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Akamai Technologies, Inc. Principal Software Engineer - Kubernetes - Remote in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Does building and leading a large-scale publicly managed Kubernetes cloud excite you?

Are you passionate about being the one delivering the platform that enables everything-as-a-service for your fellow developers?

Join our Compute Team!

Our Cloud Technology Group's Compute division, formerly Linode, consists of collaborative, inclusive, and creative teams. We develop applications and services to empower our customers. Our mission is to accelerate innovation by making cloud computing simple, scalable, affordable, and accessible to all. We design, develop, test and maintain products that run on our IaaS platform, and operate at an unmatched scale.

Shape the future of our managed Kubernetes products

With your Kubernetes expertise, you can design and amplify the scale and performance of Linode's Kubernetes Engine (LKE) product to meet customer demands. You will be responsible for evolving the scale, performance, security, and capabilities of our managed Kubernetes platform to provide a simple and seamless experience developers have come to expect from Linode.

As a Principal Software Engineer, you will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating on the roadmap for critical enterprise features expected from a public managed Kubernetes platform

  • Creating and integrating cloud-native technologies and architectural approaches

  • Understanding industry differentiators, exercise design thinking, analyze systems and develop solutions from initial idea to release

  • Enabling a simple and seamless way for our customers to deploy and operate their Kubernetes clusters

  • Collaborating with engineering teams in an Agile environment to sustain a product portfolio

  • Working in an environment that fosters innovative solutions, rapid development cycles, and open communication

Do what you love

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have 12 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field

  • Have deep experience building Kubernetes Platform Clusters with scale and Cloud Native technologies

  • Have advanced knowledge of Kubernetes concepts such as Operator creation, Cluster API, and Container Network Interfaces

  • Have experience with Container Runtimes (e.g. docker, containerd, etc)

  • Demonstrate significant experience with Linux, Go, Python

  • Be familiar with software development practices like Agile and product life cycles through build, test, deploy, and iterative environments

Work in a way that works for you

FlexBase, Akamai's Global Flexible Working Program, is based on the principles that are helping us create the best workplace in the world. When our colleagues said that flexible working was important to them, we listened. We also know flexible working is important to many of the incredible people considering joining Akamai. FlexBase, gives 95% of employees the choice to work from their home, their office, or both (in the country advertised). This permanent workplace flexibility program is consistent and fair globally, to help us find incredible talent, virtually anywhere. We are happy to discuss working options for this role and encourage you to speak with your recruiter in more detail when you apply.

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We power and protect life online, by solving the toughest challenges, together.

At Akamai, we're curious, innovative, collaborative and tenacious. We celebrate diversity of thought and we hold an unwavering belief that we can make a meaningful difference. Our teams use their global perspectives to put customers at the forefront of everything they do, so if you are people-centric, you'll thrive here.

Working for you

At Akamai, we will provide you with opportunities to grow, flourish, and achieve great things. Our benefit options are designed to meet your individual needs for today and in the future. We provide benefits surrounding all aspects of your life:

  • Your health

  • Your finances

  • Your family

  • Your time at work

  • Your time pursuing other endeavors

Our benefit plan options are designed to meet your individual needs and budget, both today and in the future.

About us

Akamai powers and protects life online. Leading companies worldwide choose Akamai to build, deliver, and secure their digital experiences helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world's most distributed compute platform from cloud to edge we make it easy for customers to develop and run applications, while we keep experiences closer to users and threats farther away.

Join us

Are you seeking an opportunity to make a real difference in a company with a global reach and exciting services and clients? Come join us and grow with a team of people who will energize and inspire you!

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.


If no date is displayed, applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis until the job is filled.


Akamai is committed to fair and equitable compensation practices. The base salary for this position ranges from $148,200 - $307,800/year; a candidate’s salary is determined by various factors including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and location. The compensation package may also include incentive compensation opportunities in the form of annual bonus or incentives, equity awards and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). Akamai provides industry-leading benefits including healthcare, 401K savings plan, company holidays, vacation (in the form of PTO), sick time, family friendly benefits including parental leave and an employee assistance program including a focus on mental and financial wellness; Eligibility requirements apply.