Senior Kafka Software Engineer

| Omaha, NE, USA | Hybrid
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About the Role
This is a hands-on position where you will work as part of a close-knit team. Your impact will felt by all members of the organization. This position requires a team player who is able to wear multiple hats when needed. As a technical expert, you must be comfortable working across engineering domains on a variety of high impact projects. You will be a valued part of a group that is constantly maturing event-streaming use and event-driven architecture. Members of this team are responsible for the overall use and implementation of components including the Confluent platform, observability, governance, best practices, and solution development.
In order to be successful:

  • You are a team player.
  • You are a self-directed person who can identify priorities.
  • You are responsive and available for fast-paced operational and developer requests.
  • You are a detail-oriented person who takes pride in keeping data correct and always having a backup plan.
  • You are an experienced developer in either .Net or Node.
  • You are willing to learn.


  • Develop and implement solutions using Kafka in .NET, Node.js, and scripting.
  • Responsible for regular duties related to an on-call rotation.
  • Regular pair programming sessions with engineers.
  • Administer and improve use of Kafka across the organization including Kafka Connect, ksqlDB, Streams, and custom implementations.
  • Work with multiple teams to ensure best use of Kafka and data-safe event streaming.
  • Develop deployment pipelines to Kubernetes for Kafka components.
  • Identify and monitor both self-managed and fully-managed Kafka components.
  • Understand and apply event-driven architecture patterns and Kafka best practices. Enable development teams to do the same.
  • Identify needs for and develop reference architecture.
  • Assist developers in choosing correct patterns, event modeling, and ensuring data integrity.
  • Identify and implement metrics and alerting needs.
  • Perform regular reviews of performance data to ensure efficiency and resiliency.
  • Contribute regularly to event-driven patterns, best practices, and guidance.
  • Review feature releases, assess viability of new features, and implement adoption plans.
  • Work with manager to ensure all teams are aware of technology changes and impact.
  • Coordinate and execute data migrations, platform migrations, and feature updates.
  • Troubleshoot issues in a microservices architecture.
  • Support CDC operations, Kafka Connect, Connectors, and ksqlDB.


  • At least four years of experience supporting applications in a production environment.
  • At least two years of cross-functional, cross-team work experience developing and completing projects.
  • Intermediate to Expert-level understanding of either .NET or Node.js programming language and one scripting language.
  • You will be expected to read and navigate code in multiple languages.
  • Proficient with containers.
  • Ability to participate in and contribute to code management in Github including actively collaborating in peer-reviews, feature branches, and resolving conflicts and commits.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong sense of responsibility with a bias towards action.
  • Comfortable self-directing and prioritizing your own work.
  • Microservices experience.
  • Kubernetes experience.
  • Experience with at least one cloud provider (Azure preferred).
  • IaC experience (Terraform or similar).
  • Kafka or other messaging system experience is a plus.
  • Distributed tracing experience a plus.
  • Flink experience is a plus.

About Mastery
Mastery Logistics Systems is building the world's first lovable Transportation Management System, or TMS.
Our customers - large transportation companies and shippers who need those companies - have struggled with systems that are outdated or inadequate. As shippers or transportation service providers, our customers have in the past been forced to use multiple systems to manage dedicated fleet operations, outsourced or insourced trans management, one way trucking, truckload brokerage, LTL, and Intermodal, or to sub-optimize one or more of those functions by attempting to fit it into a TMS that is adequate at another function.
Mastermind TMS allows our customers to bring all of these functions into a single platform, providing flexibility, visibility, control, and efficiency. Today's unprecedented global supply chain upheavals underscore how important the transportation industry is. We are building a system to allow this industry to work faster, smarter and more efficiently.
The challenges in this industry are big and exciting! We are tackling everything from fast and efficient data input to ingesting large amounts of data and applying AI to looking at blockchain to securely digitize paperwork. If you are passionate about humanizing an industry, automating in innovative ways, building for quality and scale, helping make people's lives easier and touching every part of our economy then this is the place for you.
Mastery Logistics Systems is committed to continuing to build an incredible company. We are a masterful mosaic of incredible people. We are specialists and experienced in our respective fields. We are dedicated to continuous improvement both professionally and personally. We are a collective group of really good people. We have different interests, backgrounds & talents and we work together to create really cool stuff! We believe in diversity of thought and are mindful and inclusive. We have deep respect for each other and work diligently at adding the right people to our teams.
We have flexible schedules but share in the mission that we are building and need to get it done. We offer an excellent suite of benefits. We are dedicated to finding new ways to add perks as we live and work from home.
Our team has the domain knowledge and connections to make an impact, and we're looking for experienced and thoughtful people to who thrive on creating and building great products. We want people who have a true passion for servicing and taking care of our customers. We need people who are flexible problem solvers, thrive on collaboration and consistently know how to communicate their solutions well. We are small and nimble - which is evident in how quickly we could pivot to our new reality. Each member of the team can make a tremendous impact both technically and culturally. While a start-up, we are well-funded, have an initial paying customer with which to test and launch, and are founded by top experts and veterans in the logistics industry.
Join us - you'll love it - let's build a masterpiece!
Mastery takes great pride in providing our employees a robust and highly competitive benefit package. Our benefits include Medical, Dental and Vision insurance covering 90% of premium costs. Company paid life insurance for 1x salary. Legal, AD&D, Additional Life and other employee assistance benefits. We have a 401k savings plan with a 4% match. We provide opportunities for professional growth and development. We have a manage your life and schedule Paid Time Off program. We are fully devoted to finding creative perks and benefits since we cannot currently enjoy our cool office culture. Our philanthropic partner is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek a diverse community of professionals. Veterans, Women, non-binary, people of color, LGBTQIA, we welcome all to apply!

