Observability - Tech Lead / Principal Software Engineer (Javascript)

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The Observability team is in charge of developing solutions that focus on application developers and engineers that run infrastructure and services supporting these applications. Elasticsearch is an efficient datastore for logs, metrics, and application traces, supporting the three pillars of observability. The Observability team builds and maintains solutions that make getting insights from this data turnkey and efficient, such as our APM, Infrastructure Monitoring, Logs, and Uptime solutions. When developing these solutions, we think about the problem end-to-end: how do we automatically collect data from common data sources, how do we store it efficiently in Elasticsearch, how do we present this information to the user, what actions do we take on the insights from the data? All of these aspects are important in bringing a turnkey solution to the market.

As the Tech Lead for Fleet in the Observability team, you will be working in the team focusing on the UIs and APIs in Kibana devoted to integrations and agent management, in collaboration with the Team Lead and PM. The goal of this team is to build high quality, intuitive and innovative UIs and robust API to drive the Fleet experience. You will lead by example and should participate in coding, debugging complex failure scenarios, and triaging bugs. You’ll analyze the current system, it’s strengths and limitations. You will participate in roadmap and project planning efforts and will have ownership for delivering it. You’ll be participating in project management efforts as the teams execute on plans together with the Team Lead and Product Manager

The team is diverse and distributed across the world, and collaborates on a daily basis over GitHub, Zoom, and Slack. 

Engineering philosophy

We believe that engineering complex, pluggable software for the web that is built to last the test of time is both tricky and exciting. Doing so requires a team of diverse individuals, with sharp minds and the ability to empathize with our users, working together with mutual respect and a common mission.

We care deeply about giving you full ownership of what you're working on. Our company fundamentally believes great minds achieve greatness when they are set free and are surrounded and challenged by their peers, which is clearly visible throughout our organization. At Elastic, hierarchy does not determine how decisions get made. We feel that anyone needs to be in the position to comment on anything, regardless of their role within the company.

What you will be working on

  • Provide Technical Leadership for the Fleet Team
  • Work with the Team to develop and evolve the Integrations and Agent management features in Kibana.
  • Be a contact point in Fleet other teams within Elastic. Examples include helping Support with difficult cases or consulting the Elastic Stack engineers with designing new features.
  • Be hands-on with the codebase. Review work done in the team, and provide constructive feedback
  • Help the team define coding practices and standards
  • Collaborate with product design, server team, agent engineers and the Kibana team.

What you will bring along

  • Experience in full-stack solutions, driving end-to-end architectural discussions across teams and organizations.
  • Experience developing and reviewing complex technical requirements, and translating them into actionable tasks for engineers.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to drive conversations across multiple teams to a conclusion.
  • Previous experience providing technical leadership for a team of senior engineers
  • Previous experience in an ownership role for technical direction and strategy
  • Previous experience working with stakeholders outside of Engineering
  • You know and care about writing performant software and have traced and fixed performance issues yourself.
  • Strong JavaScript and Typescript programming skills
  • 5+ years of full-stack end development work
  • Experience with one modern JS Framework (react preferred)
  • Experience writing automated tests
  • Ability to work in a fast paced start-up environment
  • Strong preference for Open Source experience
  • Ability to work independently

Bonus Skills

  • Exposure to Observability, Performance or Availability tools or services

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 complete our Candidate Accessibility Request Form.

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