Principal Engineer, Backend - Camera

Cisco Meraki

Location: Remote - US only

Job Type: Full time


Meraki’s camera team is a fast-growing, forward-thinking organization building an ecosystem of physical security products focused on the enterprise market. Our products blend the elegance and ease of use of high-end consumer systems with the immense scalability, security, and power of enterprise-grade solutions.

As a Principal Engineer of Camera Software, you will lead large architectural and implementation initiatives with peers in engineering to create ground-breaking features, scale our infrastructure, and empower our greater camera engineering team with a well-thought-out platform approach. You are an inspiring innovator, mentor, and coach, conversant and passionate about emerging opportunities, a thorough strategist who is equally comfortable and capable interacting with technologists as with senior business executives with the ability to articulate the value of the proposed solution.

You will be part of a small team of hardworking Senior Engineering talent reporting to the Senior Director of the IoT team. Your technical leadership will span or at least influence everything from full stack cloud software, embedded software, QA, video processing, database design and computer vision applications. You lead by example and demonstrate excellence in collaboration and communication across engineering teams, utilizing creative problem solving and a consistent track record for leading and directly contributing to the launches of new platforms and/or transformational architecture changes.

Your focus will be on ensuring the rest of the team has the direction and tools they need to deliver high-quality innovative products on time. You will directly and indirectly be assisting other engineers with their career development through example and active coaching. You will seek to align collaborators to our most significant objectives, offering a technical vision for both the team and product that keeps everyone motivated, growing, and attracting the best talent looking forward.

About the team

The Meraki Camera Software Team is responsible for building a secure and stable camera ecosystem that captures and records video, analyzes what is in the scene using on-device computer-vision algorithms to generate actionable insights for all users. Our solution is all seamlessly run remotely via the cloud, where the team continues to craft intuitive interfaces which make reacting and investigating events of interest as easy as possible.

In this role, you will:

Lead by example and are a hands-on architect building system alongside a team.

Working with collaborators to set product vision, define, and deliver on technical roadmaps spanning multiple organizations or teams.

Drive complex projects and direct a team of engineers to build and deploy critically important, 24x7 solutions in a SaaS environment.

Lead our next generation cloud architecture to achieve horizontally scalable, cloud-managed services that can support our future growth and empower developers to maintain a rapid pace of innovation.

Cultivate a culture of craftsmanship where development and quality engineers work together to deliver a high-quality experience throughout the entire product lifecycle.

You are ideal for this role if you have:

15+ years of related experience and are recognized as a strategic problem solver in internal and external forums, with extensive technical, market and business expertise.

A proven ability leading process and culture changes that inspire and grow multi-disciplinary engineering teams.

Experience with modern application development methodologies (CI/CD, Agile/DevOps)

An interest in getting consensus and setting technical direction across a large engineering organization.

Experience in building from scratch and/or evolving large web applications.

Experience developing and optimizing large-scale backend applications demonstrating your public cloud knowledge (AWS, Azure, GCP)

Deeply skilled in full stack web technologies and languages (e.g. JavaScript, React, Go, Ruby/Rails, Scala)

Linux Administrator, versatile in console commands, scripting, utilities (PERL, Python, BASH)

Experience building systems that are performant at enterprise scale.

Familiarity with distributed systems development, container & container orchestration technologies

Experience working and helping build test automation systems, deployment pipelines.

Bonus points for:

Knowledge of relevant camera and video technologies (RTSP, HLS, WebRTC, WebSockets, h.264/h.265 client-side rendering)

Knowledge of wired and wireless networking protocols

Why Cisco Meraki?

Meraki is based in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, with beautiful views of the Oracle Ballpark and the Bay beyond. This position can be 100% remote work from home. However, if you prefer to work onsite at the San Francisco office, you will have access to an onsite gym, multiple kitchens stocked with high-quality snacks, a coffee bar, and catered lunches every day. We offer a generous benefits package to all our Merakians - remote, hybrid, and onsite.

At Cisco Meraki, we’re challenging the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. When we connect different perspectives, we can imagine new possibilities, inspire innovation, and release the full potential of our people. We’re building an employee experience that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone.

Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Cisco will consider for employment, on a case by case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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Compensation Range:
$219,700$323,500 USD

Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or Canada:
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U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday, plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.

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