Senior Software Engineer (Performance)

McLean, Virginia
May 01, 2021
May 07, 2021
Full Time
At Appian, we're not only about building awesome software, but also about growing our culture of passion, energy, and innovation; great people, great software! As a Senior Software Engineer on a performance- and reliability-oriented team, you will help build the next generation of our core low-code application development platform and help tackle our most challenging technical problems alongside other brilliant engineers.

About you:
  • You like to leverage your knowledge of data structures, best coding practices, and design patterns to write elegant and readable code
  • You're passionate about software performance and possess deep knowledge about the JVM
  • You're a tinkerer at heart with an innate ability to solve tough system problems and performance issues
  • You don't stop after getting the answer to a problem, you want to dig deeper and understand how each system works
  • You care about building reliable systems that scale well and can be monitored

  • Design new feature implementations and effectively communicate those designs verbally and in writing
  • Leverage relevant software development experience to radiate best practices and faster development
  • Utilize analysis tools (e.g. VisualVM) to diagnose issues with multithreading, heap usage, and garbage collection
  • Own a moderate degree of personal responsibility for the overall performance of the team, including capabilities, quality, stability and velocity
  • Build automation and alerting to prevent problem recurrence
  • Identify and maintain service-level objectives (SLOs) to measure system performance degradation and alert on unexpected behavior
  • Seek to identify opportunities for code refactoring and performance optimizations on a regular basis and champion these efforts within the team
  • Share advanced knowledge regularly on a team and occasionally with others in the department; build a reputation as a key resource in those areas

Preferred Experience Level: BS and 5+ years of relevant professional experience; Experience in a high-volume or critical production service environment; Fluency in Java.

Education: B.S. in Computer Science or related field/degree

About Us:

Appian helps organizations build apps and workflows rapidly, with a low-code automation platform. Combining people, technologies, and data in a single workflow, Appian can help companies maximize their resources and improve business results. Many of the world's largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance. Our employees create opportunities to drive hands-on impact both with our customers and throughout the organization, which creates an environment where meaningful work is met with career growth and opportunity. As a result, we are proud to have been recognized as a Washington Post Top Workplace for seven consecutive years. Simply put, we are changing the way businesses operate and our employees are to thank for Appian's success.

Appian Corporation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Further, Appian will not discriminate against applicants for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing their pay or, in certain circumstances, the pay of their co-worker, Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination .

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