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Staff Software Engineer

Title: Staff Software Engineer

Location: IL-Chicago

It’s fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they’re doing!

We’re committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

Job Description

The Sender Security and Authentication Product Group is looking for a Staff Software Engineer to join our backend team. This team is responsible for collecting data on Email Traffic, Threat Detections, Domains Registrations, IP Addresses, DNS Records, Senders, Suppliers, etc. and using aggregation, algorithms, and machine learning to construct a comprehensive data set to help our customers secure their electronic communications and stop the bad actors. We process more than 30-40TB of data per day, and use a combination of parallel processing, large scale aggregation, machine learning, and data warehousing technologies to feed data to analysts, customers, and other Proofpoint products. Identity Defense is undergoing explosive growth, and we need smart, motivated, and creative engineers to help stop scammers, phishers, and other attackers from using identity deception to compromise targets across the internet.

Your day-to-day

  • Participate in the product development process to ensure the best solution is brought to market
  • Work in a collaborative team-first environment
  • Develop scalable and reliable systems capable of processing terabytes of email data per hour
  • Optimize data processing, storage, and retrieval systems to handle large amounts of data efficiently and cost effectively
  • Investigate patterns in electronic communications and devise methods for deriving new insights from the data
  • Assist data scientists and data analysts to locate, extract, combine, transform, and process large data sets
  • Develop metrics, investigate data, and identify trends to make informed decisions
  • Prototype, evaluate, and iterate on software solutions to hard problems

What you bring to the team

  • Must have experience developing software in a high-uptime customer-focused environment.
  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school in an engineering related field.
  • Must have proficient software development skills in a “back-end” data processing/server environment.
  • Experience leading projects in a technical capacity, including architecture and design as well as developing coding standards highly desired
  • Must have significant experience working with relational database systems (Postgres/Aurora/RedShift preferred.) and have experience with SQL (DML and DDL).
  • Must have the creativity, motivation, and tenacity to solve interesting and challenging problems with software.
  • Experience working with large data sets and hierarchical data formats highly desired.
  • Experience with Go/GoLang preferred; other strongly-typed languages including but not limited to Java, C#, and C will be considered but we are primarily a Go shop. Be prepared to learn Go!
  • Familiarity with AWS desired, especially: S3/SNS/SQS/RDS/RedShift/DynamoDB/Athena/EMR.
  • Knowledge, experience, or interest in how the internet works (email/SMTP/DNS in particular) valued.
  • Familiarity with machine learning (developing or integrating models) helpful.
  • Experience working with or deploying code in an AWS-based Terraform/Docker/Kubernetes/Jenkins environment helpful


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you’ll enjoy your career with us!

Consistent with Proofpoint values and applicable law, we provide the following information to promote pay transparency and equity. Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several U.S. geographic markets, and we pay differently based on those defined markets as set out below. Pay within these ranges varies and depends on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The actual offer will be based on the individual candidate. The range provided may represent a candidate range and may not reflect the full range for an individual tenured employee. This role may be eligible for variable pay and/or equity. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes flexible time off, a robust well-being program that provides for 4 global wellbeing days per year, and a 3-week work from anywhere option.

Base Pay Ranges:

SF Bay Area, New York City Metro Area:

Base Pay Range: 189,750.00 – 278,300.00 USD

California (excludes SF Bay Area), Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Washington DC Metro, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, Virginia, and Alaska:

Base Pay Range: 158,400.00 – 232,320.00 USD

All other cities and states excluding those listed above:

Base Pay Range: 144,825.00 – 212,410.00 USD

Proofpoint was honored with 9 Best Places to Work Awards in 2023 by workplace culture leader, Comparably. To view additional awards, visit www.proofpoint.com/us/news#awards

Proofpoint thrives on the invaluable contributions of our diverse workforce, which encompasses a kaleidoscope of lived experiences, thoughts, perspectives, and professional expertise. We attribute much of our success to our people, who are at the core of our organization and embody our people-centric ethos.

We hire the most innovative minds globally to safeguard our customers’ sensitive data and intellectual property. Our talented workforce develops and leverages our advanced technology, combining their expertise to provide comprehensive protection against threat actors and mitigate the risks posed by both malicious and negligent employees.

Cyberattacks have the potential to disrupt access to vital resources such as energy, water, transportation, healthcare, and financial services. At Proofpoint, our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure world-class cyber resilience, protecting approximately 8,000 enterprise customers worldwide.

We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We work every day to ensure that our employees feel that they are in a community that celebrates their unique identity, cultivates their sense of belonging, and invests in their professional growth. We have 9 employee-led employee inclusion groups which help support both employees and our organization by providing opportunities to network, discuss career and cultural development and uplift the corporate culture to create a more inclusive workplace.

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform
  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture
  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel
  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity-and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.