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Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Dublin, Ireland
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

Vectra® is the leader in AI-driven threat detection and response for hybrid and multi-cloud enterprises.

The Vectra AI Platform delivers integrated signal across public cloud, SaaS, identity, and data center networks in a single platform. Powered by patented Attack Signal Intelligence, it empowers security teams to rapidly prioritize, investigate and respond to the most advanced cyber-attacks. With 35 patents in AI-driven threat detection and the most vendor references in MITRE D3FEND, organizations worldwide rely on the Vectra AI to move at the speed and scale of hybrid attackers. For more information, visit

About the Role

Vectra is looking for a technical leader that will bring years of professional experience to help improve existing products and design and build new products and services. You should be passionate about efficiency and champion best practices for scaling up application capacity in a large-scale distributed system. You will be joining a team focused on extending our portfolio by onboarding new data sources, enabling the efficient processing of this data, and ultimately enabling security analysts to take actions to address any security threats that may arise.

At a Glance

As a Principal Engineer you will lead the design, development, and deployment of new services and mentor and coach other engineers. Your focus will be on scalability, efficiency and optimisation of application services at enterprise scale that manage and process considerable volumes of data.

  • Work with product managers to gather requirements and translate them into technical designs
  • Work with platform engineers to ensure that services are deployed and handled in a production ready manner
  • Provide expert knowledge on the latest cloud technologies and trends
  • Collaborate with peers to positively influence team roadmaps, developer experience, and overall product quality
  • Take ownership of timely deliverables by delegating, holding accountable, and only sometimes closing gaps with personal contributions
  • Contribute regularly to the code base
  • Embody our values of Customer First, Integrity and No-Drama Teamwork

What Will Impress Us

  • 10+ years' experience designing and building sophisticated systems with a focus on distributed systems scalability and efficiency
  • Proven experience with Python, Kubernetes and AWS (or equivalent cloud provider)
  • Managed or intensely worked with databases to solve large scale problems
  • Led or intensely worked with large scale systems focused on optimising the design, deployment and operational management of these systems
  • Excellent problem-solving and debugging skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills!
  • Willingness to get things done, learn new things, take initiative and challenge existing assumptions and conventions


  • Experience with microservices architecture
  • Experience with cloud-based development tools and technologies and migrating services to the cloud
  • Experience with data pipelines, data modelling and data products
  • Experience with databases at scale (sharding, performance optimisation, partitioning)
  • Exposed to best practices for reliability of distributed systems


  • B.S or M.S or Ph.D. in Computer Science (or equivalent experience)

Sounds like this could be a match? We are looking forward to receiving your application!

Vectra provides a comprehensive total rewards package that supports the financial, physical, mental and overall health of our employees and their families. Compensation includes competitive base pay, incentive plan eligibility, and participation in the employee equity plan (stock options). Specific benefits offered varies by location, but commonly include health care insurance, income protection / life insurance, access to retirement savings plans, behavioral & emotional wellness services, generous time away from work, and a comprehensive employee recognition program.

Vectra is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.