Staff Backend Engineer - Opportunity for Working Remotely @ VMware - Palo Alto, CA

Job Overview

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Staff Backend Engineer - Opportunity for Working Remotely

VMware - Palo Alto, CA

The Elevator Pitch: Why will you enjoy this new opportunity?

This Staff Backend Engineer role in the VMware Service Provider & Edge Business Unit is an opportunity to play a technical leading role in developing an innovative new product that is envisioned to disrupt the telecom industry. In this role, you will lead the design and implementation of the backend of a large-scale high-performance cloud-native software system. You will work closely with platform engineering, UI/UX engineering, product management and several cross-functional teams to deliver a carrier-grade software platform that will enable novel use cases to manage, optimize and monetize the mobile network. In the process, you will work and innovate with the latest technologies in cloud, networking, 5G and ML/AI, collaborate closely with experts in these fields, experience first-hand the process of building a new product, and work in an environment that provides ample learning and career growth opportunities.


Success in the Role: What are the performance outcomes over the first 6-12 months you will work toward completing?

  • As a key member of the R&D engineering team, you will serve as the technical lead for the design and implementation of a distributed backend and APIs for a new VMware product.

  • Within 30 days of joining, you will be expected to ramp up on the product vision and architecture. You will be expected to design and deliver smaller/simpler features to gain familiarity with the product and the development workflow.

  • Within 90 days, you will be expected to write functional specifications for new modules in the distributed backend; analyze various technology options to implement the modules; design and implement the functional modules. You will be expected to use Golang, so prior experience in Golang is preferred.

  • Within 180 days you will be expected to design and implement more complex features that require coordination across the broader team. You will troubleshoot issues reported by customers and improve usability of the product. You will develop functional tests and work with system/scale test teams to make the backend robust and scalable. You will be expected to mentor new hires particularly in the backend team.

  • Within 360 days, you will become the go-to technical point of contact for the backend for anyone in the BU. You will be a self-starter and lean into projects until the best solution is found.

The Work: What type of work will you be doing? What assignments, requirements, or skills will you be performing on a regular basis?

Your regular activities may be modified to suit your professional strengths, but you can expect a variety of the following assignments:

  • Design and implement backend modules (monitoring, configuration, data management, HA, upgrades), APIs and services to serve the APIs; this may require interaction with Cassandra, Elasticsearch, etc.

  • Design and implement features for a cloud-native architecture; you will work with Docker containers, microservices, k8s, etc.

  • Design end-to-end architecture for scalability, high availability and ease of upgrade

  • Design, implement and test system's capability to scale horizontally, be highly available and easy to upgrade in Kubernetes environment

  • Work with tools that generate API documentation


What is
the leadership like for this role? What is the structure and culture of the team like?

The hiring manager for this role is Rakesh Misra. Rakesh is a Director of R&D in VMware and leads an R&D engineering team that is responsible for several VMware products in the telecom space. Rakesh joined VMware in 2019 after the startup he had co-founded, Uhana Inc., to commercialize his Stanford research on data-driven and software-defined telecom networks, was acquired by VMware. His team is based largely in the US and follows open culture at work where everyone is encouraged to learn from each other, teach others and grow along with others by being collaborative and courteous.

Where is this role located?

This team has been historically based out of VMware’s Palo Alto office. However, this role is open to fully remote. If you live in the surrounding area, you will have the option to work from the office partly or fully if you wish to do so.

What are the benefits and perks of working at VMware?

You and your loved ones will be supported with a competitive and comprehensive benefits package. Below are some highlights, or you can view the complete benefits package by visiting www.benefits.vmware.com.

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Medical Coverage, Retirement, and Parental Leave Plans for All Family Types

  • Generous Time Off Programs

  • 40 hours of paid time to volunteer in your community

  • Rethink's Neurodiversity program to support parents raising children with learning or behavior challenges, or developmental disabilities

  • Financial contributions to your ongoing development (conference participation, trainings, course work, etc.)

  • Wellness reimbursement and online fitness and wellbeing classes


This job may require the candidate to travel and/or work from a facility that requires full vaccination prior to entry.


Category :
Engineering and Technology
Subcategory: Software Engineering
Experience: Business Leadership
Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time
Posted Date: 2022-05-20


VMware Company Overview: At VMware, we believe that software has the power to unlock new opportunities for people and our planet. We look beyond the barriers of compromise to engineer new ways to make technologies work together seamlessly. Our cloud, mobility, and security software form a flexible, consistent digital foundation for securely delivering the apps, services and experiences that are transforming business innovation around the globe. At the core of what we do are our people who deeply value execution, passion, integrity, customers, and community. Shape what’s possible today at http://careers.vmware.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: VMware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: VMware is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at VMware are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. VMware will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. VMware encourages applicants of all ages. Vmware will provide reasonable accommodation to employees who have protected disabilities consistent with local law.

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