Senior Software Engineer, GUI (EMEA)

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Interview Process

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

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About the role:

We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to work on our GUI.

Kong is a fully distributed team with an HQ office in San Francisco and the Mesh team is centered around Europe. This role is remote and open to European applicants. The role is eligible for work authorization sponsorship.

Why will you enjoy this new opportunity?  

Kong’s Mesh team is building Kong’s Service Mesh offering: Kong Mesh which is based on the CNCF sandbox project Kuma. It also builds a SaaS product part of Kong’s Konnect. Kong Mesh is a Service Mesh made with these principles in mind:
-Multi environment
-Solving real-world problems first
Kuma and Kong Mesh are growing very quickly and are used by many Fortune 500 companies as well as early-stage startups.

As a frontend engineer in the Service Mesh team, you will be working with Vue.js in Typescript on Kuma’s and Kong Mesh’s GUIs as a core contributor. This means you will help design, build, and ship new features in both projects.

You will work with the rest of the core team on designing APIs for new features and be a source of input for future evolutions of the GUI. You will also work closely with designers on the next evolution of the GUI and work with a high level of autonomy.

Open source is important, but so is business. Kong is a Gartner Magic Quadrant leader (4 years in a row), and recently passed $100M ARR. If you join the team, you’ll be part of the rocket ship that is defining an industry.

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!
Why APIs Matter? APIs have been enabling innovation for decades!
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.
Building Great Products - Learn why the world's largest companies love our tech!
Over 250m+ downloads of our open-source API gateway!  Over 60k+ stars on GitHub between Kong API and Kong Insomnia!
What You'll Do:
  • Work on the open source Service Mesh Kuma GUI and Kong Mesh GUI.
  • Collaborate with designers and engineers for the evolution of the UX of our GUIs.
  • Show passion and determination to always be up to date with the latest industry trends
  • Introduce new features and functionality to Konnect, Kong Mesh and Kuma GUIs
  • You will be embedded in the core team this will require a high level of ownership and autonomy as your peers’ primary skills won’t be UI development.
  • Understand deeply the product as a user to be able to suggest GUI improvements or better troubleshooting tools.
  • Be active in the Kuma community.
  • What You'll Bring:
  • Empathy, curiosity, and a willingness to try new things with a high level of pragmatism.
  • 3+ years of programming front-end applications and components with Vue.js or equivalent.
  • Experience designing, prototyping, building, and debugging data-intensive frontends.
  • Ability to work as a team on API specifications.
  • Comfortable with Git and Github workflows.
  • Comfortable working with a remote and distributed team in a time zone with working hours between UTC-5 (EST) and UTC+2 (SAST).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills - engineers at Kong write the documentation for their products.
  • Bonus Points:
  • Experience with Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Experience working embedded in a backend team or as the sole Frontend engineer in an early stage startup.
  • Experience with Grafana SDKs.
  • You have some basic knowledge in UI/UX and are open to creating mockups/concepts of design.
  • Kong has different base pay ranges for different work locations globally, which allows us to pay employees competitively and consistently in different geographic markets. The 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. The typical base pay range for this role is in GBP - 92,970 - 120,825.

    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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