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Principal Engineer, Traffic & Networking


Remote, United States

Job ID: R01005

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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: 

To achieve our mission of “data in motion” one of the key problems that needs to be solved is providing connectivity to Confluent Cloud, across all the major hyperscalers (AWS/Azure/GCP) at low cost, with massive bandwidth, while ensuring enterprise-grade security. Solving this problem is the mandate of the Traffic and Networking org. The opening is for a Principal Software Engineer within the Traffic and Networking org, and represents a technical leadership role within the organization. We are looking for candidates who have demonstrated proven expertise in cloud networking, and distributed systems, while having experience building networking data-plane and control-plane components leveraging Linux subsystems. We are looking for candidates who are interested in solving problems related to high bandwidth low-cost multi-cloud networking, elastic Layer-7 and Layer 4 load-balancing and auto-scaling, as well as writing highly scalable distributed network controllers. 


What You Will Do: 

  • Lead strategic projects involving design/implementation of next generation of network controllers as well network data-plane components for Confluent Cloud
  • Propose and build cost-efficient, scalable, and secure network architectures for  Confluent Cloud, which works across hyperscalers as well as for hybrid clouds


What You Will Bring: 

  • 3+ years of experience in a technical leadership role, building large scale distributed systems
  • 10+ years of industry experience in building large case software systems
  • Expertise in cloud networking and distributed systems, building networking data-plane and control-plane components leveraging Linux subsystems
  • Preferred experience in working through the intricacies of connecting to major hyper scalers (AWS/Azure/GCP)
  • M.S. in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering, a Ph.D. in a related discipline is a plus



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 $209,430 - 230,355 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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