Distributed Systems Engineer (L5) - Traffic Engineering

Los Gatos, California
Streaming – Infrastructure Network Engineering /
Full-time /
Netflix is one of the world's leading streaming entertainment services with over 260 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, films and games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Netflix has been changing how people watch shows and movies, enabling on-demand access to thousands of movies and TV shows. Recently, Netflix has expanded its entertainment offering to include Live content, like Chris Rock Comedy Special, the SAG Awards ceremony or The Netflix Slam tennis match. Bringing stories in real-time to 260+ million viewers around the world is a hard challenge, demanding exceptional levels of scaling, stability and reliability across our Cloud Platform stack.

As part of our Traffic Engineering (TE) team, you'll be at the forefront of tackling the complex challenges inherent in optimizing for speed and scale. The TE team is instrumental in driving Netflix's cloud resiliency story by building robust capabilities for end-to-end traffic management, including region failover and traffic shaping. In addition, as a member of our TE team, you'll also have the unique opportunity to contribute to the exciting world of live events. From predictive scaling to prescaling, you'll build and operate services that translate predictions into infrastructure capacity for various services and automate/operationalize scaling for Live events at Netflix for handling large traffic spikes to meet the demands of live events in real-time. This means working closely with our talented Data Science engineers to develop predictive traffic shaping models and translate them into actionable strategies for scaling our fleet. 
Join our team at Netflix and become a pivotal force in shaping the future of live events broadcasting!

At the heart of our mission lies a commitment to delivering seamless, high-quality streaming experiences to entertain the world.

Must-have Skills

    • 7+ years of professional Software Engineering experience working with cloud-native technologies.
    • Solid understanding of modern software engineering best practices.
    • Experience in L4-L7 networking technologies like load balancers, DNS, and CDN.
    • Experience with proxies like Envoy and Zuul.
    • Expertise in traffic management technologies.
    • Recent and proficient experience with Go, Python, Java or similar.
    • Passion for technology, pragmatic thinking, and ability to jump into an ambiguous area and break down complex problems.
    • Nice to have - Data Analytics, data manipulation skills.
    • Nice to have - Experience building software and operating Live event streaming at scale.

What you will be doing

    • Building and operating Services, APIs, and Tooling for scaling Live events, Streaming, and other business use cases.
    • Building & operating highly reliable distributed systems in a cloud environment using your experience in traffic management, traffic shaping, traffic shifting and scaling services.
    • Balancing bias to action with the ability to make well-informed bets.
    • Engaging directly with end engineering users to understand their needs and improve their experience by partnering with cross-functional teams.
    • Understanding and solving business needs at scale with high-quality solutions.
    • Leaning into proactiveness and effective communication in pursuit of cross-functional alignment.

You will be successful in the role if

    • You thrive in ambiguity; complex and fuzzy requirements are more common than clearly defined customer expectations.
    • You can use data to inform decisions.
    • You are excited to hit the ground running.
    • You are curious, always learning, and nimble in your approach to solving complex problems.
    • You are independent and self-driven; progress is often self-directed by teams & individuals.
    • You’ve read about Netflix’s culture and think you would thrive here.
Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $100,000 - $720,000.

Netflix provides comprehensive benefits including Health Plans, Mental Health support, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match, Stock Option Program, Disability Programs, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, Family-forming benefits, and Life and Serious Injury Benefits. We also offer paid leave of absence programs.  Full-time hourly employees accrue 35 days annually for paid time off to be used for vacation, holidays, and sick paid time off. Full-time salaried employees are immediately entitled to flexible time off. See more detail about our Benefits here.

Netflix is a unique culture and environment.  Learn more here.

We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, caste, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic makeup, marital status, or military service.