Principal Software Engineer

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!


On the Apps and Comms team, we are responsible for the application management and an alerting framework for in-product communications. Our vision is to build a single pane of glass through which customers can administer, monitor, and manage all aspects of their Splunk portfolio.

We are looking for an extraordinary software engineer to drive the technical direction and implementation of the Splunk Cloud administrative experience. You thrive in a dynamic environment and have a proven record of software delivery. This role requires cross-team collaboration with our UI engineering, QA, user experience, product management, and documentation teams, as well as technical leaders from other engineering teams.


  • Understand the challenges and trade-offs to be made when building and deploying new systems to production.
  • Work closely with architects and the team to build exciting features, reusable components and products.
  • Analyze and optimize back-end code, and pursue simplicity, efficiency, reliability and performance.
  • Use independent judgment to take existing code, understand its function and change/improve as needed.
  • Engage in design and code reviews of the product, and use your knowledge of customers’ experiences to dedicatedly prevent future problems.


  • 12+ years of hands-on experience developing product backends and scalable microservices with a technical Bachelor’s degree; or 6+ years and a technical Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 years’ experience; or equivalent experience
  • Solid knowledge of Python, Go, C++, or another modern programming language.
  • Experience developing, debugging, and performance tuning highly concurrent systems.
  • Expertise working with thoughtfully designed Restful APIs and influencing API design choices.
  • Mastery of test driven development, developing different levels of automated tests, such as unit test, functional test, and integration test.
  • Excellent problem solving, collaboration and communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Consistent demonstration of technical leadership developing features for large-scale applications.

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.