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Staff Software Engineer II


Job ID: R141-2235

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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 favourite 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 organisations 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 organisation. With Confluent, organisations 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 energised to roll up their sleeves and help realise 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 Team - Druid Platform:

Analytics Platform derives intelligent alerts out of the Logs and Metrics. It is composed of multiple areas and domains - Apache Druid, Alerts Platform, Logging Platform. This is a unique domain which consists of a distributed system, application layer, platform layer (APIs) and core alert infrastructure (Apache ThirdEye and Druid alerts). This domain helps establish Observability as a key pillar for Confluent’s long term success and a reason for customers to buy Confluent over competition.sentences about the role and team

Challenges in this domain:

  • Real time ingestion of metrics into Apache Druid.
  • Scaling Apache Druid to cloud scale.
  • Automated and rapid onboarding of customers to leverage alerts driven by Metrics API.
  • Building developer friendly DSL to self-help creating new rules (to rules engine) with minimal code changes.
  • Scale existing infrastructure around ThirdEye and Decision Engine to support thousands of enterprises and custom alerts.
  • Real time ingestion of operational logs from Confluent Cloud clusters.
  • Create proactive alerts when secrets are leaked in logs.
What You Will Do:
  • 3-5 Solve critical distributed system problems around Apache Druid.
  • Develop critical features around Apache Druid.
  • Solve challenging problems that will disrupt stream processing space.
  • Build a product that will leverage the scale of resources available in cloud and on-prem environments.
  • Conceive innovative new solutions for our customers, at the intersection of multiple fields: stream processing, Big Data and analytics.
  • Mentor a team of high-performing engineers and leads, helping them to continue in growing their skill set through hands-on experience and mentorship.
  • Provide timely and productive feedback, encourage a growth mindset, and advise team members in setting and working toward personal development. goals.
  • Nurture a culture of excellence on the team through a focus on hiring, communication, execution, and work quality.
  • Collaborate with others in engineering and product leadership to create the long-term technical and product roadmap and quarterly deliverables for your team.
  • Effectively communicate the roadmap and strategy within the team and across the organization.
  • Create and manage processes that enable the team to do its best work.


Who You Are:
  • Smart, humble, and empathetic.
  • Have a strong sense of teamwork and are excited about team and company success.
  • Driven and excited about challenges of a fast-paced, innovative software startup environment.
What We're Looking For:
  • Minimum of 12+ years of software development experience.
  • Ability to anticipate future technical needs for the product and craft plans to realize them.
  • Familiarity with Apache Druid and Apache Kafka or similar high-scale distributed data systems.
  • Experience in enterprise-scale software development.
  • Experience running production services in the cloud.
  • Ability to ensure a high hiring bar, keep engineers motivated, coach/mentor and handle performance management issues.
  • Experience running large stateful data systems and production services in the cloud.
  • Strong fundamentals in distributed systems design and development. Solid fundamentals in concurrent and multi-threading programming.
  • A great track record of shipping features and hitting deadlines consistently.
  • Ability to move fast, build in increments, and iterate. A sense of urgency, a mindset towards achieving results, and excellent prioritisation skills.
  • Ability to anticipate future technical needs for the product and craft plans to realize them.
  • Ability to influence the team, peers and upper management using effective communication and collaborative techniques.
  • Focus on building and maintaining a culture of collaboration within the team.
  • Degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent experience. An advanced degree in computer science is preferred.


What Gives You an Edge:

  • Experience in open-source development
  • Experience developing Apache Druid
  • Experience using Apache Kafka



Come As You Are


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