Security Protections - Principal Software Engineer


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The Elastic Security Data Engineering team designs, builds, and runs data processing pipelines and web services that synthesize security data from a broad set of sources and deliver innovative detection capabilities for our users. We build and operate cloud-based security protection products that dynamically adapt to changing threats. The team collaborates closely with the broader Elastic Security team: A diverse set of security researchers, data scientists, and engineers who lend domain expertise to work with us to solve creative security problems and deliver fantastic user experiences.

As a Principal Software Engineer on our team, you will use your skills as a technical leader to design and deliver new product architectures that reinvent the ways that Elastic understands our security users. As our user base grows quickly, you will be responsible for building a scalable and robust tech stack that gathers user behavior and global security events, delivering product features powered by this data - for example, recommendations engines and ML models.

What You Will Be Doing:

  • Craft strategic technical plans, make design trade-offs, and build consensus on a shared technical plan with multiple engineering teams and product management.
  • Lead by example, writing and shipping code in a collaborative environment with peers in multiple countries and timezones
  • Improve and expand our security data pipeline across all aspects of software telemetry, data ingest, storage, real-time and batch analytics, and data-intensive web services
  • Design and build data analytics services that span several Elastic product technologies, using data streaming platforms and custom code in Javascript, Python, and some Go
  • Advocate for data-powered experiences across the Elastic product portfolio, using written and verbal communication to influence other teams at Elastic toward more data-driven product engineering

What You Bring Along:

  • Proven experience providing technical leadership to groups of software engineers on complex projects that span organizational boundaries
  • Deep technical proficiency in design and delivery of data analytics and data pipelines
  • Mastery writing robust, production code. We use several programming languages and tech stacks, so we’re looking for people with the ability and interest to learn new languages and technologies
  • Collaborative, self-motived, curious demeanour with a strong disposition to thrive in a distributed team, mentor engineers and humbly learn from others
  • Passionate about protecting the world’s data from attack!

Nice to Have:

  • Data streaming / database tech, e.g. Elasticsearch, RDBMS, S3/Lambda
  • Cloud-based, distributed systems, e.g. AWS, GCP, Docker, Terraform
  • Partnering with data scientists and researchers to improve statistical and ML products
  • Network and/or endpoint information security
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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

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