Software Engineer (L6) - Live Infrastructure Testing



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Netflix has been changing how people watch shows and movies, enabling on-demand access to thousands of movies and TV shows. Recently, Netflix has expanded its entertainment offering to include Live content, like Chris Rock Comedy Special, the SAG Awards ceremony or The Netflix Slam tennis match. Bringing stories in real-time to 260+ million viewers around the world is a hard challenge, demanding exceptional levels of stability and reliability from dozens of services and systems between camera and device screens.
About the role
We are looking for an experienced engineer to drive the evolution of testing tools and practices and help Netflix scale its Live streaming offering. Investments in automation, load, and failure testing practices would enable a flawless Live user experience for Live events with minimal impact on the pace of innovation.
This role combines cross-functional coordination, thought leadership, hands-on development, and data reporting. We are looking for a candidate with Live streaming experience, a proven track record of test infrastructure development and experience of partnership with a diverse set of engineering stakeholders to deliver new complex products.

As part this role you will:

  • Transform business requirements from product and details of service architecture into requirements for testing platforms, test suites, and practices.
  • Own Live testing strategy across critical components of Live systems: Transmission, Encoding, Content Delivery, Device Players, Playback Systems, Discovery Systems, Messaging and Title Management.
  • Own or influence the development of test tooling like failure injection, load generation, and stress testing.
  • Develop ways to track test stability and coverage for Live functionality.
  • Support Live SRE team by enabling visibility into areas of risk through tools and reports on testing coverage and stability.
  • Influence test automation and stress testing practices.
  • Identify improvements in Live systems to ensure testability and resiliency.

Skills required to be successful in this job:

  • Understanding the basics of Live Streaming infrastructure and product experience.
  • Experience developing testing tools and validation suites for complex systems.
  • Operational or development experience in Live Streaming.
  • Hands-on experience with canary, failure injection and load testing for large-scale systems.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language (Go, Python, Java, JavaScript).
  • Experience driving testing and validation efforts through business-critical launches across multiple product and engineering teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in leading projects with 10+ engineering and product stakeholders.
  • Working knowledge of continuous integration and continuous deployment systems.
  • Passion for enabling the development of robust and stable systems.


  • Full-stack software development skills.
  • Data analytics and visualization experience (SQL, Hive/Spark, Tableau).
  • Log analytics and processing.
  • History of collaboration with Product Management.
Our compensation structure consists solely of an annual salary; we do not have bonuses. You choose each year how much of your compensation you want in salary versus stock options. To determine your personal top of market compensation, we rely on market indicators and consider your specific job family, background, skills, and experience to determine your compensation in the market range. The range for this role is $230,000- $960,000.
Netflix provides comprehensive benefits including Health Plans, Mental Health support, a 401(k) Retirement Plan with employer match, Stock Option Program, Disability Programs, Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts, Family-forming benefits, and Life and Serious Injury Benefits. We also offer paid leave of absence programs. Full-time hourly employees accrue 35 days annually for paid time off to be used for vacation, holidays, and sick paid time off. Full-time salaried employees are immediately entitled to flexible time off. See more detail about our Benefits here.
Netflix is a unique culture and environment. Learn more here.
We are an equal-opportunity employer and celebrate diversity, recognizing that diversity of thought and background builds stronger teams. We approach diversity and inclusion seriously and thoughtfully. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, caste, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic makeup, marital status, or military service.