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Steve Talbot

Freelance Systems Engineer

United KingdomToptal Member Since March 25, 2019

Steve is a chartered engineer with over 15 years of experience in technical, commercial, and management roles. As a software consultant since 2012, he's architected digital products, built and led engineering teams, and been a technical co-founder of three startups. He is comfortable working with a broad range of open source technologies. Steve has also taught at the School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff University.

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Brian Dolan

Freelance Systems Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since August 24, 2020

Brian is a versatile and experienced software engineer seeking interesting technical challenges. His professional experience includes software architecture for medical devices, international team leadership, embedded systems, and C/C++. Outside of the office, his experience and interests include machine learning, robotics, and real-time 3D graphics.

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Aleksandar Zivanovic

Freelance Systems Engineer

United KingdomToptal Member Since April 11, 2018

Alex is a DevOps engineer with 10 years of experience and deep expertise in Linux and related technologies. In the software space, he has been a developer, tester, and automation engineer. In the systems space, he has been a systems engineer and a network engineer. With a wide range of experiences in both worlds, he provides multiple services for data center support, internal and external cloud operations, and DevOps engineering.

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Michelle Tsacheva

Freelance Systems Engineer

SpainToptal Member Since July 9, 2015

Michelle is passionate about scaling projects and prototyping and starting projects quickly. She uses automation, process streamlining, and lean methodologies to get easy and consistent results quickly. Michelle has a background as a web developer and systems/DevOps engineer and a total of 18 years of professional experience in companies ranging from 10 to over 100 thousand employees.

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Kaspar Lippmaa

Freelance Systems Engineer

EstoniaToptal Member Since August 15, 2020

Kaspar is a full-stack software engineer with a decade of experience in private and public sector projects, including working remotely and internationally. The bulk of Kaspar's expertise is with Java, Spring Framework, React, SQL, and NoSQL databases, but he's a quick study and happy to learn and leverage new technologies.

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Roberto Barboza

Freelance Systems Engineer

CanadaToptal Member Since October 23, 2020

Roberto is a software engineer with over a decade of experience primarily dedicated to building efficient data-processing pipelines in both hardware and software. He's worked in a range of industries/fields (media, NLP, defense, electronics) and tools/technologies (BigQuery, Python, VHDL, SQL, FPGA). Besides a demonstrated history of delivering solutions that vastly improve performance, Roberto brings an analytics-driven mind and a problem-solving attitude to any challenge.

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Stephen Attard

Freelance Systems Engineer

MaltaToptal Member Since October 22, 2019

​Stephen is passionate about open source technology with a focus on building code-defined test-driven developer tooling in AWS. He began his career as a network engineer and moved up the stack working on infrastructure, hardware, storage, provisioning, system administration, and automation. Stephen is an advocate of containers, Cloud, observability, self-service platforms, and solid security.

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David Tanura

Freelance Systems Engineer

AustraliaToptal Member Since February 17, 2021

David is a senior Salesforce solution and technical architect able to understand and articulate business and its needs to design and implement solutions built on the platform. Highly aware of business processes, he thrives in adding value by designing and building solutions. Always learning new and complementary technologies and approaches to deliver positive outcomes to the business. His industries include fintech, financial services, pharma, FMCG, property development, and technology.

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Atha Kouroussis

Freelance Systems Engineer

ArgentinaToptal Member Since December 28, 2018

Atha is a senior DevOps engineer and IT architect with 20+ years of experience in a wide range of IT initiatives. As a former CTO of an IaaS and managed services company, automation, thinking at scale, and customer focus have become his main drivers. His eagerness to learn and explore new technologies along with his extensive IT experience make him uniquely suited to leverage technology to produce flexible solutions that adapt to business needs.

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Jordan Ringenberg

Freelance Systems Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since March 13, 2016

Jordan is a software and systems guru and startup CTO with expert skills and over a decade of full-stack software engineering experience utilizing C++, Python, Java, Objective-C, C#, MySQL, shell scripting, and web programming. He's a computer vision expert using OpenCV/MATLAB and teaches university CS courses. He was the CTO of Di8itcharts.com, an acquired data-visualization startup, and CTO of Wander Media Company, a multimedia startup.

