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Software Engineer, Service Orchestration - Airtable

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Job Title
Software Engineer, Service Orchestration
Job Location
San Francisco, CA; Mountain View, CA
Job Description

Airtable’s mission is to bring the power of computing and software development to everyone. One of the most rewarding parts of building a toolkit is seeing the incredible things your users create with it. We’ve seen our largest and most sophisticated customers use Airtable to run global processes across thousands of employees, coordinate precision manufacturing and 3D printing pipelines, and consolidate previously siloed mission-critical data into a single source of truth.

At Airtable, we are building a relational database engine that supports real-time synchronization between different users, revision history, a powerful formulas engine, workflows and automations, snapshotting, and more. Our infrastructure teams see the direct impact of their work on customers’ user experience. We are building and evolving our database engine to meet our customers’ most critical needs around performance and scale.

Within the Infrastructure group, our service orchestration pod’s charter is to implement the next generation of technologies for building, running, and deploying backend services. We are looking for experienced engineers who are excited about building our infrastructure to power Airtable’s growth. You are someone who asks yourself, “what can we build today that will enable our scale for 5 or 10 years in the future?” Your work will shape our service deployment and orchestration for years to come. The successful candidate will have experience building and running scalable distributed systems, and deep knowledge of containers and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). 

This pod will adopt a Kubernetes based technology stack for service deployment and orchestration, with the goal of replacing our existing deployment infrastructure and making it easier for engineers across the company to deploy services. This pod will also work to make it easy for teams to create new services and hasten our transition to a true service oriented architecture. This effort is extremely important to enable the growth of our engineering team and manage the growing complexity of our backend architecture.

Learn more about our Engineering team and values here.

What you'll do

  • Be a foundational member of the service orchestration pod
  • Help Airtable to evaluate and adopt Kubernetes-based technologies for service deployment and orchestration
  • Shape best practices for other engineering teams in the company to create, run and deploy services
  • Design, configure, and operate Kubernetes clusters of a server fleet with thousands of nodes
  • Evaluate and adopt Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CD) tools such as Spinnaker, Argo or Flux/Flagger
  • Design and implement a service observability framework: monitoring, logging and tracing
  • Design, configure, and operate: service discovery, service proxy (such as Envoy), and service mesh (such as Istio or Linkerd)
  • Design and implement the best containerization practices for services
  • Evaluate and adopt RPC frameworks such as gRPC

Who you are

  • You have experience in areas such as distributed systems, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), and backend performance measurement and optimization
  • You have experience building frameworks and tools for other engineers
  • You are excited to research new technologies and adopt them to replace legacy architectures
  • You have experience running and deploying services
  • You have experience with Node.js services
  • You have experience with Kubernetes or technologies listed above (Docker, Argo, Flux/Flagger, Spinnaker, Envoy, Istio, Linkerd, gRPC)
  • You have experience with Golang
  • You have experience working with open source communities
  • You have experience implementing best security and policy practices for infrastructure security

What we offer

  • We have your medical, dental, and vision insurance 100% covered (and your dependents covered at 80%)
  • High deductible health plan available with health savings account contribution
  • Complimentary One Medical membership for individuals and dependents
  • Monthly “Lifestyle Wallet” to use for benefits like personal fitness (e.g., gym memberships, fitness equipment, etc.) to pet care to nutrition coaching, and more.  
  • Complimentary mental health support via Modern Health 
  • Family planning support via Carrot (fertility, adoption, and surrogacy)
  • Flexible and generous time off and sick time benefits
  • 16 weeks of parental leave
  • Annual Learning & Development wallet to support your career development
  • Emergency backup care for dependents 
  • Access to financial planning and legal support
  • Supplemental reimbursement for Gender Affirmation procedures and services
  • Access to pre-tax Transportation & Commuter Benefits

About Airtable 

Airtable enables any team to create apps on top of shared data and power their most critical and unique workflows. Teams at more than 300,000 organizations, including 80% of the Fortune 100, rely on the Airtable Connected Apps Platform to connect their people and data and achieve their most important goals.  Founded in 2013 and headquartered in San Francisco, Airtable ranks #6 on the Forbes Cloud 100 and has raised $1.36 billion to date.

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Airtable Headquarters Location

San Francisco, CA

Airtable Company Size

Between 500 - 2,000 employees

Airtable Founded Year


Airtable Funding Rounds

  • Series F

    $735,000,000 USD

  • Series E

    $270,000,000 USD

  • Series D

    $185,000,000 USD

  • Series C

    $100,000,000 USD

  • Series B

    $52,000,000 USD

  • Series A

    $7,600,000 USD

  • Seed

    $3,000,000 USD