Principal Engineer, Cloud Infrastructure [Remote - USA]

Platform Infrastructure

San Francisco, 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:

We are looking for a smart, humble, and empathetic technologist to drive the definition and evolution of several initiatives in the cloud infrastructure space. 

In this role, you’d be responsible for leading the charter, roadmap and execution for our core Confluent Cloud platform. This charter includes building and scaling our cloud-scale, data infrastructure which powers customer facing metrics and events, and evangelizing platform architecture best practices. This infrastructure enables critical products like Health+, Metrics API and use cases like billing, deep insights and product visibility. 

In this role, you will balance strategic long-term thinking with short and medium-term delivery. You will lead our efforts to scale the infrastructure, automate operations, expanding use cases and building out abstractions for data access on top of the underlying data store.  You will be a highly-visible example of engineering and architectural excellence and will help identify and mentor future technical leaders in the organization. 

What You'll Do:

  • Drive the overall technical charter for the infrastructure at the heart of our Confluent Cloud platform
  • Deliver high impact to the business by driving important technical initiatives in areas comprising (but not limited to) operational improvements, stability, reliability, quality, developer productivity, architectural hygiene, and major component refactor across organizational boundaries
  • Be as a strong technical leader and representative for engineering teams
  • Lead the team and the product on aspects of product definition, architectural design, and delivery
  • Improve the performance, scalability, and elasticity of systems in this space

What We're Looking For:

  • 8+ years of experience in delivering scalable software solutions
  • Proven track record of leading the delivery of large-scale, highly available, low latency, high quality systems
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in large scale systems engineering or distributed systems
  • Experience in driving operational excellence for large, production services
  • Experience working in large private or public clouds
  • Track record of providing technical leadership and mentorship
  • Track record of working collaboratively across teams and roles, including but not limited to product management, UX, and other engineering teams and leaders.

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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