Cloud - Principal Engineer - Python
Elastic

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About The Role

You will be responsible for technical design and architecture for the Usage Metering and Billing area of Elastic’s Cloud product. This area is responsible for services that power Elastic’s SaaS subscription billing platform. This role is very impactful to Elastic -- you will collaborate with partners from Finance, Sales Operations, and IT teams to provide end-to-end usage, reporting and billing capabilities for our users. You will lead by example and should participate in coding, debugging complex failure scenarios, and triaging bugs. You’ll analyze the current system, participate in roadmap and project planning efforts, and will have ownership for delivering it. You’ll be participating in project management efforts as the teams execute on plans, and you’ll have a role in communicating progress and status to partners.

Engineering Philosophy

Engineering a highly complex distributed system that is easy to operate via elegantly designed components and APIs is a non-trivial effort. It requires solid software development skills, and more importantly, a sharp mind and the ability to think like a user. We also care deeply about giving you full ownership of what you’re working on. Our company fundamentally believes great minds achieve greatness when they are set free and are surrounded and challenged by their peers, which is very transparent in our organization. We feel that anyone needs to be in a position to comment on truly anything, regardless of his or her role within the company.

Some of the things you'll work on


  • Provide technical leadership for the Billing area of Cloud. This includes working on the parts of codebase that brings in monthly subscription revenue from thousands of Elasticsearch Service users.

  • Own, curate, and execute your area's product roadmap, partnering with product managers, engineering managers, and other peers across Cloud and Elastic teams.

  • Work on creating a stable, scalable and reliable data ingestion pipeline built using Elastic products to harvest usage data from multiple products.

  • Use Elasticsearch and Kibana to aggregate data for billing and usage reporting purposes for thousands of users

  • Work with Cloud providers like GCP, Azure and AWS to integrate with their marketplace solutions

  • Be hands-on with the codebase. Review work done by the team, and provide constructive feedback.

  • Mentor engineers in your team - help define coding practices and standards, breakdown features into deliverable phases, design new features

What you will bring along 


  • Proven experience as a software engineer, with a track record of delivering high-quality code.

  • Experience with Python as a programming language.

  • Experience with Elasticsearch as a user, understanding data modeling, aggregations and querying capabilities.

  • Previous experience providing technical leadership for a team of software engineers.

  • Previous experience in an ownership role for roadmap curation and execution.

  • Experience gathering or analyzing usage data from hosting providers (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) is a plus

  • You understand how to ingest data reliably and at scale

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Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.


  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary

  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations

  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles

  • Generous number of vacation days each year

  • Double your charitable giving — we match up to 1% of your salary

  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love

  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Elastic is an Equal Employment employer committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for all applicants and employees. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. Elastic also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees consistent with applicable law.

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Posted 12 months ago