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Senior System Test Engineer

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Are you passionate about learning new technologies and understanding how they work? Are you interested in an opportunity to work in a world-class team helping to drive product quality to a new level? We are looking for a curious and analytical Senior Performance Engineer to help us optimise product performance across the Splunk portfolio.

At Splunk, each and every release of our software is highly scrutinised to meet the demands of our customers. As a Senior Performance Engineer, you'll have a key role in our products' success. You will collaborate with peers, field teams, and customers to understand and encapsulate the use cases into industry standard benchmarks. You will work with product management and have the opportunity to interface directly with our customers to get direct exposure to the usage patterns we strive to satisfy. You will also drive projects to integrate benchmarking into our continuous integration and test automation frameworks.

What You'll Be Doing:

  • Defining, developing and executing performance and scalability benchmarking against Splunk Enterprise and Cloud products
  • Developing technical performance test strategy alongside senior management, technical architects and multi-functional partners
  • Identify performance bottlenecks using profiling tools, in order to propose and implement code optimisations
  • Analyse product performance characteristics in order to provide Splunk sizing and capacity recommendations
  • Mentoring, coaching and technically leading junior team members

Who You Are & What Makes You Qualified:

You will have a strong software development background, with either exposure to, or experience in software performance engineering. You will also have 8 years or more of relevant proven experience. You will possess:

  • Strong scripting ability in scripting languages such as Python, Perl, PowerShell and/or Bash
  • Strong coding ability in programming languages such as C, C++ and/or Java plus solid understanding of source code optimisation techniques for improved software efficiency
  • A solid understanding of both the art and science of benchmark creation, measurement and modelling of system behaviour under varying conditions such as system load
  • Comfortable with Linux, container platforms (e.g Docker, Kubernetes), source control tools (e.g Git), and artefact repository management tools (e.g Artifactory) in terms of both tools and systems administration
  • Able to carry out independent root cause analysis to identify performance bottlenecks using profiling tools such as pstack and qmlprofiler
  • Experience of engineering within a cloud-native, SaaS environment is a big plus
  • Experience with enterprise software capacity planning a huge plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher within any engineering discipline

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 employment of qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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