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Production Engineer - Sr Kafka Engineer

Shopify, Waterloo, Montreal

Commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses


Shopify has been hard at work building and scaling its data pipeline. We produce billions of events every day, and we want to be able to do more with it. We use Kafka to act as the plumbing for our blazing-fast, scalable, and reliable publish-subscribe messaging system. It is used to power systems like our Elasticsearch multi-datacenter replication technology, merchant facing reports as well as our entire logging and analytics pipelines.  

We’re looking for a Senior Kafka Engineer who can help the team become more productive by championing projects, setting technical direction, while building more automation and better internal tooling for Kafka.  Ideally you have some management or supervisory experience, but we won’t turn you away if that’s only something you’re interested in pursuing and are otherwise a great fit.

Just a quick note: there is an on-call component to this position. We fix things right when they break, even if it means doing it in our jammies.

You'll need to have:

  • Experience in distributed data stores (not necessarily Kafka)
  • Software Development / Programming skills. We mostly work with Ruby and Go, and occasionally Python and Java.
  • Proven track record of delivering projects quickly with high quality

It'd be great if you have experience with:

  • Kafka, Logstash, or other message-passing systems
  • JVM-based software
  • Kubernetes, Amazon EC2, or Google Cloud PlatformDocker or LXC containers
  • Experience leading a team of high-performing engineers

You’ll be working on things like:

  • Championing projects which evolve our Kafka infrastructure into a product that delights our internal customers
  • Working with the engineering team to build, scale, and automate distributed, multi-datacenter systems
  • Acting as the go-to expert for engineers who have questions about Kafka infrastructure
  • Building data-pipeline monitoring tools for tracking availability, data completeness, etc.
We know that applying to a new role takes a lot of work and we truly value your time. We are looking forward to reading your application. Please take some time to tell us why you’d be an awesome addition to our team and how this role would be a fit for you!

Closing date: October 9 at 3pm EDT

At Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

About Shopify

Shopify is a leading cloud-based, multichannel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media such as Pinterest and Facebook, brick-and-mortar locations, and pop-up shops. The platform also provides a merchant with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. 

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