GitHub is seeking Principal Software Engineers to join our Engineering team. This role is focused on wide-reaching, cross-team work to improve GitHub’s engineering processes, systems, and architecture. Principal Software Engineers are focused on the most impactful work in engineering and provide guidance to engineering leadership and the organization to help build, scale, and maintain GitHub as the home for all developers. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Drive department-wide conversations around technical issues and engineering practices, suggesting improvements and ideas as you see them
  • Ensure the team builds software that is architecturally consistent and of high quality, establishing patterns and best practices for the organization
  • Coordinate with engineering and product leads to define, prioritize, and task projects that help us meet business objectives
  • Provide technical leadership, mentorship, pairing opportunities, and code reviews to encourage the growth of others
  • Help cultivate an environment where team members are empowered and demonstrate a strong sense of ownership and belonging

A week in the life of a Principal Engineer might consist of:

  • Collaborating with other Principal Engineers to define the future of GitHub engineering and working together to implement that vision
  • Collaborating with design, analytics, support, and product management to understand the problems we want to solve and exploring how we can solve them
  • Digging in to the most important issues the department is tackling by asking questions, creating plans, recognizing pitfalls, and raising concerns
  • Discussing and collaboratively solving engineering and product problems with engineering collaborators in Slack or Zoom
  • Supporting company-wide initiatives
  • Bringing key plans and execution ideas to the management team
  • Mentoring other engineers at all experience levels
  • Responding to issues and review requests from other teams at GitHub
  • Reviewing your teammates' Pull Requests and providing helpful feedback
  • Serve as an engineering representative for critical customer conversations to discover what they love and what their pain points are
  • Embedding in a squad periodically to enable others to tackle challenges and stretch assignments
  • As a part of Engineering technical leadership, advising on key initiatives, gaps, and technical blind spots

Qualifications: 

  • 12+ years of experience designing, developing, shipping, and maintaining high quality software at scale.
  • Expert in Ruby, Go, .NET, JavaScript, TypeScript, or other modern programming language
  • Experience with Git and GitHub
  • Troubleshooting skills across network, application, caching, queuing, load-balancing, storage and distributed services layers.
  • In-depth expertise in one or more domains such as kernels, networking, compilers, software development tools, databases, HTTP, virtual machines, containers, security.
  • Experience effectively contributing to technical strategy and roadmaps
  • Ability to think critically about both system design and software engineering concepts and blend those perspectives pragmatically based on project needs
  • Understanding of production system monitoring and observability
  • Passionate about fostering good engineering practices and processes
  • Excellent analytical skills as well as both verbal and written communication skills. We’re a distributed team so strong (asynchronous) communication is critical.
  • Passionate about mentoring and helping your peers, both inside and outside of your team, to grow
  • You show humility when you are right and have the confidence to admit mistakes
  • Experience working asynchronously on a remote, distributed team (does not have to be professional experience)

Ability to meet GitHub, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:  Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft, GitHub’s parent company, Cloud Screen upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here: https://github.com/about/careers/remote

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.

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