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Software Engineer

Bellevue, WA +1

Build the future of data. Join the Snowflake team.


We’re hiring talented Software Engineers to join the Snowflake Database team! This position will work directly with our engineering team to evolve our elastic, large scale, high-performance data processing system. We need smart engineers who can pick up and understand complex technical areas quickly – and who are enthusiastic about building new technologies!


  • Design, develop, and support a petabyte-scale cloud database that is highly parallel and fault-tolerant.
  • Build high-quality and highly reliable software to meet the needs of some of the largest companies on the planet.
  • Analyze and understand performance and scalability bottlenecks in the system and solve them.
  • Pinpoint problems, instrument relevant components as needed, and ultimately implement solutions.
  • Design and implement novel query optimization or distributed data processing algorithms which allow Snowflake to provide industry leading data warehousing capabilities.
  • Design and implement the new service architecture required to enable the Snowflake Data Cloud
  • Develop tools for improving our customers' insights into their workloads.


  • 2+ years industry experience working on commercial or open-source software.
  • Fluency in Java or C++.
  • Familiarity with development in a Linux environment.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, and strong CS fundamentals including data structures, algorithms, and distributed systems.
  • Systems programming skills including multi-threading, concurrency, etc.
  • Experience with implementation testing, debugging and documentation.
  • Bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field; Masters or PhD preferred.
  • Ability to work on-site in our San Mateo / Bellevue / Berlin office.


  • SQL or other database technologies including internal design and implementation.
  • Query optimization, query execution, compiler design and implementation.
  • Experience with internals of distributed key value stores like FoundationDB and storage engines like RocksDB, InnoDB, BerkeleyDB etc.
  • Experience with MySQL, PostgreSQL internals
  • Data warehouse design, database systems, and large-scale data processing solutions like Hadoop and Spark.
  • Large scale distributed systems, transactions and consistency models.
  • Experience in database replication technology
  • Big data storage technologies and their applications, e.g., HDFS, Cassandra, Columnar Databases, etc.

The following represents the expected range of compensation for this role:

  • The estimated base salary range for this role is $150,000 - $218,500.
  • Additionally, this role is eligible to participate in Snowflake’s bonus and equity plan.

The successful candidate’s starting salary will be determined based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as skills, experience, and geographic location. This role is also eligible for a competitive benefits package that includes: medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; 401(k) retirement plan; flexible spending & health savings account; at least 12 paid holidays; paid time off; parental leave; employee assistance program; and other company benefits.

Snowflake is growing fast, and we’re scaling our team to help enable and accelerate our growth. We are looking for people who share our values, challenge ordinary thinking, and push the pace of innovation while building a future for themselves and Snowflake. 

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Snowflake is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, race, religion, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.

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