Principal Software Engineer

| Greater Boston Area

Acquia is the open source digital experience company. We provide the world's most ambitious brands with technology (built around Drupal) that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter. At Acquia we believe in the power of community and collaboration - giving our customers the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms.

Headquartered in the U.S., we have been named as one of North America’s fastest growing software companies as reported by Deloitte and Inc. Magazine, and have been rated a leader by the analyst community and named one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. We are Acquia. We are building for the future of the web, and we want you to be a part of it.

Does running thousands of machines in the cloud without ever logging into a single box sound like the future to you? Do you like architecting applications that can scale horizontally to perform billions or trillions of monthly operations? Acquia is looking for a motivated software engineer to join our orchestration team.

Acquia runs one of the world's largest Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. Our Drupal optimized cloud runs on over 18,000 AWS instances and delivers billions of page views per month, running some of the largest and most mission-critical websites in the world. We are seeking exceptional cloud infrastructure engineers who desire to deliver world-class performance and reliability while building powerful tools that enable our customers effortlessly scale their web applications. At Acquia, we are obsessive about providing our customers with security, availability, and scalability that is second to none and are looking for engineers who are equally passionate.

Job Description:

  • Design and develop the services that manage Acquia Cloud Caching and Routing layer
  • Research, specify, and test cloud hosting architectures leveraging your web, database, and architectural knowledge
  • Own the services you build, from proof-of-concept to enterprise level SLA, build, test, deploy and operate
  • Collaborate with other functional teams to support the larger Acquia Cloud vision
  • Executes projects effectively and efficiently

Requirements:

  • Strong object oriented programming experience with a scripting language such as PHP, Ruby, Python, etc.
  • Familiarity with principles of domain-driven design, refactoring and writing clean, maintainable code
  • Strong understanding of AWS load balancing services
  • Strong understanding of API design, including RPC (e.g. Thrift, gRPC) and REST fundamentals
  • Knowledge of software testing best practices (unit testing, integration testing, functional testing, etc)
  • Deep, working knowledge of linux operating systems (systemd, package management, memory management, etc)
  • Experience with caching and routing of requests at the edge layer
  • Holistic understanding of the Internet and web application hosting from the network layer up through the application layer
  • Experience building and operating distributed systems and/or service oriented architectures
  • Works in collaborative and supportive manner
  • Strives to consistently achieve excellence in work delivered

Extra Credit:

  • Languages: PHP, Ruby, Go
  • Experience with building or developing with Drupal open source CMS
  • Automated testing experience (Jenkins, TravisCI)
  • Cloud hosting experience (AWS, Google Compute, Azure)
  • Configuration management (Puppet, Chef, Ansible)
  • Networking (e.g., TCP/IP, Routing, DNS, load balancing, HTTP caching, clustering, VPN, etc.)

Acquia is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. We hire without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Ember.jsFrameworks
    • HadoopFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SymfonyFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases

Location

Excellent, busy area close to Faneuil Hall with shopping and fun after-work options. Tons of varied and great lunch options - we have a great list!

An Insider's view of Acquia

What are some social events your company does?

The Boston office partnered with the Department of Children and Families to pair employees with the holiday wish lists of children in DCF care. In December, 2017, we helped fulfill the wishes of 200 children through gifts of toys and clothing.

Amy H.

Senior Talent Operations Partner

What projects are you most excited about?

I believe we will see even more significant technology-driven changes in our lives in the next decade or two . . . I am optimistic that the good in us will prevail and that we will achieve a more just society driven by technology. I am proud to be a part of the software industry which is a major factor in this technological advancement of humanity.

Radhika

Manager and Principal Software Engineer

How does the company support your career growth?

Our people are motivated by professional growth and development, and every day, there’s an opportunity to learn something new that can help you develop your career. We have a really strong peer-to-peer learning culture, and our internal mobility program encourages Acquians to explore new roles within the company.

Amy P.

Senior Director, Global Talent Development

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

It’s very important to me that our engineers feel motivated, which comes down to feeling empowered and making a contribution. So I speak to them a lot one-on-one to understand . . . ‘What’s really going for you right now? What keeps you excited to go to work? What things really frustrate you?’ . . . The key is communication.

Peter

Senior Vice President, Engineering

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Acquia’s made an invaluable impact to raise the profile of the amazing creative and technical work that’s happening across the city. Innovation in Boston spans AI to cryptocurrencies, security and fintech. We’re driving innovation around the customer experience, and Boston is a great place to do that.

Matt

Senior Vice President, Product

What are Acquia Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies

Additional Perks + Benefits

Work/life balance is important to us. Employees take time off when they need it, and come back to work feeling refreshed. We offer up to 13 weeks of maternity, six weeks of adoption leave paid at 100 percent. Our returning-parent transition program allows new parents to ease back into work. Office amenities include snacks and beverages, comfortable space, common areas, game rooms, and Mac computers.

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