Senior Systems Engineer
Safari Books Online - Boston, MA

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We're looking for a senior Linux systems engineer who cares about building and supporting meaningful applications that enrich the personal and professional lives of our customers. Our products are used in libraries, startups, classrooms, and corporations, and help technologists learn, share knowledge, and succeed in their careers.

(We're especially proud to be a key part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative to bring digital learning to every American classroom: )

We encourage everyone in the company to write and speak on tech topics that interest them. For a flavor of our IT culture, you might enjoy some recent posts on Chef and continuous integration, open source monitoring, and our approach to bringing on new tech team members.

Skills & Requirements
You'll join a friendly, supportive IT and systems team located in Boston and Sebastopol, CA, and do meaningful work in architecting scalable and reliable infrastructures. The systems group supports clusters on cloud, virtualized, and physical IT environments, for both Python and Java-based architectures.


Manage and maintain Linux & SAN environments that include Corporate, Data Warehouse, Test, and Production systems.

Manage and maintain monitoring to ensure uptime and SLA levels.

Identify, drive and implement process and technology improvements. Effectively manage projects as necessary.

Support Safari applications, users, and customers.


Culture, kindness, and expertise are all important to us. Strong interpersonal, analytical, and customer service skills are a must. We expect all our technologists to act as technical resources for others.

We're highly distributed, so we look for a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Finally, we look for smart people. For this job, expertise in system administration, configuration, troubleshooting, performance tuning, preventative maintenance, and security procedures are all required.

Experience with:
Network architecture including load balancers, switches, and routers.

Enterprise storage, SAN-based storage, and disk subsystems

Linux systems

Production monitoring via Nagios, Munin, et al

Backup systems

Git and subversion

DNS, SSL, SSH, XML, JDBC, SNMP, IPSEC and other protocols

Python, Perl or Bash scripting.

Tomcat/Jetty/Java applications

Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS)


Networking (Firewalls, VPN, pfSense)

MySQL, Postgres, Pentaho, NoSQL variants, Hadoop!

Infrastructure automation (Chef/Puppet)

About Safari Books Online

Safari Books Online provides access to tech & business books, and conference & training videos. We help digital professionals become more remarkable in their careers.

2014 is an exciting time to join Safari, as we're especially proud to be a key part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative to bring digital learning to every American classroom.