Observability - Principal Performance Engineer, Engineering Productivity

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Elastic is a search company built on a free and open heritage. Anyone can use Elastic products and solutions to get started quickly and frictionlessly. Elastic offers three solutions for enterprise search, observability, and security, 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 Cisco, eBay, 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 and is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol ESTC. Learn more at elastic.co.

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, Metrics, and Logs 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 a Performance Engineer in the Observability Engineering Productivity team you will work alongside talented and passionate engineers and product managers. Our team’s mission is to increase overall productivity of the development teams. We identify problems within engineering processes and create innovative tooling and automation to reduce the time needed for the teams to deliver high-quality features. We do that by introducing productivity metrics, creating tools, building dev environments, generating test data, setting up test automation and improving CI/CD pipelines. 

The team is diverse and distributed across the world, and collaborates on a daily basis over GitHub, Zoom, and Slack. Thus, the ability to work within a distributed team is critical.

What you will be doing:

  • Design and implement performance, benchmarking, scaling test infrastructure and tests
  • Evangelize and mentor others on the topic of performance testing and scaling
  • Proactively identify and fix the bottlenecks in tooling and processes
  • Work alongside development, infrastructure teams and product managers to measure,  identify issues and improve overall performance of the product 

What you bring along:

  • Solid experience with performance testing and benchmarking methodologies and tools
  • Deep understanding of the inner workings of Linux
  • Ability to lead the project and influence others
  • Strong understanding of virtualization and containerization, including the ability to diagnose performance issues which may be unique to containerized applications.
  • Excellent writing skills to be able to document findings in detail, explain the causes and next steps
  • Strong understanding of automation and orchestration

Bonus points:

    • Background in mathematics and statistics
    • Golang 
    • Experience with Elastic or other data monitoring tools
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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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