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Principal Software Engineer - Backend

Engineering | Seattle (HQ) | Full Time

Job Description

We are a community of engineers working at the intersection of business software, artificial intelligence, and great design. We are looking for a Principal Software Engineer who knows how to create scalable web infrastructure and distributed systems. As a Principal Software Engineer with Highspot you will be responsible for all aspects of the software lifecycle - from feature design, architecture, implementation, and testing, to deployment, monitoring, and diagnostics. You will go deep on a broad array of backend problem domains, from async pipeline processing to scalable databases to machine learning.

In our creative, collaborative environment you will engage with our data science specialists to optimize high-scale analytics algorithms. On our backend, here is some of what we use: MongoDB, Postgres, Amazon Redshift, Apache Solr & Lucene, Amazon Web Services, Chef, Java, Ruby, and Clojure. 


  • Build and support new features and functionality 
  • Own end-to-end application features of increasing complexity
  • Write highly availability distributed services
  • Create architecture and design documents as necessary
  • Work cross functionally with engineers, designers, and product managers
  • Write maintainable and testable code
  • Write clean, reusable, testable REST APIs 


  • Experience taking a leading role in building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers
  • 10+ years' experience developing scalable internet software and applications using a range of software models including object oriented and functional design patterns
  • B.S./M.S. in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience 
  • Proficiency in delivering large-scale, highly distributed systems that are designed to be resilient, and easily consumable from a wide array of frontend devices
  • Embraces the entrepreneurial spirit, priding yourself on getting things done with a high level of quality
  • Comfortable with modern open source technologies and tools


  • Exceptional medical, dental, and vision benefits
  • Flexible work and vacation schedules
  • Transportation benefits
  • Competitive compensation
  • Fully-stocked kitchen with healthy snacks and drinks
  • Free catered Friday lunches
  • Company bonding events throughout the year
  • Open and spacious office, based in the heart of Seattle
  • Great views of the city and Puget Sound
  • Meaningfully contribute to a compelling vision
  • Environment to do your best work

We aim to build an inclusive workforce. If you’re passionate about this role, but do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed above, we still encourage you to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, color, ethnicity, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or invisible disability status, political affiliation, veteran status, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

About Highspot

Highspot helps sales teams improve customer conversations and achieve their revenue goals. From content optimization and performance analytics to in-context training, guided selling, and more, the Highspot platform delivers enterprise-ready features in a modern design that sales ­­reps and marketers love. Using Highspot, sales teams are able to stay connected to the best-performing content for each opportunity, customize and optimize their content, and more effectively engage with their customers and prospects. With 90 percent average monthly recurring usage and global support in over 125 countries, Highspot is the sales enablement industry's most trusted solution.