Principal Software Engineer (Backend) - Security Products - San Jose, CA San Francisco, CA Oakland, CA Walnut Creek, CA

  • Splunk
  • San Jose, CA San Francisco, CA Oakland, CA Walnut Creek, CA
  • Jul 07, 2020
Full time Information Technology

Job Description

Locations: San Jose, CA OR San Francisco, CA Base OfficeJoin us as we pursue our disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible, usable, and valuable to everyone. We are a company filled with people who are passionate about our product and seek to deliver the best experience for our customers. At Splunk, we’re committed to our work, customers, having fun, and most importantly to each other’s success. Learn more about Splunk careers and how you can become a part of our journey!

Do you enjoy building large scale applications that are powered by huge data sets? Are you passionate about working on products that make a difference for your customers? Do you value working in an environment where you're empowered to drive and make key technical decisions across a full stack of technologies? If so, a role on Splunk's Enterprise Security team might be a great fit for you.


Splunk Enterprise Security is an advanced SIEM built atop Splunk’s data platform with lots of moving parts. We help thousands of clients as they protect their assets from cyber threats, all over the world. On any given day, our software needs to handle thousands of users, petabytes of data, and unique usage patterns across different deployment topologies.


As a senior member of the team, you will evolve the architecture and design of the backend frameworks to meet the ever-increasing scalability and performance requirements. You will also evolve the future of SIEM solutions by designing, creating, testing, and maintaining products that directly support security analysts all across the world. You will directly influence the direction of our technology as well as mentor other members of your team.

Working directly with customers is one of our core values. In this role, you'll be able to meet customers as they share their experiences, get a first-person view of the state of the art Security Operations Centers, and collaborate with product management to define and craft new products that streamline analysts' investigations.

If staying technically challenged and learning from others is meaningful to you, you'll love our internal technical seminars and regular, company-wide hackathons. Along the way, you will become proficient in Splunk's Search Processing Language (SPL) which will empower you to explore large data sets and to taking on endless types of problems.


  • Achieve a deep knowledge of our product architecture, usage patterns, and real-world deployment scenarios to develop an understanding of which solutions will bring value to our customers.
  • Take the scale and performance of the product using Splunk platform innovations, open-source, and cloud tools and technologies.
  • Take lead on projects with little to no additional direction from engineering/product leadership, drive and help track them to completion
  • Partner with leaders from architecture, eng management, and product management on project requirements, designs, and development plans.
  • Help identify and develop ways to improve our team's productivity and efficiency by expanding on our existing tools and processes.
  • Collaborate with members of our team on the design and implementation of frameworks and backend components.
  • Keep product quality top of mind by creating automated tests for the software that you help create.
  • Become well versed in core Splunk technologies as they apply to application development
  • Mentor junior engineers and interns as they develop their application development skills


  • 12+ years of software engineering experience focused on application development
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Have a deep understanding of scalable distributed web application using open source or proprietary technologies
  • Proficiency with Python, Perl, Ruby, Java or a similar language
  • Familiar with backend application development frameworks such as Django or CherryPy
  • Familiarity with orchestration and cloud stack and technologies like k8s, kinesis, Kafka
  • Experience collaborating with design, engineering and DevOps teams
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience working on high performance, high volume analytics software
  • Comfortable developing software on Linux, Unix, and Windows systems
  • Familiarity with information security is a huge plus

What We Offer You

  • A constant stream of new things for you to learn. We're always expanding into new areas, bringing in open source projects and contributing back, and exploring new technologies.
  • A set of exceptionally talented and dedicated peers, all the way from engineering and QA to product management and customer support.
  • Growth and mentorship. We believe in growing engineers through ownership and leadership opportunities.
  • A stable, collaborative, and supportive work environment.


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