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Distinguished Engineer - Artificial Intelligence

Hao Yang, Vice President - Artificial Intelligence

A little about us. Splunk is here to build a safer and more resilient digital world. We’re proud to say that we’re the key to enterprise resilience for more than 11,000 enterprise organizations that use our Unified Security and Observability Platform to keep their systems secure and reliable. We’re also especially proud of our award-winning culture and our regular appearance on those “Best Places to Work” lists.

If you end up joining us, we’ll only ask you one thing: bring your whole, authentic self, what we call your million data points. So bring your work experience, problem-solving skills and talent, of course, but also bring your joy, your passion and all the things that make you, you. Because when you feel free to be you, it makes it a lot easier for us to be us.

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Join us as we pursue our disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. We are a company filled with people who are passionate about our product and seek to deliver the best experience for our customers. At Splunk, we’re committed to our work, customers, having fun and most importantly to each other’s success. Learn more about Splunk careers and how you can become a part of our journey!


Artificial Intelligence is a foundational pillar in Splunk's product strategy, and we are building best-in-class AI capabilities into our platform, security and observability products to help our customers to accelerate their journey to digital resilience. We are looking for a Distinguished Engineer with outstanding technical leadership in the AI/ML area to drive our high-priority AI initiatives with a clear technology roadmap to deliver innovations across our product portfolio. This role will partner closely with ML Scientists, ML Engineers and Product Managers, and provide technical guidance to the cross-functional teams throughout the product development life cycle, from strategic thinking and architecture design to implementation, execution and holding the teams accountable for delivery goals.


Define and evolve the technical vision and strategy for AI/ML capabilities across our product portfolio.

Shape and drive our AI technology roadmap with cutting-edge innovations to deliver best-in-class AI solutions to our customers.

Work with the leadership team to build awareness and alignment to accelerate the rollout and adoption of AI technologies.

Effectively communicate with and influence key stakeholders across the enterprise, at all levels of the organization.

Provide technical guidance and mentorship to the cross-functional team and promote a culture of engineering excellence.

Collaborate with fellow technical leaders to ensure the successful and timely delivery of AI/ML models and service integration.

Identify and mitigate risks in our plans and executions, especially at the intersection of business and engineering.


PhD in Computer Science or a related field with at least 12 years of experience OR MS in Computer Science or related field with at least 18 years of industry experience.

In-depth knowledge and proven track record in AI/ML technology, including deep learning, time series modeling, natural language processing, and unsupervised learning.

In-depth knowledge and proven track record in Generative AI technology and Large Language Models (LLM).

Demonstrated experience in leading impactful AI product development at scale.

Demonstrated experience in developing large-scale, complex models and deploying them in production systems.

Demonstrated experience in large-scale data processing and parallel computing – GPU, multi-GPU and distributed training.

Demonstrated experience in building strong internal and external partnerships.

Commitment to staying up-to-date with the field and applying academic advances to solve complex business problems, and bringing them into production.

Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to translate research insights into practical solutions that address real-world challenges.

Excellent communication skills with the ability to articulate complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Experience in mentoring and guiding junior researchers or team members.

Experience in the Cybersecurity and/or Observability industry is preferred.

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.

Executive Recruiting Contact: Julie Baker, Senior Executive Recruiter |


Base Pay Range

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

Base Pay Range: $272,000.00 - 374,000.00 per year

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

Base Pay Range: $240,000.00 - 330,000.00 per year

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

Base Pay Range: $216,000.00 - 297,000.00 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

Splunk's Hiring Practices
Splunk turns machine data into answers. Organizations use market-leading Splunk solutions with machine learning to solve their toughest IT, Internet of Things and security challenges.

We value diversity, equity, and inclusion at Splunk and are an equal employment opportunity employer. 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. Click here to review the US Department of Labor’s EEO is The Law notice. Please click here to review Splunk’s Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement. If you need assistance or an accommodation to apply or during the hiring process, please let us know by completing our Accommodation Request form.

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