Principal Architect - Remote - United States



Zeta Global (NYSE: ZETA) is the Data-Powered Marketing Cloud that leverages advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and trillions of consumer signals to make it easier for marketers to acquire, grow, and retain customers more efficiently. Through the Zeta Marketing Platform (ZMP), our vision is to make sophisticated marketing simple by unifying identity, intelligence, and omnichannel activation into a single platform – powered by one of the industry’s largest proprietary databases and AI. Our enterprise customers across multiple verticals are empowered to personalize experiences with consumers at an individual level across every channel, delivering better results for marketing programs. Zeta was founded in 2007 by David A. Steinberg and John Sculley and is headquartered in New York City with offices around the world. 


Zeta Marketing Platform (ZMP) is a machine learning/AI powered customer acquisition and CRM multi-tenant platform. The Sr backend developer will work on server-side APIs and services that enable a highly distributed event pipeline and a stack that gets tens of thousands of messages per second.

The Principal Architect will lead the development and maintenance of the architectural vision for the company's software systems, providing technical oversight and strategic insight into their evolution. This role involves engaging with stakeholders, influencing roadmaps, and driving key projects, while evaluating emerging technologies and fostering innovative solutions. The Principal Architect will mentor team members, collaborate with Product Managers on product design, and work with the DevOps team to optimize infrastructure, ensuring system robustness and observability. Representing the company at industry events, the Principal Architect will enhance technical leadership and company branding. 

You should have deep expertise in distributed systems and cloud architecture , various web and data technologies, cloud computing and be passionate about working with high-throughput systems where the issues of throughput, performance, redundancy, and concurrency are paramount.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Principal Architect, you will be:

  • Architectural Vision and Oversight: Develop and maintain the vision for the application and integration architecture across various software systems that drive the business.
  • Technical Leadership: Provide comprehensive technical oversight for different systems, guiding teams in designing and operating production-ready systems.
  • Strategic Thought Leadership: Offer strategic insight on the evolution of system architecture in the short, medium, and long term.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Engage in architectural discussions, influence the roadmap, and take ownership of key projects and initiatives.
  • Innovation and Problem-Solving: Evaluate emerging technologies and seek innovative solutions to address existing and new challenges.
  • Team Mentorship: Mentor and collaborate with team members to optimize current designs, data models, workflows, and APIs.
  • Product Development Collaboration: Partner with Product Managers to contribute to product design, aiming to create world-class products.
  • Infrastructure Optimization: Work with the DevOps team to design system infrastructure, address problem areas, and lead in system monitoring, observability, and robustness.
  • Industry Engagement: Represent the company at industry events as a product and technology evangelist, contributing to company branding and enhancing technical leadership.

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Extensive Experience: Minimum of 20 years in software engineering, with prior meaningful experience in playing the key role of an architect.
  • Technical Proficiency: Expertise in web and data technologies such as Kafka, HDFS, Spark, EMR, Open Table Formats, Snowflake, Hive, HBase, Scylla, Django, and FastAPI.
  • Cloud Expertise: Proficient in designing, deploying, and managing systems on AWS.
  • Full Lifecycle Exposure: Experience with the complete software development lifecycle, from inception to production and monitoring.
  • Programming Skills: Fluency in Python or substantial experience in Scala and Java.
  • Database Proficiency: Skilled in working with various data stores, including MySQL, Postgres, Scylla, DynamoDB, and Redis.
  • Big Data Technologies: Expertise in big data technologies and frameworks such as Spark, HDFS, and Hive.
  • Scheduler Experience: Experience with schedulers like Apache Airflow, Apache Luigi, and Chronos.
  • Agile Development: Familiarity with agile software development processes.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities.



  • Unlimited PTO 
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage 
  • Employee Equity and Stock Purchase Plan 
  • Employee Discounts, Virtual Wellness Classes, and Pet Insurance And more!! 


The compensation range for this role is $250,000.00 - $350,000.00, depending on location and experience.  


Zeta considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Zeta discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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Job Profile


North America


United States


Employee Discounts Employee Equity Employee Equity and Stock Purchase Plan Pet Insurance Stock Purchase Plan Unlimited PTO Virtual Wellness Virtual Wellness Classes


AI APIs AWS Cloud Architecture Cloud Computing Communication Data Technologies Design Distributed Systems Django Engineering FastAPI HBase HDFS Hive Java Kafka Leadership Machine Learning Marketing Product Development Python Scala Snowflake Spark Web Technologies

  • Architectural Vision and Oversight
  • Industry Engagement
  • Infrastructure Optimization
  • Innovation and Problem-Solving
  • Product Development Collaboration
  • Stakeholder collaboration
  • Strategic Thought Leadership
  • Team Mentorship
  • Technical Leadership

20 years




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