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Customer Success Technical Architect

Customer Solutions

Remote, United States

Job ID: R01844

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With Confluent, organizations can harness the full power of continuously flowing data to innovate and win in the modern digital world. We have a purpose that drives us to do better every day – we're creating an entirely new category within data infrastructure - data streaming. This technology will allow every organization to create experiences and use the power of data in ways that profoundly impact the way we all live. This impact is our purpose and drives us to do better every day.

One Confluent. One team. One Data Streaming Platform.

Data Connects Us.

About the Role:

Confluent is searching for a Customer Success Technical Architect (CSTA) to act as a trusted technical advisor and advocate to work with our customers.  The primary objective of this role is to ensure the success, retention & expansion of our customers by providing technical guidance, including best practices, for the Confluent product suite.  You will partner with others in Customer Solutions as well as cross-functional divisions such as Sales, Product Management and Engineering to help our customers accelerate time to value, maximize product consumption and achieve their overall business objectives.

The CSTA role is both deeply technical and commercial in nature.  You will leverage a technical background (e.g. AppDev, SysAdmin, Distributed Computing) to advise customers on their architectures, including patterns & strategies for operating and maturing their Confluent subscription.  You will also utilize relationship management skills & industry experience to guide the customer on how they can best achieve their business goals and value-based outcomes via their Confluent investment.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to build broad experience with Kafka, Flink and Confluent IP as well as gain an understanding of complementary and competitive technologies. You will work with a variety of organizations ranging from new start-ups to large enterprise customers. Throughout these interactions, you will build strong relationships, ensure exemplary delivery standards, and have a lot of fun helping our customers build state-of-the-art data streaming platforms!

Locations: US Remote

What You Will Do:

  • Champion and advocate for the customer within Confluent.  You will be the technical voice of the customer and will leverage learned technical insights & perspective while coordinating between Confluent Sales, Product, Services, Support and Training teams to drive technical success.  
  • Identify customer technical objections and develop strategies to address those blockers to adoption.
  • Proactively support customers through technical lifecycle activities such as architecture planning, cluster & security design, monitoring & automation; review & provide guidance on upgrade or migration plans, platform & application hardening ideas and high availability design.  
  • Guide customers up the data streaming maturity curve through recommendations on advanced technical topics (e.g. data mesh, stream processing, utilization optimization & performance tuning)
  • Develop and present periodic customer reviews, including analysis of technical health and operational performance, to Confluent senior management.
  • Document and transfer knowledge to customers and internal teams.   This assists customers in advancing their knowledge & abilities on their own, while also helping Technical Support Engineers and Professional Services teams better serve your customers.  
  • Leverage knowledge of your customer environments and use cases to influence the roadmap of Confluent products.
    When necessary, roll up your sleeves and dig in to help address customer issues alongside Confluent Technical Support Engineers and Core Engineering.

What You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or engineering, mathematics, or other quantitative field
  • Demonstrated success in a technical Field role for a product / SaaS company with enterprise customers
  • Passion for working on complex technical problems, with a strong understanding of modern infrastructure and streaming technologies; self-starter who loves a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills and an ability to concisely explain tricky issues and complex solutions to a variety of personas
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple customers at a time while paying strict attention to detail and delivering results across multiple initiatives such as driving expansion, customer satisfaction, feature adoption, and retention
  • Collaborative spirit, outstanding consulting & relationship management skills and ability to rapidly switch context
  • Hands on knowledge of one or more key cloud vendors (AWS, GCP and Azure)
  • Solid understanding of cloud networking and security technologies (e.g. VPC, Private Link, Private Service Connect, TLS/SSL, SASL, Kerberos, etc.)
  • Experience prototyping and analyzing code for client solutions in multiple languages (e.g. Java, Python, Go, etc.)
  • Experience with Java Virtual Machine (JVM) tuning and troubleshooting
  • Experience with operating Linux, you know how to configure, tune and troubleshoot both RedHat & Debian based distributions
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly, as well as a strong interest in doing so!
  • Flexibility to travel up to 20% of the time

What Gives You an Edge:

  • Confluent Developer or Administrator certifications (
  • Experience with Apache Flink
  • Experience helping customers build distributed systems or streaming solutions that use Apache Kafka alongside technologies such as Spark, Flink, Hadoop, Cassandra, etc 

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 $123,930 - $180,855, 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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