Principal Software Engineer

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Acquia is the open source digital experience company. We provide the world's most ambitious brands with technology 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 Boston, 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.

About the team you will be on…

The Principal Software Engineer is an integral member of the Acquia technology team and ensures that the company’s software products are well engineered, operable, maintainable, and aligned with the strategy and vision of the business. 

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will be responsible for leading the implementation and adoption of Kubernetes as a service across Acquia. You will work with your fellow Platform engineers, Product Engineering, Operations, and Customer Success teams to identify opportunities to harness the power of containerized infrastructure and then propose and lead the implementation with your team.

We work on a variety of exciting projects ranging from running massive microservice infrastructures, building highly available database clusters, scaling data pipelines and machine learning to enable our customers to deliver amazing digital experiences that are visited by millions of people each day. 

As the Principal Software Engineer, you will…

  • Lead solutions for modernizing Acquia infrastructure and drive adoption of Kubernetes and Cloud-Native Technologies 
  • Design and implement end-to-end container management solution with Kubernetes, Docker 
  • Set up Kubernetes as a platform with enterprise-level reliability, availability, scalability and performance requirements 
  • Support engineering teams to design and implement application prototypes, using modern application development practices and open source emerging technologies, covering domains like microservices, API management, web-scale architectures 
  • Debug technical issues inside a very deep and complex technical stack involving containers, microservices, AWS services across the different layers of a web stack (Edge, Data, etc.)
  • Contribute as part of a larger team to maintain a deep understanding of system functionality and architecture, with a primary focus on the operational aspects of the service (availability, performance, change management, emergency response, capacity planning, etc) 
  • Evaluate new technologies and provide a recommendation to management including planning and execution of proof of concept activities.

You’ll enjoy this role if you are…

  • Able to lead by example 
  • A passionate learner who provides guidance through questions as opposed to statements
  • Inclined to document and diagram ideas as a primary method of communication
  • Able to communicate complex, technical concepts to a wide range of stakeholders with varying perspectives and technical expertise
  • Comfortable under pressure and welcomes new challenges
  • Able to work in an agile DevOps methodology collaborating and enabling all around them

What you’ll need to be successful…

  • Over 8 years of experience in design and Software Development Background and over 4 years of experience in working with Containers and Cloud-Native Development 
  • Proficient with Kubernetes/Swarm architecture with hands-on production experience with container technologies and the tools and challenges around them 
  • Proficient with service discovery, networking in Kubernetes or equivalent, monitoring, logging, scheduling 
  • Experience in container architecture, docker engine, runtime, container orchestration, and microservice patterns 
  • Experience working with AWS services such as - EC2, EBS, ALB, ECS, EKS, VPC, S3 
  • Knowledge of CI/CD tools like Jenkins (preferred), Bamboo, Gitlab 
  • Experience working with configuration management tools such as Ansible, Terraform, Puppet and Cloud-formation 
  • Strong knowledge on the network layers and SSL/TLS basics
  • Experience with distributed System Management/tracking and monitoring such as ELK Stack, Prometheus
  • Experience in developing applications using programming languages such as Go, Python, PHP, Ruby and shell scripting
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong team collaboration and leadership skills 
  • Familiarity with Agile processes (Kanban, Scrum, etc.)
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Extra credit if you have...

  • Strong experience in helm-package manager, cluster-autoscaler, cert-manager, and logging-operator.
  • Experience with modern containerization systems: Docker, LXC, etc.
  • AWS Certification 
  • CKA professional Certification 

We are committed to continually strengthening our people-first culture within our Acquia family. Acquia is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for all. Our highly motivated team features individuals from a multitude of backgrounds who offer their unique perspectives, starting with their first project as a new hire to their 100th as a manager and beyond. For every step in between, we help Acquians grow by promoting a culture of continuous learning through mentorship, knowledge-sharing, feedback, and more.  

Thank you for considering Acquia for your next career move, and we look forward to receiving your application. There’s no such thing as the perfect candidate. So, we’re not looking for someone who matches all of our criteria; we’re looking for someone with the potential to grow outward and upward. Regardless of how much of the criteria you meet, you should apply!

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
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • PHPLanguages
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    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
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    • SymfonyFrameworks
    • MemcachedDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • DrupalCMS

Location

Acquia is in the Financial District near Faneuil Hall and Post Office Square with tons of great restaurants and fun after-work venues to choose from!

An Insider's view of Acquia

What are some social events your company does?

For the past five years, the Boston office has partnered with the Wonderfund (www.wonderfundma.org) to pair Acquians with the holiday wish lists of local children. We sponsored 250 kids in 2019 and look forward to continuing our partnership in 2020!

Amy H.

Senior Talent Operations Partner

What projects are you most excited about?

There are a number of different projects we are always working on from maintenance and performance optimizations to new customer features. For me, the most exciting and rewarding projects are where we release a piece of functionality that excites and delights our customers and makes their jobs easier.

Rok

Senior Director, Engineering

How does the company support your career growth?

Our culture of continuous, lifelong learning allows every Acquian opportunities to learn, stretch and grow. With support and coaching from their managers and Global Learning Programs, Acquians have access to a robust online learning platform, a mentor program, and more. Every day offers the opportunity to take on unique challenges.

Amy P.

Senior Director, Global Talent Development

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The trick to empowering creativity is encouraging frequent communication and iteration. Embrace behaviors, not platitudes, that remind the team there is no such thing as failure. Embed creativity and make it more than a tagline. Show that nothing is unsalvageable; focus on ‘why’ things occurred, and make everything a learning opportunity.

Brian

Manager, User Experience Research

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

We are able to influence how content is delivered and monetized by global businesses in 2 ways. Acquia's founder created Drupal, the leading open source CMS in the world and we are proud of our close relationship with the Drupal community. We have also pivoted towards DXP capabilities and offer a full suite of solutions to our customers.

Charley D.

Vice President, Products

What are Acquia Perks + Benefits

Acquia Benefits Overview

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 and six weeks of paternity, partner and adoption leave, all paid at 100 percent. Our returning-parent transition program allows new parents to ease back into work. Office amenities include snacks and beverages, common areas, a game room, Friday afternoon Happy Hour, and Mac computers.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
In Boston, Acquia has partnered with Cradles to Crayons, Pine Street Inn, Wonderfund, TUGG (Tech Gives Back), Bow Market, Horizons for Homeless Children, and the Maurice J. Tobin School in Roxbury.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available
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