Principal Backend Software Engineer, Platform Engineering

Published date Posted on Indeed on May 01, 2022 (23 d ago)

About the team

We work closely with our developer community team to build, maintain, and operate the tools they use to build and ship features to our customers. Our team is at the forefront of embracing new technologies and processes which help developers to deliver features faster, safer, and more sustainably.

About the role

As a Principal Software Engineer, working on the Platform Engineering team, you will be a technical leader driving the architecture and implementation of the next generation of developer tools and platform. This platform enables software developers across Zillow Group (ZG) to quickly build and maintain products. Our work has a significant impact in support of Zillow's mission to build the most trusted home-related marketplace in the world!

  • A metrics driven approach and can make informed decisions using data

  • Thinks about systems — their edge cases, failure modes, and lifecycles

  • Works with the leadership team to drive the technical strategy and roadmap for the adoption of new tools and standards in the platform

  • Identifies cultural and process improvement opportunities

  • Raises the bar on technical excellence and mentor other engineers

  • Establish relationships with senior leadership and help drive strategy

  • Collaborates and optimally connects with multi-functional teams comprising of business partners, engineers, and product management to produce the best solutions possible

  • Is a champion of the Platform team, and helps gain adoption across the various teams at Zillow Group

This role has been categorized as a Remote position. “Remote” employees do not have a permanent corporate office workplace and, instead, work from a physical location of their choice which must be identified to the Company. Employees may live in any of the 50 US States, with limited exceptions. In certain cases, an employee in a remote-designated job may need to live in a specific region or time zone to support customers or clients as part of their role.

In Colorado, the standard pay range for this role is $170,900.00 - $273,100.00 Annually. This range is specific to Colorado and may not be applicable to other locations.

Who you are

You are passionate about building high-quality software products. You enjoy finding new and better ways to deliver quality products and strive for continuous improvement. You are an excellent communicator with technical teams as well as business leaders. We are looking for someone who has a breadth of experience using tools and practices that can apply the right solution for each problem.

  • 8+ years experience in leading the design and development of highly available systems at scale

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher (or 10-12 years of experience)

  • A proven track record as a multi-functional technical leader

  • High efficiency and quality in software design, development, testing, and debugging issues across the whole stack

You demonstrate expertise in:

  • Programming languages like Java, Python, JavaScript/Node.js or Golang

  • Cloud technologies and providers like AWS, GCP, or Azure

You have experience with:

  • Containerization and Container orchestration with Docker and Kubernetes

  • REST and microservices architecture

  • Infrastructure automation and Infrastructure as Code solutions like Terraform

  • Service discovery and service mesh technologies such as Istio, Linkerd

  • Reliability, Monitoring and AI Ops tools such as Nagios, Zabbix, Splunk, SumoLogic, Prometheus, New Relic, DataDog

In addition to a competitive base salary this position is also eligible for equity awards based on factors such as experience, performance and location.

Get to know us

Zillow is reimagining real estate to make it easier to unlock life’s next chapter.

As the most-visited real estate website in the United States, Zillow® and its affiliates offer customers an on-demand real experience. Millions of people visit Zillow Group sites every month to start their home search, and now they can rely on Zillow to help make it easier to move — and no matter what job you're in, you will play a critical role in making this vision a reality.


Our efforts to streamline the real estate transaction are supported by a deep-rooted culture of innovation, our passion to redefine the employee experience, a fundamental commitment to Equity and Belonging, and world-class benefits. We're also building the workplace of the future, where our employees are less tethered to the office, and have more flexibility in their lives. But don’t just take our word for it. Read recent reviews on Glassdoor and recent recognition from multiple organizations, including: Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For® List 2021, TIME 100 Most Influential Companies list, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index 2021, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equity Index and HRC’s Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2021, Fortune Best Workplaces for Millennials 2021, and Fortune Best Workplaces for Women 2021.

Zillow Group is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at RecruitingAccessibility@zillowgroup.com.

Applicants who receive job offers from Zillow Group will be asked to sign a Proprietary Rights Agreement which includes confidentiality, intellectual property assignment, customer and employee non-solicitation, and non-competition provisions. If you are contacted for a role at Zillow Group and wish to review a copy of the Proprietary Rights Agreement prior to receiving an offer, you may request a copy from your Recruiter.

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