Software Engineer (L5) - OCA Apps at Netflix

1 month ago Development & Programming Senior Full-Time

You will be charged with handling impactful availability, scalability, and usability challenges and must self-define optimal ways to configure, manage, and observe our growing Open Connect platform.

Required Skills

  • 5+ years of expertise in C, with confidence and experience in debugging and problem-solving skills
  • Deep understanding of POSIX network server application deployment
  • Ability to build and support highly performant, scalable, and fault-tolerant systems
  • Comprehensive knowledge of architecting and maintaining large-scale distributed systems while handling high concurrency
  • Knowledge of CDN architecture and networking fundamentals (TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS, BGP)
  • Experience designing, implementing, debugging and operating 24/7 production systems 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


How do you spark joy in hundreds of millions of people? It starts with a vision - that technology can give voice to stories around the world. In delivering those much-loved stories, Netflix is responsible for a significant portion of global internet traffic.

To steward that responsibility, we work collaboratively with ISPs to deploy Open Connect, Netflix’s Content Delivery Network (CDN), which delivers 100% of Netflix's video traffic. Our team’s mission is to support that delivery by ensuring the smooth coordination and operation of the Open Connect Appliances (OCAs) deployed by the thousands around the world, to provide a fantastic viewing experience for all Netflix members. We are looking for a talented software engineer specializing in CDN infrastructure to join us on that mission.

The Role

You will be charged with handling impactful availability, scalability, and usability challenges and must self-define optimal ways to configure, manage, and observe our growing Open Connect platform. Our platform is a fundamental building block to our streaming initiatives - providing critical solutions for one of the world’s largest CDNs and empowering stakeholders to operate the CDN more efficiently and reliably. In this position, you will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of areas, such as:

Designing, implementing and enabling the operation of software and systems to efficiently manage and deliver large, small and dynamic assets from a wide variety of network locations

Support the coordinated deployment of central control systems, kernel developments, userland applications for both HTTP and DNS, to provide planet-scale services to end-users

Build new features and capabilities to support the Netflix business’s needs for fast, reliable delivery of new media content

Build new features and capabilities to support and manage Netflix cloud gaming appliances

Rapidly iterate in the arena of Live video streaming to enable a unique scale of delivery to end-users

You Are

  • Someone who likes to work hands-on and self-direct in a fast-paced environment that gives you great freedom and responsibility
  • Able to see beyond immediate specifications, can summarize requirements, and architect forward-looking solutions that cross multiple applications
  • Capable of working in a highly-collaborative environment alongside your teammates, engineers, Partner Engagement Managers, project managers, and operations teams
  • Articulate in communicating opportunities for continuous improvements to existing systems with a clear understanding of the impact on the business.
  • Always striving to develop and deploy in measured increments while taking responsibility for the quality of your work.

Bonus Skills

  • Experience with FreeBSD or Linux operating system, development or administration
  • Experience with NGINX web server
  • Experience with TLS, PKI and encryption systems
  • Experience with production DNS systems
  • Knowledge of PERL programming language
  • Understanding of real-time video rendering and encoding
  • Understanding or experience with WebRTC protocols
  • Understanding of front-end technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, WebSockets

Does this sound interesting? Or does this sound interesting but intimidating? Please don’t self-select out, let’s figure it out together. We’d love to talk to you!

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 - $700,000

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

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