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Divye Kapoor

Freelance Systems Engineer

United StatesToptal Member Since April 15, 2017

Divye is a very strong, in the top 0.1%, infrastructure engineer with working experience at Google and LinkedIn. He has a Master of Technology in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology where he was also a silver medalist and the computer science branch valedictorian.

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Tripcents wouldn't exist without Toptal. Toptal Projects enabled us to rapidly develop our foundation with a product manager, lead developer, and senior designer. In just over 60 days we went from concept to Alpha. The speed, knowledge, expertise, and flexibility is second to none. The Toptal team were as part of tripcents as any in-house team member of tripcents. They contributed and took ownership of the development just like everyone else. We will continue to use Toptal. As a start up, they are our secret weapon.

Brantley Pace, CEO & Co-Founder

Tripcents

I am more than pleased with our experience with Toptal. The professional I got to work with was on the phone with me within a couple of hours. I knew after discussing my project with him that he was the candidate I wanted. I hired him immediately and he wasted no time in getting to my project, even going the extra mile by adding some great design elements that enhanced our overall look.

Paul Fenley, Director

K Dunn & Associates

The developers I was paired with were incredible -- smart, driven, and responsive. It used to be hard to find quality engineers and consultants. Now it isn't.

Ryan Rockefeller, CEO

Radeeus

Toptal understood our project needs immediately. We were matched with an exceptional freelancer from Argentina who, from Day 1, immersed himself in our industry, blended seamlessly with our team, understood our vision, and produced top-notch results. Toptal makes connecting with superior developers and programmers very easy.

Jason Kulik, Co-Founder

ProHatch

As a small company with limited resources we can't afford to make expensive mistakes. Toptal provided us with an experienced programmer who was able to hit the ground running and begin contributing immediately. It has been a great experience and one we'd repeat again in a heartbeat.

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We used Toptal to hire a developer with extensive Amazon Web Services experience. We interviewed four candidates, one of which turned out to be a great fit for our requirements. The process was quick and effective.

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Photo Kharma

Sergio was an awesome developer to work with. Top notch, responsive, and got the work done efficiently.

Dennis Baldwin, Chief Technologist and Co-Founder

PriceBlink

Working with Marcin is a joy. He is competent, professional, flexible, and extremely quick to understand what is required and how to implement it.

André Fischer, CTO

POSTIFY

We needed a expert engineer who could start on our project immediately. Simanas exceeded our expectations with his work. Not having to interview and chase down an expert developer was an excellent time-saver and made everyone feel more comfortable with our choice to switch platforms to utilize a more robust language. Toptal made the process easy and convenient. Toptal is now the first place we look for expert-level help.

Derek Minor, Senior VP of Web Development

Networld Media Group

Toptal's developers and architects have been both very professional and easy to work with. The solution they produced was fairly priced and top quality, reducing our time to launch. Thanks again, Toptal.

Jeremy Wessels, CEO

Kognosi

We had a great experience with Toptal. They paired us with the perfect developer for our application and made the process very easy. It was also easy to extend beyond the initial time frame, and we were able to keep the same contractor throughout our project. We definitely recommend Toptal for finding high quality talent quickly and seamlessly.

Ryan Morrissey, CTO

Applied Business Technologies, LLC

I'm incredibly impressed with Toptal. Our developer communicates with me every day, and is a very powerful coder. He's a true professional and his work is just excellent. 5 stars for Toptal.

Pietro Casoar, CEO

Ronin Play Pty Ltd

Working with Toptal has been a great experience. Prior to using them, I had spent quite some time interviewing other freelancers and wasn't finding what I needed. After engaging with Toptal, they matched me up with the perfect developer in a matter of days. The developer I'm working with not only delivers quality code, but he also makes suggestions on things that I hadn't thought of. It's clear to me that Amaury knows what he is doing. Highly recommended!

George Cheng, CEO

Bulavard, Inc.

