Operations Engineer
Flipboard - Palo Alto, CA

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Our mission is to let people discover and share content in beautiful and simple ways.

Headed by Mike McCue, former CEO of Tellme, and Evan Doll, former Senior iPhone Engineer at Apple, Flipboard is inspired by the beauty and ease of print media and combined with the power of social media, helps inform, entertain and inspire people every day.

The company is based in Palo Alto, California and backed by legendary investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, Index Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.

Operations Engineer

We’re looking for an operations engineer to help us manage, maintain and monitor all aspects of the Flipboard production environment. Our environment is a modern combination of application stacks and data stores including HBase, ElasticSearch, and MySQL all within Amazon Web Services. You’ll be challenged dealing with the growth of a highly trafficked mobile application coupled with services that consume the world of content daily.


Ensure the reliable operation of our large scale services built using open source technologies including MySQL, Hadoop, HBase, ElasticSearch, memcached, Redis, and Haproxy all within Amazon Web Services

Build operational automation and developer tools for our analytic environment

Troubleshoot, remedy, and deploy solutions for operational issues

Participate in the research, design, and implementation of new technologies for scaling our growing data sets and processing pipelines

Participate in an on-call rotation for service alerts and disruptions


Fluent with advanced shell scripting plus another scripting language such as Python or Ruby

Experience using and automating in a fully Amazon Web Services environment

Strong analytical and problem-solving skills in a Linux environment

Familiarity with relational databases such as MySQL and distributed data stores including Hadoop

Experience with performance tuning and system load monitoring and diagnostics

Organized, good attention to details, and able to work independently

Understanding of fundamental data structures and algorithms

Comfortable in a fast-paced operations environment with frequent interruptions

Excellent communications skills

BS in Computer Science or related technical field

Extra bonus points

Familiarity with ETL goals such as data management and data quality

Experience using Graphite, OpenTSDB, or other metric tools to track millions of metrics

Experience using distributed monitoring systems like Sensu

Experience with configuration management tools like Puppet, Chef (and Ansible or Saltstack)

Experience using Storm in a production environment

Why Join Flipboard

Build a product that millions use and love every day, transforming how people discover, browse and share media. By joining Flipboard now, our startup culture will enable you to learn and grow while shaping the product, the company, resulting in the most impactful work of your career.

Team-up with cutting-edge thought leaders from Apple, Google, Netflix, Adobe, Ellerdale, Sony, Ning, Tellme, and Microsoft, Time Inc. & Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to help grow the world's first social magazine across multiple platforms.

CEO, Mike McCue is a creative visionary experienced at building innovative products and companies (acquired by Netscape & Microsoft).

Collaborative teams work together with strong purpose and vision. “Mock O’clock” held each week serves as a forum for team members to demo new ideas and projects.

Pick your equipment: we provide your choice of computers, screens, tablets, and peripherals.

Flipboard’s HQ is an open, beautifully converted art studio centrally located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto.

Compensation including base, equity, plus generous, comprehensive benefits

Benefits & Perks:
401(k) with company contribution

Vision, dental, life, and health insurance

Unlimited “out of office time” for holidays, vacation, sick leave, and personal or family needs

Flexible hours

Subsidized commuter programs

Beer Fridays: casual team & friend meet-ups at Flipboard HQ

Team celebrations: company anniversaries, birthdays, Thanksgiving, weddings/babies- you name it, we celebrate it.

Flipboard Sports- Basketball team, certified rock climbers, biking, or anything you’d like to organize.

Lots of snacks (healthy and otherwise).

About this company
Flipboard is your personal magazine. It's the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, discover amazing things from around...