DraftKings: Principal Software Engineer - Architecture

Were reimagining sports and technology.

DraftKings is bringing sports fans closer to the games they love and becoming an essential part of their experience in the process. An industry pioneer since our founding in 2012, we believe we can continue to define what it means to be a technology company in sports entertainment. We love what we do and we think you will too.


As a Principal Software Engineer in Architecture, youll be part of our Architecture team and have the opportunity to work closely with engineers on all our product and platform teams leading the push for standards and processes that bring consistency and interoperability between our different products and services. You'll collaborate with our Director to implement the technology roadmap and lead long-term initiatives where and drive POCs to explore new technologies and patterns. You'll also have the opportunity to guide other engineers in growing their knowledge of scalable architecture.

What You'll Do As A Principal Software Engineering in Architecture:

  • Help lead the definition and implementation of the standards, guidelines and tech plan reviews
  • Provide project oversight, code and design review leadership
  • Work very closely with the director in implementation of the roadmap and in leading POCs
  • Hands on coding and whiteboard-session leadership
  • Lead the maintenance, implementation and improvement of the core infrastructure components
  • Work with teams to identify software in their products that can be componentized for company-wide reuse

What Skills You Will Use:

  • The ability to lead by influence rather than by directing
  • Experience designing and implementing scalable, fault-tolerant, cloud-based distributed systems - preferably in the public cloud (AWS, Azure or Google Cloud)
  • Experience with micro-services architectures
  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes, Jenkins/Octopus/Bamboo, ELK
  • Experience working with CI/CD process and tools, testing frameworks and practices
  • A background in object-oriented programming in a language such as Java, C#
  • Experience with technologies and patterns such as circuit-breaking, backpressure/streaming and message queues, distributed caching
  • The ability to understand, debug and improve complex asynchronous code
  • An understanding of data pipelines, lineage and preferably some experience with technologies such as databricks, data factory, AWS Data Pipeline, apache atlas, spark
  • An understanding of the different data structures/systems such as No-SQL vs SQL/relational, data lakes, data warehouses and how/when each might be appropriate

Who are we a good fit for?

We love working with talented people but more than that, we seek out compassionate co-workers with a collaborative spirit. Our work moves quickly and were great at coming together to find creative solutions to some of techs most interesting problems. If that sounds good to you, join us.

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As a technology company at our core, DraftKings believes that the best innovation comes from diverse perspectives, thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and experiences. We consistently push boundaries and challenge the conventional to ensure our culture and products reflect the expectations of our employees, and the customers we serve.

Were proud to believe that your gender, race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, or status as an individual with a disability should have nothing to do with our hiring practices. Well never discriminate against anyones background or creed. If youre good at what you do, we want you to do it at DraftKings.


Employee Testimonials

Manasa Konidena
Software Engineer

"The inclusive spirit is a huge motivating factor to working at DraftKings. When you are working on a project as a team which most times is already fleshed out by product teams and managers and gone through reviews, at project kick-offs and review meetings, your ideas and opinions are heard and taken seriously. An atmosphere is created where giving an opinion which you believe is valuable is the organic decision you make."

Tyler Dowse
Business Data Analyst

"Since my first day on the job, I’ve always felt like my ideas have been valued. Because DraftKings is so reliant on data-driven decision making, everyone in the company is willing to open up to your ideas if you have the data to back them up. Age, position, and experience have no negative impacts on how you are perceived at DraftKings, which makes for a very productive and collaborative workplace."

Ellen Kim
Senior Software Engineer

"I've found that working with really intelligent people to build new products motivates me to continue our journey at DraftKings together. Learning and sharing a variety of knowledge with each other, and solving technical problems together keeps me really interested in the industry and makes me feel highly valued at DraftKings every day."

Jessie Haffey
Senior Software Engineering Manager

"The problems we solve are unique because we’re dealing with live sporting events. Most tech products deal with relatively predictable traffic, as where our traffic on an NFL Sunday could be significantly higher than any other day of the week and might vary drastically minute to minute based on the game."

Jeff Singer
Tech Lead

"The first time I saw the engineering team work on a production outage, I was amazed by the deep understanding of our systems, the professionalism, and the urgency that my colleagues brought to the table. I have never seen anything else like it in my career as a software engineer."