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Software Engineer - Python Developer Productivity

Palantir Technologies

Palantir Technologies

Software Engineering
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024
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
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 playing a crucial role in shaping Palantir's approach to Python, a language that has not been extensively used in our products before.
Core Responsibilities
We're hiring engineers who are passionate about empowering developers to solve real-world problems. 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 frameworks, libraries and tooling for defining service APIs and the RPC interactions between microservices; like the conjure ecosystem
Help developers understand and adhere to development best 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 Python, Java, Go, Rust, and TypeScript.
  • Open-source databases like Cassandra, Lucene, Elasticsearch.
  • Open-source libraries/frameworks like Rattler, Conda, GraphQL, Undertow, Jackson and Log4j.
  • Industry-standard build tooling, including Hatch, Gradle, Webpack, CircleCI, and GitHub.

What We Value

  • Growing subject matter expertise and depth of understanding of a problem space.
  • Embracing, centralising, and abstracting complexity away from our users in order to expose simple, powerful APIs.
  • Ability to understand how technical decisions impact your users and a drive to super-power those people, particularly through empathy for developer/operator workflows and productivity.
  • Awareness of recent industry best practices and open source advancements.
  • Great problem solving skills with ability to evolve complex systems.

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 Python, Java, C++, Rust, JavaScript/TypeScript, or similar languages.
  • Ability to dive into and navigate complex systems to better understand the nuances in how they work.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and work independently and make decisions with minimal direction.
  • 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 city and or country in which you are employed. If the posting 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.