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Senior Staff Engineer PaaS



Chevy Chase, MD, USA
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

Our Senior Staff Engineer works with our Principal and Sr. Engineers to innovate and build new systems, improve, and enhance existing systems and identify new opportunities to apply your knowledge to solve critical problems. You will lead the strategy and execution of a technical roadmap that will increase the velocity of delivering products and unlock new engineering capabilities. The ideal candidate has deep technical expertise in the Open-Source technologies such as Terraform, Postgres, Keda, Knative, and Kubernetes as a service.

Position Responsibilities
As a Senior Staff Engineer, you will:
· Focus on multiple areas and provide technical and thought leadership to the enterprise
· Develop and execute technical software development strategy for a variety of domains
· Accountable for the quality, usability, and performance of the solutions
· Influence and educate leadership at all levels
· Consistently share best practices and improve processes within and across teams
· Analyze cost and forecast, incorporating them into business plans
· Determine and support resource requirements, evaluate operational processes, measure outcomes to ensure desired results, and demonstrate adaptability and sponsoring continuous learning
· Stay at the forefront of emerging serverless trends, technologies, and best practices, and apply this knowledge to enhance GEICO’s PaaS strategies
· Provide technical guidance and mentorship to the team, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvements
· Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including security, compliance, and application teams to ensure the seamless integration and alignment of solutions with organizational goals
· Build resilient and scalable architecture, driving innovation and cost efficiency

· Deep hands-on experience in complex system design and implementation of Containers and Kubernetes platform
· Fluent with at least two OOP languages such as Java, Go, Python, C++, etc.
· Good knowledge for two of the following languages: C, C# or other object-oriented languages, PHP, Perl, Ruby, JavaScript, shell script, etc.
· Exemplary ability to design, perform experiments, and influence engineering direction and product roadmap
· Experience in MySQL, PostgreSQL, etc., familiar with No-SQL databases like Cassandra, MongoDB, Elasticsearch (Knowledge with NewSQL database like TIDB or YugabyteDB will be a plus)
· Track-record of publications history in credible conferences and journals
· Experience with continuous delivery and infrastructure as code
· Experience deploying applications with PaaS platforms
· In-depth knowledge of CS data structures and algorithms
· Knowledge of developer tooling across the software development life cycle (task management, source code, building, deployment, test automation and related tools, operations, real-time communication)
· Knowledge in big data and streaming data architecture (Lambda/Kappa), K8 cluster and ETL pipeline
· Knowledge in ML and AI technologies
· Experience in CI/CD pipeline and related open-source tools like GIT/Jenkin/CircleCI/SonarQube
· Knowledge on Open-source monitoring software like Grafana and Prometheus
· Experience using Terraform (infrastructure as code)
· Expertise in Azure Functions, Azure Web Apps, and AWS Lambda is a plus
· Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Certifications are a plus
· Experience with serverless architecture using open-source tools such as KEDA and Knative is a plus
· Experience with Python and PowerShell programming
· Experience with technical software development for Platform Engineering domain
· Experience with Go open-source programming language is a plus
· Experience solving analytical problems with quantitative approaches
· Ability to excel in a fast-paced, startup-like environment

· 10+ years of professional experience in building PaaS services such as Serverless Platform, Cluster management platform based on Kubernetes or equivalent orchestration platform running on private and public clouds
· 8+ years of experience in design, architecture and implementation of highly secure, scalable, and reliable enterprise grade platforms and applications
· 6+ years of experience with open-source frameworks
· 4+ years of experience with AWS, GCP, Azure, or another cloud service

· Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent education or work experience


Annual Salary

$110,000.00 - $261,500.00

The above annual salary range is a general guideline. Multiple factors are taken into consideration to arrive at the final hourly rate/ annual salary to be offered to the selected candidate. Factors include, but are not limited to, the scope and responsibilities of the role, the selected candidate’s work experience, education and training, the work location as well as market and business considerations.

GEICO will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position.


As an Associate, you’ll enjoy our Total Rewards Program* to help secure your financial future and preserve your health and well-being, including:

  • Premier Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance with no waiting period**
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Parental Leave
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training and Licensures

*Benefits may be different by location. Benefit eligibility requirements vary and may include length of service.

**Coverage begins on the date of hire. Must enroll in New Hire Benefits within 30 days of the date of hire for coverage to take effect.

The equal employment opportunity policy of the GEICO Companies provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. GEICO hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

GEICO reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to receive equal employment opportunity and/or perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship to the Company. This applies to all applicants and associates. GEICO also provides a work environment in which each associate is able to be productive and work to the best of their ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment. We expect and require the cooperation of all associates in maintaining an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment with mutual respect by and for all associates and applicants.