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Splunk Principal Software Engineer - C/C++ Core System in Seattle, Washington

Location: Seattle, WAWe have a disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Our engineers are passionate about our products and our customers demand more of it. At Splunk, we’re committed to our people, customers and having fun at work! Splunk is an industry leader in “Data to Everything” platform and are well positioned to extend the leadership with our bold new vision.

If you thrive on developing innovative software and believe data is the new gold, we want to talk to you. We are embarking on a journey to “Cloud First”, developing cloud native architectures at internet scale. We are at the core of Splunk’s technology and preparing to evolve it for cloud native deployments.

As a Principal Software Engineer you will be responsible for Splunk Enterprise core product. You will be part of a small closely knit team in Seattle and have a large impact in defining and architecting Splunk Enterprise for cloud. You will be immersed in both on-prem and cloud avatars of Splunk enterprise with exposed to the full portfolio of technology areas.

You are an expert in distributed computing, cloud native software architecture/development and efficient in-memory algorithms. Initiative, passion and commitment is your soft currency. You are excited to take on roles that provide new growth and learning opportunities. Finally, you enjoy working with highly collaborative teams and have fun doing your stuff!

What You’ll Do

  • Design and develop algorithms/code for Splunk Enterprise roadmap for Cloud.

  • Collaborate in a CI / CD development model for cloud native deployments.

  • Create high quality code and fix the product up when it needs sustaining.

  • Analyze and improve performance, scalability and reliability.

  • Brainstorm and influence technical decision making for features and architecture turns.

  • Have fun and achieve your career goals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • 10+ years active developing and debugging C/C++ (Windows and/or Linux).

  • Demonstrable foundation in data structures, algorithms and software design for cloud.

  • Experience with development models for cloud native architectures (CI / CD, SOA, Microservices etc) as well as cloud scale.

  • Prior development experience in networking and storage protocol stacks.

  • Familiarity and prior experience working with dockers and Kubernetes.

  • Fluency in windebug/visual studio debugging: live process and static process dumps.

  • Solid Windows OS knowledge and windows performance analysis tools.


  • Requires a minimum of 12 years of related experience with a technical Bachelor’s degree; or 8 years and a technical Master’s degree; or a PhD with 5 years’ experience; or equivalent experience.

We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.

For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

About Splunk

Splunk was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Machine data is one of the fastest growing and most complex areas of big data—generated by every component of IT infrastructures, applications, mobile phone location data, website clickstreams, social data, sensors, RFID and much more.

Splunk is focused specifically on the challenges and opportunity of taking massive amounts of machine data, and providing powerful insights from that data. IT insights. Security insights. Business insights. It’s what we call Operational Intelligence.

Since shipping its software in 2006, Splunk now has over 13,000 customers in more than 110 countries around the world. These organizations are using Splunk to harness the power of their machine data to deepen business and customer understanding, mitigate cybersecurity risk, prevent fraud, improve service performance and reduce costs. Innovation is in our DNA – from technology to the way we do business. Splunk is the platform for Operational Intelligence!

Splunk has more than 2,700 global employees, with headquarters in San Francisco, an office in San Jose, CA and regional headquarters in London and Hong Kong.

We’ve built a phenomenal foundation for success with a proven leadership team, highly passionate employees and unique patented software. We invite you to help us continue our drive to define a new industry and become part of an innovative, and disruptive software company.

Benefits & Perks: Wow! This is really cool!

SF Only

Medical, full company paid Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts, Commuter Accounts, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), 401(k), 3 weeks of PTO, sick leave, stocked micro kitchens in Splunk offices, catered lunches on Mondays, catered breakfast on Fridays, basketball hoops, ping pong, arcade games, BBQ’s, soccer, “Fun Fridays”.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Non SF

Medical, full company paid Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts, Commuter Accounts, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), 401(k), 3 weeks of PTO and sick leave. Our work environments vary by location however we believe in hosting amenities and fun activities to fuel our energy. You may find fully stocked micro kitchens, catered lunches on Mondays and breakfast on Fridays, basketball hoops, ping pong, arcade games, BBQ’s, soccer and “Fun Fridays”.

This isn’t a job – it’s a life changer – are you ready?

Individuals seeking employment at Splunk are considered without regards to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability or medical condition (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), genetic information, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. Click here to review the US Department of Labor’s EEO is The Law notice. Please click here to review Splunk’s Affirmative Action Policy Statement.

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