API Platform Engineer

Job Locations US-NC-Cary HQ | US
Requisition ID
Research and Development
Visa Sponsorship
Travel Requirements

* You may work remotely for this role. Or, you may join us onsite at SAS HQ in Cary, NC. 


Are you a problem solver, explorer, and knowledge seeker – always asking, “What if?”


If so, you may be the new team member we’re looking for. Because at SAS, your curiosity matters – whether you’re developing algorithms, creating customer experiences, or answering critical questions. Curiosity is our code, and the opportunities here are endless.


What we do 

We’re the leader in analytics. Through our software and services, we inspire customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. Our curiosity fuels innovation, pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and changing the way we live.


What you’ll do  

You will actively contribute to SAS’ API First Program, which is the governance and enablement arm of all API work at SAS.


As an API Architect in the Experience Design R&D division at SAS, you will collaborate within the team and across all of SAS in the following areas: 

  • Curating, evolving, creating, and supporting API and developer program governance processes as well as API standards, guidelines, and best practices.  
  • Advising cross-division teams in the architecture of software applications through consideration of business and market requirements, system quality attributes, and overall technical direction. 
  • Researching and advising on new and emerging software technologies and partnering with appropriate teams to drive assessment and adoption. 
  • Providing education and enablement tools to help product teams understand and interpret standards, guidelines, and best practices and apply these concepts within their own technical domains.
  • Advancing technical strategy for APIs in “as-a-service” and low code/no code landscapes.

This is a cross-functional team where you will have the opportunity to play a variety of roles depending on business needs and priorities, from architect to developer and technical team leader to consultant and technical evangelist and thought leader, all with the purpose of driving the overall SAS API strategy.  


In this role, you will collaborate with product managers, technical leads, developers, architects, testers, documentation engineers, customer facing teams, and other R&D leaders to determine functional and non-functional requirements for new and existing APIs to ensure that all products adhere to standards to form a cohesive product line. 


You will:

  • Participate in API design workshops and technical discussions.
  • Work with product management to ensure changes are consistent with business objectives and customer requirements. 
  • Manage risk identification and risk mitigation strategies associated with the architecture and design.
  • Assist product teams with understanding tradeoffs and how to make responsible decisions related to architecture and design.
  • Maintain and organize detailed documentation about technical designs with supporting justification for architectural and design choices. 
  • Provide technical guidance on methodologies, frameworks, and best practices to developers to encourage the flow of information and promote understanding among product teams. 
  • Develop reference architectures and/or sample applications to demonstrate standards in practice. 


What we’re looking for

  • You’re curious, passionate, authentic, and accountable. These are our values and influence everything we do.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related quantitative field.
  • You have experience with: 
    • REST API standards, design patterns, and industry best practices
    • Docker
    • Kubernetes 
    • Microservices and cloud native architecture
    • API Management Solutions (Apigee, API Connect) and APIs as a Product
    • Developing and/or consuming HTTP APIs, especially REST 
    • Linux operating system, commands, and shell programming tools 
    • Scripting languages and automation techniques for testing and deployment 
    • Writing or leveraging OpenAPI (Swagger) 2.0 documentation
    • Familiarity with OpenAPI 3.x 
    • Understanding of the API lifecycle and awareness of common existing tooling across that ecosystem
    • Understanding of DevOps principles and commonly used tooling in DevOps pipelines. 


The nice to haves  

  • Master’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Statistics, or a related field. 
  • Experience integrating / interacting with SAS programmatically through one or more types of APIs found on
  • Familiarity with usage and programming for cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure). 
  • Understanding of RESTful API principles. 
  • Experience with:
    • User and developer experience design (UX and DX) 
    • Contributing to open source projects 
    • HTML, CSS, JavaScript 
    • GraphQL
    • gRPC
    • API security concepts and best practices
    • API testing best practices
    • API documentation best practices


Other knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Collaborate and communicate effectively across technical and business teams.
  • Decision-making skills.
  • Transparent and communicative about both successes and failures.
  • Fearless in challenging the status quo when it’s not producing results.
  • Professional software development experience. 
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies.



  • We love living the #SASlife and believe that happy, healthy people have a passion for life, and bring that energy to work. No matter what your specialty or where you are in the world, your unique contributions will make a difference.
  • Our multi-dimensional culture blends our different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Here, it isn’t about fitting into our culture, it’s about adding to it - and we can’t wait to see what you’ll bring.




SAS looks not only for the right skills, but also a fit to our core values. We seek colleagues who will contribute to the unique values that makes SAS such a great place to work. We look for the total candidate: technical skills, values fit, relationship skills, problem solvers, good communicators and, of course, innovators. Candidates must be ready to make an impact.


Additional Information:

To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States, and should not require, now or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status. SAS is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. Read more: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law. Also view the supplement EEO is the Law, and the Pay Transparency notice. 


Equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered in place of the above qualifications. The level of this position will be determined based on the applicant's education, skills and experience. Resumes may be considered in the order they are received. SAS employees performing certain job functions may require access to technology or software subject to export or import regulations. To comply with these regulations, SAS may obtain nationality or citizenship information from applicants for employment. SAS collects this information solely for trade law compliance purposes and does not use it to discriminate unfairly in the hiring process.


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