Lead Principal Software Engineer, Project Management Portfolio Products

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Atlassian's mission "to unleash the potential of every team" is the guiding light behind what we do. We have developed well-known products such as Jira, Confluence, and Trello, that fit into the fabric of teamwork across different types of teams and the processes to help every team succeed. Atlassian helps teams everywhere change the world. Our products are revolutionizing the software industry, and helping teams collaborate and create the magic that provides their best work. Think NASA launching the Rover on Mars or Cochlear gifting those born deaf with the ability to hear, your work directly impacts the products they use to promote humanity.

We are transforming project management and making it accessible to everyone through simplification while ensuring that we continue to provide advanced features to those who need it with the same simplicity through products like Jira Work Management and Trello. The scale of use cases requires us to build advanced systems that handle advanced use cases with the same performance as the simplest. Moreover, the systems should also adapt to the evolution of use cases as industry best practices evolve.

We're looking for a Lead Principal Software Engineer to provide architectural oversight and technical leadership to our growing product engineering organization. You will have the product gene to understand customer use cases naturally and you will bring a wealth of experience in architecting complex cloud-scale systems. While your expertise will be in technology and you will be comfortable at all depths of technology, when needed you will also have the ability to wear a strategic hat and communicate like a product manager. You will need to be comfortable working with senior leadership and in navigating cross-org challenges.


At Atlassian, we strive to design equitable, explainable, and competitive compensation programs. To support this goal, the baseline of our range is higher than that of the typical market range, but in turn we expect to hire most candidates near this baseline. Base pay within the range is ultimately determined by a candidate's skills, expertise, or experience. In the United States, we have three geographic pay zones. For this role, our current base pay ranges for new hires in each zone are:

Zone A: $279,600 - $372,800

Zone B: $251,600 - $335,500

Zone C: $232,100 - $309,400

This role may also be eligible for benefits, bonuses, commissions, and equity.

Please visit for more information on which locations are included in each of our geographic pay zones. However, please confirm the zone for your specific location with your recruiter.

Own and drive technical strategy in support of product strategy.

Create AI/ML pathway to influence product strategy

Operate as leader of engineering principals to ensure effective day-to-day execution

Deep-dive into technical and operational challenges as needed to solve hard problems

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent experience

  • 15+ years of experience developing large-scale distributed systems

  • 4+ years of experience providing architectural oversight and technical leadership

  • A track record of engineering in successful products

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills and a track record of cross-group/cross-discipline collaboration.

  • Broad experience architecting, designing, and building large-scale distributed systems supporting high-usage applications.

  • Broad knowledge and understanding of SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS with hands-on experience with one or more public cloud offerings (ideally AWS)

  • Fluency in any modern object-oriented programming language (e.g., Java, Kotlin, Python, Javascript, go, etc.) and in architecture patterns for distributed systems

  • Deep Experience with Storage, both relational and non-relational

  • Experience with applied Machine Learning

  • Able to drive long-term vision and strategy

  • Have strong empathy and a bias for action.

  • Quick learner who thrives in an ambiguous environment.

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