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Principal Software Engineer

53 State St Exchange Place
Boston, MA 02109

Acquia is the open source digital experience company. We provide the world's most ambitious brands with technology that allows them to embrace innovation and create customer moments that matter. At Acquia we believe in the power of community and collaboration - giving our customers the freedom to build tomorrow on their terms.

Headquartered in the U.S., we have been named as one of North Americas fastest growing software companies as reported by Deloitte and Inc. Magazine, and have been rated a leader by the analyst community and named one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. We are Acquia. We are building for the future of the web, and we want you to be a part of it.

Does running thousands of machines in the cloud without ever logging into a single box sound like the future to you? Do you like architecting applications that can scale horizontally to perform billions or trillions of monthly operations? Acquia is looking for a motivated software engineer to join our orchestration team.

Acquia runs one of the world's largest Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings. Our Drupal optimized cloud runs on over 18,000 AWS instances and delivers billions of page views per month, running some of the largest and most mission-critical websites in the world. We are seeking exceptional cloud infrastructure engineers who desire to deliver world-class performance and reliability while building powerful tools that enable our customers effortlessly scale their web applications. At Acquia, we are obsessive about providing our customers with security, availability, and scalability that is second to none and are looking for engineers who are equally passionate.

Job Description:

  • Design and develop the services that manage the Acquia Cloud Orchestration layer.
  • Utilize the latest features of PHP, Doctrines DBAL and Dependency Injection, & Symfonys Container, Console, and Event Dispatcher.
  • Leverage our static analysis tools and testing frameworks to ensure proper unit, database, and integration level test suites, using phpunit, phpstan, phpcs, and Jenkins.
  • Research, specify, and test cloud hosting architectures leveraging your web, database, and architectural knowledge.
  • Work with our PO and SRE teams to develop SLIs and SLAs, establish launch readiness criteria to ensure a smooth deployment while you build, test, deploy, and operate.
  • Own the services you build, from proof-of-concept to on call support rotation.
  • Collaborate with other functional teams to support the larger Acquia Cloud vision.


  • Strong object oriented programming experience with PHP.
  • Familiarity with principles of domain-driven design, refactoring, and writing clean, maintainable code.
  • Strong understanding of AWS VPC and EC2 services.
  • Strong understanding of API design, including RPC (e.g. Thrift, gRPC)
  • Knowledge of software testing best practices (unit, database, integration.)
  • Experience building and operating service oriented architectures
  • Works in collaborative and supportive manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Extra credit:

  • Languages: Ruby
  • Automated testing experience using Jenkins
  • Cloud hosting experience with AWS (VPC, EC2)
  • Configuration management using Puppet.
  • Experience with building or developing with Drupal open source CMS (Note: There is no direct drupal involved in this role, but it is offered to customers, so it is nice to have.)

Acquia is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. We hire without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

Category: Software Engineering/QA

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