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Senior Distributed Systems Architect

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Akamai Technologies is looking for a hands on Senior Architect to drive designs for Media and CDN Engineering. In this role, you will provide a system-level viewpoint for new products or features, act as the focal point for system design and help shape the products.

This role provides an opportunity to define some very exciting products spanning across multiple technologies, and consumed by millions of end users.

As a Senior Architect you will:
* Define end to end, high level, cross team and cross functional architecture for new products and features
* Collaborate with a cross-functional team that includes Product Architects, System Architects, Security Architects and Engineering Leads to produce system designs.
* Socialize and build consensus around architectural, design and technical choices.
* Understand and incorporate other Akamai technologies to provide a scalable, stable, secure product.
* Incorporate technical knowledge of supporting areas (e.g., operations, security, and supportability) into design.
* Participate in peer design reviews and influence design practices with the team.
* Keep abreast with the latest Media industry trends and technologies.

About the Team
The candidate will be part of the highly skilled Media and CDN engineering team that's responsible for the software that runs Akamai's world-wide network, one of the largest distributed systems in the world. Our software is a combination of many different technologies. It is a web server, a web client, a distributed caching engine, and much more. It provides a scalable, fault tolerant solution to web sites for handling their traffic, does HTTP HD streaming, determines the fastest route from point A to point B, hops around bottlenecks on the Internet, provides security, and provides a wide array of reporting abilities for our Network Operations Command Center and our customers.

By leveraging our global deployment of 200,000+ servers in 1,000+ networks, Akamai can uniquely solve problems and exceed fundamental limitations of traditional networking.

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 in Computer Science or its equivalent or
* 6 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree Computer Science or
* 4 years of relevant experience and a PhD Computer Science

Required Skills:
* 8+ years of software development using C++ or Java
* 6+ years of software architecture and design experience 
* 4+ years of experience with protocols such as TCP/IP, UDP and HTTP

Desired Qualifications
* HTTP Streaming (HLS and DASH)
* Cloud security and efficiency
* Media delivery workflow
* Peering Technologies
* Reliable UDP Protocols
* Strong written and oral communication and consensus building skills
* Strong organizational and analytical skills
* Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail and troubleshooting skills to solve complex design problems
* Highly driven, hands-on, self-motivating, self-learning team player with a great can-do attitude

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

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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