Proofpoint Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

Staff Software Engineer

Location:Sunnyvale, CA


Company Overview

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next- generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

The Role

Proofpoint continues to set the pace on innovation surrounding Internet-based messaging and cutting edge security. We are looking for a Sr./ Staff Software Engineer to help us advance our cloud initiatives and build our next generation security applications. You will be responsible for developing and delivering multi-tenanted, scalable, and high performance mission critical security cloud applications.

If you are interested in applying the modern cloud technologies to solve real world problems this is the position for you.

Your day-to-day

  • Take end-to-end ownership of new code from prototype to production.

  • Designing complex systems and components to dynamic growth as well as defend against attackers’ bursts.

  • Delivering a steady supply of new and improved cloud-based capabilities, while streamlining and improving the infrastructure behind the scenes

  • Interacting with other teams within the company as needed to support our customers.

  • Ensure that customer and production issues are resolved quickly

  • Maintain a high standard for engineering practices within the team

  • Build systems that allows analysts to detect and stop new threats, while keeping the primary pipeline humming.

What you bring to the team

  • 10+ years of experience building high availability, high performance and scalable data-driven systems.

  • 5+ years Java/C#/C++ experience in multi-threaded and distributed applications

  • A deep working knowledge of the entire stack of a modern Cloud and Big Data technologies. Primary focus on Cassandra, DynamoDB, Elastic Search and Kafka.

  • In-depth understanding of running production service with 24/7 support, monitoring.

  • Self-motivated, detail oriented and with passion for learning and challenges.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!


Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Proofpoint does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, Proofpoint will not consider or agree to payment of any recruiter or agency fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Proofpoint explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.