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Kafka/Confluent Lead Systems Engineer Irvine, CA, USA

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Kafka/Confluent Lead Systems Engineer Description

Job #: 90684

If you are looking for a high-impact Lead Confluent Cloud Engineer role with a global leader in digital transformation, EPAM is the perfect next step in your career! As an EPAMer, you’ll have the opportunity to work with a supportive team, on a variety of interesting projects for some of the biggest brands in the world. Are you ready for the next step in your career journey? Apply now!



  • 24x7 - Distributed Team Engagement Model
  • The engineer must align 'On-Call' Support with a 12-hour rotation for one weekend per month
  • Support from user/expert Kafka & Connect on the Kubernetes platform
  • Respond to infrastructure alerts and do security maintenance and infrastructure optimization
  • Lifecycle management, implement patches and perform version upgrades
  • Manage CI/CD pipelines
  • Support from user/expert perspective Kafka, Kafka Confluent, Vault, Prometheus, Grafana
  • Work in an agile development team
  • Gather user requirements to provide Kafka & Confluent on the Kubernetes platform as a managed service
  • Perform the Development & Security & Operations – DevSecOps activities to provide Kafka & Confluent as a managed service
  • Configure/Build features like high availability, performance, backup & restore, security, reliability, and scalability for Kafka & Confluent to support easy operations
  • Define & test non-functional aspects, scalability & security aspects
  • Configure monitoring, alerting & tracking setup for Kafka & Confluent through Prometheus, Grafana & ELK stack
  • Define how Kafka & Confluent as a managed service will be consumed by the end users – Access management, CICD deployments, training material, product documentation, user guides and standard operating procedures
  • Operate & maintain the instances of Kafka & Confluent created by the users. Operational activities include service monitoring, security monitoring, incident management, troubleshooting, upgrading, change & release management and patching the instances, etc
  • Respond to infrastructure alerts and do security maintenance and infrastructure optimization
  • Lifecycle management, implement patches and perform version upgrades
  • Build wrappers and automation as required to support operational features


  • Kafka & Confluent practical experience required
  • Kafka & Confluent on Kubernetes platform as a managed service
  • Knowledge of Kafka & Confluent from end user and administrative perspective
  • Google Anthos experience
  • Provide guidance from NFRs perspective: security, testing
  • Provide Kafka & Confluent as a managed service
  • GCP cloud preferred


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance (Subsidized)
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Healthcare, Dependent Care, Commuter)
  • Short-Term and Long-Term Disability (Company Provided)
  • Life and AD&D Insurance (Company Provided)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Unlimited access to LinkedIn learning solutions
  • Matched 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Legal Plan and Identity Theft Protection
  • Accident Insurance
  • Employee Discounts
  • Pet Insurance
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program

About EPAM

  • EPAM is a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and development services. We are committed to having a positive impact on our customers, our employees, and our communities. We embrace a dynamic and inclusive culture. Here you will collaborate with multi-national teams, contribute to a myriad of innovative projects that deliver the most creative and cutting-edge solutions, and have an opportunity to continuously learn and grow. No matter where you are located, you will join a dedicated, creative, and diverse community that will help you discover your fullest potential


  • EPAM welcomes all applicants and will consider qualified candidates with criminal history such as arrest and conviction records in a manner consistent applicable law, including the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring
  • This posting includes a good faith range of the salary EPAM would reasonably expect to pay the selected candidate. The range provided reflects base salary only. Individual compensation offers within the range are based on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: geographic location, experience, credentials, education, training; the demand for the role; and overall business and labor market considerations. Most candidates are hired at a salary within the range disclosed. Salary range: $105k - $165k. In addition, the details highlighted in this job posting above are a general description of all other expected benefits and compensation for the position

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