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Sr. Software Engineer - Backend - Consul Ecosystem, API Tooling

United States (Remote)

About HashiCorp

HashiCorp is a fast-growing startup that solves development, operations, and security challenges in infrastructure so organizations can focus on business-critical tasks. We build products to give organizations a consistent way to manage their move to cloud-based IT infrastructures for running their applications. Our products enable companies large and small to mix and match AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and other clouds as well as on-premises environments, easing their ability to deliver new applications for their business.

About the team

The Consul team, like all of HashiCorp, is fully distributed (100% remote). We have been a remote company since our founding in 2012.

Consul helps organizations automate network configurations, discover services, and enable secure connectivity across any cloud or runtime. The Consul API Tooling team creates critical tools that live outside of the Consul repository for our Consul practitioners and customers. These tools include Consul Template, Consul Terraform Sync, Envconsul and more.

About the role

On the Consul team, we help organizations automate network configurations, discover services, and enable secure connectivity across any cloud or runtime. The customers and large community of users of our tools are operators, infrastructure engineers, and software developers that encounter novel performance, scaling, and usability challenges that we help them solve.

Consul started as an infrastructure management tool for service discovery and health checking, and has evolved to become a full-featured service mesh. You’ll be an active contributor to the tooling that supports Consul. At a high level, a subset of what these tools do are: enable our practitioners and customers to dynamically update their network infrastructure devices, monitor services and render templates based off of updates to those services, monitor external nodes and launch subprocesses with environment variables. 

You’ll be following new developments in emerging technology and competitive offerings, looking for opportunities for product differentiation, and rethinking product architecture to meet new global scale and organizational demands.

In this role you can expect to:

  • Build and architect distributed systems for the Consul API tools.
  • Interface directly with internal teams, users and HashiCorp customers, as well as the larger Consul community.
  • Participate in discussions with product managers and customers to better understand the network topologies, challenges, and constraints for which operators are trying to solve, and leverage those insights when approaching feature design and implementation.
  • Propose new functionality or substantive changes through written documents in an async process, describing the problem background, proposed implementation and example UX, then iterating on peer feedback collaboratively.
  • Own the full lifecycle of feature development from design through testing and release.
  • Program mostly in Golang, learning from and contributing to a team committed to continually improving their skills.

You may be a good fit for our team if you have:

  • Familiarity with service-oriented architectures, and ideally have worked on an infrastructure or platform team building internal tooling to deploy, connect and monitor them.
  • Empathy for the people operating, learning, teaching and supporting software you write, and consider their experience when making design decisions and performance, security or complexity tradeoffs.
  • Experience in a lower-level language like Go.
  • Awareness of the broader service mesh ecosystem and an interest in contributing to a full-featured product offering while reducing complexity and barriers to adoption for practitioners.
  • Curiosity for academic computer science research, particularly distributed systems papers such as Raft and Paxos variants, and enjoy learning more about the challenges of consistency at global scale.

About the application process

Please note, as collaboration and communication are a critical aspect of how we work, a cover letter is a great way to provide a sample of how you communicate.

In your cover letter, please describe why you're interested in working at HashiCorp, and what draws you to this role in particular. Specifics of your past experience that are relevant to this role are great to include, too.

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Benefits at HashiCorp

Note: some benefits may differ from one country to another.

Medical, dental & vision

HashiCorp offers your choice of medical plans as well as dental and vision coverage for you and any dependents, including spouses, domestic partners, and children. Coverage begins upon your first day of hire.

Life & disability insurance

HashiCorp provides life insurance coverage in the amount equal to your annual salary at no cost to you. If you would like additional coverage, you have the option to enroll in voluntary life insurance for yourself or your dependents. You will also be covered under our short term and long term disability policies in the event that you are unable to work for an extended period of time due to a health condition.

Flexible spending account (FSA)

You can set aside pretax money to go towards the purchase or payment of approved health care and dependent care expenses. These can include copays, birth control, day care for children or elder adults, acupuncture, and more.

Vacation and Other Leaves

We believe in giving our employees the opportunity to recharge and refresh, and our vacation policy reflects that. Our Paid Vacation Policy offers employees 4 weeks of vacation per year. So, whether you’d like to vacation on a beach or relax at home, it’s up to you! Additionally, we offer 10 days of paid sick leave per year, bereavement leave, miscarriage leave and extended personal leave. We value your health and well-being and empower you to take ownership of your earned and well-deserved time away.

401(k)

Our 401(k) plan provides a variety of investment options to help you fund your retirement. The plan allows you to contribute a designated amount of your pre-taxed income from each paycheck thereby lowering your taxable annual income. The plan also offers employees the opportunity to enroll in Roth, and after-tax contributions.

Family Expansion Benefit

We are dedicated to supporting the needs of our employees and their families in a way that is inclusive of all family structures. That is why we’re proud to offer a Family Expansion Benefit through Carrot designed to support a variety of family expansion methods that range from Adoption to Fertility treatments, and can be customized to the needs and preferences of each individual employee.

Maternity and Parental Leave

To bond with their newborn, we provide birthing parents up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave via short-term disability and HashiCorp’s parental leave policy. For non-birthing parents (including adoptive) we offer 8 weeks of paid parental leave.

Expanded Mental Health Support

We understand the importance of supporting our employees mental health, and are committed to doing this through a variety of resources. In addition to offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), we provide employees access to an on-demand behavioral healthcare benefit through Ginger.