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Principal Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

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Software Engineering

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About Salesforce

We’re Salesforce, the Customer Company, inspiring the future of business with AI+ Data +CRM. Leading with our core values, we help companies across every industry blaze new trails and connect with customers in a whole new way. And, we empower you to be a Trailblazer, too — driving your performance and career growth, charting new paths, and improving the state of the world. If you believe in business as the greatest platform for change and in companies doing well and doing good – you’ve come to the right place.

The Core Optimizer Team is looking for Principal Software Engineer.

Are you excited about the opportunity to influence the Multi-tenancy strategy for Salesforce by being involved with visionary technologies? Do you want to work on scaling enterprise-grade services? Do you like a start-up delivery style with the vastly powerful Customer Success Platform? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you can join a dynamic Technology team within

We are:

The core optimizer team at Salesforce seeks a proven engineer to help build exciting and highly scalable features for our multi-tenant cloud-scale application. Core Optimizer is a highly specialized team within that is responsible for dynamic. query generation to handle billions of transactions per day. Trust is on one of our core values; but how do we ensure trust, how do we scale? Core Optimizer team work on several exciting features that do just that. The Optimizer engine instructs the native database optimizer to make optimal decisions which is unaware of the multi-tenant database architecture.

You are:

Ideal candidate have experience in solving real-world, highly scalable transactional problems for large scale relational database systems. As an engineer with core optimizer, you’ll be working on code that’s closest to the business. Your work will impact our customers across the globe. You will help us build features to solve customer problems at the same time opportunity to come with cloud scale innovative solutions

If you are excited by the opportunity to work with a world class technical team to deliver a high traffic, high performance, highly evolved solutions that satisfies billions of requests a day and delivers an experience that delights millions of users, then we want to talk with you.


  • Help design, develop, bring to production at a large scale and support new features on a world-class service that serves billions of requests daily on a diverse corpus of data against a relational database.
  • Manage individual project priorities, deadlines and deliverables.
  • Help design and operationalize usage metrics and patterns to identify opportunities to improve, and to create visibility.
  • Contribute to the analysis of functional requirements
  • Implement and support tools to simplify debugging of performance issues in production
  • Investigate production problems to help solve for customer problems

Required Skills:

  • Over 10+ years of experience of Java or other comparable Object Oriented Programming Language
  • Strong SQL experience on any relational database system in production.
  • Expert in performance optimization, scalability and algorithms
  • Ability to learn quickly and deliver high quality code in a dynamic team environment
  • Ability to quickly respond to the changing business needs and roll out functionality in small increments rather than a big bang approach
  • Ability to communicate well, present ideas and solution and coherently discuss complex topics with the team and broader technical audience.
  • Expertise in Computer Science fundamentals in data structures, algorithm design, and complexity analysis.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong understanding of database design, SQL optimizations and SQL tuning of relational databases
  • Experience building Software as a Service (Saas) applications.
  • Experience with Agile software development and Test Driven Development methodologies


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For Washington-based roles, the base salary hiring range for this position is $204,400 to $296,400.

For California-based roles, the base salary hiring range for this position is $223,000 to $323,400.

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