SAP Principal Software Engineer Job in Palo Alto, California

Requisition ID: 114089

Work Area: Software-Design and Development

Expected Travel: 0 - 10%

Career Status: Professional

Employment Type: Regular Full Time


As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification. From the back office to the boardroom, warehouse to storefront, on premise to cloud, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.

The Ariba (SAP) Cloud Platform provides a feature-rich, high performance, scalable, rock-solid (99.99% uptime) Distributed Computing Platform via Ariba Cloud to allow rapid innovation of applications thereby addressing our customers’ mission-critical business needs. We are looking for a Principal Engineer for Ariba Core Platform Engineering team.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Work with the Eng. Manager, Product Manager, Program Manager and other stakeholders to help define the roadmap of a world class distributed multi-tenant ecommerce platform and enable its transformation towards a scalable, high performance, fault tolerant service.

  • Responsible for extending or replacing the existing core platform components and cXML standard.

  • Responsible for defining and implementing a robust monitoring and performance measurement architecture

  • Mentor core platform team members and interns

  • Collaborate with other cloud and database technology teams at Ariba/SAP towards synergies on key technology, product, tools, initiatives and platforms

Basic Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS CS/EE or equivalent, MS/PhD a plus.

  • Must have 12 years of experience in the computer software development with at least 4 years as an architect

  • Strong affinity towards an agile work culture

  • Ability to motivate and sell ideas across organizational boundaries

  • Very high proficiency in Java or Scala software development and distributed computing paradigms.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Deep understanding of Distributed Computing Technologies (Distributed Queues, workflows, locks, streams etc.) and high comfort with very high performance low latency horizontally scaling software architecture

  • Experience in developing, designing and testing micro-services architecture

  • Experience with relational and no-sql databases like Oracle, Sybase, Hbase, SAP Hana or document databases like MongoDB is required

  • Some experience with Machine Learning (supervised and unsupervised) and semantic technologies while not required, is a plus.

  • Experience in Hadoop/HDFS, Apache Spark, Storm, Kafka, Docker a big plus


To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

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