Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Bellevue, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2024
About Oleria:
Oleria provides adaptive and autonomous identity security solutions that help organizations accelerate at the pace of change, trusting that their data is protected. Oleria enables organizations to have comprehensive visibility into their access posture and autonomously identifies and mitigates access risks before they can be exploited. Founded by cybersecurity industry veterans with decades of experience building and operating some of the world's largest security programs, Oleria allows organizations to pursue their best ideas, removing the barriers that keep team members from collaborating. Oleria has received over $41M in funding from Evolution Equity Partners, Salesforce Ventures, Tapestry VC, Zscaler, and other technology luminaries. Oleria sets business free. For more information, please visit and follow Oleria on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Oleria was founded by notable industry senior leaders Jim Alkove and Jagadeesh Kunda, with deep security, data, and SaaS experience building and securing some of the world’s largest platforms and products used by billions of people worldwide every day. Our customers are Fortune 500 corporations and public sector organizations, making your contributions vital to improving data security for millions worldwide. We are proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work and Best Startup to Work For by Built In Seattle!
Job Overview:
As a Principal Software Engineer, you will have an opportunity to build as well as help architect our systems and platforms, including our development practices and processes. Many fundamental choices have not yet been made, so this greenfield background is an unusual opportunity to have broad ownership and ability to define requirements and goals for across product delivery, tools, and process.
Though you likely have significant experience as a technical and perhaps people and team leader, you are totally comfortable with hands on a keyboard, and you're excited by the opportunity to write code and deliver a working product in a constrained time frame, while building the systems and practices to allow us to continue to scale and grow the engineering team.
Above all, you have a bias for action. You love getting product out the door and learning from tight feedback loops, and love the satisfaction you'll receive from knowing that your contributions are directly improving the security of data for millions of people in the world.


  • Design, prioritize, and build infrastructure and services to support end to end experiences. Deployment target is currently AWS, though we may expand to additional public clouds in the future.
  • Data is our life - much of our stack is related to data import, transport, cleaning, storage, analysis, and learning. This is not however typical ETL - our bread and butter is sophisticated security analysis on user behavior, and data sets are petabyte vs terabyte scale, so multi-layer distributed systems able to drive real-time analysis and alerting are the norm.
  • Work with our team to create, design and implement a world-class development lifecycle, architecture, and toolset, from initial concept through DevSecOps delivery
  • Define service architecture and APIs to implement the above
  • Understand and participate in tradeoff discussions, but have the courage to stand behind principles and values that you believe cannot be compromised on.

Skills Required:

  • BS, Masters, or PhD in computer science or related, or equivalent experience
  • 10+ years backend development
  • Strong understanding of industry best practices across entire lifecycle from idea to design to development, as well as test, deployment, operations, monitoring, and incident management
  • Languages and Frameworks: Many and varied, with understanding of technical and community pros, cons, and tradeoffs. Likely includes Python, Java, React, Typescript.
  • Have shipped and operated high-scale commercial SaaS products, with all that entails
  • Understanding of core networking, data transport and persistence systems and methods at scale, particularly noSQL
  • Broad direct experience with at least one public cloud platform - AWS preferred, Azure, GCP, and modern deployment tooling (CI/CD, containers, Terraform, etc.)
  • Deep understanding of performance, privacy, scalability, HA/DR, instrumentation, logging & alerting, and other requirements of industry best practice enterprise scale products and services
  • Understanding of industry best practice security and privacy and data governance requirements and practices
  • Familiar with secure development practices, from coding to artifact generation to deployment
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-moving world with ambiguity and potential change as daily companions

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Education: BS, Masters, or PhD in computer science or related field, or equivalent experience.
  • AWS Services: Advanced knowledge of AWS services.
  • Problem Solving: Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Learning and Growth: Independent learner with an open mind and a team-oriented mentality, with the ability and willingness to grow.
  • Security Analysis: Familiar with security analysis and investigation.
  • Identity Management: Familiar with multiple identity and access management systems.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary, equity, and benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and advancement in a fast-growing company.
  • The chance to work directly with our co-founders and contribute meaningfully to shaping the company’s direction.
  • A collaborative and dynamic work environment with a dedicated team of professionals.
The base annual compensation range being offered for this role depending on individual candidate level and experience is $180,000 to $220,000, and an opportunity to participate in equity ownership.