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Lead Senior Software Engineer II

Software Engineering
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Akamai's Server Platform Engineering team is looking for a talented engineer to lead our Ghostmonitor team.  You will provide technical guidance and direction to the team responsible for developing and maintaining the Ghostmonitor system that provides the foundation for monitoring and load reporting on Akamai’s globally distributed platform.


Our software allows Akamai servers to report their load to the load-balancing system that controls how traffic is directed around the internet in response to dynamic changes in demand, capacity, and network conditions.  It also allows the health of those servers to be monitored, so that unhealthy servers can be removed from service quickly and efficiently.  Through our API, engineers can control what load is reported and how server health is measured.  Using these capabilities, product groups across the company are able to build sophisticated, highly-integrated systems that operate at scale with the level of security and reliability our customers have come to expect.


In addition to successful leadership experience, the ideal candidate has a strong Linux background and is highly motivated to design and develop innovative solutions in C++, C, Perl, and SQL.  This engineer takes pride in writing maintainable, secure, and highly reliable code. This person should be able to understand the big picture of the system and be able to troubleshoot complicated problems. This candidate will work closely with managers, leads, architects, and engineers at the company and should be able to conduct design and code reviews.


About the Team

Server Platform Engineering is a team of engineers who develop distributed systems that support Akamai's global network, which spans over 216,000 servers, 1500 networks, and 120 countries.  In general, these systems operate behind the scenes to provide the fault-tolerant and highly scalable core of Akamai's configuration, health-monitoring, and load-reporting platform.  In this case, the engineer will work on Akamai's Ghostmonitor system, which provides the first link between Akamai’s servers and the internal systems that manage and control the configuration of Akamai's distributed network.



* Design and develop next-generation capabilities for monitoring Akamai services and reporting the load they’re handling

* Design and develop enhancements to existing monitoring and load-reporting interfaces

* Oversee support activities and provide architectural guidance to our user community

* Plan projects, oversee work, mentoring, perform code reviews, and develop talent

* Work to understand, explain, and improve complicated code

* Work with our development QA and system SQA teams to create new regression tests

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 or
* 6 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree


Required Skills

* 5+ years of experience with C++

* 5+ years of experience working on Linux or a Unix based OS

* 5+ years of strong expertise with building scalable servers or distributed systems

* 5+ years of working with internet protocols including TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP, and DNS


Desired Skills

* Masters or Ph.D. in Computer Science or a related field with a focus on distributed systems, system architecture, or security

* Experience developing interfaces for broad internal consumption

* Experience developing server configuration and/or management systems

* Experience developing distributed systems

* Experience with databases and SQL

* Proven track record of delivering large amounts of high quality, complex code

* Excellent written and verbal communications skills

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 unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @Akamaijobs on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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 at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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