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Staff Software Engineer - Driveline



Software Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024

We are looking for a Staff Engineer to help us improve Datadog's Driveline, an important component of the Event Platform. Driveline is an in-memory append-only database tailored for fast ingestion, analytical queries, and low in-memory foot-print.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to one of the most critical platforms at Datadog. This platform offers Live Search features to critical products like Logs Management and APM. We have challenges to continue scaling these components and add new features important for our customers. This is an opportunity to accelerate the growth of one of the most profitable parts of the business.

At Datadog, we place value in our office culture - the relationships and collaboration it builds and the creativity it brings to the table. We operate as a hybrid workplace to ensure our Datadogs can create a work-life harmony that best fits them.

What You’ll Do:

  • Design and drive high priority, high visibility projects that increase the platform's resilience and scalability across multiple teams
  • Lead and guide others through architectural decisions for new and existing distributed, high-throughput, real-time systems
  • Identify potential system risks and trends in reliability, and design solutions to address them
  • Provide input on prioritization of engineering-led initiatives in short- and long-term planning and roadmaps
  • Collaborate closely with partner platforms that integrate and depend on the event platform to provide critical capabilities to their customers

Who You Are:

  • You have led cross-team initiatives in a platform or infrastructure-focused environment for 2+ years.
  • Deep experience in C++ language.
  • Passionate about performance and efficiency optimization.
  • You have led impactful technical initiatives in an environment where performance, reliability, and accuracy are first-order concerns
  • You have a reliability-oriented mindset and care deeply about designing and building resilient architectures
  • You have significant back end programming experienced and have architected, built, and operated distributed systems to solve problems at high scale

This job is available in various departments within our company; to conform to US export control regulations, some of these roles may require candidates to be eligible for any required authorizations from the US government.


Datadog offers a competitive salary and equity package, and may include variable compensation. Actual compensation is based on factors such as the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience. In addition, Datadog offers a wide range of best in class, comprehensive and inclusive employee benefits for this role including healthcare, dental, parental planning, and mental health benefits, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off, fitness reimbursements, and a discounted employee stock purchase plan.

The reasonably estimated yearly salary for this role at Datadog is:
$250,000$300,000 USD

About Datadog:

Datadog (NASDAQ: DDOG) is a global SaaS business, delivering a rare combination of growth and profitability. We are on a mission to break down silos and solve complexity in the cloud age by enabling digital transformation, cloud migration, and infrastructure monitoring of our customers’ entire technology stacks. Built by engineers, for engineers, Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Together, we champion professional development, diversity of thought, innovation, and work excellence to empower continuous growth. Join the pack and become part of a collaborative, pragmatic, and thoughtful people-first community where we solve tough problems, take smart risks, and celebrate one another. Learn more about #DatadogLife on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Datadog Learning Center.

Equal Opportunity at Datadog:

Datadog is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and is proud to offer equal employment opportunity to everyone regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, and more. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. Here are our Candidate Legal Notices for your reference.

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