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Software Architect

Cisco Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Posted: 29 Jun 2024


  • $159k - $235k
  • Zero income tax location


  • Office Only
  • Relocation Support
  • Visa Provided


  • Experience: Senior
  • English: Professional


About the job
Application window is expected to close on 7/15/2024

Who We Are:
Duo Security, now part of Cisco, is the leading multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Zero Trust Security solutions provider. Our solutions serve millions of users and perform around 2 billion authentications per month. Duo’s primary offering is MFA, but Duo is pushing boundaries across many fronts in the Zero Trust cybersecurity field as a member of Cisco’s Security Business Group.

We invite you to join our Platform Engineering group, as a Software Architect, to enable the team to build the systems that are foundational in supporting our expanding global customer base. Our group creates application-level platform solutions like additional levels of security for integration of services based on Kafka and SQS, intelligent rate limiters for endpoints, or various services used by engineering teams to build out Zero Trust Security solutions.

What we do not do is bear the brunt of operational work. We build automation into our solutions, but we have support from Duo’s Site Reliability Engineering org for day-to-day production and configuration changes. Platform Engineering is focused on net new inventions and updates that significantly move the needle forward for the organization.

Who You'll Work With
You will work closely with Product Management to understand the customer ecosystem, considering that for design decisions. You will partner with the infrastructure team to ensure the application's technical requirements are effectively supported by the underlying infrastructure. You will work closely with Senior Engineers and Architects across various functions within Cisco Secure to help define our roadmap.

What You'll Do
As a Platform Architect on the Duo Security Platform Engineering group, you will apply your expertise to create the application architecture platform for the future that optimizes the developer experience of many engineering teams building their applications in a way that improves the security of the solution. Other responsibilities might include...

  • Leading a technical vision of what we could achieve in 12 - 24 months, and how to tie that back to measurable goals.
  • Partnering with other Senior Engineers, Architects, and Leaders to define and spread best practices and superior technical solutions.
  • Contributing to customer-facing and internal documentation used for self-support.
  • Providing technical guidance and documentation to help improve the engineering solutions and designs.
  • Leading and coaching teams on security and resiliency.
  • Writing code as needed to provide examples of new technologies and design patterns that can be used to solve current problems engineering teams are facing.
  • Recognizing inefficient patterns and helping teams implement better ones.
  • Building a bridge between various engineering teams to enhance our ability to improve our applications.
  • Mentoring engineers around you to become better, much more effective professionals.
  • Acting as a force multiplier for the talent within the Platform Group.

Who You Are
As a Platform Architect, you love coming to work knowing that you are adding value through spreading standard methodologies across teams. At some point, you decided you wanted to enhance your impact by sharing your knowledge with others. There are still one or two days a week that you find yourself digging into exciting technical challenges, but for the most part, the heavy coding days are in your past. Instead, you spend your time leading strategic technical decisions and encouraging teams to tackle the hard problems which may otherwise be left to linger.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) experience within Python.
  • 2+ experience architecting large scale, highly available, and robust SaaS services.
  • 7+ years of experience working with distributed databases, SQL and NoSQL.
  • Experience mentoring more junior architects, technical leads, or senior engineers.
  • Experience with site reliability engineering principles and tools within cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, GCP or similar.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience building Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions and keeping up with the latest developments in Passwordless authentication, Identity Governance and Administrator (IGA), Verified Credentials, OAuth, and federated authentication methods.
  • Understanding of security threat landscape that SaaS applications must deal with and designing application components with a defense in depth approach.
  • Shown experience working across teams and with other architects, technical leads, and leaders to spec out high-level designs for platform improvements.
  • History of improving old codebases or migrating to new technologies.
  • Superior communication to describe, analyze, and convince about major technical tradeoffs and decisions, with stakeholders across various functions and technical backgrounds.

Why Cisco Secure?
We're global, we're adaptable, we're diverse, and our security portfolio is as extensive as it is groundbreaking. Have you heard of Threat Detection & Response, Zero Trust by Duo, Common Services Engineering, or Cloud & Network Security? Those are only a few of our product teams! The only thing we're missing is YOU.

Join an enterprise security leader with a start-up culture, committed to driving innovation and giving you the opportunity to make an impact. We InnovateToWin and we know we're better together, that's why we're dedicated to inclusivity, collaboration, and diversity in everything we do.

We're proud to be the Best Small and Mid-Size Enterprises Security Solution. Cisco Secure continues to grow and evolve year after year with 100% of Fortune 100 Companies using our products, and we're excited to see the new heights we'll reach with your passion for security, your customer focus, and your desire to change things up!

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