Principal Hardware Engineer
Posted on 9/26/2023

1,001-5,000 employees

Edge cloud platform for optimizing web and app performance
Company Overview
Fastly offers a secure and efficient edge cloud platform, trusted by leading companies like Reddit, Pinterest, and The New York Times, to enhance website and application performance. It provides a unique competitive advantage with its serverless compute platform, Compute@Edge, which allows businesses to optimize delivery and response times by running code within the CDN itself. The company's culture emphasizes smart solutions and seamless integration, making it an ideal workplace for those interested in cutting-edge technology and global scalability.
Data & Analytics

Company Stage

Series F

Total Funding





San Francisco, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Denver, CO, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Operating Systems
Hardware Engineering
Software Engineering
  • In order to be successful in this role, you have at least 10 years of experience with network hardware system architecture and associated tradeoffs that include software, hardware, operational cost, and mechanical aspects
  • You have experience collaborating with a broad range of roles, senior leadership, stakeholders and vendors
  • You are obsessed with detailed and timely documentation on all aspects involved with the hardware and tooling
  • Experience with defining, implementing, and leveraging hardware system metrics, KPIs, standards, and tooling for a distributed system and world-wide fleet with a mixture of hardware configurations
  • You have a strong foundation of management platforms and tools: console servers, IPMI, SSH, PXE, and telemetry systems
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of the storage and memory subsystems
  • Experience with firmware development, programming, bash scripting, tooling creation and maintenance
  • Experience with CDN hardware and software architecture
  • Knowledge in open source operating systems, hypervisors, and orchestration frameworks
  • Background in test automation
  • Deep understanding of various CPU architectures
  • We have a huge impact. Fastly is a small company with a big reach. Not only do our customers have a tremendous user base, but we also support a growing number of open source projects and initiatives. Outside of code, employees are encouraged to share causes close to their heart with others so we can help lend a supportive hand
  • We love distributed teams. Fastly's home-base is in San Francisco, but we have multiple offices and employees sprinkled around the globe. As a new hire, you will be able to attend our IN-PERSON new hire orientation in our San Francisco office! It is an exciting week-long experience that we offer to new employees to build connections with colleagues across Fastly, participate in hands-on learning opportunities, and immerse yourself in our culture firsthand
  • We value diversity. Growing and maintaining our inclusive and diverse team matters to us. We are committed to being a company where our employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work and have the ability to be successful -- every day
  • We are passionate. Fastly is chock full of passionate people and we're not 'one size fits all'. Fastly employs authors, pilots, skiers, parents (of humans and animals), makeup geeks, coffee connoisseurs, and more. We love employees for who they are and what they are passionate about
  • Collaborate with software engineering teams, supply chain, vendors, and other leaders to evolve the Fastly hardware infrastructure based on new requirements, constraints, or changing technology
  • Lead the hardware engineering team in the implementation of hardware, testing, firmware, and BIOS changes, including working with operations on keeping the fleet current
  • Collaborate on the testing of hardware - components and system in the lab, pre-production environment, and in production to make data driven decisions on the hardware architecture and vendors
  • Working with partners on new solutions that might include their unique hardware architecture or requirements working with the Fastly stack
  • Define metrics, KPIs, standards and create the required tooling for implementing and debugging when they deviate from the expected values
  • Work cross functionally to troubleshoot and triage hardware throughout the full life cycle of the hardware platforms
  • Engage application development teams to ensure compatibility and assist in performance evaluation to meet platform requirements and expectations
  • Mentor junior engineering developers, operations, and infrastructure staff
  • Assist in vendor quality activities not limited to: First Article Inspections (FAI), site audit, and root cause analysis
Desired Qualifications
  • This role may be eligible to participate in Fastly's equity and discretionary programs