Principal Software Engineer

Rapid7

Rapid7

Software Engineering
Belfast, UK
Posted on Wednesday, March 29, 2023

As a Principal Software Engineer, you’ll create, set and influence the technical direction of our software and architecture through direct hands-on development by designing effective, scalable architectures for their products/services’ teams areas of ownership. You are an innovative, self-motivated contributor who takes on research and proposes major new technologies within a product line. By fostering relationships with cross-functional partners, you will contribute to the development of technical strategy. You’ll help grow other software engineers through technical mentorship and guidance.

About the Team

Our Product and Engineering team works with our award-winning products to help us create a single experience to help customers assess risk, detect threats and automate their security programs at over 10,000 organizations. These teams use best-in-class technology, leading-edge research, and broad, strategic expertise to develop new products and features, and enhance existing features, in order to create value for customers across the world.

The stakes for creating a safer digital world are greater than ever. At Rapid7 we believe it’s our responsibility to show up every day and give our best for our customers and the entire security community. Our global engineering teams are at the centre of this mission and are dedicated to building a complete suite of industry-leading products which provide a cohesive platform for our customers. Our range of solutions spans vulnerability management, detection, automation, cloud security, and penetration testing; in order to build these products our teams work with an array of technologies including Java, Python, AWS and Go, just to name a few.

Join our engineering team to help us build and innovate great products on our Insight platform using the latest technologies to make the world a safer digital space.

About the Role

The Principal Software Engineer is a part of our Product and Engineering team who are at the forefront of keeping our customers safe from attacks and breaches. In this role you will be focussed on helping our customers seamlessly manage their security solutions as effectively and efficiently as possible, and ensuring our products are delivering a secure experience. You will be working on a high impact and cross-functional team, creating end-to-end security solutions that drive customer success.You will have the opportunity to further enhance your skills surrounded by a team of incredibly smart and experienced Engineers, whilst mentoring others.

In this role, you will:

  • Build, maintain, and release our well architected services by writing correct and clean code consistently and following best practices and conventions. You will recognize and makes technical trade-offs with respect to your team’s product/components within the whole Rapid7 platform

  • Be involved in the creation, design and planning of upcoming features, our engineers are first class stakeholders in all parts of the development process

  • When required, partner with internal teams such as UX and Product Management who work deeply with our product to ensure we are understanding our customers needs

  • Deeply understand our products and make high impact decisions to support our customers

  • Work with Practice specific technologies

The skills you’ll bring include:

  • A minimum of 12 years experience in software development using Java, Python, Go or other equivalent programming languages

  • Excited by technology, curious and eager to learn, with the ability to mentor more junior members of the team

  • The attitude and ability to thrive in a high-growth, evolving environment

  • Collaborative team player who has the ability to partner with others and drive toward solutions

  • Strong creative problem solving skills

  • Solid communicator with excellent written and verbal communications skills both within the team and cross functionally

  • Passionate about delighting customers, puts the customer needs at the forefront of all decision making

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Demonstrable experience of delivering complex solutions to customers

  • Demonstrable experience of instigating continuous delivery and continuous integration patterns


We know that the best ideas and solutions come from multi-dimensional teams. That’s because these teams reflect a variety of backgrounds and professional experiences. If you are excited about this role and feel your experience can make an impact, please don’t be shy - apply today.

About Rapid7
Rapid7 is creating a more secure digital future for all by helping organizations strengthen their security programs in the face of accelerating digital transformation. Our portfolio of best-in-class solutions empowers security professionals to manage risk and eliminate threats across the entire threat landscape from apps to the cloud to traditional infrastructure to the dark web. We foster open source communities and cutting-edge research–using these insights to optimize our products and arm the global security community with the latest in attacker methods. Trusted by more than 10,000 customers worldwide, our industry-leading solutions and services help businesses stay ahead of attackers, ahead of the competition, and future-ready for what’s next.

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