Akamai's Platform Engineering group is seeking a Principal Architect responsible for leading a team of highly motivated domain experts driving business and engineering strategy for our products and services. This candidate will serve as an essential bridge between our team and internal Akamai customers, and must have strong judgement in assessing both business priorities and technology solutions. The role provides an excellent mix of managing a high performing team, driving technology strategy, leading technical collaborations with other Akamai partners, innovating existing processes for better efficiencies, and evangelizing existing and new products/services with customers. This candidate would report directly to the SVP of Platform Engineering. The organization would benefit from the candidate's experience in public cloud technology, distributed systems, and product development.
About the Team
The Platform Engineering organization is a technical organization of 450 people who innovate and develop the Akamai's Intelligent Platform, enabling the success and ongoing innovation of Akamai's Product Development Group. This team's software provides fundamental services that operate Akamai's globally distributed network of servers. The team is charged to innovate and develop new software systems and system enhancements that ensure that Akamai's systems operate effectively and optimally when globally deployed. The most recent challenge of the team, evolve our private cloud infrastructure and services with Akamai Private Cloud (APC). APC will enable our internal product development teams to innovate by providing features compatible with public cloud offerings.
As a Principal Product Architect you will be responsible for:
●In collaboration with Engineering and Program Management organizations, guide the product and technology strategy to define, execute, measure, and maintain existing and new products and services.
●Ensure that product and technical strategies remain current with the business goals, directing the development of architecture activities and projects, while aligning with current and long-term business and technology goals
●Engage and partner with internal stakeholders and technology leaders across the business to translate customer needs into technical solutions and system designs
●Understand organizational goals, competitive landscape, and technology trends to provide strategic direction to achieve corporate financial goals while setting an expectation of exceptional customer service
●Implement best practices to support scalability, skills transfer, and organizational change management across teams
●Lead initiatives to ensure that the technology vision is realized including developing cloud based platform services
Required Education and Experience
●15 years of relevant experience and a Bachelors degree or
●12 years of relevant experience and a Masters degree or
●8 years of relevant experience and a PhD
●Previous role in a Director/Senior Director or similar position in software and architecture experience designing scalable systems
●Demonstrable track record of either leading, or being a significant contributor to architectural and or Product Management functions within leading technology companies
●Shown ability to both lead and facilitate a high performing team
●Understanding and proficiency with architectural design patterns, and the agile method(s).
●Experience in and commitment to agile software delivery principles and practices
●Ability to create TCO/ROI model, converse with business, technical and developer audiences.
●Strong written and verbal communication and consensus-building skills.
●Highly responsible, self-disciplined, motivated, creative, and confident.
●Understanding of cloud native development patterns (micro-services, statelessness, service registry, service discovery, etc.)
●Knowledge of public cloud (i.e. Azure, AWS) Infra, Containers, Kubernetes, Virtual Machines, DevOps, and Linux.
●Able to travel domestically and internationally (approximately 30%)
●Is relocation available for this position: No
●Is US Citizenship required: No
●Is a Security Clearance Required: No
About Akamai Technologies
Akamai Technologies is a provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications across any device.