Principal Engineer I, Compute

Engineering United States

Position at Confluent Inc

With Confluent, organizations can harness the full power of continuously flowing data to innovate and win in the modern digital world. We have a purpose that drives us to do better every day -- we're creating an entirely new category within data infrastructure - data streaming. This technology will allow every organization to create experiences and use the power of data in ways that profoundly impact the way we all live. This impact is our purpose and drives us to do better every day.

One Confluent. One team. One Data Streaming Platform.

Data Connects Us.

About the Role:

As Principal Engineer of the new Compute Platform, you will be working closely with the team and other key stakeholders to design, architect and build out our secure, multi-tenant, polyglot, Cloud-native Compute substrate to enable new business opportunities across Confluent Cloud (including Kafka, Flink, Connect and more) . As a senior technical leader, you think strategically and you help drive end-to-end technical delivery from customer experience to scaling internal operations. You are not confined to the status quo and you leverage your expertise in Cloud-native, large-scale distributed systems to help take our platform to the next level. You worry about key operational aspects (availability, reliability, performance, monitoring, emergency response, capacity planning, disaster recovery) of our new Compute Platform, and you make sure that we have a highly-available, resilient and secure offering that our largest customers can rely on. If you love the hum of big data systems, thinking about how to make them run as smoothly as possible, and want to have a big influence on the architecture plus operational design points of this new product, then you will fit right in. 

What You Will Do:

  • Be part of driving the overall technical charter for the new Compute Platform -- including, but not limited to cloud infrastructure, big data systems, and security
  • Work closely with product management and engineering management to build and drive the overall roadmap for Confluent’s Compute Platform to enable new business opportunities
  • Deliver high impact to the business by driving important technical initiatives in areas comprising (but not limited to) security, reliability, multi-tenancy, architectural direction, and major component refactoring across organizational boundaries
  • Be a strong technical leader and representative for engineering across the Compute organization
  • Lead the team and the product on aspects of product definition, architectural design, and delivery

What You Will Bring:

  • 10+ years of experience in delivering scalable software solutions
  • Proven track record of leading the delivery of large-scale, highly available, low latency, high quality systems
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in hyper-scale distributed systems engineering
  • Deep expertise in multi-cluster / multi-tenant Kubernetes a big plus
  • Expertise in Language Runtimes / VMs (JVM, WASM, CPython, etc.) a big plus
  • Expertise in Container & Virtualization/Hypervisor technologies (firecracker/gVisor/ cloud-hypervisor/kata-containers, etc.)
  • Experience in Cloud Native technologies including networking & security
  • Experience in driving operational excellence for large, production services
  • Track record of providing technical leadership and mentorship
  • Track record of working collaboratively across teams and roles, including but not limited to product management, UX, and other engineering teams and leaders.

Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact. Employment decisions are made on the basis of job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

At Confluent, we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits that are in line with industry standards. We analyze and carefully consider several factors when determining compensation, including work history, education, professional experience, and location. This position has an annual estimated salary of $209,430 - $230,355 USD, an annual bonus, and a competitive equity package. The actual pay may vary depending on your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Confluent offers a wide range of employee benefits. To learn more about our benefits click HERE.

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