Senior Director Engineering - Data Platform

Senior Director, Engineering - Data Platform

Location: Anywhere (work is primarily Pacific timezone)


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!

Are you passionate about building cloud native services? Do you want to help build the next generation of Splunk’s data platform and world-class search and analytics engine? Join us in Splunk Platform where we build and operate mission-critical services enabling customers and developers to collect, visualize, and discover value from their data.

Splunk Platform is looking for a seasoned engineering leader to help develop and grow our Data Platform organization, which includes storage, indexing, search, query federation, and SPL, the Splunk query language. Search is the heart of a data company, and a performant, innovative, and scalable data platform is the key to Splunk’s past, present, and future success. This is a highly-visible role, as you will own many of the projects essential not only to our near-term success, but also developing critical new IP that will create the next generation of Splunk searching and user experiences.

You are someone who thrives in a dynamic environment and has a track record of technical expertise and management responsibility, as well as leading distributed organizations. As we drive forward for the success of our customers you will hold the team accountable to achieve goals of engineering excellence and product value.

Your job includes collaborating closely with your peers across all engineering areas as well as product management, program management, SRE, SDET, and UX. We want you to enable every team member to do the best work of their lives. 

You will be in high demand and this role requires a strong leader who brings a ton of empathy while holding the line of high quality and frequent product releases. You will provide enough structure to bring about prioritization of work that has the biggest impact for Splunk’s customers, while allowing flexibility and empowerment of teams to deliver beyond our customers’ expectations.

You will bring vision and creativity to the organization, guiding the team on when we need clever computer science solutions, or when we should change our approach. You will be partnering closely with product to create and drive roadmaps and multi-year strategies, and integrate closely with both internal and external customers to figure out how to continue to delight them with what we have available.


  • Experience hiring and developing teams and designing organizations
  • Experience growing and running a team in an always-on cloud services environment, prioritizing ops and security appropriately
  • Developing team identity, empowering direct reports and building career growth options for your team, while also keeping the team aligned with, rather than in competition with, the rest of Spulnk
  • Experience working directly with customers and training engineers how to work with customers
  • Experience building cloud-native services
  • Experience building and cultivating strong engineering practices and processes
  • BS CS/EE or equivalent with 15+ years of industry experience, of which 8+ years is in Engineering Management, including managing other managers.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • You will diagnose and resolve systemic obstacles that prevent your team from delivering high-quality software.
  • You will champion an atmosphere of continuous improvement by serving as a coach, mentor, and technical advisor.
  • You will recruit and retain top talent.
  • You will create long-term plans and strategies with product, and work with the teams around you to bring them to fruition
  • You will bring an “always shipping” mindset to your org, encouraging frequent releases and rapid failure recovery
  • You will focus on customer outcomes, tying team work and goals to those outcomes, and foster customer empathy in all engineers


What We Offer You

  • A constant stream of new things for you to learn. We're always expanding into new areas, bringing in open source projects and contributing back, and exploring new technologies.
  • A set of talented and dedicated peers, all the way from engineering and QA to product management and customer success.
  • A collaborative and supportive work environment.
  • We don't expect people to work 12-hour days. We want you to have a successful time outside of work too. Want to work from home sometimes? No problem. We trust our colleagues to be responsible with their time and dedication and believe that balance helps cultivate an exceptional environment.


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.


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.

Individuals seeking employment at Splunk are considered without regards 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 (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), genetic information, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. Click here to review the US Department of Labor’s EEO is The Law notice. Please click here to review Splunk’s Affirmative Action Policy Statement.

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Splunk does not discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Please click here to review Splunk’s Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision. 
For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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