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Senior/Staff Platform Engineer

Job ID 2023-9838 Date posted Jul. 11, 2024 Location Cambridge, United Kingdom Category Software Engineering Apply

Job Overview:

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative person to join our Cambridge-based toolchain performance team.

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with a keen interest in DevOps, software quality and performance testing, who wants to influence the future of Arm IP and the Arm eco-system.

Our team works on a diverse range of compilers and toolchains. From popular open-source projects like GNU and LLVM to closed sourced Arm compilers. Our goal is to tackle software performance challenges whenever they occur. We monitor the performance of vital toolchain and system components across a large number of hardware and software platforms. Your work will allow us to manage this unique complexity and provide the toolchain engineering teams with high-quality, reliable tracking of the state of the world of software on Arm IP.

This involves writing custom code to extend existing software or to connect systems together that are not usually deployed together. You will also manage a spread of hardware benchmarking platforms: mobile phones, developer boards, big servers as well as FPGAs and simulators for brand-new CPU designs.

Our existing infrastructure has been developed over time to meet our team's specific requirements, and we will be happy to ramp you up on its structure and components until you are comfortable owning its further evolution.

We are one of a number of compiler engineering teams in Arm, and we have plenty of passionate and friendly DevOps engineers specialising in toolchain testing who will be delighted to help you.


This position is situated in our Cambridge head office which hosts diverse teams from across Arm including development tools, compilers, debuggers, technical communications, DevOps infrastructure provision and open-source software development.


As part of your role you will be supporting the software development teams CI/CD and automation:

  • Maintaining a board farm of hardware devices used for validation and benchmarking.
  • Crafting, maintaining and extending the automated testing and benchmarking infrastructure.
  • Extending existing software to suit our needs or writing new glue between systems.
  • Debugging problems across the stack: from data visualisation packages to Linux kernel crashes.
  • Provisioning and handling various Cloud Infrastructure.
  • Implementing custom solutions for reporting and aggregating results.

Required Skills and Experience :

  • Good knowledge of software engineering and experience working with Cloud, CI and Testing.
  • Familiarity with Linux development and administration environments through scripting and command-line.
  • Knowledge of version control such as Git.
  • Advanced scripting knowledge, for example Python, Bash.
  • Experience leading or designing projects to improve efficiency and quality of sophisticated and widely used software.

“Nice To Have” Skills and Experience :

Familiarity with any of the below is welcome but not required. You can expect us to help you grow and be mentored in one or more of these areas of your interest when you join us!

  • Experience of build automation tooling like TeamCity or Jenkins.
  • Understanding of the performance metrics of compilers, assemblers and linkers
  • Experience configuring and installing hardware in a board or server farm, including maintenance through debugging problems and updating firmware, operating systems etc.
  • Familiarity with web frontend frameworks such as Flask, CSS, HTML5, Bootstrap, ReactJS.
  • Performance tracking and visualisation.

In Return:

On top of the already compelling Life at Arm, we are famous for our team culture - including Friday focus times, regular career conversations, remarkable diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and continuous improvement mentality.


Accommodations at Arm

At Arm, we want our people to Do Great Things. If you need support or an accommodation to Be Your Brilliant Self during the recruitment process, please email To note, by sending us the requested information, you consent to its use by Arm to arrange for appropriate accommodations. All accommodation requests will be treated with confidentiality, and information concerning these requests will only be disclosed as necessary to provide the accommodation. Although this is not an exhaustive list, examples of support include breaks between interviews, having documents read aloud or office accessibility. Please email us about anything we can do to accommodate you during the recruitment process.

Hybrid Working at Arm

Arm’s approach to hybrid working is designed to create a working environment that supports both high performance and personal wellbeing. We believe in bringing people together face to face to enable us to work at pace, whilst recognizing the value of flexibility. Within that framework, we empower groups/teams to determine their own hybrid working patterns, depending on the work and the team’s needs. Details of what this means for each role will be shared upon application. In some cases, the flexibility we can offer is limited by local legal, regulatory, tax, or other considerations, and where this is the case, we will collaborate with you to find the best solution. Please talk to us to find out more about what this could look like for you.

Equal Opportunities at Arm

Arm is an equal opportunity employer, committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and colleagues. We are a diverse organization of dedicated and innovative individuals, and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Power the Future on Arm

Working in software engineering at Arm is about shaping a future of technology for which we don't yet have words. Our engineers lead innovation in physical IP, AI and machine learning, cloud architecture, automotive tech, and every aspect of computing that matters.

Spanning software's full spectrum, from compilers to AI-powered IoT and beyond, your code can enable virtually anything to be produced on silicon. Whether you're developing award-winning VR gaming or life-enhancing medical equipment, you can improve the lives of millions by being your brilliant self at Arm.

Drive change on Arm

At Arm, you'll influence 95% of the world's connected devices and all their applications. From healthcare and infrastructure to virtual reality, you'll affect nearly all industries worldwide, racing toward new milestones and achievements together.

Revolutionary Benefits

Health and Wellness

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Work and Life Success

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Financial Rewards

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Development and Support

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Life at Arm

Life in the office doesn't get any better — especially when those offices are as sleek as ours and the people there are creative and compassionate. Combine that with our popular 'we, not I' mindset, and you enjoy the kind of teamwork and togetherness rarely found elsewhere. We share so much in common, not least the same passion for progress, but we also welcome each other's diversity. Ultimately, we love to inspire and be inspired every day.

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