Akamai Technologies, Inc Principal Software Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Principal Software Engineer


Cambridge, United States

Software Engineering

Aug 08, 2018 Post Date

012952 Requisition #

About the Job

Akamai's System Communications team is looking for a talented Architect and engineer to work on our products and services, support the underlying systems, and coordinate design efforts on a variety of projects in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment. Our systems include network security systems, configuration management systems, and monitoring systems for all Akamai's machines running across the world. As part of the Architecture and Governance team, you will define, establish, and manage product integration with our services, with a specific eye towards maintaining safe and secure processes, practices, and compliance. You will help specify, evaluate, prototype, and recommend authentication, authorization, and communications solutions as part of Akamai’s Next-Generation Platform (PlatNG) initiative. You will be an integral part of our aggressive growth strategy for creating highly inventive technology solutions for our customers, driving more traffic on the Internet in a secure and efficient way. You will be responsible for architecting innovative solutions to manage and secure the infrastructure of one of the largest distributed systems in the world.

The successful candidate will work closely with software and operation managers, other architects, and software and performance engineers to design and integrate well-rounded new products and improve the existing distributed infrastructure.

If you want to work on technology problems that are interesting and challenging, on an unprecedented scale, leveraging cutting edge security & distributed systems technologies, then this is the role for you!


* Integrate internal and external product designs into a cohesive technical vision

* Specify and oversee seamless rollout of new security and communication technologies on the Akamai global platform

* Take on project architecture ownership and management

* Create prototypes and author detailed specifications

* Successfully communicate conceptual ideas and design rationale

* Advise and assist teams in maintaining compliance across products and services

* Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders: engineering, operations, information security, and quality assurance

* Collaborate with peer organizations to increase the speed, reliability, and agility of software development and deployment.

About the Team

The System Communications (SysComm) Architecture and Governance team guide development, product integration, and rollout of the fault-tolerant and highly scalable infrastructure supporting Akamai's global network. This distributed infrastructure includes configuration management systems, network security systems, and monitoring systems for all Akamai's machines running across the world.


Required Education and Experience

Applicants must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:

  • 8 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree in CS or its equivalent or

  • 6 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree in CS or

  • 3 years of relevant experience and a PhD in CS

Required Skills

  • 5+ years of experience with Python, Perl, C/C++, or Java on Linux or a Unix-based OS.

  • 5+ years of experience working in large design efforts and coordinating with project teams

  • 5+ years of experience with common Internet protocols (IP, TCP, SSL/TLS, HTTPS, DNS)

Desired Skills

  • Master or PhD degree in Computer Science or related field with a focus on networking, distributed systems, system architecture, and/or security

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to prioritize and manage work to critical project timelines in a fast-paced environment

  • Experience with highly scalable distributed systems and databases

  • Experience with secure applications, network security architectures/libraries, and integrating with technologies such as GPG, SSL, SSH, PKI

  • Experience with production network authorization & authentication systems

  • Experience with network systems in an enterprise environment

  • Broad breadth of knowledge in the areas of operating systems, security, and Internet systems

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and negotiation skills

  • Highly responsible, self-disciplined, motivational, creative and confident

  • Ability to communicate design rationale and build consensus

Other Information

  • Is relocation available for this position: No

  • Is US Citizenship required: No

  • Is a Security Clearance Required: No

If yes, applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation & must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatches customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visitwww.akamai.comand follow @Akamaijobs onTwitter,Facebook,LinkedInandInstagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more atwww.akamai.com/diversity.

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