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Principal Engineer - Equinix Metal

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating 210 data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. With Equinix Metal, customers can rapidly deploy automated single-tenant infrastructure and interact with 1,800+ networks and 2,900+ cloud and service providers. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed. 

At Equinix, we help the world’s digital leaders scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences, and transform people’s lives. Our culture is based on collaboration and the growth and development of our teams.

We hire hardworking people who thrive on solving challenging problems and give them opportunities to hone new skills, and try new approaches, as we grow our product portfolio with new software and network architecture solutions. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success.

Job Summary: Equinix Metal, a leading bare metal cloud provider, is looking for a Principal Engineer for our Metal Product Team. In this role, you will be responsible for being a technical leader, mentor to more junior engineers, and an active contributor to our internal systems/codebases for control plane and software network orchestration stack.

This role can be remote or based in one of our office locations.


  • Architect, design, and development of a cloud scale distributed system for Data Center Asset Management that scales for millions of things at thousands of places

  • Design and development of Control Plane features for Equinix Metal and software network orchestration for a bare metal cloud that scales and provides a way to interconnect across the Equinix ecosystem

  • Deeply care about technology, your craft, and about the success of your teammates and the company - strong intrinsic motivators to help drive self-improvement is a must

  • Work closely with our team and collaborate with cross functional teams to introduce and enhance product capabilities for customers and operation teams

  • Collaborate with the architects driving the technical strategy and direction for our large-scale cloud services, driving simplicity, high reliability, ease of maintenance, and operation

  • Lead by example through direct contribution, and provide direction in establishing development and operational standard methodologies

  • Actively participate in continuous improvement of process and systems that support our software development lifecycle (SDLC), values, and culture

  • Participate in an on call rotation (roughly one week per quarter)


  • 12+ years of experience developing distributed, scalable, and highly available services using Go, Ruby on Rails, Python, or other similar languages

  • A background of working for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or cloud-based companies with prior experience of designing microservices and systems at scale with a focus on production readiness

  • Experience in designing and implementing API interfaces using REST and gRPC

  • Experience with Agile software development practices including Scrum, JIRA, Peer Review, Git, and CI/CD

  • Good understanding of distributed systems architecture, operational readiness, and cloud infrastructure provider use cases

  • Deep analytical and problem solving skills with a sense of curiosity

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills internally and externally including the ability to document solutions and create architectural diagrams

  • Shown ability to think strategically and execute with a sense of urgency, delivering services to meet customer demands on a timely basis

  • Experience with L2-L3 networking technologies at datacenter scale or cloud scale is a plus

  • Experience with building network software at scale with focus on resilience, automation of well tested production ready software. Prior experience with any one of these - VPC, Load Balancers, DNS, Security Policies, IP Address Management is a plus

  • Familiarity with operating traditional SQL databases such as PostgreSQL and dealing with the data structured in graph format is a plus

  • Experience contributing to Open Source and interacting with Open Source communities is a plus

  • Experience with Kubernetes, Docker, and other container services will be a plus

Equinix is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disabilities.

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Principal Engineer - Equinix Metal