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Sr Software Engineer
Minnetonka, Minnesota  |  Remote, Onsite
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Applied on September 25, 2022
Job Id #57903 Posted July 26, 2022


  • Platform Software Engineer, Kong API Gateway

Projects the candidate will be working on:

  • This role will focus on continuing the evolution of the API Security, Certification and automation platform, Stargate.
  • Stargate provides centralized, self-service API gateway for applications as well as cataloging and quality assurance tools. Immediate efforts for the project focus on expanding API Gateway space into a multi cloud environment.

Ideal Background:

  • Proficient in at least one modern programming language (Python/Java/C++/LUA)
  • Experience with the an API gateway
  • Experience running containerized workloads
  • Experience with DevOps, Continuous Integration, and Continuous Delivery


  • Experience with API Gateway Administration
  • Direct support of an API Gateway.
  • Experience both with networking and software development
  • Security background

Top Requirements:

  • API Gateways; Nginx/OpenResty/Kong or equivalent
  • Java/Python/LUA
  • Familiar with container platforms and containerization (docker)
  • CI/CD – Jenkins, Ansible
  • Public cloud platforms - Azure, AWS, GCP
  • Public cloud automation tools - Terraform

Team and Team size:

  • Full team consists of 12 platform engineers, 1 manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Part of an on-call support rotation to handle support issues working with application teams to troubleshoot and fix issues.
  • Design, modify, develop, write and implement software programming applications in support of the API Gateway.
  • Participate in the testing process through test review and analysis, and skilled in Agile development methodologies, including unit testing and continuous integration.
  • Working on an Agile team, participating in Scrum ceremonies and working as a team to fix bugs and work on new features for Kong API Gateway and supporting applications.
  • Customer interaction providing support for Gateway issues by reading Splunk logs and troubleshooting the network stack.
  • Developing Plugins and features into Kong API Gateway product and contributing back to open source.
  • Enhancing monitoring/alerting of application using Splunk and Grafana/Prometheus.
  • Troubleshooting of network issues using Splunk and working with other teams such as Firewall, F5, and private cloud teams.
  • Responsible for large and more complex components, while influencing overall product architecture and patterns.
  • Influences the team designs and solutions. Mentors software engineers through code reviews, and hands on design sessions.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in Software Engineering
  • 2+ year in platform engineering
  • 2+ year software development or engineering
  • Experience in full software lifecycle activities
  • Experience with Agile methodology
  • Experience operationalizing larger products

Preferred Qualifications

  • OSI L4 and L7 networking knowledge, TCP/IP, TLS, IP/DNS
  • Kong/OpenResty API Gateway
  • Java/Python/LUA development
  • Identifies solutions to non-standard requests and problems
  • Solves complex problems and/or conducts complex analyses
  • Works with minimal guidance; seeks guidance on only the most complex tasks
  • Experience with Cassandra, Splunk, Prometheus, Grafana
  • Experience working in agile environment
  • CI/CD leveraging Github/Docker/Jenkins
  • Direct API Gateway knowledge including Nginx, OpenResty/Kong
  • System Reliability Engineering practices
  • Familiar with HTTP and REST API best practices
  • Administration of Cassandra

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