SMBC Principal Engineer – Cloud (Remote) in Austin, Texas

March 30, 2024

Job Description

Join us on our mission to create a completely new, 100% digital bank that truly serves customers’ best interests. We are a close-knit and fun-loving team of seasoned financial services professionals who came together for the challenge of building a bank from scratch – and we are committed to doing it all the right way (from technology infrastructure to modern marketing to customer experience).

The anticipated salary range for this role is between $190,000.00 and $223,000.00. The specific salary offered to an applicant will be based on their individual qualifications, experiences, and an analysis of the current compensation paid in their geography and the market for similar roles at the time of hire. The role may also be eligible for an annual discretionary incentive award. In addition to cash compensation, SMBC offers a competitive portfolio of benefits to its employees.

We work with the flexibility and speed of a start-up. But we also have significant stability and capital from being part of the SMBC Group (Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation). SMBC is the second largest bank in Japan and the 12th largest bank in the world with operations in over forty countries. And SMBC is committed to disrupting the US marketplace with ground-breaking products.

It is the best of both worlds, and we are seeking proven marketing leaders to propel us towards a national launch. We have both the ambitious growth plans and the ‘patient capital’ necessary to execute a multi-year plan. Join us on the journey to deliver an exciting concept of evolved banking.


We are looking for a candidate with a proven background defining cloud architecture and implementing cloud engineering solutions. As the Principal Engineer, you will provide expert advice and lead the design and implementation of the cloud components in hybrid cloud environment including Azure and GCP. In this role, you will lead the implementation of solutions with a process-driven view, as well as scheduled maintenance and/or updates to existing structures.


  • Principal Engineer role will deliver on the following responsibilities:

  • Lead Architecture, design, implementation, and administration of cloud-based infrastructure with automation and security first approach.

  • Build life cycle automation for various public cloud services using Terraform and other Infrastructure as code tools – Ansible etc.

  • Bring industry best practices, new products advertised by cloud providers to bring better way of doing things.

  • Build strong engineering culture by mentoring team members, provides coaching, drive by example.

  • As member of Cloud Technical Council Leading Cloud Adaption and best practices.

  • Work with Engineering leaders on overall cloud cost management and make sure cloud infrastructure is built with efficiency.

  • Help plan yearly budget.

  • Present brown-bag session organization wide to showcase team’s work.

  • Lead collaboration with Development team to make sure business focus applications are delivered on-time with specific Infrastructure needs/architecture.

  • Optimizes cloud environments for performance, scalability, reliability and cost-effectiveness.

  • Partner with InfoSec team to effectively communicate, educate, bring requirements to execution, and deliver.

  • Build the DevOps and DevSecOps program vision and strategy covering all aspects from architecture, design, development, and deployment – CICD and Secure CICD.

  • Produced excellent documentation, deployment diagrams/architecture etc.


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent Minimum Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, Masters preferred in Computer Science.

  • Cloud Engineering/ Architecture: 5 years

  • 10 Plus years of Enterprise Information Technology Experience

  • Experience designing, building, and implementing distributed cloud architecture within cloud environments (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) Azure and GCP preferred.

  • Experience with full DevOps cycle spanning across – Cloud Infrastructure, Cloud Security, Observability, CICD, Secure CICD, ProdOps etc.

  • TerraForm experience building complex cloud Infrastructure, ability to write modules, best practice, state files management etc. is MUST.

  • Solid understanding of Linux fundamentals. Windows welcome.

  • Infrastructure security scan tools understanding (e.g. Azure Defender, Container Scan, API security, Perimeter scan etc.) is much desired.

  • Solid knowledge of Kubernetes, API GW, BigQuery Infra etc. is an added advantage.

  • GitOps model, solid understanding of various branching strategy is MUST to have.

  • Extensive experience in designing and implementing large scale platforms with high resiliency, availability, and reliability using public cloud infrastructure.

  • Experience in implementing security architecture and best practices in cloud infrastructure.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Team player, ability to work within team and also be independent.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills, ability to clearly communicate.

  • Innovator and one who keeps tabs on various industry trends, cloud native advances and bring to team(s) attention for POC, Implementation. Desired Experiences: Advanced Azure/ GCP certifications


We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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