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Senior/Lead Software Engineer
Packet Forwarding Engines
Posted on 11/2/2023
Arista Networks

1,001-5,000 employees

Data-driven networking
Company Overview
Arista Networks is an industry leader in data-driven, client to cloud networking for large data center, campus and routing environments. Arista’s award-winning platforms deliver availability, agility, automation, analytics and security through an advanced network operating stack.
Data & Analytics

Company Stage


Total Funding





Santa Clara, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Remote • Vancouver, BC, Canada
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Hardware Engineering
Software Engineering
  • BS Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering + 8 years experience, or MS Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering + 6 years experience, or Ph.D. in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering + 3 years experience, or equivalent work experience
  • Experience or knowledge in the following:
  • C or C++
  • Knowledge of UNIX or Linux
  • Understanding of IP networking or distributed systems
  • Applied understanding of software engineering principles
  • Strong problem solving and software troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to design a solution to a small-sized problem, and implement that solution without outside help. Able to work on a small team solving a medium-sized problem with limited oversight
  • Write functional specifications and design specifications for small-sized packet forwarding engine features and system software to manage hardware components
  • Independently implement solutions to small-sized problems in our packet forwarding engine software and system software using the C, C++, and python programming languages
  • Understand, utilize, test, and debug packet forwarding engine and hardware components vendor-provided software libraries in your solutions
  • Write test plan specifications for small-sized packet forwarding engine features and system software, and implement automated test programs to execute the cases described in the test plan
  • Debug problems found by our automated test programs and fix the problems
  • Work on a team implementing, testing, and debugging solutions to larger packet forwarding engine software problems and system software issues
  • Work with Customer Support Engineers to analyze problems in customer networks and provide fixes for those problems when needed in the form of new software releases or software patches
  • Work with the hardware team and hardware component vendors to bring up initial versions of new systems using packet forwarding engines and system software
  • Work with the diagnostic software team to design and develop software for the validation of new packet forwarding engine ASICs and hardware components
  • Work with the System Test Engineers to analyze problems found in their tests and provide fixes for those problems
  • Mentor new and junior engineers to bring them up to speed in Arista's software development environment
  • Review and contribute to the specifications and implementations written by other team members
  • Help to create a schedule for the implementation and debugging tasks, updating that schedule weekly, and reporting it to the project lead