Principal Production Engineer

San Mateo, CA US
Kubernetes AWS Azure GCP
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Build the future of data. Join the Snowflake team.

Production engineering ensures that Snowflake’s services are available and perform to our users' needs. As a Production Engineer, you will work to improve the reliability and performance of Snowflake’s distributed systems. You will partner with our product engineering teams to design, build, operate, and automate distributed applications at the heart of Snowflake’s service that are critical to the function of our customers.


  • Engage in and improve the whole lifecycle of services—from inception and design, deployment, operation, and refinement.
  • Scale systems sustainably by automation; Drive changes that improve reliability and velocity.
  • Establish and practice low noise incident response rotations and blameless postmortems to prevent problem recurrence.
  • Write and review code. Develop documentation and capacity plans, and debug the hardest problems on large distributed systems.
  • Collaborate with software engineers to establish, maintain, and optimize functional and performance SLAs.
  • Participate in a 24x7 on-call rotation.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, a related technical field involving software engineering, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Proficient  in at least one modern programming language
  • Systematic problem-solving methods, effective communication skills.


  • Experience capacity and load testing distributed applications
  • Experience with containers and container orchestration systems such as Kubernetes
  • Experience in deploying, managing, and operating scalable and fault tolerant Linux infrastructure.
  • Hands-on operational experience performance measurement and benchmarking.
  • Hands on experience with one of more public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, or GCP)
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.

Every Snowflake employee is expected to follow the company’s confidentiality and security standards for handling sensitive data. Snowflake employees must abide by the company’s data security plan as an essential part of their duties. It is every employee's duty to keep customer information secure and confidential.

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