Senior Software Engineer: Suite Performance
Guidewire Software, Inc. - Foster City, CA

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Do you have a passion for building frameworks and applications that multiply the productivity of your colleagues? Do you want to work on challenging problems that are truly mission critical?

Guidewire is expanding and has an opening for a senior software engineer to work on performance testing frameworks, tools and instrumentation. Our customers are insurance companies, and insurance software is surprisingly complex, difficult to get right, and actually a lot of fun to work on. Demand for our suite of products is strong and increasing, and it's critical that they be able to meet the stringent performance, scalability and reliability requirements of the largest customers and prospects in the world. This necessitates continuous improvements in our performance testing frameworks, tools and infrastructure to enable us to do our database, app server and UI testing and tuning as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Responsibilities for the Senior Software Engineer - Suite Performance position include, but are not limited to:

Collaborate across multiple teams to increase the efficiency and accuracy of internal performance testing operations so that we can scale more quickly to our highest targets for every release and better detect problems before release

Work on predictive modeling approaches to proactively look for potential performance issues

Provide tactical help to internal application performance testing engineers

Ensure success during customer implementations through the development of externally facing performance testing tools, improved product instrumentation, pro-active consultation and evangelization of process

Successful Senior Software Engineers at Guidewire typically have:

A desire to work collaboratively in a small, cross-functional team.

An interest in practicing modern development techniques (TDD, scrum, pair programming, stories, Kanban, etc.).

A passion for code quality that inspires writing and maintaining loads of unit tests

5+ years of software product development and delivery experience.

A desire to be hands-on in designing and writing code.

Curiosity and internal motivation to constantly improve their own skills and how we develop software

We care most about your critical thinking skills and technical talent, however prior experience with a majority of the following is desired.


Knowledge of database fundamentals and SQL, especially Oracle, SQL Server and/or DB2

Web-based applications

Good to have:
Experience with performance testing and tuning or a strong desire to learn about this aspect of enterprise software development

Strong communication skills

Experience with agile development practices

Experience with any existing performance testing tools/frameworks including JMeter, JProfiler, Yourkit, Dynatrace, Oracle AWR and ASH

Experience with finding and fixing the root cause of performance issues

Experience working with large datasets

What's most important to the people who make up product development at Guidewire is the quality of our colleagues and the opportunity to be productive. We strive to constantly improve our development process, apply agile development practices, and collaborate to create and maintain the greatest enterprise software suite in the Property and Casualty Insurance industry. We’re a team passionately focused on customer success and our long term goals. Talk to people here and you’ll immediately sense their enthusiasm. We write software the way we’ve always wanted to write it. We want smart, motivated people to help build the future for ourselves and our customers. We are proud of what we build and how we work together.

At the heart of Guidewire culture are three principles:
Collegiality - We work together as professional equals, with a minimum of hierarchy. We strive for good processes and realistic assumptions to keep workload sustainable. We trust people to manage their own time. We seek input without regard for title. We welcome and consider contrary opinions. We value work/life balance.

Integrity - We insist on truthful relationships with customers, prospective customers, partners, investors, and each other in everything that we do.

Rationality - We communicate through clear arguments. We decide carefully based on factual evidence. We like calm, systematic, thoughtful solutions. More than 100K unit tests per branch prove our code succeeds and fails where expected. We never assume that we're building software the "right" way, and constantly seek to improve our processes.

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Guidewire develops and implements market-leading insurance software solutions. Serving the second-largest financial services industry in the...