Feb 09, 2023

Software Engineer - Developer Productivity

  • Palantir Technologies
  • London, United Kingdom
Full time Software Engineering

Job Description

A World-Changing Company

Palantir builds the world’s leading software for data-driven decisions and operations. By bringing the right data to the people who need it, our platforms empower our partners to develop lifesaving drugs, forecast supply chain disruptions, locate missing children, and more.

The Role

Are you passionate about engineering quality, efficiency, and increasing the impact of engineers around you?

Software Engineers at Palantir build software at scale to transform how organisations globally use data. As a Software Engineer on Developer Productivity, you’ll identify, develop, and drive investments to improve the velocity and quality of our engineering, as well as bolster the happiness and productivity of other developers.

The role spans a spectrum of areas, such as build and software supply-chain systems, platform runtime environments, telemetry relating concurrency, memory/performance optimisations, and monitoring/alerting. Your primary users will be other developers at Palantir. They will be empowered with the software you develop to build capabilities used by research scientists, aerospace engineers, intelligence analysts, and economic forecasters in countries around the world. There will be opportunities to contribute to open source software, including projects maintained by others that we leverage. You’ll work autonomously within a community that will support and challenge you as you grow to become a strong technical contributor and engineering leader.

The team is hiring for Frontend and Backend engineers.

Core Responsibilities

We're hiring engineers who are passionate about solving real-world problems and empowering developers to do their work optimally. If you’re motivated to develop reliable, performant, scalable systems and tools, here are some examples of the types of work you’d get to do:

• Define and build standard practices for how services are operated and observed throughout their deployment
• Build libraries and tooling for defining service APIs and the RPC interactions between microservices; like the conjure ecosystem
• Unify frontend build and CI infrastructure across all of Palantir
• Help developers understand and adhere to development practices by building great tools and development processes
• Push Palantir to the cutting edge of software supply chain security


Technologies We Use

  • A variety of languages, including Java, Go, and TypeScript
  • Open-source databases like Cassandra, Lucene, Elasticsearch
  • Open-source libraries/frameworks like GraphQL, Undertow, Jackson, and Log4j
  • Industry-standard build tooling, including Gradle, Webpack, CircleCI, and GitHub


What We Value

  • Expertise and depth of understanding of a technology or problem space. Embracing, centralizing, and abstracting complexity away from our users in order to expose simple, powerful APIs for consumers that solve otherwise incredibly complex technical problems.
  • Ability to understand how technical decisions impact individuals who will use what you’re building and drive to super-power those people
  • Empathy for developer and operator workflows and productivity
  • Awareness of recent industry practices and open source advancements


What We Require

  • 2+ years of software engineering experience, preferably in fields such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Physics
  • Strong coding skills with demonstrated proficiency in programming languages, such as Java, C++, Python, JavaScript/TypeScript, or similar languages
  • Great problem solving skills with ability to dive into and navigate existing complex systems
  • Familiarity with data structures, storage systems, cloud infrastructure, and other technical tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
Life at Palantir

We want every Palantirian to achieve their best outcomes, that’s why we celebrate individuals’ strengths, skills, and interests, from your first interview to your longterm growth, rather than rely on traditional career ladders. Paying attention to the needs of our community enables us to optimize our opportunities to grow and helps ensure many pathways to success at Palantir. Promoting health and well-being across all areas of Palantirians’ lives is just one of the ways we’re investing in our community. Learn more at Life at Palantir and note that our offerings may vary by region.

In keeping consistent with Palantir’s values and culture, we believe employees are “better together” and in-person work affords the opportunity for more creative outcomes. Therefore, we encourage employees to work from our offices to foster connectivity and innovation. Many teams do offer hybrid options (WFH a day or two a week), allowing our employees to strike the right trade-off for their personal productivity. Based on business need, there are a few roles that allow for “Remote” work on an exceptional basis. If you are applying for one of these roles, you must work from the state in which you are employed. If the positing is specified as Onsite, you are required to work from an office.

Palantir is committed to promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that all Palantirians share the responsibility of upholding our commitment to these values and encourage candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences to join us in solving the world’s hardest problems.

Palantir is committed to making the job application process accessible to everyone. If you are living with a disability (visible or not visible) and need to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please reach out and let us know how we can help.