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Staff Software Engineer, Containers



Software Engineering
Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2024

Staff Software Engineer, Containers

On-site work model of 5 days in office/week in Sunnyvale, CA

As a Staff Engineer, you will build a new, unprecedented way to orchestrate Zero Trust Segmentation , down to the application and pod/container level, identifying and easily blocking pathways of attack in the container ecosystem.

To thrive in this role, you must have experience building large distributed and scalable systems.

About the team:

Our Engineering team has established a culture based on thought leadership, independence, and responsibility. This powerful dynamic drives us forward as we work to make the digital world a safer place.

Those who join us represent the leader in Zero Trust Segmentation and work on a technology stack that ranges from operating systems to distributed applications to UI and visualization. Together, we will continue to build world-class products—driven by people with different perspectives, backgrounds, and a commitment to innovation in a time when the world faces its greatest cybersecurity threats in history.

Key responsibilities:

  • You will build a new, unprecedented way to orchestrate Zero Trust Segmentation down to the application / pod level, identifying easily blocking pathways of attacks in the container ecosystem

  • You will understand and enhance modern container platforms such as Kubernetes, Istio, OpenShift, AKS, EKS, GKE etc.

  • You will have the opportunity to own and design critical features and subsystems, work out all the details, and defend the design before your peers.

  • You will deliver a rock-solid implementation that is elegant, simple, scalable, stable, secure, and supportable. Our product protects the critical infrastructure of large enterprises. It must work.

  • You will also mentor junior engineers, new-grads, and interns to help them grow as engineers and become productive members of the team.

  • You will have the opportunity to work with the field organization and key customers to shape this novel product.


  • Bachelor’s in computer science or equivalent degree. Master’s degree a plus

  • 8+ years building distributed & scalable software systems.

  • Proficient in at least one higher-level language such as Go, Python , Java, etc.

  • Experience building large, distributed, and scalable software systems.

  • Familiarity with, and passion for Kubernetes and related technologies.

  • Solid foundation in data structures, algorithms, networking concepts, and debugging skills.

  • Experience with networking and security controls is a plus

  • General TCP/IP networking knowledge

  • Unix/Linux programming environment experience

About Illumio:

Illumio, the pioneer and market leader of Zero Trust Segmentation, prevents breaches from becoming cyber disasters. Illumio protects critical applications and valuable digital assets with proven segmentation technology purpose-built for the Zero Trust Security model. Illumio ransomware mitigation and segmentation solutions see risk, isolate attacks, and secure data across cloud-native apps, hybrid and multi-clouds, data centers, and endpoints, enabling the world’s leading organizations to strengthen their cyber resiliency and reduce risk.

Illumio believes that an environment of unique backgrounds, experiences, viewpoints, and individual contributions drives our success and makes us stronger together. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining a diverse culture and emphasizing inclusion and belonging. #LI-KD1 #LI-ONSITE

Pay Range:

$175,000 USD - $210,000 USD

The pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, location, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, or applicable laws.


At Illumio we offer a wide range of benefits to our eligible team members. Our benefit programs vary by location and can include Medical, Dental, Vision Coverage – Health and Dependent Savings Accounts – Life and Disability Programs – Paid Parental Leave – Voluntary Benefit Programs – Company Sponsored Wellness Program – Wellness Reimbursement Program - Retirement Savings – Equity Opportunities – Paid time off and Paid Holidays – Employee Incentive Program.