Senior System Architect

Symphony   •  

Palo Alto, CA

Not Specified years

Posted 243 days ago

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Symphony is a platform that provides end-to-end secure messaging and we are seeking a creative, results-oriented System Architect to drive the design of an ever-evolving complex global real-time messaging system focused on enterprise-grade high availability and performance.

As System Architect, you will lead and inspire multiple teams of engineers who are developing a highly distributed cloud based system. You will guide and champion the overall technical vision of thin and thick clients and how the cloud based system can better support the needs of those clients.  You will play a hands-on role helping the team meet ambitious technical, operational, schedule, and business requirements. The ideal candidate will be a systems thinker with a passion for creating products that deliver incredible customer experiences and have deep experience throughout the entire stack.


  • Lead and mentor software, and systems engineers
  • Drive the development of the system architecture and provide engineering expertise in the areas of design, development, and testing
  • Help develop the overall technology, product, and strategic roadmap
  • Work cooperatively with engineering managers, team leads, and product managers
  • Create an effective, innovative, and challenging environment for talented engineers
  • Drive a culture of interactive performance and data-driven decision making



  • Demonstrated personal passion and action for large-scale technology problems, as evidenced by taking leadership roles in complex consumer or financial cloud-based software projects
  • Experience creating and delivering breakthrough solutions and products in diverse application areas such as software and communications
  • Experience working with multiple teams in a high-performance, multi-disciplinary, agile team of engineers
  • Experience designing and implementing distributed & highly concurrent service based architectures, including microservices
  • Experience evolving and redesigning legacy monolithic architectures and backend APIs to achieve performance, scale, and availability improvements
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly cross-functional leadership role and leading through influence and motivation
  • Experience in fast-paced, iterative design environments such as consumer internet or mobile applications/gaming industries
  • Start-up experience a plus
  • Skills and Attributes:
    • Extraordinary collaboration and relationship skills
    • Long-term thinker who builds for the future while delivering immediate solutions
    • Technical innovator with ability to demonstrate and inspire continuous learning, experimentation, and data-and metrics-driven decision-making
    • Ability to translate executive objectives into actionable tasks for the engineering team
    • Familiarity with more than one technology development methodology
    • Proven engineering leader, strategist and developer
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills