Elastic Stack (ELK) - Distinguished Engineer / Technical Lead


Elastic is a free and open search company that powers enterprise search, observability, and security solutions built on one technology stack that can be deployed anywhere. From finding documents to monitoring infrastructure to hunting for threats, Elastic makes data usable in real-time and at scale. Thousands of organizations worldwide, including Barclays, Cisco, eBay, Fairfax, ING, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, The Mayo Clinic, NASA, The New York Times, Wikipedia, and Verizon, use Elastic to power mission-critical systems. Founded in 2012, Elastic is a distributed company with Elasticians around the globe. Learn more at elastic.co.

About The Team

The Elastic Stack is both the platform on which our Security, Observability, and Enterprise Search solutions are built, and the platform used by customers to solve other large search problems that are not covered by our solutions.  We are seeking a technical leader for the team that builds the Elastic Stack.  The Elastic Stack includes Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, our core ML technology and the team responsible for our CI systems and other infrastructure.  

Elasticsearch, our core product, is an open source, clustered search engine based on a highly scalable data store. A wide range of industry and government clients use it to solve real-time data analysis problems of all kinds.

Kibana is the data query and visualization UI that we provide to help users communicate and share their analysis with their colleagues and customers. But it’s more than that; Kibana is the platform on which we’re building integrated user experiences for our solutions, including Machine Learning, Application Performance Monitoring, and more. Eventually, we want Kibana to become an ecosystem where partners and third parties can build their own applications on the Elastic stack.

About The Role

We are looking for a technology and engineering leader to help us realize our goals. We are looking for someone who has experience of delivering world-class distributed applications with both front- and back-end layers, preferably with experience of shipping products for use on premise, in the Cloud, and as a SaaS. We need a person who has made critical decisions in the evolution of a big product and platform over multiple years and releases and who can lead a large team with a coherent vision while making appropriate compromises along the way.

Some of the things you'll work on

  • Leading the efforts to evolve the architecture of the Elastic Stack and the roadmap to implement it.
  • Understanding and describing the whole arc of the user experience for each of the Stack use cases, and developing features that fit into that arc.
  • Collaborating with the Cloud and Solutions leads to align priorities and roadmaps, and make appropriate technology choices and compromises
  • Leading technical discussions and requirements analysis with partners and customers to drive alignment with customer needs
  • Reviewing and approving implementation designs for the Stack
  • Communicating and evangelizing the Stack roadmap internally and with the community
  • Advising Elastic’s leadership team on emerging and important technologies and industry trends
  • Representing company at conferences and networking events
  • Interviewing and hiring tech leads for the team
  • Mentoring tech leads

What you bring along 

  • You have extensive experience in a technical leadership role with a distributed datastore, and/or data analysis product
  • You have worked as an architect or technical lead experience on large projects involving more than 100 engineers and spanning over multiple years and releases
  • You work with a high level of autonomy
  • Experience using or managing the Elastic Stack 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a great teammate with strong analytical, problem solving, debugging and troubleshooting skills.  Written skills are key to success in working with our distributed teams.

Nice to have

  • Record of successfully inheriting existing medium-to-large scale projects
  • Have worked on software that is distributed as installable artifacts (not a SaaS), and experience managing a SaaS product
  • Experience running or significantly contributing to an open source project.

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 up to $1500 (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 committed to diversity as well as inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and committed to the principles of affirmative action. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. If you require any reasonable accessibility support, please email candidate_accessibility@elastic.co.

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