Senior Software Engineer - Metadata Core

Bellevue, WA US
C++ Java

Build the future of data. Join the Snowflake team.

Snowflake Metadata team builds a scalable metadata system that allows Snowflake to query across petabyte-scale data very efficiently. The team develops transactions, cross-region replication, cloning, and other core Snowflake services. It is also responsible for providing the foundation framework for features like Native Apps Framework and ML-Powered Analysis.


  • Solve real business needs at large scale by applying your software engineering and analytical problem solving skills.
  • Build the next-generation transaction system, storage engine and metadata framework to support multi-tenant database system and native apps framework
  • Design, develop, and support a highly-parallel and fault-tolerant database system comprising many technologies
  • Design and implement critical high-performance systems to handle the ever growing request rate of our database
  • Design and implement core foundational features including transactions, DDL/DML logs, global messaging mesh as well as advanced features built on top of the metadata, such as cloning, backup/restore and global replication.
  • Analyze and understand performance and scalability bottlenecks in the system and solve them
  • Have the opportunity to work on various background services that power Snowflake's proprietary multi-level metadata system to support fast compilation and query optimization.
  • Ensure operational readiness of the services and meet the commitments to our customers regarding availability and performance.
  • Work closely with teams to drive the next generation of metadata framework to better support Snowflake features like ML/AI. 

We are looking for strong system engineers who are interested in solving some of the most challenging problems in distributed systems, performance and scalability, and passionate about building system software with high quality.


  • 5+ years industry experience designing, building and supporting large scale systems in production.
  • Strong CS fundamentals including data structures, algorithms, and distributed systems.
  • Systems programming skills including multi-threading, concurrency, etc. Fluency in C++ or Java (or other similar procedural object-oriented language) is preferred.
  • Track record of identifying and implementing creative solutions.
  • Knowledge of database internals is a big plus.
  • BS in Computer Science; Masters or PhD Preferred

Snowflake is growing fast, and we’re scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake.

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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