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Senior Software Engineer

Location: Sunnyvale, CA


Proofpoint continues to set the pace on innovation surrounding Internet-based messaging and we are looking for a lead/sr. Software Engineering to take on the challenge of continuing this tradition in the cloud. We're looking for an engineer who can work/lead a high power team to make the team even better. This person will play a central role in the design/development of the cloud platform services for solutions that will power all of Proofpoint's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products.  

The cloud services group is responsible for delivering common services at scale for Proofpoint’s security products as a service in the cloud while also supporting our on premise solutions with world class cloud services. An ideal candidate will have a passion for architecture and development and preferable would have built highly scalable cloud applications. An eagerness for learning and trying new technologies is critical for this group. We are a fast paced agile environment with demanding consumers so needs to have a flair for separating needs from wants. We believe tests are a part of development and not an after thought or only a QA responsibility.

Things that you enjoy doing:

  • Designing and developing multi tenant scalable services in a collaborative fun environment
  • Working with cross functional teams to understand requirements and convert to design
  • Mentoring junior members on how to write quality tested software 
  • Looking at the internals of the technologies we pick to understand the implications
  • Writing good REST API's

Tangibles that count (but not over critical thinking and technical abilities)

  • Solid OO, HA, Concurrent coding skills in Java (C++ may be OK if you’re willing to learn Java)
  • Understand what makes a good API
  • Understand the differences between cost of different data structures
  • Technologies : Cassandra, Elastic search, Lucene
  • BSCS or equivalent (MSCS preferred)
  • Burning desire to learn and teach new things with a high powered team
  • Scrum/Agile development methodology a plus
  • Excellent communication skills - written and verbal


Proofpoint, Inc. helps the largest and most successful companies in the world protect and govern their most sensitive data. Founded in 2002 by the former CTO of Netscape and headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Proofpoint was funded by top Silicon Valley investors, including Benchmark Capital and Mohr Davidow Ventures before going public in 2012.

Please note that Proofpoint does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, Proofpoint will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Proofpoint explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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