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Principal Software Engineer - Data Engineering

Fastly helps people stay better connected with the things they love.




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Fastly helps people stay better connected with the things they love. Fastly’s edge cloud platform enables customers to create great digital experiences quickly, securely, and reliably by processing, serving, and securing our customers’ applications as close to their end-users as possible — at the edge of the Internet. The platform is designed to take advantage of the modern internet, to be programmable, and to support agile software development. Fastly’s customers include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including Vimeo, Pinterest, The New York Times, and GitHub.
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Principal Software Engineer, Data Engineering
We are looking for a technical leader with experience in building and growing large scale data pipelines. You will support the Data Engineering Organization to improve the reliability, speed, and efficiency of the pipelines that power our existing and future integrated Security products.  
You will have the autonomy and support to experiment, improve and ultimately define the future of the systems you are responsible for. As a Data Engineering leader you will provide mentorship as well as help us shape patterns, standards, and methodologies for the whole department.

What You'll Do
  • Develop, maintain, and test globally distributed systems that collect and aggregate large amounts of data 
  • Help build the infrastructure required to reliably and securely transport data from a wide variety of sources
  • Maintain and evolve the pipeline APIs that the broad Fastly organization relies upon
  • Help us optimize (even re-design!) our company’s data architecture to support the next generation of products and data initiatives
  • Mentor teams in everything from monitoring to solving complex code issues
  • Anticipate the scalability & performance needs of Data Engineering teams at Fastly
  • Work collaboratively with cross functional teams

What We're Looking For
  • Understanding of the challenges involved in building, operating, and maintaining scalable and reliable streaming data pipelines (Apache Beam, Spark, etc)
  • Experience in projects related to low-latency data collection and analysis
  • Experience with programming in Java or Kotlin
  • Writing code that is performant, maintainable, clear, and concise
  • A history of technical leadership for highly scalable & reliable software
  • A technical lead who can execute effectively with a distributed team
  • Thoughtful, customer driven approach to design and implementation

Bonus Points
  • Experience with GCP (Google Cloud Platform) or AWS infrastructure
  • Experience programming in Go or similar languages
  • Experience with Machine Learning & Analytical tools
  • Experience with pub/sub style message queues such as Google Pub/Sub, NSQ, Kafka, Kinesis
  • Experience with relational and non-relational storage systems (BigQuery, MySQL, BigTable, Dynamo, Cassandra)
  • Expertise in designing, analyzing, profiling, and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems
  • Data Science experience
In accordance with applicable law, Fastly’s minimum base pay for this role if hired in Colorado is $169,000 per year. Additionally, this role is eligible to participate in Fastly's equity plan. Final offer amount will be at the company’s sole discretion and determined by multiple factors, including years and depth of experience and expertise, location and other business considerations. Note that this role is available to candidates outside of Colorado and different minimum compensation may apply.
Fastly is proud to deliver a strong total rewards program to our employees. This role is eligible to participate in the following benefits:
  • Health benefits (medical, dental, and vision)
    • Medical: Cigna or Kaiser available
  • Retirement benefits and employer match
  • Life Insurance (Basic and Voluntary Life)
  • Short & Long Term Disability with a buy-up LTD option
  • Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness benefits
  • Flex Spending Accounts & Mass Transit benefits
  • Open Vacation Policy
  • Sick Time
  • Generous leave benefits (medical, maternity, paternity, and personal)
  • Paid wellness days
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Learning & reimbursement program stipend
  • Mobile and internet allowance
  • Wellness stipend
  • Pet insurance
Fastly reserves the right to amend or modify for any reasons in accordance with applicable law.

Why Fastly?
  • We have a huge impact. Fastly is a small company with a big reach. Not only do our customers have a tremendous user base, but we also support a growing number of open source projects and initiatives. Outside of code, employees are encouraged to share causes close to their heart with others so we can help lend a supportive hand.
  • We love distributed teams. Fastly’s home-base is in San Francisco, but we have multiple offices and employees sprinkled around the globe. In fact, 50% of our employees work outside of SF! An international remote culture is in our DNA.
  • We care about you. Fastly works hard to create a positive environment for our employees, and we think your life outside of work is important too. We support our teams with great benefits like up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave, options for free medical/dental/vision plans, and an open vacation program that enables our folks to take the time they need to recharge (some benefits may vary by location).
  • We value diversity. Growing and maintaining our inclusive and diverse team matters to us. We are committed to being a company where our employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work and have the ability to be successful -- every day.
  • We are passionate. Fastly is chock full of passionate people and we’re not ‘one size fits all’. Fastly employs authors, pilots, skiers, parents (of humans and animals), makeup geeks, coffee connoisseurs, and more. We love employees for who they are and what they are passionate about.
We’re always looking for humble, sharp, and creative folks to join the Fastly team. If you think you might be a fit, please apply!
Fastly is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a safe and welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment.  
Employment decisions at Fastly are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, family or parental status, disability*, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Fastly encourages applicants from all backgrounds.
*Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Fastly. Please inform us if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.
Fastly collects and processes personal data submitted by job applicants in accordance with our Privacy Policy. Please see our privacy notice for job applicants.

About this role

February 24th, 2022

August 24th, 2021

Full Time

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Fastly helps the world’s most popular digital businesses keep pace with their customer expectations by delivering fast, secure, and scalable online experiences. Businesses trust the Fastly edge cloud platform to accelerate the pace of technical innovation, mitigate evolving threats, and scale on demand. Founded in 2011, Fastly powers online destinations including Airbnb, GitHub, Alaska Airlines, Pinterest, Vimeo, The Guardian, The New York Times, and Ticketmaster. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter @fastly. 

Our global working community spans from San Francisco to Denver, New York, London, and Tokyo. We provide challenging work, opportunities to learn, high-quality teammates, and, most importantly, we have a lot of fun doing what we love. Our San Francisco headquarters is located in the heart of SOMA, close to MUNI, BART, and Caltrain.

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