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Product Architect - Security Governance

Software Engineering
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Akamai's System Communications team is looking for a talented Product Architect to represent our products and services, support the underlying systems, and coordinate design efforts on a variety of projects in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment. Our technologies include network security, communications, configuration management, and monitoring systems. As part of the Governance and Architecture team, you will define, establish, and manage product integration with our services, with a specific eye towards maintaining safe and secure processes, practices, and compliance. You will be an integral part of our aggressive growth strategy for creating highly inventive technology solutions for our customers, driving more traffic on the Internet in a secure and efficient way. You will be responsible for architecting innovative solutions to manage and secure the infrastructure of one of the largest distributed systems in the world.

The successful candidate will work closely with software and operation managers, other architects, and software and performance engineers to design and integrate well-rounded new products and improve the existing distributed infrastructure.

If you want to work on technology problems that are interesting and challenging, on an unprecedented scale, leveraging cutting edge security & distributed systems technologies, then this is the role for you!

As a Product Architect you will:
* Establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders: engineering, operations, information security, and quality assurance
* Collaborate with peer organizations to increase the speed, reliability, and agility of software development and deployment.
* Integrate internal and external product designs into a cohesive technical vision
* Create prototypes and author detailed specifications
* Take on cross organization project ownership/management
* Successfully communicate conceptual ideas and design rationale
* Advise and assist teams in maintaining compliance across products and services

About the Team:
The recently created Governance and Architecture team is part of System Communications (SysComm), which is comprised engineers who develop distributed systems that support and secure Akamai's global network.  Akamai’s SysComm is a talented cross-functional group of engineers that builds and run the fault-tolerant and highly scalable infrastructure that supports Akamai's global network. This distributed infrastructure includes configuration management systems, networks security systems, and monitoring systems for all Akamai's machines running across the world.

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 or
* 3 years of relevant experience and a PhD or
* Equivalent professional experience

Required Skills:
* 8+ years of relevant industry experience in distributed systems
* 3+ years of experience working in large design efforts and coordinating with project teams
* 3+ years of experience with common Internet protocols (IP, TCP, SSL/TLS, HTTPS, DNS)

Desired Qualifications
* Master or PhD degree in Computer Science or related field with a focus on networking, distributed systems, system architecture, and/or security
* Broad breadth of knowledge in the areas of operating systems, security, and Internet systems
* Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, and negotiation skills
* Highly responsible, self-disciplined, motivational, creative and confident
* Ability to communicate design rationale and build consensus
* Ability to work independently and collaboratively
* Ability to prioritize and manage work to critical project timelines in a fast-paced environment
* Experience with highly scalable distributed systems and databases
* Experience with secure applications, network security architectures/libraries, and integrating with technologies such as GPG, SSL, SSH, PKI
* Experience with network systems in an enterprise environment

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai is the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet business ready—fast, reliable, and secure—for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Akamai has offices around the world and operates the most pervasive, highly distributed CDN—with more than 200,000 servers in 110 or more countries—delivering up to 30% of all Web traffic. Learn more at

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 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, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here.

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