Senior Software Development Engineer

Published date Posted on Indeed on May 07, 2022 (9 d ago)

About the team

The Observability Development team builds and maintains solutions to provide our Product and Engineering teams visibility into the health and performance across our Zillow Group ecosystem.

We are passionate about metrics, distributed tracing and logging! Our team is using commercial vendor, open source and in-house developed solutions providing observability through every layer of our technology stack.

About the role

Are you interested in being a technical leader, guiding engineers across Zillow Group on the best ways to monitor applications and building the tooling to support them? Do you like using and contributing to open source projects? We are looking for a Senior Development Engineer to help us build a world class observability solution at Zillow Group! This role will be designing and developing highly available and resilient observability solutions which operate at scale and can help with detection and restoration of problems at each layer of the application stack.

As a Senior Software Development Engineer, you will:

  • Contribute to some of the highest-traffic systems at Zillow, scaling to millions of metrics, and billions of logs lines and trace events a minute.

  • Contribute to the long term technology and product vision for observability in Zillow Group.

  • Contribute to open source regularly, both bug fixes and helping drive the larger project vision and roadmap.

  • Obsess about building systems by enabling observability out of the box and continually learning from and improving the developer experience.

  • Gain and share expertise, evangelizing the best ways to use observability systems.

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, Connecticut, Nevada and New York City the standard base pay range for this role is $144,000.00 - $230,000.00 Annually. This base pay range is specific to Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada and New York City and may not be applicable to other locations.

Who you are

  • BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of software development experience

  • Ability to learn new technology and contribute to the Open Source Community

  • Experience in metric and log collection, distributed tracing and visualization

  • Experience with multiple monitoring tools like Graphite, Prometheus, OpenTelemetry, Grafana, New Relic, Datadog, Splunk

  • Proficiency and expertise in time-series databases, such as Graphite, InfluxDB, M3DB, Thanos, or Cortex

  • Built high traffic web services and high throughput queues solving scaling challenges in layers between the load balancer and the data store

  • Experience with infrastructure using AWS and Docker/Kubernetes

  • Experience with multiple programming languages including GoLang, Java, Python, and NodeJS

  • Understanding of SLIs, SLOs and SLAs

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 help movers find and win their home through digital solutions, first class partners, and easier buying, selling, financing and renting experiences. 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. The work we do is helping people move from dreaming to transacting — 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 setting the standard for work experiences of the future, where our employees are supported in doing their best work and living a flexible, well-balanced life. But don’t just take our word for it. Read recent reviews on Glassdoor and recent recognition from multiple organizations, including: the 100 Best Companies to Work For in 2022 list, Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, honoring the Best Places to Work in 2022, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index 2022, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equity Index and Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2022, and TIME 100 Most Influential Companies list.

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

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