Director, Engineering - Kafka Data Infrastructure


Remote, United States

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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:

In this high impact role as an engineering leader at Confluent you will own the vision and delivery of the data infrastructure area within our Kafka engineering organization. As part of the data infrastructure organization, you will enable a high performing engineering team that solves complex distributed data processing challenges at scale. 

More specifically, you will lead a few of the Core Kafka charters including Kafka Storage, Kafka Performance while managing cost margins of the Kafka product. In addition, you will define the future vision for Confluent and lead the way into new areas including data management, big data platforms.

What You Will Do:

  • Lead a team of engineers and engineering leaders
  • Drive long-term direction and strategy, while maintaining high levels of productivity and execution standards within your organization
  • Create competitive advantages for Confluent by driving technical innovation
  • Establish quality standards, design principles, and operational maturity for your team
  • Work closely with other engineering leaders to prioritize improvements in all these areas - from a culture of continuous improvement to prioritizing large and high impact initiatives that will fundamentally change Kafka
  • Drive the definition, design and delivery of cutting edge data infrastructure features for Kafka

What You Will Bring:

  • Experience leading teams and managers with a demonstrated track record of career development
  • Ability to hire while ensuring a high hiring bar, keeping engineers motivated, coaching and mentoring, and handling performance management
  • Passion about performance and running big data technologies
  • Demonstrated experience of building and operating storage infrastructure in Cloud at scale
  • Great track record of shipping features and project execution. Ability to move fast, iterate on incremental improvements, create a sense of urgency, and excellent prioritization skills
  • Ability to influence the team, peers, and upper management using effective communication and collaborative techniques; focused on building and maintaining a culture of collaboration within the team

What Gives You an Edge:

  • Previous experience with Big Data and Analytics
  • Previous experience leading teams focused on performance and scale

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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