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Splunk Principal Software Performance Engineer (Remote) in PA, United States


At Splunk, each and every release of our software is highly scrutinized to meet the demands of our customers. As a Principal Software Performance Engineer, you'll play a very important role in our products' success. You will collaborate with peers, field teams, customers to understand and encapsulate the use cases into industry standard benchmarks. You will work with product management and interface directly with our customers to get direct exposure to the usage patterns we strive to satisfy. You will also drive projects to integrate benchmarking into our continuous integration and test automation frameworks.


  • Design and implement solutions to evaluate and improve performance and scalability of SaaS / Cloud Native / Bigdata Platform and application on AWS GCP and Azure platform

  • Architect solutions for microservices to do self service performance and scalability evaluation

  • Root cause performance and scalability issues and contribute to product code to alleviate these issues

  • Optimize sizing of deployed component instances for cost optimization

  • You will develop performance and scale test plans based on deep understanding of domain, architecture and product tech stack

  • Responsible for designing and implementing relevant simulators to ingest large scale data

  • Design, implement and maintain test frameworks

  • Support extended teams in troubleshooting problems, such as system malfunctions

  • Provide feedback, propose solutions and suggest improvements in the product

  • You will partner with other performance engineers and developers to develop best practices, author blogs and white papers, and present internally, at conferences, and directly to partners and customers


  • 12 +years of proven experience in software engineering, focusing on performance, scale

  • 7 +years of experience with systems engineering and software development

  • 5 + years of experience leading and mentoring scale/performance engineers

  • Deep understanding and hands on works of AWS and Azure cloud architecture

  • Strong analytical and programming skills (Python and/or Java preferred)

  • Strong understanding of OS fundamentals (Mac/ Linux/ Windows)

  • Proven expertise in solving OS level performance issues

  • Understanding of cloud-scale and micro/macro-services architecture

  • Excellent communication with ability to lead discussions

  • Excellent solving skills and great attention to detail

  • Experience supporting an enterprise-level SaaS environment

  • Excellent Kubernetes diagnostic experience a plus

  • Experience with AWS, open-source tools such as Kafka, Terraform, Spinnaker, InfluxDB, and Elasticsearch is a plus

  • Good understanding of virtualization is a plus

  • Skilled in both the art and science of benchmark creation and measurement and modeling of system behavior under load

  • Ability to find root cause of performance bottlenecks with profiling tools, pstack, qmlprofiler

  • Passionate about optimizing the performance bottlenecks and improving the product

  • Experience in solving problems of load, scale, and optimizations of sophisticated large-scale deployments

  • Expert in scripting languages (Python) and compiled languages (C/C++)

  • Expert in distributed computing system and stack

  • Comfortable with Linux, Docker, AWS, GIT, Artifactory in terms of both tools and systems administration

Extended Qualifications

  • Experience with enterprise software capacity planning a big plus


Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, or equivalent 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.

Splunk is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Splunk, we believe creating a culture of belonging isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s also the smart thing. We prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to ensure our employees are supported to bring their best, most authentic selves to work where they can thrive. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability or medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.


Base Pay Range

SF Bay Area, Seattle Metro, and New York City Metro Area

Base Pay Range: $203,200.00 - 279,400.00 per year

California (excludes SF Bay Area), Washington (excludes Seattle Metro), Washington DC Metro, and Massachusetts

Base Pay Range: $182,880.00 - 251,460.00 per year

All other cities and states excluding California, Washington, Massachusetts, New York City Metro Area and Washington DC Metro Area.

Base Pay Range: $162,560.00 - 223,520.00 per year

Splunk provides flexibility and choice in the working arrangement for most roles, including remote and/or in-office roles. We have a market-based pay structure which varies by location. Please note that the base pay range is a guideline and for candidates who receive an offer, the base pay will vary based on factors such as work location as set out above, as well as the knowledge, skills and experience of the candidate. In addition to base pay, this role is eligible for incentive compensation and may be eligible for equity or long-term cash awards.

Benefits are an important part of Splunk's Total Rewards package. This role is eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off and much more! Learn more about our comprehensive benefits and wellbeing offering at https://splunkbenefits.com .