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Engineer Senior - Platform and Data Automation

Company: Starbucks
Location: Seattle
Posted on: July 3, 2024

Job Description:

Job DescriptionJob Summary and Mission
This position contributes to Starbucks success by delivering high quality and reliable products and services of a Platform Development Team with a strong focus on platform and application automation. As engineer Sr. in platform development, you are responsible for planning, delivery, and operations of solutions. You are also responsible for the execution, delivery and support the technology strategy and roadmaps for new and existing applications and platforms. This role requires technical expertise, domain proficiency and platform depth. Models and acts in accordance with Starbucks guiding principles.
Summary of Key Responsibilities
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

Interpersonal skills and Leadership
· Help influence and drive technical decisions within team and with stakeholders
· Accurately interpret and incorporates automation focus intakes to comply with Starbucks Cloud governance and Global Cyber Security requirements.
o Communicate and understand Architecture Design Pattern
o Communicate and understand Automation Engineering Services for common platform components
o Provide consultative services for technical issues within the application teams.
o Interact with Starbucks Cloud and Global Cyber Security teams representing our platforms.
• Self-sufficient and self-motivated problem solver on the platform and domain, absorbing and incorporating new skills through new problem exposure and experience.
• Ensures platform implementation has appropriate design patterns and coding standards in place. Contribute to team's engineering standards toward secure, durable, scalable, flexible, and accessible solutions that proactively mitigate against production support issues.
• Is an active member of the team in formal and non-formal settings, by contributing ideas, feedbacks, questions, and assistance.
• Manages personal work intake, workflow and status through established tooling and backlog grooming when work in the agile format. Provide regular transparent status, risk and communications through established norms for the platform. Manages personal work including incidents, enhancements, defects, and projects in agile approach

Platform Stewardship – implement platform automation efforts to promote platform evolvement and stability to support business needs.
• Partners with cross functional teams, such as Infrastructure, Security, Architecture, QA, and key Development teams, to strengthen and elevate the platform from a technology perspective. Successfully sees designs and solutions through enterprise processes and governance to ensure compliant, secure and supportable solutions.

Production Support for application and platform components
• Defines and maintains processes, procedures, and expectations for team's production support responsibilities.
• Ensures platform application and platform support documentation is in place.
• Self-sufficient and lead through high severity platform related operational incidents.
Basic Qualifications
• 4-8 years of professional industry experience with software development
• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field
Preferred Qualifications
• 5+ years of experience in software engineering.
• 5+ years of experience in one or more of the following languages: Python, Go, Java, C++. Python preferred.
• 3+ years' experience with large-scale distributed architecture and distributed system design.
• Strong knowledge and hands-on experience in RDBMS and NoSQL i.e., Cassandra
• Strong knowledge and hands-on experience in data streaming platform i.e., Kafka
• Ability to execute on design principles of cohesively build and operate secure, durable, flexible, accessible solutions. Requires an understanding of relevant development languages, tools, frameworks, utilities, and technical dependencies.
• Ability to design, create, and implement large scale distributed, cloud native platform.
• Familiar with SDLC for crafting high quality automation pipelines and software.
• Contributes to various team's design reviews, design patterns and coding standards, library, and shared code identification, creation, socialization, adoption and maintenance, developer tool solutions, process definitions, administrations, and support.
• Recognizes, values and champions high quality, reusable software with minimal defects on the team.
• Working experience with product development teams in a platform engineering role is highly desirable.
• Ability to build automation tools for platform processes for various application pipeline.
• Working knowledge of application architecture, infrastructure and security concepts and technical implementation.
• Proficient in understanding of implications from design and implementation architecture choices toward building secure, scalable, durable, flexible, accessible solutions.
• Working knowledge of Azure or AWS and Cloud Computing concepts
• Strong hands-on coding in one or multiple of the mainstream languages (i.e., java, python, golang etc.)
• Strong knowledge in best practices for:
o Platform and infrastructure
o PaaS services
o Monitoring, auditing, and operations
• In-depth working experience in a DevOps culture; one or more public cloud experience (Azure, AWS, GCP etc.), one or more DevOps, GitOps, Orchestration/Configuration Management and Continuous Integration technology (i.e., Docker/Kubernetes, Jenkins, Ansible, Terraform, ELK stack, Splunk etc.)
• Linux (Ubuntu, CoreOS, RedHat) and/or Microsoft Windows Server and associated technologies (Active Directory, Exchange etc.)
• One or more Web and Application Server technologies (i.e., Apache HTTP, Apache Tomcat, Nginx)
• Networking protocols such as HTTP, DNS and TCP/IP
• One or more version control platform (i.e., Git)
• Experience managing full application stacks from the OS up through custom applications
• Expert in analyzing and troubleshooting applications.
Domain Proficiency
• Broad and deep understanding of relevant platform and applications capabilities, including established API's, system activity components, process flows, the underlying data model, implementation specifics of important business rules, batch jobs, user interface components, and application configuration.
• Familiarity and curiosity in the business context and trends, as well as the business customers' opportunities. Awareness of the functional aspects of the solution.
• Product platform life cycle - Strategy, development and deployment

