Staff/Senior/Mid-level Software Engineer, API Gateway - (Remote)

  • Location
    • United States
  • Date Posted
  • Jan. 12, 2022
  • Function
  • Software Engineering
  • Sector
  • Data

If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply.  Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.

About the role:

You will be responsible for extending the Kong ecosystem by developing, maintaining and extending Kong gateway plugins. These plugins help to extend Kong capabilities in at least 3 major categories, Security and AuthZ, Observability and Traffic Shaping.

Working closely with Engineering, Product Management, Sales and Customer Success you will add features, create new plugins and have the opportunity to extend the Kong PDK that will materially impact customer’s and Kong’s business. You will also help to maintain a streamlined build and test CI/CD system.

You will and other duties:

  • Work on big impact, high visibility features that directly address our users’ needs and our business goals.
  • Working with a diverse team of people from all over the world.
  • Help innovate our tooling and processes to make you and your team more efficient.
  • Representing not only yourself and the rest of your team but all of Kong.
  • You will be involved in customer discussions and fully understanding the problems they are solving.
  • Mentor and pair with other team members.
  • And any additional tasks required by manager.

What We Look For:

  • You are committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce, where as many people as possible are enabled to succeed.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills -- Kong’s engineers write the documentation for their products.
  • You enjoy designing, prototyping, building and debugging server platforms and applications that are highly scalable, reliable, and resilient.
  • You’re proficient in Linux environments including Cloud and Development tooling.
  • You have some experience in any of the following: IdP/AuthZ systems and integration, monitoring and profiling systems, network traffic inspection.
  • You’ve developed data models in relational and no-SQL databases.
  • You’re comfortable with a scripting language, such as Perl, Python, or Ruby. (Knowing a scripting language makes learning Lua fairly straightforward.)You believe in automated testing and continuous integration.
  • You’ve spent time developing and supporting a large scale SaaS platform.
  • You have at least 5-ish years working in a team to develop, package and deliver applications.

The Tech You’ll Work With:

  • Nginx
  • OpenResty
  • Lua
  • Travis and Jenkins

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

What is a Konger?

We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services.

We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications.

We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform.

We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

Kong Core Values:

  • Be Inclusive.  We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger.
  • Be Authentic.  We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments.
  • Be Relentlessly Resourceful.  We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle.
  • Be Customer Obsessed.  We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact.
  • Be Curious.  We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way.
  • Be an Owner.  We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

About Kong:

Kong creates software and managed services that connect APIs and microservices natively across and within clouds, Kubernetes, data centers and more using intelligent automation. Built on an open source core, Kong’s service connectivity platform enables digital innovation by allowing organizations to reliably and securely manage the full lifecycle of APIs and services for modern architectures, including microservices, serverless and service mesh. By providing developer teams with unprecedented architectural freedom, Kong accelerates innovation cycles, increases productivity, and seamlessly bridges legacy and modern systems and applications. For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.