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Sr. Software Engineer - Flink, Stream Data Processing

Portland, OR

Autonomic’s open, cloud-based platform — the Transportation Mobility Cloud — will connect the diverse components of urban mobility systems — connected vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians, city infrastructure and service providers — with the goal of orchestrating a safer, more efficient and sustainable transportation network.

Autonomic is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.

About Our Real-Time Data Processing Team

We are seeking a software engineer to join our product development team that improves access to and the quality of connected vehicle telemetry.

Autonomic’s mission is to be the world’s leading cloud platform for connected vehicles. On an average day, we process approximately 10 billion signals (e.g., seat belt status), events (e.g., harsh braking), and commands (e.g., schedule over the air updates) from all connected vehicle types, including electric and autonomous vehicles.

As an organization, our goal is to build clean data sets and design APIs that are accessible to our customers in real-time. We maintain world-class taxonomies to organize the massive amount of vehicle data we receive. Our customers use our taxonomies and data to derive insights and make critical business decisions.

The Real-Time Data Processing team is responsible for the high volume, large-scale services that route, filter, and enrich the 10 billion connected vehicle pieces of data Autonomic receives daily.  As a Processing Pipeline Service squad member, you will directly contribute to designing, building, and maintaining Autonomic’s processing chains.

Autonomic’s processing chains filter, transform and enrich connected vehicle data. Processor examples include filtering out overly chatty signals, transforming data using custom algorithms, and enriching data by grouping related signals into new data objects. Our processing pipelines make it easier for our customers to discover critical business insights to transform their businesses.

At Autonomic, we maintain a culture of growth, openness to new ideas, practices, and community that includes publications, conferences, and meetup participation. We produce bottom-up innovation and maintain a can-do environment for developers and architects. 

We have the unprecedented opportunity to build the core systems in an automotive cloud with a passionate team making it happen. Join us and build something amazing.

Job Description 

  • Deliver on the vision, strategy, and roadmap for the development and refinement of our platform’s services
  • Participate in all aspects of the product life cycle: design, development, deployment, and operations
  • Develop software for stream processing systems that deal with unbounded data 
  • Build, document, test, and maintain scalable and secure high performance distributed systems that solve large scale engineering challenges using technologies such as Kubernetes, Kafka, PostgresQL, Flink, gRPC, REST APIs, and Websockets
  • Own the development of efficient and performant processors that filter, transform, and enrich data
  • Create administrative APIs that allow customers to create and maintain their own processors
  • Continuously improve existing code, infrastructure, and operational processes
  • Write well-crafted, well-tested, readable, maintainable code
  • Participate in code reviews to ensure code quality and distribute knowledge
  • Acquire a deep understanding of technologies, services, and architecture of Autonomic’s products
  • Collaborate with people in your team and across a broad variety of job functions
  • Encourage, mentor, and coach members of your team
  • Identify, support, and lead cases for change

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 4 years of programming experience in a professional environment
  • Strong communication skills - written and verbal
  • Understanding of software systems, including the compiler/JVM/garbage collection, distributed systems.
  • 2+ years experience with Java programming language (Java 8+, including Java Streams)
  • 2+ years recent working knowledge of the distributed stream processing framework - Apache Flink
  • 1+ years recent working knowledge of the distributed messaging and streaming platforms - Apache Kafka
  • 1+ years experience with interchange formats and RPC (gRPC/Protobuf or Thrift or Avro)
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment using agile software practices
  • Extremely focused with great attention to detail and accuracy
  • Exhibit flexibility, prioritization, and the ability to multitask
  • Self-directed, take initiative, and excellent project management skills
  • Professional, friendly, and approachable at all times
  • Sound understanding of object-oriented, functional, and reactive programming principles

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ years experience with Spring/Java microservices
  • 2+ years recent working knowledge of the distributed stream processing framework - Apache Spark
  • 1+ years experience working with Kubernetes
  • 1+ years experience working with high-performance databases, like PostgreSQL and MongoDB
  • Experience building applications in the transportation industry

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria above but are still interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone who is passionate about shaping the future of connected vehicles at Autonomic! 

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