Senior Systems Engineer, Linux

4 weeks ago
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Information Technology
Regular Full-Time


The Senior Systems Engineer will work in partnership with team lead to ensure team and overall success.  He/she will participate in the design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing and modification of computer systems and programs to drive performance and reliability from software and infrastructure at a massive scale. He/she is expected to be highly skilled and proficient in the theoretical and practical application of specialized knowledge related to computer systems, analysis, infrastructure, and system engineering while working independently and without close supervision.


  • Manage availability, latency, scalability and efficiency of Vubiquity services by engineering reliability into software and systems
  • Respond to and resolve emergent service problems; build tools and automation to prevent problem recurrence
  • Propose infrastructure changes needed to support and ever growing software base
  • Develop prototypes rapidly for evaluation and validation purposes
  • Perform research and analysis on needs and possibilities
  • Provide application support, systems maintenance and participate in a periodic on-call rotation

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Planning and coordinating complex projects across engineering, IT, and operations
  • Identify sound technical solutions to meet the requirements of the business
  • Translating business needs into technical requirements and solutions
  • Evaluating impact of new requirements to existing systems
  • Requirements change management
  • Partnering with Systems Architects, Project Managers, Developers and management to provide timely execution and support for business systems, planning, implementation and increased system uptimes



  • 3-5 years of relevant work experience, including with Unix/Linux systems requiring the use of languages like Python, Perl, Shell or PHP
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting capabilities and the ability to learn new skills quickly with minimal guidance
  • Experience with server hardware and technologies (IBM/HP/SuperMicro)
  • Experience with SAN/NAS Technology, design and implementation and RAID levels (Isilon, NetApp, etc)
  • Working knowledge of Internet Protocols: SMTP, POP3, IMAP, FTP, SSH, DNS, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP
  • Ability to work in a team environment with aggressive deadlines and multiple priorities while staying a team player
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail


  • 6 years relevant work experience, including in a high-volume or critical production service environment as well as experience leading short projects involving outside teams
  • Experience with mass systems deployment and configuration management using kickstart/Cobbler/Puppet/Chef
  • Statistics collection/metering - Nagios, Cacti, Zyrion
  • Experience with virtualization management technologies (VMWare, Xen, KVM)
    • Experience in video post-production, integration, encoding platforms, specs and system design
    • Experience with fast file transfer tools such as Signiant and Aspera
    • Video analysis experience using tools such as Sencore and IneoQuest
    • Experience in multiple *nix variants (e.g. UNIX internals, device drivers), open source tools (e.g. dtrace, ktrace), web service components (e.g. load balancing, LAMP stack), storage and clustering

Key Results and Deliverables (What does success look like):

  • A charismatic and credible communicator who leads by example
  • Strong team player who can build strong relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Have excellent communication skills - written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal
  • An ethical and proactive leader who can maximize the resources of a start-up environment
  • Highly responsible, detail-oriented problem solver with a proven ability to contribute to a creative environment
  • Able to work well under pressure, and handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • Apply good verbal and written skills
  • Play an active role in discussing the evolution of the product
  • Develop deep expertise in multiple areas
  • Keep abreast of latest technologies and trends


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