Senior Principal Engineer, Jira Platform


Bangalore, IN
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Software
  • Post Date: 06/17/2021
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  • Company Address: 341 George Street Level 6, Sydney, 2000

About Atlassian

Tools for teams, from startup to enterprise: Atlassian provides tools to help every team unleash their full potential

Job Description

Atlassian is continuing to hire with all interviewing and on-boarding done virtually due to COVID-19. All new and existing Atlassians will continue to work from home until it’s safe to return to our offices. When our offices re-open, we will provide the choice to work from home or return to work in an office unless a job requirement makes it necessary for a particular role to be performed at an Atlassian office.

Atlassian helps teams everywhere change the world. Our products are revolutionising the software industry and helping teams collaborate and craft the magic that delivers their best work. Think NASA launching the Rover on Mars or Cochlear gifting those born deaf with the ability to hear, your work directly impacts the products they use to advance humanity.

You'll be part of a growing team, delivering value to our customers through creative improvements to Atlassian’s flagship product. You'll work closely with design and product management, influencing the direction of the product and helping the team get there.

Over the last 18 years, Jira has grown to become an industry-defining product for the world’s developers. Since then more than 100,000 organisations including a large swath of the fortune 500 have chosen Jira for its flexibility, customisability, extensibility and for helping them to make their work-flow. This has scaled Jira’s usage both horizontally, with more organisations embracing Jira, and vertically with more users, issues, projects, workflows etc in a single Jira instance. As the industry and our customers shift from on-premises to the cloud, we will ensure they have a magical experience in Jira Cloud regardless of their size. This makes the Jira Scale and Performance team critical to Jira and Atlassian.

About You

We are seeking an industry-recognized technical leader to join Atlassian. In this role, you are a technical visionary for products & solutions. The primary focus of your role will be to drive the broad technical strategy and design for the search functions offered by Jira Cloud Platform, over a 12-24 month horizon. You are an inspiring leader with a proven track record to translate loosely defined, yet critical ideas into a well-defined architectural vision that can be aligned with the engineering and product leaders across Atlassian. You will raise the bar, though example, on the quality of software construction in a fast-paced, agile environment. You will use your deep technical skills to help guide and mentor other developers, product managers, and senior managers, ensuring the team understands the vision, and help realise that vision.

You bring a deep understanding of technology landscapes, and an ability to evaluate the use of new technologies, conduct effective reviews and communicate as the need arises. You are influential within your team and work with peers and senior leaders to define and revise the standards for operational excellence across Atlassian. You will consistently seek abstract issues that span multiple functional areas and drive your team to push for improvements that can scale across other teams, services, and platforms.


  • You are hands-on and have demonstrated experience, 15 years, in architecting and building multi-tenant cloud based SaaS products.
  • At least 6 years leading multiple features of a SaaS product at large scale with performance and reliability of at least 4 nines.
  • Strong experience with at least one public cloud system, ideally AWS
  • Proficient in challenges of distributed systems, modern cloud-native architectures, especially distributed search systems.
  • Fluency in any one database technology (e.g. RDBMS like Postgres and/or NoSQL like DynamoDB or Cassandra)
  • BS degree in Computer Science, Graduate degree preferred.
  • Real passion for collaboration and strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Desire to mentor and empower your colleagues on their growth journey


  • Fluency with AWS Elastic Search or Lucene
  • Experience building architectures for search across large volumes of data
  • Deep understanding & experience of eventual consistency concepts
  • Prior experience designing and architecting microservices based systems and leading decomposition projects.


  • As a Sr. Principal Architect in Jira Scale & Performance Engineering, leading the technical direction for Jira’s Search Capabilities.
  • You will work closely with the leadership in engineering, product and design, on all features and operational aspects of our products with responsibility for the technical roadmap.
  • You will be a role model for, and influence a large team of engineers at various seniority levels all the way from college graduates to principal engineers, and coach/mentor engineers across the various teams.
  • As a member of the cross-company cloud technical architecture group, you will propose and review architectures and designs for the solution and cross-cutting software capabilities.
  • You will periodically present technical direction to the CTO, the CTO Leadership Team (CLT) and other forums consisting of senior executives in the company.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

More about our benefits

Whether you work in an office or a distributed team, Atlassian is highly collaborative and yes, fun! To support you at work (and play) we offer some fantastic perks: ample time off to relax and recharge, flexible working options, five paid volunteer days a year for your favourite cause, an annual allowance to support your learning & growth, unique ShipIt days, a company paid trip after five years and lots more.

More about Atlassian

Creating software that empowers everyone from small startups to the who’s who of tech is why we’re here. We build tools like Jira, Confluence, Bitbucket, and Trello to help teams across the world become more nimble, creative, and aligned—collaboration is the heart of every product we dream of at Atlassian. From Amsterdam and Austin, to Sydney and San Francisco, we’re looking for people who want to write the future and who believe that we can accomplish so much more together than apart. At Atlassian, we’re committed to an environment where everyone has the autonomy and freedom to thrive, as well as the support of like-minded colleagues who are motivated by a common goal to: Unleash the potential of every team.

Additional Information

We believe that the unique contributions of all Atlassians is the driver of our success. To make sure that our products and culture continue to incorporate everyone's perspectives and experience we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can rock the role, we’d love to learn more about you.

Learn more about Atlassian’s culture, interviewing flow, and hiring process by checking out our Candidate Resource Hub.

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