Senior Staff Software Engineer - Backend (Persistence)



Software Engineering
San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Company Description

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Job Description


ServiceNow is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Staff Software Engineer in Platform Persistence to lead a team dedicated to the meticulous management of data lifecycles within the ServiceNow ecosystem. This pivotal role focuses on ensuring the efficient stewardship of data within our platform.

The Platform Persistence team is at the forefront of some of the most impactful projects, offering visibility to the executive leadership. As part of this team, you will play a crucial role in shaping the future of our platform's data architecture and ensuring that data is stored, retrieved, and managed efficiently.

What you’ll do and need to know:

  • Lead and guide the development team in the design and implementation of data platform solutions.
  • Writing highly scalable code leveraging best practices on concurrency and memory utilization.
  • Shape and execute data management strategies, ensuring scalability, efficiency, and security.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define and implement data-related initiatives.
  • Explore and experiment with challenging data problems including but not limited to data loss detection & recovery.
  • Champion data best practices and security standards across the organization.
  • Monitor and optimize data performance, troubleshooting and implementing improvements as needed.
  • Stay current with the latest data storage and management technologies.
  • Act as a technical leader, providing mentorship and fostering a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

To be Successful:

  • Proven track record of experience with relational database and ability to handle large amount of data on relational systems.
  • Hands-on experience with writing and deploying java services in Kubernetes environments.
  • Proficiency with concurrency and parallel programming concepts.
  • Proven experience in leading and mentoring engineering teams.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript is beneficial for cross-functional collaboration.
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills.


    • 10+ years of software development experience within a high-traffic, cloud-based environment.
    • Good understanding of cloud-based and distributed systems.
    • Deep knowledge of databases, data modeling, and data storage technologies.
    • Proficiency in Java programming and strong expertise in data structures and algorithms.

    Nice to have:

    • Familiarity with ServiceNow platform is a plus.
    • Passionate database technologies
    • Experience with Unix shell.
    • Experience working in a DevOps environment.
    • Experience working in a customer focused environment.


    For positions in California (outside of the Bay Area), we offer a base pay of $173,400 - $303,600, plus equity (when applicable), variable/incentive compensation and benefits. Sales positions generally offer a competitive On Target Earnings (OTE) incentive compensation structure. Please note that the base pay shown is a guideline, and individual total compensation will vary based on factors such as qualifications, skill level, competencies and work location. We also offer health plans, including flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) Plan with company match, ESPP, matching donations, a flexible time away plan and family leave programs (subject to eligibility requirements). Compensation is based on the geographic location in which the role is located, and is subject to change based on work location. For individuals who will be working in the Bay Area, there is a pay enhancement for positions located in that geographical area; please contact your recruiter for additional information.

    Additional Information

    ServiceNow is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or nationality, ancestry, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status or any other category protected by law.

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