As a Toptal qualified front-end developer, I also run my own consulting practice. When clients come to me for help filling key roles on their team, Toptal is the only place I feel comfortable recommending. Toptal's entire candidate pool is the best of the best. Toptal is the best value for money I've found in nearly half a decade of professional online work.

Ethan Brooks, CTO

Langlotz Patent & Trademark Works, Inc.

In Higgle's early days, we needed the best-in-class developers, at affordable rates, in a timely fashion. Toptal delivered!

Lara Aldag, CEO

Higgle

Toptal makes finding a candidate extremely easy and gives you peace-of-mind that they have the skills to deliver. I would definitely recommend their services to anyone looking for highly-skilled developers.

Michael Gluckman, Data Manager

Mxit

Toptal’s ability to rapidly match our project with the best developers was just superb. The developers have become part of our team, and I’m amazed at the level of professional commitment each of them has demonstrated. For those looking to work remotely with the best engineers, look no further than Toptal.

Laurent Alis, Founder

Livepress

Toptal makes finding qualified engineers a breeze. We needed an experienced ASP.NET MVC architect to guide the development of our start-up app, and Toptal had three great candidates for us in less than a week. After making our selection, the engineer was online immediately and hit the ground running. It was so much faster and easier than having to discover and vet candidates ourselves.

Jeff Kelly, Co-Founder

Concerted Solutions

We needed some short-term work in Scala, and Toptal found us a great developer within 24 hours. This simply would not have been possible via any other platform.

Franco Arda, Co-Founder

WhatAdsWork.com

Toptal offers a no-compromise solution to businesses undergoing rapid development and scale. Every engineer we've contracted through Toptal has quickly integrated into our team and held their work to the highest standard of quality while maintaining blazing development speed.

Greg Kimball, Co-Founder

nifti.com

How to Hire Systems Engineers through Toptal

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Talk to One of Our Industry Experts

A Toptal director of engineering will work with you to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics.
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Work With Hand-Selected Talent

Within days, we'll introduce you to the right Systems Engineer for your project. Average time to match is under 24 hours.
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The Right Fit, Guaranteed

Work with your new Systems Engineer for a trial period (pay only if satisfied), ensuring they're the right fit before starting the engagement.

FAQs

  • How are Toptal Systems Engineers different?

    At Toptal, we thoroughly screen our Systems Engineers to ensure we only match you with talent of the highest caliber. Of the more than 100,000 people who apply to join the Toptal network each year, fewer than 3% make the cut. You'll work with engineering experts (never generalized recruiters or HR reps) to understand your goals, technical needs, and team dynamics. The end result: expert vetted talent from our network, custom matched to fit your business needs. Start now.

  • Can I hire Systems Engineers in less than 48 hours through Toptal?

    Depending on availability and how fast you can progress, you could start working with a Systems Engineer within 48 hours of signing up. Start now.

  • What is the no-risk trial period for Toptal Systems Engineers?

    We make sure that each engagement between you and your Systems Engineer begins with a trial period of up to two weeks. This means that you have time to confirm the engagement will be successful. If you're completely satisfied with the results, we'll bill you for the time and continue the engagement for as long as you'd like. If you're not completely satisfied, you won't be billed. From there, we can either part ways, or we can provide you with another expert who may be a better fit and with whom we will begin a second, no-risk trial. Start now.

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  • Trusted Experts Only

    All of our talent are seasoned experts who ramp up quickly, readily contribute as core team members, and work with you to minimize onboarding time.

  • The Right Fit

    We have a knack for matching you with the right fit. Start working with your new hire on a no-risk trial period, paying only if satisfied.

  • Scale as Needed

    Hire in under 2 weeks and scale your team up or down as needed, no strings attached.

  • Seamless Hiring

    We handle all aspects of billing, payments, and NDA’s. Let us take care of the overhead while you focus on building great products.

  • Flexible Engagements

    Choose the engagement type that suits your needs — hourly, part-time, or full-time — with the ability to change anytime.

  • Expert Talent Matching

    Focus on your project and enjoy support from your dedicated account executive and expert talent matcher.

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