Senior Software Engineer, Gateway (Remote)

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Interview Process

1. Phone interview. 2. Pairing and technical interviews. 3. Take home assigment.


$152,000 - 198,000 CAD

Programming Languages Mentioned

Perl, Ruby, Python

Are you ready to power the World's connections?

If you don’t think you meet all of the criteria below but are still interested in the job, please apply.  Nobody checks every box - we’re looking for candidates that are particularly strong in a few areas, and have some interest and capabilities in others.

About the role:

Kong is an Open-Core project. Its foundation is the Open-source API Gateway. On top of that there is an Enterprise Gateway, which extends and improves it. The Enterprise Gateway is the central piece of the Kong ecosystem, which includes other pieces of software and infrastructure that add even more value.

Your main responsibility will be developing, maintaining and extending the Kong Gateway, on both its Open-source and the Enterprise versions. You will engage with the Open Source community, and work closely with other teams in the company to improve it. You will be responsible for building foundations for other teams and customers, discovering and producing cutting edge industry trends and use-cases.

Why should you want to work at Kong?  

Market Opportunity - We are on a quest to build a $10b+ software company over the next few years and need YOUR help!
- APIs are driving innovation across every industry!
Strong VC team, Series D, strong year over year revenue growth!
Technical Leadership - We are recognized as the leader in innovation in the connectivity space.
- Marco, our CTO/co-founder - “We are the Cisco of L4 and L7” - CUBE Conversation, March 2021
We are the leading innovator in the connectivity space!
Amazing Team & Culture - Come be a "Konger" and find out what we mean.
Kong employees discuss our culture at our 2020 Company Kickoff
Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open source API gateway!  Over 40k+ stars on Github between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!
You will and other duties:
  • Work with the Product management team to identify and implement enhancements.
  • Work closely with engineering teams to architecture, design, and understand upcoming new features.
  • Bug fixing, performance tuning and low-level optimizations.
  • Engage with the open source community.
  • Provide help to the support and escalation teams.
  • Mentoring and pairing with other team members.
  • And any additional tasks required by manager.
  • What We Look For:
  • Comfortable working in a remote distributed team, with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, both as a means to work with others and to write documentation.
  • Solid hands-on low-level technical expertise for Linux systems troubleshooting, and profiling.
  • Experience in any of the following: IdP/AuthZ systems and integration, monitoring and profiling systems, network traffic inspection.
  • Experience designing, prototyping, building and debugging applications that are highly scalable, distributed, reliable and resilient.
  • Familiarity with a scripting language. Lua would be the ideal, but Perl, Python, or Ruby also serve.
  • You've spent time developing and supporting a large scale SaaS platform.
  • You have at least 5-ish years working in a team to develop, package and deliver server-side applications and components.
  • Bonus Points:
  • Experience with NGINX/OpenResty/Kong/LuaJIT.
  • Experience with Envoy or Istio.
  • Understanding of VM implementations like eBPF and/or WASM.
  • Kong has different base pay ranges for different work locations within the United States, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. Compensation varies depending on a wide array of factors, including but not limited to specific candidate location, role, skill set and level of experience. Certain roles are eligible for additional rewards including sales incentives depending on the terms of the applicable plan and role. Benefits may vary depending on location. US based employees are typically offered access to healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan, short and long term disability benefits, basic life and AD&D insurance, among others. The typical base pay range for this role in the CAD is $152,000 - 198,000 CAD.

    What is a Konger? 

    We are a group of makers, thinkers, and doers focused on helping today’s developers build tomorrow’s technology. Our teams work on the bleeding edge of API innovation to provide our users with a central nervous system for data and services. 

    We put design at the heart of everything we do, and we’re relentlessly focused on creating beautiful experiences for our customers. That’s why technology companies, major banks, e-commerce innovators, and government agencies put Kong in front of their most important web applications. 

    We believe in the power of Open Source and everything it stands for. That’s why developers around the world enthusiastically contribute on top of our open-source platform. 

    We are passionate about solving challenges that will fundamentally shape the future of technology, and we’re looking for the right people to join us on our mission. If you believe in taking ownership of your work, making an impact, and having fun along the way, we would love to talk to you.

    Kong Core Values: 

    Be Inclusive. We work together from anywhere to achieve our common goals. Our differences make us stronger. 

    Be Authentic. We are genuine, principled and confident without arrogance. Show respect and kindness, especially in tough moments. 

    Be Relentlessly Resourceful. We work with purpose, obsession and grit. It takes muscle to do hard things and doing hard things build muscle. 

    Be Customer Obsessed. We care. Customers are everything, we put them at the center of everything you do. We are all empowered to make an impact. 

    Be Curious. We value ideas over hierarchy. Never accept the status quo. We make bold bets, fail, and learn everyday. There is always a way. 

    Be an Owner. We are drivers not passengers and own the quality and outcomes of our work.

    About Kong: 

    Kong is THE cloud native API platform with the fastest, most adopted API gateway in the world (over 300m downloads!). Loved by developers and trusted with enterprises’ most critical traffic volumes, Kong helps startups and Fortune 500 companies build with confidence – allowing them to bring solutions to market faster with API and service connectivity that scales easily and securely. 

    83% of web traffic today is API calls!  APIs are the connective tissue of the cloud and the underlying technology that allows software to talk and interact with one another.  Therefore, we believe that APIs act as the nervous system of the cloud.  Our audacious mission is to build the nervous system that will safely and reliably connect all of humankind!  

    For more information about Kong, please visit or follow @thekonginc on Twitter.

    We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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