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Splunk Sr. Software Engineer - C/C++ Core Systems and Operability in Seattle, Washington

This senior software engineer will be part of Splunk’s Core team. You will be building software that controls and monitors all the systems within Splunk’s ecosystem. As we scale and add features, our team is responsible for developing health monitoring systems, Management API’s, messaging and alert systems, as well as the software that glues the components of Splunk installations together. Our systems can range in size from a single laptop to thousands of nodes, and the Core has to scale accordingly.

You have already worked on production distributed systems, ideally having experience with more than 500 nodes; Understands the difficulty of building highly reliable, redundant, and scalable systems in C/C++ that are connected at the lowest levels; Is passionate about simplifying the complex tasks associated with maintaining highly distributed heterogeneous systems, by building constant monitoring and evaluation systems, and scaling the core features themselves.

The projects you will be working on are based around the evolution of our Core technologies. The goals are to ease and mature the workflows available to administrators of Splunk deployments; Provide robust, scalable tools that are easy to understand and diagnose, to better lead Splunk at scale; Improve the core feature set of Splunk Enterprise such that administrators enjoy a friction-less path to scaling up their environments. This team is literally at the core of Splunk’s technology and growing rapidly, allowing you to be involved in many different technical areas with lots of room for career growth and exposure to new technical areas.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Write server-side code in C/C++ for distributed communication, data collection and system monitoring, efficient in-memory algorithms, etc

  • Build messaging systems to efficiently transfer system health and alerts and large scale file based configurations

  • Analyze and improve the scalability of data collection, routing, storage, and retrieval

  • Write unit and functional tests and verify effective code coverage

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Authoritative knowledge of developing and debugging C/C++.

  • Knowledge of TCP/IP and networking fundamentals.

  • Deep understanding of filesystems and servers

  • Demonstrable foundation in data structures, algorithms, software design.

  • Knowledge of modern distributed system design and implementation.

  • Distributed systems management experience

  • Distributed systems diagnostics experience

  • Deployment & content management

  • Telemetry/instrumentation (including metrics)

  • Linux administration, shell scripting, and build system experience

  • Python experience


  • Requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a technical Bachelor’s degree; or 6 years and a technical Master’s degree; or a PhD with 3 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?

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