Distinguished Engineer, Core Platform Infrastructure
Distinguished Engineer, Core Platform Infrastructure
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As the Lead Architect of the Core Platform Infrastructure group you will be technically leading the teams responsible for the core infrastructure services that power all that makes Splunk, Splunk: job control and management via Kubernetes, control planes and their API and configuration management, load balancing and traffic management, secrets and identity services, and more. In this role you will be expected to dive deep technically to build a plan for the evolution of the multi-cloud and cross-cloud core infrastructure systems to scale Splunk’s platform in the next decade, to set a high bar for architectural excellence while balancing the needs of the business, and most of all to build and grow other technical leaders under you.
In short, you will be the connector between the business strategy and the technical strategy, and have a direct impact on the success of Splunk in the coming decade.
This role requires a technically minded and outcome focused leader who can lead large teams of engineers successfully through being approachable, humble, and very technically deep.
Day to day life in this role will include:
- Conducting architectural reviews of designs affecting any part of the Core Platform and other peer teams. The goal of these reviews is to simultaneously hold a high architectural bar while also providing a safe environment for critique and learning.
- Partnering with Product leads to match strategic product vision with engineering reality
- Crafting architectural designs with the clarity for the organization to see the destination, but with enough space for other engineers to help build the details.
- Partnering with engineering and technical leaders to ensure efficient execution of the teams.
- One-to-one coaching and mentoring of engineers within and without your teams.
- Growing and establishing a senior technical leadership team across the organization.
The responsibilities of this role include:
- Deeply working with and understanding the Splunk architecture, both on-prem and in the Cloud.
- Deep understanding of the development experience for line engineers through to how the code is run in production.
- Understanding the business context in which we operate, and the current strengths and limitations of our system within that context.
- Building and implementing a strategic technical plan for the future of the Core Platform Infrastructure technology area, that aligns with and supports the wider company objectives and simultaneously reducing technical debt and growing velocity of customer-facing features and changes.
- Partnering with Product and Engineering Leads to ensure the product, organization, and technology base is complementary and competitive in the market.
- Mentoring and guiding other engineers through one-to-one coaching, architectural reviews, tech talks, and book clubs.
- Working with people in all job descriptions, from engineering, to product, to support, to UX, to QA, to the field to ensure that customer needs are met to the best of our abilities, and where they’re not met we design systems to help meet those needs.
These requirements are flexible depending on the background of the person: no requirement's list requires 100% be checked.
My estimate is that the skills, competencies, and experiences below will require an individual with at least 15-20 years of experience building large software systems. That said, years of experience is but a proxy to knowledge, abilities, and experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Required: Strong knowledge of how cloud infrastructure is constructed, deployed, and used across the industry.
- Required: Experience leading diverse teams across multiple locations
- Required: Strong software development experience, especially in a microservice / cloud-native environment.
- Preferred: Best practices and state of the art for delivering software to Cloud environments (multi-cloud and hybrid experience a plus).
- Preferred: Experience leading large scale change (of mindsets, technologies, or tooling) in codebases and organizations.
- Preferred: Experience operating a large scale system in live production environments.
- Preferred: Knowledge of industry standard cloud infrastructure components: Kubernetes, Istio, Pulsar, Kafka, Vault, etc.
- Preferred: microservices based development
- Preferred: Web protocols and distributed systems
- Helping people grow their skills and abilities to meet their career goals
- Building psychologically safe environments, where learning is encouraged and failure is not punished.
- Clear and direct communication
- Constant learning
- Experience technically leading teams of 50-100+ engineers
- Full time software development; senior role in operating a live production service or environment is a plus.
- Experience working within sophisticated projects with stakeholders across an organization, building trust, and communicating such that there are few surprises.
- Experience diving deep technically into both on-premise and cloud software.
We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.
For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
Thank you for your interest in Splunk!
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