Senior Software Engineer (Performance and Reliability)

McLean, Virginia
Jan 03, 2022
Jan 29, 2022
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.

What is Appian? It's a low code automation platform that lets business people build powerful enterprise web and mobile apps with flexible, visual models instead of clunky custom code.

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 behaviors

  • 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:
  • B.S. and 5+ years of relevant professional experience; Experience in a high-volume or critical production service environment

  • B.S. in Computer Science or related field/degree

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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