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Are you ready to power the World's connections?

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box - we're looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.

About the role:

Kong's Mesh team is building Kong's Service Mesh offering: Kong Mesh which is based on the CNCF sandbox project Kuma. Kong Mesh is a Service Mesh made with these principles in mind:

  • Simplicity
  • Multi region
  • Multi environment
  • Solving real world problems first
  • Kuma and Kong Mesh are growing very quickly and used by many Fortune 500 companies as well as early stage startups. As a frontend engineer in the Service Mesh team, you will be working on Kuma's and Kong Mesh's GUIs as a core contributor. This means you will design, build and ship new features in both projects. You will work with the rest of the core team on designing APIs for new features and be a source of input for future evolutions of the GUI.
  • Why should you want to work at Kong?
  • Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
  • APIs are driving innovation across every industry!
  • Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
  • Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
  • Marco, our CTO/co-founder - "We are the Cisco of L4 and L7" - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
  • We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
  • Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
  • Great Place to Work Certified in 2020 & 2021
  • Kong employees discuss our culture at our 2020 Company Kickoff
  • Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
  • Kong Named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant
  • Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway! Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!

What you'll be doing:

  • Work on the open source Service Mesh Kuma GUI and KongMesh GUI.
  • Be an important voice in the evolution of the UX of our GUIs.
  • Show passion and determination to always be up to date with the latest industry trends.
  • Introduce new features and functionality to Kong Mesh and Kuma GUIs.
  • You will be embedded in the core team this will require a high level of ownership and autonomy as your peers' primary skills won't be UI development.
  • Understand deeply the product as a user to be able to suggest GUI improvements or better troubleshooting tools.
  • Be active in the Kuma community.

What you'll bring:

  • 3+ years of experience developing, packaging and delivering applications.
  • 3+ years programming front end applications and components with Vue.js.
  • Experience designing, prototyping, building and debugging data intensive frontends.
  • Ability to work as a team on API specifications.
  • Comfortable with git and Github workflows.
  • Comfortable working with a remote and distributed team in a timezone with working hours between UTC-5 (EST) and UTC+2 (SAST).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills -- engineers at Kong write the documentation for their products.

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Experience working embedded in a backend team or as the sole Frontend engineer in an early stage startup
  • Experience with Grafana SDKs
  • You have some basic knowledge in UI/UX and are open to creating mockups/concepts of design.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

What is a Konger?

We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today's developers build tomorrow's technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services.

We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we're relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That's why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications.

We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That's why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform.

We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we're looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

Kong Core Values:

  • Be Inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.
  • Be Authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.
  • Be Relentlessly Resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle.
  • Be Customer Obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact.
  • Be Curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.
  • Be an Owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

About Kong:

Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation. Built on an open source core, Kong's service connectivity platform enables digital innovation by allowing organizations to reliably and securely manage the full lifecycle of APIs and services for modern architectures, including microservices, serverless and service mesh. By providing developer teams with unprecedented architectural freedom, Kong accelerates innovation cycles, increases productivity, and seamlessly bridges legacy and modern systems and applications. For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

Company name: Kong
Remote job title: Senior Software Engineer
Job tags: open-source, api, dev ops / tech ops, infrastructure, software, saas

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