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Proofpoint Staff Software Engineer (C/C++) in Albany, New York

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.

The Role:

We are looking for a seasoned professional to lead, design & develop our flagship spam detection products. You get to work with some of the largest threat intelligence data in the cyber security and craft peta byte scale solutions to help protect some of the most targeted people, especially in fortune 1000 companies. You’ll build hybrid systems that take the best of rules based and machine learning based approaches in real “real time” and process billions of messages every day. A few seconds could make all the difference between a security breach and a blocked message. In succeeding with Proofpoint, you help make the internet a safer place for everyone.

  • You will lead and build high-throughput low-latency threat detection services for the Proofpoint flagship email protection product.

  • You will build state-of-art classifiers and threat detection pipelines for scalability, availability, supportability and automation.

  • You will partner closely with cross-functional teams on detection efficacy, technical strategy and product roadmap.

  • You will champion bringing in best industry practices to attain higher development standards on the team and the larger organization.

  • You will troubleshoot and enhance highly performant multithreaded distributed applications at scale.

  • You will challenge status quo and looks for continuous improvement in systems and processes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related technical field or equivalent technical experience.

  • 5+ years of experience in working with software design and development.

  • 5+ years of programming experience in C/C++/Go/Java or similar programming language.

  • Solid understanding of algorithms & data structures along with their runtime complexities and tradeoffs.

  • Design and operational experience in supporting large scale multi-threaded applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Computer Science or related technical discipline or equivalent experience.

  • Through knowledge of multi-threading, concurrency and virtualization/container technologies.

  • Experience and knowledge of distributed data systems and building services at large scale.

  • Familiarity with Cloud Infrastructure Providers such as AWS or GCP.

  • Experience in email and cybersecurity technologies including classifiers, data encryption, authentication and privacy controls.

  • Ability to partner with cross-functional teams on detection efficacy, technical strategy and roadmap,

  • Demonstrated high accountability and a track record of delivering game changing products with quality.

  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and stays abreast with current technologies.

  • Understanding of lean software development practices and embrace data informed decisions.

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

If you are a Colorado Resident:

Proofpoint carefully considers a wide range of compensation factors, including your background and experience. These considerations can cause your compensation to vary.

The hiring range for this position is typically:

153,750.00 - 205,000.00 USD

Actual offer will be based on the individual candidate. Bonus, commission, and/or equity may be eligible for this position.

Additional benefits for this position can be found at

This statement is being provided in accordance with the Colorado Pay and Benefit Disclosure requirements of sb19-968.

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.