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VMware Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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About Us

Ready to build? So are we. Come join VMware’s new exciting Modern Applications Business Unit (MAPBU) team, made up of products and services under the Tanzu portfolio to help customers build, run and manage their most important applications. To learn more about Tanzu watch this video. #TeamTanzu

About You

You have a passion for high-quality, reliable and maintainable code. You’re comfortable working side by side with product managers, designers, and clients, making decisions together in order to quickly deliver valuable working software to clients and their users. You’re agile and retrospective, and not afraid to identify what we’re doing wrong so we can fix it, and what we're doing right so we can improve on it. Above all, you judge your success by the success of your team and the happiness of our customers.

What You’ll Be Doing

You will be working on the VMware Pivotal Labs Services team, helping customer product teams to design and deliver modern, mission-critical, cloud-native applications serving a variety of mission and user needs.

As a software engineer, you will pair daily with client software engineers, coaching them in Extreme Programming (XP) methodologies and approaches while helping them to define, validate, communicate, and execute product vision and strategy. You will work with a team of product managers, designers, and engineers to enable your client team to go fast forever.

All of our product team positions are highly collaborative consulting roles, with 85-90% of time spent in direct, 1:1 pairing or larger team collaboration. During the COVID-19 crisis, this collaboration is all managed remotely, with the expectation that face-to-face engagement in a VMware Pivotal Labs office will pick up again once the crisis is resolved. Additionally, once the crisis is resolved, you may be asked to travel up to 50% of the time.

You Will Be Responsible For

  • Working with your client engineers to enable them in XP software development practices and/or application modernization practices

  • Pair programming with clients and other VMware Pivotal Labs engineers to build/modernize software based on the team’s backlog

  • Working with your team to provide technical input on product, design, and architectural decisions (such as technical complexity and feasibility)

  • Help the team manage risk and uncertainty while moving the team forward

  • Teaching your client pairs how to do the above for themselves

  • Help enable client leadership to grow their own engineering practice

  • Contributing back to VMware Pivotal Lab's engineering practice through mentorship, giving talks, and experience reports

This position may perform work with the U.S. government, which has specified can only be performed by a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and therefore any potential offer of employment will be contingent upon verification of U.S. citizenship.

This job opportunity is not eligible for employment-based immigration sponsorship by VMware.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Experience in training, mentoring and/or upskilling others

  • Strong communication skills and interest in a pair-programming environment

  • Experience in Test Driven Development (TDD) and agile methodologies, including refactoring

  • 5+ years of full-stack Software Development experience in a variety of programming languages

  • Strong experience with full-stack development

  • Passion for growing your skills, tackling interesting work and challenging problems

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience

  • Experience developing cloud-based enterprise software

  • Experience leading a product or development team

  • Ability to incrementally define and improve system architecture as a product evolves

  • Experience modernizing legacy applications/systems in languages such as Java or C#/.NET

  • Up to 50% travel is expected in this role

  • Ability to Work From Home until sufficient resolution of the COVID-19 Crisis

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Experience building and deploying in a continuous delivery environment

  • Experience working directly with clients

  • Experience adapting or contributing to open-source frameworks

  • Experience in release management

  • Experience supporting production systems using Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) practices


  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent experience

Category : Engineering and Technology

Subcategory: Software Engineering

Experience: Manager and Professional

Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time

Remote: No

Posted Date: 2020-11-12

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