Principal Software Engineer - Snowhouse Foundation

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Build the future of data. Join the Snowflake team.

Snowflake brings unprecedented flexibility and scalability to data processing. Snowhouse is our globally distributed data platform, built as snowflake on snowflake with access to internal capabilities. Snowhouse manages the vast array of petabyte scale data sets that is continuously ingested, processed and replicated from across all snowflake environments and various external data sources.  

Snowhouse powers all of Snowflake’s core business, engineering and data science needs, and provides customers with full visibility into their account activities, usage, resource consumption from all their global environments. 

We are looking for an experienced Principal Software Engineer to drive strategic initiatives in Snowhouse to support the next wave of growth. We are investing in multiple areas: real time streaming ingestion, data replication, distributed data processing, disaster recovery, governance and compliance.

Snowflake is growing fast and we’re scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We’re passionate about our people, our customers, our values and our culture!


  • Drive highly impactful initiatives for the globally distributed infrastructure Snowhouse and provide foundation for all the critical systems running on Snowhouse.
  • Innovate and build highly secured and reliable designs for real time ingestion, replication, performance and scalability.
  • Design for infrastructure to survive system outages, provide framework for all critical systems that rely on Snowhouse.
  • Bring robust designs for data compliance, governance and distributed data processing across Snowhouse instances
  • Collaborate with product managers, architects, other engineering teams, data science organizations, business groups, to drive end to end solutions
  • Ensure operational readiness of the services and meet the commitments to our customers regarding reliability, availability and performance.


  • 15+ years industry experience designing, building and supporting distributed systems and large-scale data processing systems in production.
  • Extremely strong fundamental computer science skills.
  • Deep multi-faceted appreciation in building end-to-end customer facing products.
  • Fluency in Java and SQL 
  • Knowledge of database internals is a big plus.
  • Experience driving company initiatives towards customer satisfaction.
  • Experience working with cross teams and product managers.
  • BS/MS/PhD in Computer Science or related majors, or equivalent experience.

Every Snowflake employee is expected to follow the company’s confidentiality and security standards for handling sensitive data. Snowflake employees must abide by the company’s data security plan as an essential part of their duties. It is every employee's duty to keep customer information secure and confidential.