Elasticsearch - Principal Software Engineer - Performance Area (R5931)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

We are seeking a Principal Software Engineer to join our Elasticsearch Performance Engineering team with a focus on architecting and developing the automated tooling for benchmarking Elasticsearch ingest and search workloads at scale in the cloud.

What you will be doing:

  • Design and building of tooling and automated processes for provisioning and execution of Elasticsearch performance benchmarking jobs at scale.
  • Defining best practices, methodologies, and guidelines for performance benchmarking servicing development teams and solution architects.
  • Developing reporting for and interpreting benchmarking results.
  • Investigate and assist in resolving performance escalations and capacity planning issues as required.
  • Address and devise solutions for benchmarking disparate use cases and workloads.

What you will bring along:

  • Software development experience, ideally with Python and/or Java (other modern languages such as Go, Rust, Ruby are acceptable).
  • Experience with performance tuning of Java applications and JVMs.
  • Experience in Linux shell scripting.
  • Experience in cloud architectures, service models, and operating across multiple cloud service providers.
  • Ability to multitask, effectively manage your time, and collaborate with team members globally across time zones.
  • Ability to weigh architecture and design tradeoffs from a performance and deployment perspective.
  • Familiarity with measuring performance and sizing in Linux VM and container environments.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Bonus points for knowledge of:

  • Experience in troubleshooting and root cause analysis of performance issues in complex distributed architectures.
  • Experience with large, distributed search engines and in developing and tuning queries.
  • Cloud orchestration with Kubernetes.
  • CI/CD pipelines and Jenkins or Buildkite.
  • Familiarity with the Elasticsearch Query API and building Kibana dashboards is a strong plus.

Please note that this is a remote role. We will accept applications from candidates based in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden.

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

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