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Senior Software Engineer, Kora Compute (US Remote)


Seattle, Washington

Job ID: R00686

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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 a team of passionate engineers who love solving complex distributed systems and infrastructure problems. We are building Kora from the ground up to be a true managed service for clients who demand high levels of availability and performance at the lowest cost of ownership. In this role, you will be working on building highly available, reliable, secure, scalable, and multi-tenant Kora's compute layer. You will be instrumental in driving the technical solutions end-to-end, working closely with the team and key stakeholders to design, architect, and develop top-notch solutions. Here are examples of some of the challenges we've taken on in recent years: 
Kora: A Cloud-Native Event Streaming Platform For Kafka 

Apache Kafka's Next-Gen Rebalance Protocol: Towards More Stable and Scalable Consumer Groups 

From On-Prem to Cloud-Native: Multi-Tenancy in Confluent Cloud 

Speed, Scale, Storage: Our Journey from Apache Kafka to Performance in Confluent Cloud  

Benchmarking Confluent Cloud 


What You Will Do: 

  • Driven and excited about challenges of delivering complex projects in production with a focus on quality
  • Customer focused - making customers more successful by taking on their most challenging problems motivates you
  • Have a strong sense of teamwork and able to make decisions which benefit the team and company
  • Identify root causes, and get beyond treating symptoms - motivated to dig deep and solve hard problems


What You Will Bring: 

  • BS, MS, or PhD in computer science or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • 4+ years of relevant cloud infrastructure/cloud networking experience
  • Strong fundamentals in distributed systems design and development
  • Experience building and operating large-scale systems in the Cloud
  • Solid understanding of basic systems operations (disk, network, operating systems, etc)
  • A self starter with the ability to work effectively in teams
  • Proficiency in Java, Scala, C/C++, Go or other statically typed languages


What Gives You an Edge:  

  • In-depth familiarity with the JVM
  • A strong background in distributed storage systems or databases
  • Experience in the areas of resource management and QoS
  • Experience/knowledge with public clouds (AWS, Azure or GCP)
  • Interest in evangelism (giving talks at tech conferences, writing blog posts evangelizing Kafka)
  • Experience working on databases or data storage



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 $155,100 - $178,400 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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