Distributed Builds Engineer

Cupertino, CA 95014
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Posted: Sep 24, 2021

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number:200271159

Our team is on a mission to deliver fast, reliable builds, and foster the next wave of innovative application d...Summary


Posted: Sep 24, 2021

Weekly Hours: 40

Role Number:200271159

Our team is on a mission to deliver fast, reliable builds, and foster the next wave of innovative application development by making software easier to write. We believe that making development easier and faster is an important part of unlocking creativity, innovation, and potential for developers.

We are looking for distributed build systems engineers to join our efforts. You'll be developing novel distributed architectures and products for accelerating software build and test cycles. If you enjoy working on build systems and distributed systems, then we have many exciting problems to work on!

You would join a small, tight-knit group of engineers who build exciting new technology (and have fun while doing so). We are applying unique and innovative ideas to old problems and welcome new contributors who are excited by the opportunity to significantly impact the shape and direction of our product.

We believe that every engineer brings unique skills and perspective. Far more than any specific experience or skill, we are looking for engineers who want to build great software, learn and develop their skills, and ultimately enable others to develop amazing applications.

Key Qualifications

  • Positive and respectful attitude in a diverse environment.
  • Strong interest in build systems and cloud services.
  • Ability to efficiently design and develop new technologies in a changing environment.
  • Excellent collaborative skills, with strong written and verbal communication.


You'll work on solving build system problems by leveraging a strong distributed backend. You'll find ways to combine our unique problem domain with established distributed system techniques in order to achieve both high performance and reliability. You'll analyze problem requirements, existing solutions, and available systems and make high-level architectural decisions about how to architect the backend, considering both short- and long-term goals. Once solutions are identified, you will work alongside our team to implement them while developing appropriate testing and operational mechanisms.

You will be most successful here as a flexible and proactive engineer who thrives in a supportive, respectful, and balanced work environment with interesting and challenging problems to tackle. You have excellent judgement and integrity with the ability to make timely and sound decisions. You know how to drive constructive discussion of design points, learn from your team, and use your experience to advocate and teach others.

We welcome all applicants, but familiarity with the following areas will help you come up to speed fastest on our project:

* Existing distributed build systems.
* Familiar with application and service monitoring tools and techniques.
* Involvement with incident management and response.
* Familiarity with some large infrastructure systems like Kubernetes.
* Experience with high performance strongly typed languages such as Swift, Rust, C++, Scala, or others.
* Familiar with virtualization technology.

In your role as an engineer on our team:

* You'll spend a majority of your time working on build systems engineering, tooling, and contributing to operational standards used across the organization.
* You'll collaborate with your teammates to help refine problem requirements and work with teams to implement long lasting solutions.
* You'll engage with other teams to help identify issues and establish long term relationships that include knowledge sharing.
* You'll provide valuable feedback loops to engineering teams backed by application metrics and log data.
* You'll drive areas of service scalability (resiliency, redundancy, performance) by collaborating in planning meetings.
* You'll use modern continuous delivery development practices.
* You'll develop expertise and be given ownership over components critical to Apple's success.
* You'll contribute to engineering a high-performance system through algorithm design, optimization, and performance testing.
* You'll design new ways to scale Apple's build systems to ever increasing problem sizes.
* You'll prioritize and schedule issues, estimate scope of work, and investigate new issue reports in your areas of responsibility.
* You'll analyze and improve the operability of our server software.
* You'll provide and be given technical guidance, software architectural review, and mentorship.
* You'll have access to the engineers who create Apple's full technology, tools, and operating systems stack.

Here you'll find that:

* We're a worldwide team responsible for various properties in Apple's Software Engineering organization.
* We strongly value the security and privacy of our users.
* We collaborate extensively with other teams inside Apple.
* We prioritize developing automation and infrastructure to ease our own testing and development.
* We practice a blameless approach to operations and outages, and work together to define safety mechanisms and processes.
* We have a wide range of experience, from engineers who've just joined to those who've thrived at Apple their whole careers.
* We provide a peaceful work environment where you can choose when to socialize and when to close your office door and focus.
* We have an encouraging and growth-focused workplace culture.
* We value integrity and respect for others, and take the safety and comfort of our employees seriously.
* We encourage you to use accrued vacation time and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
* We offer excellent benefits.

Education & Experience

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or related experience.

Apple is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. If you'd like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant, please click here. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants. For more information, please click here.

Additional Requirements

  • If possible, we'd love to see an example of your work, such as a personal project or open source contribution.

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