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Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Harness is a high-growth company that is disrupting the software delivery market. Our mission is to enable the 30 million software developers in the world to deliver code to their users reliably, efficiently, securely and quickly, increasing customers’ pace of innovation while improving the developer experience. We offer solutions for every step of the software delivery lifecycle to build, test, secure, deploy and manage reliability, feature flags and cloud costs. The Harness Software Delivery Platform includes modules for CI, CD, Cloud Cost Management, Feature Flags, Service Reliability Management, Security Testing Orchestration, Chaos Engineering, Software Engineering Insights and continues to expand at an incredibly fast pace.
Harness is led by technologist and entrepreneur Jyoti Bansal, who founded AppDynamics and sold it to Cisco for $3.7B. We’re backed with $425M in venture financing from top-tier VC and strategic firms, including J.P. Morgan, Capital One Ventures, Citi Ventures, ServiceNow, Splunk Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Adage Capital Partners, Balyasny Asset Management, Gaingels, Harmonic Growth Partners, Menlo Ventures, IVP, Unusual Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Alkeon Capital, Battery Ventures, Sorenson Capital, Thomvest Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank.

The Harness Engineering team is seeking a Principal Engineer to lead complex cross platform initiatives and lead technical projects across geographies. Principal Engineers are recognized experts in Harness’ technology domain, and represent the senior technical leadership within their organization. Principal Engineers carry the responsibility of steering the course for their organizational segment, partnering with senior leadership, prioritizing initiatives to achieve a range of objectives.

Principal Engineers at Harness

Poses a careful blend of domain specific engineering expertise and world class technical leadership. There are a number of competencies that a Principal Engineer must display.

  • Technical Competencies
    • In depth tactical knowledge of the domain, yet broad experience and skill sets
    • Domain and product expert when representing harness with customers and internal teams alike.
    • Seamlessly include, promote and balance cross functional inputs from Product, Design, Enablement
    • Break down complex technical requirements to motivate and lead cross-functional teams
    • Consider the execution needed today, into the future, make investments aligned with broader impact
  • Leadership Competencies
    • Demonstrable experience in executing on one, or multiple roadmap through working with others, finding the ROI in organized efforts
    • Subject matter and domain expertise applied to develop others internal and external to Harness
    • In depth understanding of product features and roadmaps, how customers engage with the product in your space
    • Clear displays of improving execution via process optimization, or other means
    • Natural advisor to leadership on resourcing constraints, efficiencies.
    • Practice and evangelize Harness core values
    • Participate and contribute to Architecture Committees, Hiring Committees, and others that are formed to solve issues across the org, and company


  • Coordinates and proposes collaborative efforts across multiple teams in engineering, guiding team members to make well-informed decisions that align with the strategic plans of the respective sub-department.
  • Proactively seeks to prevent redundant efforts, taking existing assets and hardening them for broad re-usability
  • Apply your expertise in a mentorship capacity, to others in the organization. Champion a culture of improvement.
  • Participate in resource planning, project mapping, and success criteria for large engineering initiatives
  • Responds swiftly to the needs of today. Plan diligently for the needs of tomorrow
  • Solve the most difficult technical problems at Harness.
  • Interfaces with senior engineering leadership on project deliverables and planning. Create visibility and presents to executives when needed
  • Lead and inspire innovation at the highest order across Harness’ portfolio of products and services
  • Propose POCs and optimizations regularly
  • Align the goals of module sub-teams with the overall goals of Harness Engineering
  • Gather escalations from your project team, remove blockers, enable your project team, broker solutions with cross functional engineering leadership
  • Represent your project to external customers, partners or other stakeholders.
  • You are the Harness SME for most, if not all domains in your area of expertise


  • 10+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
  • Knowledge of object-oriented design, data structures, and algorithms
  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in at least one major technical area: Modern Software Delivery, building complex distributed systems
  • Demonstrable experience in advanced Java, Golang, or comparable programing languages.
  • Depth of experience in distributed systems
  • Advanced Computer Science degree, or equivalent experience.

Work Location

This position is a hybrid role that will require the person to work from our Bangalore Office 3 days a week.

What you will have at Harness

  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Flexible Time Off and Parental Leave
  • Monthly, quarterly, and annual social and team building events
  • Monthly internet reimbursement