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An Insider's view of Mastery Logistics Systems

What’s the vibe like in the office?

I've never been surrounded with this many high quality engineers. I learn something new everyday from my peers.


Senior Software Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

What's exciting about this phase of Mastery is that every day we're both pushing forward our initial product as well as building out the company itself. So a typical day involves defining upcoming features, prototyping, interviewing candidates, and working with the team to establish our processes. Everyone gets to contribute in multiple ways.

Chris Wallace

Director of Product Management

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I began at Mastery as a Client Technologies Apprentice, learned about the logistics industry and was offered a full-time role as Release & Resource Management Specialist. I've always loved to write, show my creative side, and working with Mastery allows me to explore a new industry and my creative outlet while working with top-tier people everyday.


Release and Resource Management Specialist

What is your vision for the company?

Mastery is on a mission to empower our customers to thrive in complexity. Our vision is to create a transportation management system that people love to use.


CEO, Founder

What are Mastery Logistics Systems Perks + Benefits

Mastery Logistics Systems Benefits Overview

Mastery Logistics Systems is committed to providing a great, inclusive working environment by challenging our team members while being respectful of your time and the needs of your personal life. That’s why we encourage time exploring innovative ideas alongside more standard daily tasks.

Volunteer in local community
Mastery employees are encouraged and supported to be involved in their communities or support local volunteer efforts.
Partners with nonprofits
We are a proud partner to St. Jude and offer opportunities to get involved in events in different locations or virtually throughout the year.
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Your work schedule may vary, based on your role, team and region, however Mastery supports no-meeting Fridays, no slacking after 7 pm, and other initiatives that support a flexible work schedule.
Remote work program
Some of our roles are completely remote, while others may be hybrid or onsite. This is based on a number of factors specific to the needs of the role and location, pending manager's discretion.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Mastery offers several health plans for individuals and families.
Life insurance
Mental health benefits
Our benefits include a number of options, including a coaching program at no additional cost to employees, administered through a third party provider, for an employee's personal or professional use.
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Mastery provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan, matching up to 4%.
Performance bonus
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Office Perks
Company-sponsored happy hours
We have virtual and in-person meet-ups on occasion, often adding a learning component with an expert on-hand to guide us through an activity on employee selected topics.
Pet friendly
We have a dedicated pets channel to share our pets and pet adventures with one another virtually from anywhere.
Professional Development Benefits
Promote from within
Continuing education available during work hours
Our onboarding program teaches industry and company basics, so if you are new to logistics, you can learn along with your colleagues. Our training is available after onboarding for ongoing reference.

Additional Perks + Benefits

The team at Mastery is building a one-of-a-kind product and dedicated to its success. You will see a multitude of options to learn, ask for help, get support and feel supported in your role. No meeting Fridays, no Slack after 7 pm, and other supportive guideposts that help you drive work/life balance are found here at Mastery. The company provides frequent opportunities to socialize and network with one another. You will be encouraged to grow and learn from your team and empowered to do very meaningful work - supporting moving goods into the hands of consumers through our software products and support of our clients.

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