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Confluent // real-time data platform for orgs
Paris, France    Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2022
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Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favourite series on Netflix, picked up groceries curbside at Walmart, or paid for something using Square? That's the power of data in motion in action-giving organisations instant access to the massive amounts of data that is constantly flowing throughout their business. At Confluent, we're building the foundational platform for this new paradigm of data infrastructure. Our cloud-native offering is designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organisation. With Confluent, organisations can create a central nervous system to innovate & win in a digital-first world.

We're looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge & feel energised to roll up their sleeves & help realise Confluent's enormous potential. Chart your own path & take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams & want you to grow as we grow-whether you're just starting out in your career or managing a large team, you'll be amazed at the magnitude of your impact.

Solutions Architects drive customer success by helping them realize business value from the burgeoning flow of realtime data streams in their organizations.   In this role you'll interact directly with our customers to provide software architecture, development & operations expertise, leveraging deep knowledge of best practices in the use of Apache Kafka, the broader Confluent Platform, & complementary systems like Hadoop, Spark, Storm, relational databases, & various NoSQL databases.  

Throughout all of these interactions, you'll build strong relationships with customers, ensure exemplary delivery standards, & have a lot of fun building state-of-the-art streaming data infrastructure alongside colleagues who are widely recognized as leaders in this space.

Promoting Confluent & our amazing team to the community & wider public audience is something we invite all our employees to take part in.  This can be in the form of writing blog posts, speaking at meetups & well-known industry events about use cases & best practices, or as simple as releasing code.

A typical week at Confluent in this role may involve

Preparing for an upcoming engagement, discussing the goals & expectations with the customer & preparing an agenda
Researching best practices or components required for the engagement
Delivering an engagement on-site, working with the customer's architects & developers in a workshop environment
Producing & delivering the post-engagement report to the customer
Project work that may involve building tooling for another team, performance testing components for Engineering or improving documentation & knowledge base articles
Honing your skills, building applications & trying out new features

Required skills & experience

Excellent technical skills & industry experience are a must, as you'll be representing Confluent Inc, working with some of the best companies & sharpest minds. Credibility is key, in the knowledge & skills you'll be calling on & delivering to customers.  We don't expect everyone who joins us to be Kafka experts, but we do want to see some tentpole achievements & skills.
Deep experience designing, building, & operating in-production Big Data, stream processing, and/or enterprise data integration solutions using Apache Kafka
Exceptional interpersonal communications capabilities demonstrated through a history of successful B2B infrastructure software development projects
Strong desire to tackle hard technical problems & proven ability do so with little or no direct daily supervision
Bachelor's level degree in Computer Science or an engineering, mathematics, or another quantitative field
Proficiency in Java
Use of Amazon Web Services for running high throughput systems
Skilled in operating Linux, you know how to configure, tune & troubleshoot both RedHat & Debian based distributions
Ability to travel up to 50% of the time to client engagements


There are always extra skills that can give you an edge, not necessarily just in technology:

Previous experience building solutions that use Apache Kafka alongside Hadoop, relational & NoSQL databases, message queues, & related products
Scala, Python or Go experience
Commercial acumen, experience working alongside commercial teams
Prior experience working for a technology startup
Project management experience, working with any known methodology & more importantly, being able to scope, manage & deliver on a plan no matter how simple or complex
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