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Come join us over here at Backblaze, we're neat! Our approach is guided by honesty, transparency, and a commitment to doing the right thing. If you share the same values and see a position below that excites you, we want to hear from you!


Principal Operations Engineer

Department: Technical Operations
Location: San Mateo, CA

About Backblaze

Backblaze makes storing and using data astonishingly easy. When our founding team got together, they committed to helping people save their data. Today, the Backblaze Storage Cloud provides a foundational platform around the world for a broad community of developers, IT generalists, entrepreneurs, and individuals who seek the easy, affordable, trusted solutions we provide.

We’ve managed to nurture a team-oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. Our approach is guided by honesty, transparency, and a commitment to doing the right thing. Our customers are happy, and so are our coworkers: In the most recent “Great Place to Work” survey, 97% of our team rated Backblaze as “a great place to work.” Check out what our employees are saying on Glassdoor!

But while there is a lot to celebrate in our past, there is almost as much opportunity ahead of us. We are seeking a Principal Operations Engineer to join our growing team! 

This position will be based out of our headquarters in San Mateo, California. We are conveniently located near CalTrain, and Highways 280 and 101. We also offer a flexible schedule so employees can work remotely when necessary.

What You’ll Do: 

  • As a part of the team, you’ll design and develop software solutions that provide infrastructure-, database schema-, configuration-, migrations-, scale- performance- and capacity planning as-a-code
  • Ideation, design and implementation of improved and intelligent monitoring and alerting system. 
  • Participate in performance tuning and optimizing of the servers, the storage and the infrastructure
  • Participate in creating technical designs and documentation, and drive agreements with cross-functional stakeholders
  • Work with product teams and operations teams such as Data Center, Networking, SRE, Security teams to ensure solutions are well planned and delivered on-time

The Right Fit:

  • Has 3-5 years of experience in analyzing and triaging hardware performance issues
  • Exposure to working at a technology/software startup
  • Deep understanding of the Linux IO stack
  • Experience scripting in any language, Python preferred
  • Experience with telemetry aggregation technologies and metric aggregation stacks (Prometheus, Kibana, etc.)
  • Capable of building tools to identify and analyze performance metrics across compute, I/O, storage efficiency for different workloads
  • Can design and implement automated and scalable performance measurement and modeling systems.

Backblaze Perks:

  • 100% healthcare for family
  • Dental and vision plan
  • Competitive compensation and 401K 
  • RSU grants for full-time employees
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • MacBook Pro to use for work plus a generous stipend to personalize your workstation
  • Childcare bonus (human children only)
  • Generous skills training policy to continue your professional development
  • Commuter benefits
  • Culture that supports a healthy work-life balance

At Backblaze, we value being fair and good to our customers, partners, and employees. That’s why diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our values. We are committed to fostering a workforce where all employees feel a sense of belonging regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, veteran status, and education. We believe that our dedication to cultivating a diverse workspace not only allows us to better serve our customers in over 175 countries, but further reinforces our commitment to doing the right thing. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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