Staff Software Engineer - Network Telemetry

FastlyRemote; United StatesFull-time$181k - $226kJan 29, 2024
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Fastly helps people stay better connected with the things they love. Fastly’s edge cloud platform enables customers to create great digital experiences quickly, securely, and reliably by processing, serving, and securing our customers’ applications as close to their end-users as possible — at the edge of the Internet. The platform is designed to take advantage of the modern internet, to be programmable, and to support agile software development. Fastly’s customers include many of the world’s most prominent companies, including Vimeo, Pinterest, The New York Times, and GitHub.

We're building a more trustworthy Internet. Come join us.

Fastly has a globally distributed platform with a well connected network to peers and transits. Our servers generate a massive amount of telemetry which is enriched by ingress and egress traffic flow information. With this volume of data comes some interesting challenges around noise, multiple interpretation of signals and being able to tell cause and effect apart. 

We are always interested in generating clean signals from our network telemetry so they are always  actionable. And we look for ways we can create closed feedback loops to build self-healing systems.  

We are looking for a technical leader with experience in designing, building and operating distributed systems that are scalable, fault tolerant and easy to manage. The pipelines you will work with are near realtime telemetry and some of them are extremely  latency sensitive as they are part of traffic engineering controller inputs. You will also be responsible for running complex troubleshooting that requires new telemetry to be introduced or when the issue spans multiple parts of the stack.

This role will be in our network systems group. You can expect complex but fun challenges in near-real-time analysis and distributed systems while working closely with network engineers and kernel engineers.

What You'll Do

  • Lead multi-functional initiatives, collaborate and gather requirements from cross functional teams and translate them into software features that can increase automation capabilities 
  • Design, implement and operate distributed control systems that collect and aggregate large amounts of data to manage network services and configuration
  • Be the point person to run complex troubleshooting when the problem spans multiple complex sub systems
  • Consider scalability, security, performance and reliability in the design of the applications you support
  • Build relationships with other teams and act as technical lead in conversations inside and outside the team
  • Help identify new areas of opportunity in existing products, and draft solutions to support those efforts
  • Mentor junior engineers and give them opportunities to grow inside your projects

What We're Looking For

  • You have a minimum of 7 years of experience building or operating networking/distributed/cloud systems
  • You have at least 7 years of hands on experience with design and development of software components on Unix/Linux platforms
  • Experience with projects related to low-latency data collection and analysis
  • You have at least 4 years of experience in writing elegant and maintainable Rust, Python and/or Go code

We'll be super impressed if you have experience in any of these:

  • Experience with GCP (Google Cloud Platform) or AWS infrastructure
  • Implementation skills with network data structures such as graphs, tries, etc.
  • Experience with Machine Learning & Analytical tools
  • Experience with infrastructure as code systems like terraform and Kubernetes
  • Familiarity with network protocols such as DNS and TCP

Work Hours: 

  • This position will require you to be available during core business hours. 

Work Locations & Travel Requirements: 

This position is open to San Francisco, CA and US (Remote). 

The preferred locations for this position are:

  • San Francisco, CA

Fastly currently embraces a largely hybrid model for most roles which allows employees flexibility to split their time between the office and home.  

We are willing to consider remote candidates in US (Remote). 

This position may require travel as required by your role or requested by your manager.


The estimated salary range for this position is $181,220 to $226,520.

Starting salary may vary based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as experience, skills, qualifications, and location.

This role may be eligible to participate in Fastly’s equity and discretionary bonus programs.


We care about you. Fastly works hard to create a positive environment for our employees, and we think your life outside of work is important too. We support our teams with great benefits that start on the first day of your employment with Fastly. Curious about our offerings? 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance. Family planning, mental health support along with Employee Assistance Program, Insurance (Life, Disability, and Accident), a non-accrual vacation policy and up to 18 days of accrued paid sick leave are there to help support our employees. We also offer 401(k) (including company match) and an Employee Stock Purchase Program. For 2024, we offer 10 paid local holidays, 11 paid company wellness days. 

Why Fastly?

  • We have a huge impact. Fastly is a small company with a big reach. Not only do our customers have a tremendous user base, but we also support a growing number of open source projects and initiatives. Outside of code, employees are encouraged to share causes close to their heart with others so we can help lend a supportive hand.

  • We love distributed teams. Fastly’s home-base is in San Francisco, but we have multiple offices and employees sprinkled around the globe. As a new hire, you will be able to attend our IN-PERSON new hire orientation in our San Francisco office! It is an exciting week-long experience that we offer to new employees to build connections with colleagues across Fastly, participate in hands-on learning opportunities, and immerse yourself in our culture firsthand. 

  • We value diversity. Growing and maintaining our inclusive and diverse team matters to us. We are committed to being a company where our employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work and have the ability to be successful -- every day.

  • We are passionate. Fastly is chock full of passionate people and we’re not ‘one size fits all’. Fastly employs authors, pilots, skiers, parents (of humans and animals), makeup geeks, coffee connoisseurs, and more. We love employees for who they are and what they are passionate about.

We’re always looking for humble, sharp, and creative folks to join the Fastly team. If you think you might be a fit please apply! A fully completed application and resume or CV are required when applying.

Fastly is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and to providing employees with a safe and welcoming work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, family or parental status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and federal or state disability laws, Fastly will provide reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact your Recruiter, or the Fastly Employee Relations team at [email protected] or 501-287-4901. 

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