Sr. Principal Engineer - Kafka [Remote - USA]

Platform Infrastructure

Mountain View, California

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Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That’s the power of data in motion in action—giving organizations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we’re building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and want you to grow as we grow—whether you’re just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you’ll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

About The Role:

As a Sr. Principal Engineer at Confluent, you will be a pragmatic visionary taking on Confluent’s most challenging problems, someone who can translate both immediate and strategic needs into workable technology solutions. You will be a leader in the organization, a highly visible example of engineering and architectural excellence, who will establish technical standards to move the organization forward, who will be a key driver of Confluent engineering values across the team, and who will identify and help mentor future technical leaders in the organization. You will be a leader outside of the organization in technical communities bringing a strong following and technical network and be an external face of Confluent Engineering in the industry.

For this specific role, we are looking for an experienced engineer, who will define the software architecture and influence the solution and business strategy to build next-generation enterprise-grade Kafka. Here are examples of some of the challenges we’ve taken on in recent years:

We intend to be the world's best, fastest, and most complete stream processing service built by an excellent team, all while having fun - come join us on the journey!

What You’ll Do:

  • Serve as the technical lead in the design, implementation, and deployment of successful cross-functional projects
  • Define and deliver customer-focussed solutions that enable scalable systems development across Confluent
  • Assist directly and indirectly in the continual hiring and development of technical talent
  • Facilitate technical collaboration across Confluent, increasing productivity and effectiveness by sharing your deep knowledge and experience
  • Ensure the quality of architecture and design of systems
  • Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions.

What We're Looking For:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant, broad engineering experience required
  • Proven track record of leading the delivery of large-scale, highly available, low latency, high quality systems
  • Experience with architecture, design and development of large scale platforms
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in large scale systems engineering or distributed systems
  • Experience driving complex projects, with significant bottom-line impact
  • Experience playing a visionary leadership role within a large organization
  • Experience working in a complex, service oriented software development.

Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact. Employment decisions are made on the basis of job-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Confluent requires all employees (in office and remote) in the U.S. to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Consistent with federal, state, and local requirements, Confluent will consider requests for reasonable accommodation based on medical conditions/contraindications or sincerely-held religious beliefs where it is able to do so without undue hardship to the company.

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Best Teammates on Planet Earth
Adjustable Working Arrangements
Robust Benefits
Rest and Recharge Days
Weekly Lunch Spend
Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)

Confluent is Remote-First

At Confluent, we care about how you work - not where. We encourage you to apply for positions outside of the listed location or your immediate region.

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