Principal Engineer, Cloud Control Plane

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:

As a Principal Engineer at Confluent working on the Confluent Cloud control plane, you will be working closely with the team and other key stakeholders to design, architect and build out Confluent's next-generation cluster management platform.

This platform will enable resilient, scalable and seamless orchestration of compute, storage and network components across public clouds. This is a critical and essential ingredient to support Confluent cloud’s explosive growth. The platform will leverage Kubernetes as a unified fabric across clouds and provide an intelligent, policy based infrastructure management layer.  

We intend to be the world's best, fastest, and most complete fully-managed data-in-motion platform built by an excellent team, all while having fun - come join us on the journey!

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead and drive architecture to create a next generation multi-cloud management platform to delight our customers, working with the engineering teams and product management teams
  • Ensure systems are built for high scalability, reliability, maintainability, low operational burden and with high quality
  • Work with customers, engineers and leadership to articulate and shape the technical roadmap, drive bold product directions, and seek out innovative high impact opportunities
  • Be an effective spokesperson and champion for the engineering teams
  • Mentor and develop engineers to build a strong engineering bench. Promote a culture of oneteam, innovation, pride, performance, and disciplined execution.
  • Help recruit and maintain excellent and diverse engineering talent.
  • Work effectively across geographically distributed teams.

What We're Looking For:

  • Seasoned engineer with minimum of 8+ years engineering experience with a strong track record of developing and delivering complex, distributed systems software, and create successful business outcomes
  • 4+ years of experience in leveraging public or private cloud infrastructure to build and operate cloud native applications
  • Expertise in SaaS architectures, cloud security, public clouds and networking infrastructure
  • Demonstrated experience in consistently driving large, business impacting initiatives in a collaborative fashion 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and high EQ to effectively communicate and collaborate with engineers and executives 

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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