Act as a multiplier by developing patterns, systems, standards, and tools that increase productivity across engineering.
Lead conversations about technical direction across large portions of our technology. Listen and guide debates to help reach consensus across teams; once a decision is made, clearly communicate and support that decision.
Build relationships across domains and business functions.
Think one or two years in the future, and develop prototypes to explore solutions to longer-term problems.
Guide tech leads and team members in carefully considering business goals, trade-offs, quality attributes, cross-cutting concerns, and risks prior to committing to design decisions.
Continuously improve engineering standards, processes, planning, solutions, and efficiency.


Quickly learn new tools and technologies, develop an understanding of existing systems, and identify and tackle high impact work.
Avoid dogmatic positions on technical questions.
Proactively seek to learn about the company, products, processes, and culture. And align technical decisions with business goals.

Your Expertise

Technical Breadth as well as Depth in Several Areas: 8+ years of industry experience working with, designing, and building distributed systems at scale. Able to clearly identify, communicate, and document technical tradeoffs, and guides others to do the same. Understands that there is no single best technical solution, and is able to recognize these tradeoffs across our systems in light of business strategy. Deep expertise across the technology stack from network to database to application.

Technical Ownership: Experience owning software systems end-to-end, designing, estimating, implementing, testing, maintaining, debugging, and supporting high-quality software in production.

Communication: Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. Able to listen and learn from as well as explain complex ideas to stakeholders of varying levels of technical expertise.

Collaboration: Demonstrable experience with establishing strong relationships with technical and nontechnical stakeholders, integrating a variety of perspectives (end users, product, engineering, etc.). Empathetic and does the legwork required for building consensus. Always seeks out feedback on technical designs and solutions.

Initiative and focus on outcomes: Prepared to take on high impact work across contexts and as the need arises, working independently and taking initiative while maintaining transparency and collaboration. Proactively identifies problems and comes to conversations with possible solutions.

Pragmatic: Ability and motivation to quickly learn new technologies and systems. Pragmatic bias toward outcomes, and technical decisions that solve real business problems. Not afraid to question assumptions and tackle challenges under conditions of uncertainty.

Your Perks:

We benefit from the great work our employees do each day. That is why we are committed to providing a variety of awesome benefits to help them live their best lives.

Competitive salary because we value your experience and expertise

Unlimited vacation / sick days because everyone deserves time for R&R

Employercontribution towards health coverage (including vision & dental) because your physical health and well-being is important to us

Various fringe benefits such as 401k, Parental Leave, FSA/HSA, and Employee Assistance Programs because health coverage is more than just choosing your yearly plan

Flexible work environment because we are a geographically dispersed team and we believe in balance

Pet insurance because all of your beloved family members should have coverage too

A close-knit team of enthusiastic, collegial and driven people to work alongside because teamwork makes the dreamwork

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