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In a world of cloud complexity, NetApp simplifies. Our customers are looking for a more unified and secure multicloud experience, and we provide the services, infrastructure and expertise they need to achieve it.

If you want to have a real impact, NetApp is the place for you. You’ll make a difference—while still maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Who are we? Forward-thinking technology people with a heart. Join us.

Principal Software Engineer, Cloud Platforms

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States; Waltham, Massachusetts, United States; New York, New York, United States
Job category: Cloud Job ID: 124433-en_US

About NetApp

We’re forward-thinking technology people with heart. We make our own rules, drive our own opportunities, and try to approach every challenge with fresh eyes. Of course, we can’t do it alone. We know when to ask for help, collaborate with others, and partner with smart people. We embrace diversity and openness because it’s in our DNA. We push limits and reward great ideas. What is your great idea?

"At NetApp, we fully embrace and advance a diverse, inclusive global workforce with a culture of belonging that leverages the backgrounds and perspectives of all employees, customers, partners, and communities to foster a higher performing organization." -George Kurian, CEO

Job Summary

As a Principal Engineer in the NetApp’s Cloud Platforms organization, you will be responsible for leading and executing our most challenging and complex projects. You will be responsible for decomposing complex problems into simple solutions, understanding system interdependencies and limitations, and possessing expert knowledge in storage management (Ex: ONTAP), cloud architectures, performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, engineering best practices, and testing methods. 
In addition to your technical expertise, you will also be responsible partnering with technical and product leaders of all major cloud provider, mentoring and developing others, influencing internal multiple NetApp teams, and making key technical decisions. You will be a key player in helping NetApp stay ahead of the curve and deliver innovative solutions to our customers.
You are expected to have a strong technical point of view and work with our internal and external partners and earn their trust with empathy. Your ability to communicate clearly with the top leaders of multiple high-profile companies and ability to use data to defend your decisions will be crucial for this role. 

Job Requirements

•    Lead and execute complex software engineering projects in the data & storage area.
•    Decompose complex problems into simple solutions.
•    Understand NetApp’s existing systems, their interdependencies, and limitations.
•    Possess expert knowledge in storage management (Ex: ONTAP), modern cloud architectures, performance, scalability, enterprise system architecture, and       engineering best practices. 
•    Mentor and develop others. 
•    Influence multiple internal teams and external partners without authority and with strong empathy. (This is an IC role)


•    10+ years of experience in software/systems engineering
•    5+ years of experience in data management systems & storage platforms for managing and storing data across various workloads and environments. (Ex: NetApp’s ONTAP or similar systems)
•    5+ years of expert level hands-on experience in highly scalable cloud architectures including service-oriented architectures, cloud-native (FAAS, PAAS), and cloud storage services (NOSQL and relational DB etc.). 
•    Strong technical judgment and influential skills
•    Ability to operate at the Director, VPs, and SVP level as a key technical adviser.
•    Ability to provide both architectural guidance and detailed technical direction.
If you are interested in joining a team of world-class engineers and helping NetApp shape the future of data storage, we encourage you to apply.


o    Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering required (Computer science preferred) and/or, relevant experience.
o    10+ years of experience in commercial software development (Non-internship)

Equal Opportunity Employer:

NetApp is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and to compliance with all federal, state and local laws that prohibit employment discrimination based on age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability or genetic information, pregnancy, protected veteran status, and any other protected classification. 

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Why NetApp?

In a world full of generalists, NetApp is a specialist. No one knows how to elevate the world’s biggest clouds like NetApp. We are data-driven and empowered to innovate. Trust, integrity, and teamwork all combine to make a difference for our customers, partners, and communities. 

We expect a healthy work-life balance. Our volunteer time off program is best in class, offering employees 40 hours of paid time off per year to volunteer with their favorite organizations.  We provide comprehensive medical, dental, wellness, and vision plans for you and your family.  We offer educational assistance, legal services, and access to discounts. We also offer financial savings programs to help you plan for your future.  

If you run toward knowledge and problem-solving, join us. 

USA and Canada Residents Only:

The base salary hiring wage range for this position which the Company reasonably and in good faith expects to pay for the position in the specified geographic areas or locations, is $195,300- $302,500. Final compensation will be dependent on various factors relevant to the position and candidate such as geographical location, candidate qualifications, certifications, relevant job-related work experience, education, skillset and other relevant business and organizational factors, consistent with applicable law.  In addition, the position may include some of the following comprehensive benefits such Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, 401(K), Paid Time off (PTO), sick time, leave of absence as per the FMLA and other relevant leave laws, Company bonus/commission, employee stock purchase plan, and/or restricted stocks (RSU’s).


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