Principal Engineer / Director, Infrastructure Assurance and Operations

  • Location
    • Mountain View
  • Date Posted
  • May. 24, 2021
  • Function
  • IT
  • Sector
  • Data

Confluent is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure focused on data in motion. Have you ever found a new favorite 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 organizations 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 organization. With Confluent, organizations can create a central nervous system to innovate and win in a digital-first world.

We’re looking for self-motivated team members who crave a challenge and feel energized to roll up their sleeves and help realize Confluent’s enormous potential. Chart your own path and take healthy risks as we solve big problems together. We value having diverse teams and 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.

About the role:

We are looking for a deeply technical security leader who will help lead and grow our Infrastructure and Assurance Operations Team.  The responsibilities include all aspects of cloud infrastructure and platform build infrastructure along with all security telemetry, detection, and response.  In this role, you will work with key partners in our cloud infrastructure and reliability engineering team, our release engineering team, and all other engineering groups building out products for the cloud. This position is responsible for cultivating a culture of security awareness across Eng, Product, and the rest of the organization. The ideal candidate has deep technical security knowledge and expertise and will help define and implement robust security architecture strategies, frameworks and governance processes. This position is preferred to be based out of our headquarters in Mountain View, CA, but not required.

Who You Are:

  • Smart, humble, and empathetic
  • Have a strong sense of teamwork and put team’s and company’s interests first
  • Driven and excited about challenges of a fast-paced, innovative software startup environment


  • Drive and influence infrastructure security across the organization by partnering with key stakeholders throughout Confluent
  • Propose, design, build and deploy security solutions, frameworks, automation and orchestration to secure our cloud and platform build infrastructure
  • Act as a technical lead for critical operational infrastructure-oriented security programs within Confluent
  • Strategy, risk management and prioritization for all efforts around infrastructure security
  • Be a subject matter expert for the company around infrastructure security
  • Cultivate a high performing team of engaged engineers who will continue to evolve to address the infrastructure security needs of the company

What we’re looking for:

  • Strong security engineering fundamentals background, especially in the field of infrastructure security, especially Kubernetes, cloud-native identity, controls in GCP, AWS, and Azure
  • Proven experience in operational security practices in a cloud-first environment, especially incident response, secrets management, vulnerability assessment, and privileged access management
  • The knowledge, experience and perspective necessary to own outcomes,  influence stakeholders, and provide effective leadership when it comes to keeping our customers and our product safe
  • Decision-maker with the ability to operate with freedom and autonomy
  • Ability to own and oversee numerous initiatives, while working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders,  and adjust priorities upon evolving business needs
  • A data-driven, decision-making mindset
  • Experience working with distributed teams and other cross-functional stakeholders

Come As You Are

At Confluent, equality is a core tenet of our culture. We are committed to building an inclusive global team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs, and experiences. The more diverse we are, the richer our community and the broader our impact.

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