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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:

As a Staff Software Engineer on the Kong Cloud Gateway team, you will be working closely with the team as well as with other key stakeholders across the company to design, architect and build out Kong's next-generation API Gateway platform as a service.

This team owns the core orchestration platform of the Kong Cloud Gateways. If a customer builds a new Kong Gateway, makes changes to it or a spike in traffic happens, it's this software that knows how to move all of the pieces and makes all the needed changes actually happen in the backend.

This platform enables resilient, scalable and seamless orchestration of compute and network components across the different public clouds and delivers a fully managed, highly available and super efficient Kong Gateway platform to all our cloud customers around the world.

What you'll be doing:

  • Design and build the infrastructure for a global cloud service that can support hundreds of thousands of Kong clusters, process billions of requests and collect billions of metrics per day.
  • Design, implement, and troubleshoot the automation and monitoring of services that seamlessly spans the globe - including several cloud providers.
  • Build for resilience. Our goal is that nobody's pager goes off, ever. We are building this service from the ground up and while we work on that - participate in a weekly on-call rotation.
  • Improve our infrastructure capabilities, optimizing for cost, simplicity, and maintainability.
  • And any additional tasks required by manager.

What you'll bring:

  • 8+ years of experience running a mission critical service at scale.
  • 8+ year of experience running critical production systems in a Linux environment.
  • 4+ years of experience working with AWS/GPC/Azure.
  • Experience in distributed systems.
  • Solid understanding of infrastructure as code software.
  • Solid understanding of web and network protocols and standards (HTTP, TLS, TCP/IP, DNS, etc).
  • Amazing scripting skills as well as great experience with PaaS application development.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience.

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: Staff Software Engineer, PaaS
Job tags: open-source, api, dev ops / tech ops, infrastructure, software, saas

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