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Principal Software Engineer - Backend (Synthetics)

Principal Software Engineer - Backend (Synthetics)

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.

Splunk Synthetics, originating from the Rigor acquisitions in 2020, is a market leader in front end performance monitoring and optimization solutions. As applications and systems become more complex and user experience is at high stake, observability - the ability to monitor and understand the systems and how they impact users, becomes one of the biggest challenges for engineering teams. We are building world-class tools to help engineers deliver better, faster, and more reliable applications.

We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer to join our Splunk Synthetics team. As a technical leader in the team, you will closely collaborate with Architects and Product Managers to design very large scale distributed systems, streaming data pipelines, and advanced algorithms that power the Splunk Synthetics products. You will also be contributing significantly to their implementation, deployment, and operation. 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 us win in a fast-growing market.

Responsibilities

  • You will participate in the design, implementation, maintenance, and evolution of Splunk Synthetics backend systems.
  • You will design new features and drive their requirements and implementation in Splunk Synthetics backend Ruby on Rails codebase.
  • You will deploy, operate, and scale Splunk Synthetics backend services in production environments.
  • You will help explore and brainstorm new Synthetics product features that help you operate your own systems easier.
  • You will help improve engineering quality and operation excellence for the whole team.

Requirements

  • Several years of experience building large-scale backend systems.
  • Experience driving technical designs for backend systems.
  • Experience with DevOps practices and comfortability operating your own systems.
  • The ability to adapt quickly and can solve problems through uncertainty.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Leadership and mentoring skills and the ability to work with engineers and non-engineers of various skill levels.
  • Passionate about building elegant and powerful tools to solve customer problems.
  • Proficiency in Rails 4 (or above) and familiar with Rails development environment, or the ability to learn it quickly.
  • It would help, but not required, if you have experience with these systems that are the foundation of Splunk Synthetics’s backend systems - Kubernetes/Docker, Kafka/SQS, Cassandra, Druid, Presto, AWS, and GCP.
 
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