Solutions Architect

Confluent, West Coast

Real-Time Data at Massive Scale

Backed by Benchmark, Sequoia Capital, and Index Ventures, Confluent is one of the fastest growing startups in Silicon Valley. Founded by the team that built Apache Kafka, Confluent provides a streaming platform that enables companies to easily access data as real-time streams. In addition to our enterprise platform, we recently launched our cloud offering, Apache Kafka as a Service, which will allow companies of all sizes to leverage the power of streaming data. Join us on our mission to put a streaming platform at the heart of every company!

Solutions Architects drive customer success by helping them realize business value from the burgeoning flow of realtime data streams in their organizations.   In this role you’ll interact directly with our customers to provide software architecture, development and operations expertise, leveraging deep knowledge of best practices in the use of Apache Kafka, the broader Confluent Platform, and complementary systems like Hadoop, Spark, Storm, relational databases, and various NoSQL databases.  

Throughout all of these interactions, you’ll build strong relationships with customers, ensure exemplary delivery standards, and have a lot of fun building state-of-the-art streaming data infrastructure alongside colleagues who are widely recognized as leaders in this space.

Promoting Confluent and our amazing team to the community and wider public audience is something we invite all our employees to take part in.  This can be in the form of writing blog posts, speaking at meetups and well known industry events about use cases and best practices, or as simple as releasing code.

While Confluent is headquartered in Palo Alto, you can work remotely from any location on the West Coast of the United States as long as you are able to travel to client engagements as needed.

A typical week at Confluent in this role may involve

Preparing for an upcoming engagement, discussing the goals and expectations with the customer and preparing an agenda
Researching best practices or components required for the engagement
Delivering an engagement on-site, working with the customer’s architects and developers in a workshop environment
Producing and delivering the post-engagement report to the customer
Project work that may involve building tooling for another team, performance testing components for Engineering or improving documentation and knowledge base articles
Honing your skills, building applications and trying out new features


Culture is a huge part of Confluent, we’re searching for the best people who not only excel at their role, but also contribute to the health, happiness and growth of the company. Inclusivity and openness are important traits, with regular company wide and team events. Here are some of the personal qualities we’re looking for:

Smart, humble and empathetic
Hard working, you get things done
Hungry to learn in a field which is ever evolving
Adaptable to the myriad of challenges each day can present
Inquisitive and not afraid to ask all the questions, no matter how basic
Ready to roll up your sleeves and help others, getting involved in projects where you feel you can add value
Strive for excellence in your work, your team and the company

Required skills and experience

Excellent technical skills and industry experience are a must, as you’ll be representing Confluent Inc, working with some of the best companies and sharpest minds. Credibility is key, in the knowledge and skills you’ll be calling on and delivering to customers.  We don’t expect everyone who joins us to be Kafka experts, but we do want to see some tentpole achievements and skills.

Deep experience designing, building, and operating in-production Big Data, stream processing, and/or enterprise data integration solutions using Apache Kafka
Exceptional interpersonal communications capabilities demonstrated through a history of successful B2B infrastructure software development projects
Strong desire to tackle hard technical problems and proven ability do so with little or no direct daily supervision
Bachelor’s level degree in Computer Science or an engineering, mathematics, or another quantitative field
Proficiency in Java
Use of Amazon Web Services for running high throughput systems
Skilled in operating Linux, you know how to configure, tune and troubleshoot both RedHat & Debian based distributions
Ability to travel up to 50% of the time to client engagements


There are always extra skills that can give you an edge, not necessarily just in technology:

Previous experience building solutions that use Apache Kafka alongside Hadoop, relational and NoSQL databases, message queues, and related products
Scala, Python or Go experience
Commercial acumen, experience working alongside commercial teams
Prior experience working for a technology startup
Project management experience, working with any known methodology and more importantly, being able to scope, manage and deliver on a plan no matter how simple or complex

About Confluent

Our Story Founded by the team that built Apache Kafka®, Confluent builds a streaming platform that enables companies to easily access data as real-time streams Background Every byte of data has a story to tell, something of significance that will inform the next thing to be done. In a data-driven enterprise, how we move our data becomes nearly as important as the data itself. With greater speed and agility, data’s value increases exponentially. From its very early days, we have open-sourced Apache Kafka™ and have led it to impressive industry-wide adoption across several thousand companies. Now we are focusing on building a streaming platform to help other companies get easy access to enterprise data as real-time streams.

Want to learn more about Confluent? Visit Confluent's website.