Solutions Architect - United Kingdom
Confluent, London, UK
Real-Time Data at Massive Scale
Backed by Index Ventures, Benchmark, and Sequoia Capital, Confluent is an infrastructure company founded and led by the original authors and thought leaders behind Apache Kafka™, one of the most successful open source data projects ever. Confluent’s products let leaders in industries spanning retail, logistics, manufacturing, financial services, technology and media move data from isolated silos into a real-time data nervous system. We believe all businesses will come to be modeled in software and built atop a streaming platform, and we want to put ours at the heart of every company, both on prem and in the cloud.
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.
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