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Head of Kafka Engineering


Remote, United States

Job ID: R00277

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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 building a massively scalable stream processing infrastructure that enables low-latency operations like filters, joins and aggregations on real-time data. This will enable our customers to easily build stateful stream-processing applications that are scalable, elastic, and fully fault-tolerant. 

We are looking for a senior leader to lead this organization. In this role, we are excited for you to drive the vision, recruit and build out the engineering team and create a high-performing engineering team that solves complex stream processing challenges at scale.

What You Will Do:

  • Lead a highly productive, global team of software 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
  • Continue a strong growth trajectory by hiring top tier engineers, and establish quality standards, design principles, and operational maturity for your team
  • Work closely with peer 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:

  • 5+ years of engineering management experience leading productive, high-functioning teams.
  • Ability to hire while ensuring a high hiring bar, keep engineers motivated, coach/mentor, and handle performance management.
  • Experience with running large stateful data systems in the cloud.
  • Strong fundamentals in distributed systems design and development.
  • A great track record of shipping features and hitting deadlines consistently. Should be able to move fast, build in increments, and iterate. Have a sense of urgency, an aggressive mindset towards achieving results, and excellent prioritization skills. 
  • Able to anticipate future technical needs for the product and craft plans to realize them, guided by our customers. 
  • Preferred experience running production services in public clouds
  • 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.
  • Master's degree in Computer Science. 


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.

At Confluent, we are committed to providing competitive pay and benefits that are in line with industry standards. We analyze and carefully consider several factors when determining compensation, including work history, education, professional experience, and location.  This position has an annual estimated salary of $266,400 - $319,700 USD, an annual bonus, and a competitive equity package. The actual pay may vary depending on your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Confluent offers a wide range of employee benefits. To learn more about our benefits click HERE.

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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 job location or your immediate region.

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