Senior Kafka Engineer (Remote) at Upgrade | Powderkeg

Location: Remote - Canada

Employment Type: Full-Time

Team: Software Development

Upgrade is a fintech unicorn founded in 2017. We are the fastest-growing company in the Americas (Financial Times). Our innovative Upgrade Card is the fastest-growing credit card in America (Nilson Report). Upgrade has been named a “Best Place to Work in the Bay Area” and received “Best Engineering Team", "Best Company for Women” and “Best Company for Diversity” awards from Comparably. Come join us if you like to tackle big problems and make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

About our Team:

At Upgrade, the Platform team works horizontally with our different engineering teams. We build tools, services and shared libraries to simplify / abstract / speedup the day to day of our developers.

We are looking for a passionate Kafka engineer to help us push our messaging infrastructure to the next level. We are already using Kafka in production at the moment, but Upgrade is growing and we now have a sub team dedicated to building our next generation streaming platform. Join us!

This is a remote position based in Canada.

What You'll Do:

  • Contribute to the continuous optimization of our Kafka infrastructure
  • Code new libraries and tools to make Kafka more simplified, efficient and easier to use – to keep pace with the increasing traffic on the platform and rapid growth of Upgrade
  • Prototype different patterns of integration with Kafka at the Kubernetes level
  • Help troubleshoot Kafka issues
  • Drive Kafka adoption across Upgrade’s engineering teams

What We Look For:

  • Previous experience designing and maintaining Kafka
  • Demonstrated history of investigating and resolving Kafka challenges in a production environment
  • Experience building services on top of Kafka
  • Good programming knowledge – Golang, Python and/or Java
  • Strong knowledge of Kubernetes and its constructs
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in AWS
  • Excellent communication and empathy skills – you will interact with different stakeholders at Upgrade to help define our vision
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field

What We Offer You:

  • Competitive salary and stock option plan.
  • 100% paid coverage of medical, dental and vision insurance.
  • Unlimited vacation.
  • Learning stipend for personal growth and development.
  • Paid parental leave.
  • Health and wellness initiatives.

Interested in joining Upgrade but don't think this role is for you? Check out our careers page!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Senior Kafka Engineer (Remote)
  • Company
  • Location
    San Francisco, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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