Distinguished Engineer-Observability Engineering

EngineeringHybrid Remote, San Jose, CA


Distinguished Engineer-Observability Engineering


Remote West Coast


Are you passionate about working on critical systems to create tangible customer impact? Would you like the opportunity to work at a growing company that is changing the way that information is used to support business decisions? Join us as we pursue our disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible, usable, and valuable to everyone. At Splunk, we're a company filled with people passionate about our product and seeking to deliver the best experience for our customers. We’re committed to our work, customers, having fun, and, most importantly, to each other’s success.


Understanding how infrastructure and systems impact user experience is critical as applications become distributed and more complex. Splunk Observability Cloud is a new generation of SaaS-based metric and application performance management solutions built via microservices and distributed applications to help engineers deliver better, faster, and more reliable applications. We're looking for a Distinguished Engineer to help lead a diverse team of engineers to build upon our data platform as we continue to innovate on application observability. We move fast and iterate quickly. We are obsessed with solving customers’ problems. We have ambitious goals to build best-of-its-kind products. You will help the team win in a fast-growing market. If you possess a passion for outstanding technology leadership and embrace the challenge of working on highly scalable systems that handle large volumes of data, this position is for you.



  • Active at a technical level, participating in design and code reviews and taking a hands-on role for strategically important, potentially risky technical initiatives required to achieve the success of the technical roadmap.
  • Ability to delegate, showing a strong understanding of when you must be involved in something versus when a specific task is a meaningful growth opportunity for other engineers.
  • Exhibits a growth mindset and provides mentorship and teaching for other engineers, helping them build the soft skills required to drive impact through influence as well as direct contribution.
  • An effective communicator who is regularly leveraged as the technical spokesperson for driving architectural ideas and decisions and advocating for them with business stakeholders.
  • Works well across multiple Product teams and is a strong contributor to setting product architecture and identifying efficiencies across products.
  • Works with Product Management, Engineering, and Architecture and helps drive alignment on product direction.
  • Participates in high-profile and critical customer engagements & escalations and visits customers as needed.


  • Demonstrated experience architecting and delivering large-scale, distributed SaaS solutions.
  • Strong fundamentals in software engineering: data structures, algorithms, distributed concurrency control, consistency models, etc.
  • Coding proficiency in Java with the ability to quickly learn new languages.
  • Strong debugging and troubleshooting skills, including the use of associated tools.
  • Knowledge of public cloud services such as AWS, GCP, and Azure.
  • Demonstrated experience with operational excellence and DevOps practices.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with 15+ years of related experience or Masters and 12+ years of related experience or PhD and 8+ years of related experience

What we offer

  • A team of incredibly capable and dedicated peers, all the way from engineering to product management and customer support.
  • A stable, collaborative, and supportive work environment. We work in an open environment, work together to get things done, and adapt to the team's changing needs. We keep it real by being open and honest.
  • Balance. We want you to be successful outside of work too! We trust our colleagues to be responsible with their time and commitment and believe that balance helps cultivate a positive environment.
  • Fun. We are committed to having every employee want to give their all, be respectful and a part of the family, and have a smile on their face while doing it.

Splunk is an Equal Opportunity Employer: At Splunk, we believe creating a culture of belonging isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also the smart thing. We prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to ensure our employees are supported to bring their best, most authentic selves to work where they can thrive. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability or medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.





Base Pay Range

SF Bay Area, Seattle Metro, and New York City Metro Area

Base Pay Range: $282,400.00 - 388,300.00 per year

California (excludes SF Bay Area), Washington (excludes Seattle Metro), Washington DC Metro, and Massachusetts

Base Pay Range: $254,160.00 - 349,470.00 per year

All other cities and states excluding California, Washington, Massachusetts, New York City Metro Area and Washington DC Metro Area.

Base Pay Range: $225,920.00 - 310,640.00 per year

Splunk provides flexibility and choice in the working arrangement for most roles, including remote and/or in-office roles. We have a market-based pay structure which varies by location. Please note that the base pay range is a guideline and for candidates who receive an offer, the base pay will vary based on factors such as work location as set out above, as well as the knowledge, skills and experience of the candidate. In addition to base pay, this role is eligible for incentive compensation and may be eligible for equity or long-term cash awards.

Benefits are an important part of Splunk's Total Rewards package. This role is eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off and much more! Learn more about our comprehensive benefits and wellbeing offering at https://splunkbenefits.com.

Thank you for your interest in Splunk!