Principal Engineer



Software Engineering
Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, December 8, 2023

We’re defining what it means to build and deliver the most extraordinary sports and entertainment experiences. Our global team is trailblazing new markets, developing cutting-edge products, and shaping the future of responsible gaming.

Here, “impossible” isn’t part of our vocabulary. You’ll face some of the toughest but most rewarding challenges of your career. They’re worth it. Channeling your inner grit will accelerate your growth, help us win as a team, and create unforgettable moments for our customers.

The Crown Is Yours

As a Principal Engineer, you will help us lead the SRE team to ensure DraftKings Sportsbook runs continuously and smoothly as we bring game-changing experiences to our players. In this role, you will champion best practices for infrastructure-as-code, configuration management, and version control systems within the context of the Sportsbook domain. You’ll collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive system reliability improvements throughout the development lifecycle, with an emphasis on critical user flows. Your expertise in SRE practices, problem-solving skills, and leadership abilities will help you excel in solving some of the most interesting challenges in the tech industry.

What you’ll do as a Principal Engineer

  • Lead a team and collaborate closely with cross-functional groups to identify critical user flows, set up Service Level Agreements (SLAs), Service Level Objectives (SLOs), and define Service Level Indicators (SLIs).

  • Design, implement, and maintain monitoring systems, alerting mechanisms, and incident response processes based on identified critical user flows.

  • Continuously analyze system behavior, identify performance bottlenecks, and propose optimization strategies specific to the SportsBook domain.

  • Develop and implement disaster recovery plans, ensuring business continuity for critical user flows.

  • Lead incident response efforts, coordinating with relevant teams to minimize service downtime and customer impact for critical user flows.

  • Conduct thorough post-incident analysis, identify root causes, and propose preventative measures to avoid future incidents.

  • Drive automation initiatives to streamline operations, increase efficiency, and reduce manual work for critical user flows.

  • Evaluate, implement, and maintain relevant tools and technologies to support monitoring, deployment, and incident management processes.

  • Champion best practices for infrastructure-as-code, configuration management, and version control systems within the context of the SportsBook domain.

What you’ll bring

  • At least 5 years of experience with cloud environments, monitoring and production observability.

  • Deep understanding of common scripting languages (Ruby, Python, Bash, Powershell).

  • Experience working with at least one object-oriented language (Java, .C#, etc.)

  • Solid understanding of SRE principles, best practices, and tools, with a focus on the SportsBook domain.

  • Experience with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, GCP) and containerization technologies (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes).

  • Working knowledge of networking and web concepts and ability to debug issues down to the packets.

  • Experience leading engineering teams and guiding technology roadmaps

  • Past experience in Incident Management and a 24x7 team managing large scale software.

  • Experience with distributed systems and the challenges with operating them as they scale.

  • Understanding of CI/CD pipelines, familiarity with Bitbucket, Bamboo, and Octopus Deploy.

Join Our Team

We’re a publicly traded (NASDAQ: DKNG) technology company headquartered in Boston. As a regulated gaming company, you may be required to obtain a gaming license issued by the appropriate state agency as a condition of employment. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through the process if this is relevant to your role.

The US base salary range for this full-time position is $200,000.00 - $300,000.00, plus bonus, equity, and benefits as applicable. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range and how that was determined during the hiring process.