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Principal Lead Software Engineer

018516 Requisition #
This position will offer the opportunity to develop software that runs one of the largest distributed systems in the world. You will be an integral part of our aggressive growth strategy for creating highly inventive solutions for our networking challenges and for our clients, driving more and more traffic on the Internet, making it faster, more reliable and secure. The ideal candidate for this role will be very comfortable and highly motivated working with C/C++ code bases involving 100,000s lines of very complex multi-threaded networking code. They will take pride in writing readable, maintainable, and highly reliable code. In fact, software engineering and coding should be considered a form of art to this candidate.

As a Principal Lead Software Engineer, you will be responsible for:

* Conducting code reviews and helping other engineers to optimize their code
* Working very closely with many other teams inside the company such as the kernel, performance, distributed data collection, and quality assurance teams
* Creating new features from scratch, enhancing existing features and optimizing existing functionality, from conception and design through testing and deployment
* Presenting your designs to fellow engineers and review boards
* Converting the design into tasks for fellow engineers
* Working with our development QA and system QA teams to come up with regression tests that cover new changes to our software
* Working with our 3rd level engineering support team to troubleshoot complex problems in our network and for our customers
* Working with product management and system architects to translate requirements into engineering tasks
* Taking responsibility for driving projects to conclusion while leveraging the team’s and your own abilities at their highest potential

About the Team

Our Web Performance Proxy Server team is responsible for the design and development of technology that helps customers to improve their web presence and transactions over the web. Akamai has built a massive global distributed network that can solve problems at a scale that few others can approach. By leveraging our deployment of servers around the world, we can uniquely solve technology problems with innovative solutions that exceed the fundamental limitations of networking.


Required Education and Experience
Applicants must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:
* 12 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or similar field or
* 8 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree or
* 5 years of relevant experience and a PhD

Required Skills
* 10+ years of experience developing software in Unix/Linux environments
* 5+ years of experience writing code in C/C++
* 5+ years working with Internet protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP/IP, and HTTP
* 5+ years working with high performing, high availability, mission critical systems
* 5+ years writing code on large complex distributed systems

Desired Skills
* Knowledge of security protocols such as TLS
* Experience scripting in Perl or Python
* Industry experience developing large scale distributed products
* Experience with high availability and/or asynchronous environments
* Very strong communication and organizational skills
* Experience working on multiple projects at a time in a fast paced, results oriented environment.

* Highly responsible, self-disciplined, motivational, creative, confident and a quick learner
* Proxy server development knowledge

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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 @AkamaiCareers 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

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