Akamai Technologies, Inc. Senior Product Architect in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Product Architect


Cambridge, United States


3 days ago Post Date

009885 Requisition #


Akamai Technologies is looking for a hands on Senior Product Architect, to drive product design and development across various teams, for Media and CDN Engineering. In this role, you will provide a system-level viewpoint for a product, and will participate in all the phases of building a media delivery product (from scope to launch).

The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of Internet technologies, an ability to coherently translate customer needs into Engineering solutions, a propensity to communicate across product stakeholders, and a willingness to dive deep into system components.

This role provides an opportunity to define some very exciting products spanning across multiple technologies, and consumed by millions of end users.

About the Team

The candidate will be part of the highly skilled Media and CDN engineering team that's responsible for the software that runs Akamai's world-wide network, one of the largest distributed systems in the world. Our software is a combination of many different technologies. It is a web server, a web client, a distributed caching engine, and much more. It provides a scalable, fault tolerant solution to web sites for handling their traffic, does HTTP HD streaming, determines the fastest route from point A to point B, hops around bottlenecks on the Internet, provides security, and provides a wide array of reporting abilities for our Network Operations Command Center and our customers.

By leveraging our global deployment of 200,000+ servers in 1,000+ networks, Akamai can uniquely solve problems and exceed fundamental limitations of traditional networking.


  • Be the engineering champion for new Product needs.

  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team that includes Engineering, Product Management, Professional Services and Customer Care to produce product design.

  • Author design documents that transform MRDs/PRDs to high-level Engineering designs.

  • Work with engineering teams to identify system dependencies and coordinate implementations under strict product release schedules.

  • Understand and incorporate other Akamai technologies to provide a scalable, stable, secure product.

  • Provide end-to-end guidance on a product, including billing, reporting, provisioning, configuring, documentation, and testing.

  • Keep abreast with the latest Media industry trends and technologies.

Required Education and Experience

Applicants must meet one of the following education and experience requirements:

  • 8 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or its equivalent or

  • 6 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree Computer Science} or

  • 4 years of relevant experience and a PhD Computer Science

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or a related field

  • 8+ years of industry experience

  • 6+ years of software development using C++ or Java

  • 4+ years of HTTP programming

  • 2+ years of TCP/IP and Network Programming

  • 2+ years of Streaming Technologies (MPEG 2, RTMP, MP3, ACC)

Desired Qualifications

  • HTTP Live Streaming (HLS and DASH)

  • Cloud security and efficiency

  • Media delivery workflow

  • Peering Technologies

  • Reliable UDP Protocols

  • Proficiency with prototyping using Ruby/Perl/JavaScript

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills

  • Demonstrated skills in gathering requirements, organizing resources and assess risks.

  • Excellent analytical skills, attention to detail and problem solving / troubleshooting skills

  • Highly driven, hands-on, self-motivating, self-learning team player with a great can-do attitude

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai is the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet business ready—fast, reliable, and secure—for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Akamai has offices around the world and operates the most pervasive, highly distributed CDN—with more than 200,000 servers in 110 or more countries—delivering up to 30% of all Web traffic. Learn more atwww.akamai.com/careers.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more atwww.akamai.com/diversity.

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here.