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Principal Software Engineer, Server – Payments


Come join the team at Zynga making an impact across all of the company’s games – Central Technology! We focus on shared client & server tech that drives the core gameplay experience under the hood. We’re looking for outstanding engineers with a passion for technology and the desire to work in a team with dynamic strengths. The Principal Software Engineer will be working with a complementary team of software engineers to craft and maintain Zynga’s core Payments platform, which enables flawless integration with app stores, consoles, and payments processing providers. They will play a key role in helping architect, build and improve the next-gen framework for our games.


  • Design and architect new backend applications/services running in AWS
  • Optimize and refactor existing services to improve reliability, scalability and to lower cost
  • Document and build plans for architecture and system designs
  • Take a hands-on approach in architecting, writing and reviewing code
  • Review detailed tech plans from others, aligning with the team and Zynga-wide technical vision
  • Proactively identify and recommend improvements to address systemic problems and tech debt
  • Follow engineering standard methodologies to ensure code quality, performance and reliability
  • Work collaboratively across teams to understand product/customer requirements and propose technical solutions
  • Provide production and integration support for shared technology across Zynga games


  • Degree in a technical field (e.g., Computer Science, Computer Engineering) or equivalent experience
  • 6+ years of hands-on software development experience
  • Expert knowledge in Java and familiar with C++ or C#
  • Solid understanding of backend server applications, web services, REST APIs
  • Strong familiarity and experience using AWS and/or other cloud computing platforms (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • Familiarity with containers and Kubernetes
  • Experience with database systems (SQL, NoSQL)
  • Familiarity with web development using JavaScript, Angular, and/or React is a strong plus
  • Deep understanding of algorithms, design patterns, debugging and performance optimization
  • Experience in object-oriented design of applications/systems
  • Experience with agile development methodologies and tools
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – particularly the ability to discuss timelines, design concerns, work with distributed teams, and provide effective feedback to team members


  • Competitive salary, bonus plan and ESPP (Employee Stock Purchase Plan)
  • 401K Company Match Contribution (US)
  • RRSP/DPSP company match contribution (Canada)
  • Health coverage, dental, disability, critical illness, EAP, and life insurance (Canada)
  • Medical, dental, vision, EAP, life insurance, and disability benefits (US)
  • Virtual mental health and neurodiversity support programs
  • Global Fitness reimbursement program
  • Global Wellbeing Program
  • Financial wellness program with unlimited access to certified financial planners
  • Discretionary Time Off policy for many employees
  • Family planning support program
  • Generous paid parental, pregnancy-related disability, caregiver, and compassionate leaves
  • Subsidized Back-up child care
  • Zynga happy hours and frequent employee events
  • Flexible working hours on many teams
  • Culture of diversity and inclusion including employee resource groups
  • Work with cool people and impact millions of daily players

We are an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse and talented workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, disability, or any other class or characteristic protected by applicable law. We welcome job-seekers, players, employees, and partners from all backgrounds to join us!

We will consider all qualified job-seekers with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable law.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities in order to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at AccommodationRequest@zynga.com to request an accommodation associated with your application for an open position.


Zynga does not engage in financial exchanges during the recruitment or onboarding process. We do not conduct job interviews over third-party messaging apps such as Telegram, WhatsApp or others. We will never ask you for your personal or financial information over unofficial chat channels. Our in-house recruitment team only contacts individuals via official company email addresses (i.e., via a zynga.com or naturalmotion.com email domain).

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May 14, 2024

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