Senior Performance Engineer - Cloud Security Analytics

Signalfx San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 2 months ago

Join 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!

Splunk Security Analytics (SSA) is Splunk's next-generation, cloud-native analytics solution that detects known and unknown security threats at petabyte scale. Security Analytics detects threats in near real-time by using stream processing and artificial intelligence in order to help security analysts quickly identify and resolve security threats.

SSA is still in the early development phases which means that you will have the opportunity to help us build a new product from the ground up! We are a small team who care deeply about our customers and our teammates. You will work directly with Product Management, the UX/UI Design Team, and other engineers to help derive the best experience for the customer. We have a lean process that focuses on empowering and serving our engineers as opposed to just directing them.

As a member of the team, you will help define the future of our new Cloud offering by designing, creating, testing and maintaining products that directly support security analysts all across the world.


  • Expand existing capabilities where applicable and design/build new performance analysis capabilities where needed. Clarify and improve designs and help put together plans using Agile Methodologies to implement and use these capabilities.

  • Perform deep technical analyses of the SSA product by driving common workloads at scale, tune SSA to improve performance and make recommendations for ongoing improvements.

  • Build relevant logging, dashboarding, and metrics collections tools to help gain insight into SSA workloads.

  • Work with Product Management, the SSA Engineering team, and other cross-functional teams at Splunk to continually improve the SSA product.

  • Achieve a deep knowledge of our product architecture and use-cases to ensure we deliver customer value.

  • Champion, coach and mentor others to solve problems in new and creative ways with the goal to maintain team efficiency and morale.


  • Programming experience using languages such as Go, C/C++, Java and Python

  • Familiar with streaming and distributed computing technologies such as Kafka, Flink, Spark, HBase, Cassandra.

  • Strong understanding of performance tuning at the micro and macro level including JVM tuning (Flame graphs and other tools), messaging system bottlenecks, and distributed locking issues.

  • Exposure to working with cloud environments (AWS, Azure, GCP) and container ecosystems (Docker, Kubernetes).

  • Knowledge of distributed computing architectures and principles that solve for scalability, performance, redundancy and reliability.

  • Knowledge of scaling high throughput distributed systems, with emphasis on tuning the performance of queuing system (e.g., Kafka, Pulsar), Java Services, and databases (DynamoDB, Postgres, etc.) and KV Stores (Redis, Cassandra, etc.)

  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills, specifically a proven ability to effectively work with others within a dynamic environment.

  • Requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a technical Bachelor's degree; or equivalent practical experience; or 6 years and a technical Master's degree; or a Ph.D. with 4 years experience; or equivalent practical experience.

Things That Set You Apart

  • Extensive experience in analyzing performance bottlenecks, modeling customer patterns and implementing/driving performance features end to end. Ideally experience gained in Java-based distributed systems.

  • Experience supporting a product after release (including troubleshooting customer issues, triaging bug reports, supporting production deployments, etc.).

  • Worked on a Cyber Security product, a Security Analysts, or as a Security Researcher.

  • Familiar with Cyber Security products, workloads, and data.

  • Submitter to Open Source projects.

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 exceptional and dedicated peers you can learn and grow from.

  • Growth and mentorship. We believe in growing engineers through ownership and leadership opportunities. We also believe mentors help both sides of the equation.

  • A stable, collaborative and supportive work environment.

  • Fun. It is literally one of our core tenets.

  • Work life balance, with efficient work from home environments today and modern offices standing by for future times.


  • Requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a technical Bachelor's degree; or equivalent practical experience; or 6 years and a technical Master's degree; or a Ph.D. with 4 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.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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