• Execute overall platform evolvement strategies and procedures
• Execute operational processes to ensure predictable software development outcomes; refine Information Security processes and procedures.
• Develop, recommend, evaluate, integrate, deploy, and maintain security tools including security framework.
• Evaluate software security products and technologies.
• Develop and deploy solutions in Agile methodology, with continuous delivery processes

Interpersonal Skills
• Ability to communicate effectively to cross functional teams that include architects, analysts, developers, and QA analysts
• Ability to articulate ideas, using facts and data, for solutions to both technical and business communities
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
• Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
• Ability to make timely and effective decisions using a mixture of intuition, analysis, experience and judgment
As a Starbucks partner, you (and your family) will have access to medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, and other voluntary insurance benefits. Partners have access to short-term and long-term disability, paid parental leave, family expansion reimbursement, paid vacation from date of hire*, sick time (accrued at 1 hour for every 25 hours worked), eight paid holidays, and two personal days per year. Starbucks also offers eligible partners participation in a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, a discounted company stock program (S.I.P.), Starbucks equity program (Bean Stock), incentivized emergency savings, and financial well-being tools. Additionally, Starbucks offers 100% upfront tuition coverage for a first-time bachelor's degree through Arizona State University's online program via the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, student loan management resources, and access to other educational opportunities. You will also have access to backup care and DACA reimbursement. Starbucks will comply with any applicable state and local laws regarding employee leave benefits, including, but not limited to providing time off pursuant to the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, and in accordance with its plans and policies. This list is subject to change depending on collective bargaining in locations where partners have a certified bargaining representative. For additional information regarding partner perks and more detailed information about benefits, go to
*If you are working in CA, CO, IL, LA, ME, MA, NE, ND or RI, you will accrue vacation up to a maximum of 120 hours (190 in CA) for roles below director and 200 hours (316 in CA) for roles at director or above. For roles in other states, you will be granted vacation time starting at 120 hours annually for roles below director and 200 hours annually for roles director and above.
The actual base pay offered to the successful candidate will be based on multiple factors, including but not limited to job-related knowledge/skills, experience, geographical location, and internal equity. At Starbucks, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at the high end of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent upon the facts and circumstances of each position and candidate.
If you live in the greater Seattle area, we offer a flexible workplace that allows for hybrid work. Partners can work remotely up to two days per week.
Job Attributes
• Job Number:
• Job Group: Professional
• Job Family: Technology
• Job Subfamily: Engineer
• Job Location: United States
• FLSA Status: Exempt

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We are committed to creating a diverse and welcoming workplace that includes partners with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that enables us to better meet our mission and values while serving customers throughout our global communities. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with all federal state and local ordinances. Starbucks Corporation is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at

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