Principal Software Engineer - Data Lake


Bellevue, WA


Position summary

a warehouses, and big data open sources to join us to define strategies, set technical directions, design and execute, engage and deliver innovation and bring Snowflake data lake solutions to thousands of Enterprise customers.

  • Understand customer requirements and define product strategies
  • Design, develop, and operate highly reliable large scale data lake systems
  • Embrace Snowflake innovations with open source standards and tool sets
  • Be an active influencer for the direction of open source standards
  • Partner closely with Product teams to understand requirements and design cutting edge new capabilities that go directly into customer's hands
  • Analyze fault-tolerance and high availability issues, performance and scale challenges, and solve them
  • Ensure operational excellence of the services and meet the commitments to our customers regarding reliability, availability, and performance
  • Set technical directions and influence cross-functional teams


  • 15+ years of hands-on direct internal experience in large scale data intensive distributed systems, especially in query engines, object storage, data warehouse, data lake, data analytics, SQL/NoSQL databases, distributed file systems and data platform infrastructure

  • Proven track record of leading and delivering multi-year large and complicated projects across organizations

  • Strong development skills in Java and C++.

  • An active PMC (Program Management Committee) or Committer to open sources like Apache Iceberg, Parquet, Spark, Hive, Flink, Delta, Presto, Trino, and Avro

  • A growth mindset and excitement about breaking the status quo by seeking innovative solutions

  • An excellent team player who is consistent in making everyone around you better

  • Experience with public clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP)

  • BS/MS/PhD in Computer Science

Every Snowflake employee is expected to follow the company's confidentiality and security standards for handling sensitive data. Snowflake employees must abide by the company's data security plan as an essential part of their duties. It is every employee's duty to keep customer information secure and confidential.

The following represents the expected range of compensation for this role:

  • The estimated base salary range for this role is $214,000 - $327,700.

  • Additionally, this role is eligible to participate in Snowflake's bonus and equity plan.

The successful candidate's starting salary will be determined based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as skills, experience, and geographic location. This role is also eligible for a competitive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; 401(k) retirement plan; flexible spending & health savings account; at least 12 paid holidays; paid time off; parental leave; employee assistance program; and other company benefits.

Snowflake is growing fast, and we're scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake.

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