Systems Administrator- Linux
PowerReviews - San Francisco, CA

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PowerReviews is the leading provider of social commerce software-as-a-service solutions. PowerReviews Essential Social Suite is the only solution to integrate the 3 key components of social success-Social Content, Social Engagement and Social Measurement- enabling companies to turn social activity into sales. Near Union Square and all types of transportation, our small team of talent represents diversity, innovative thinking and a will to succeed. We are committed to making end-to-end social solutions that blaze new trails for companies to design, market and sell their products.

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PowerReviews is live on over 5500 websites - across 15 languages in 21 countries - including Staples,, Room & Board, ESPN, Quicksilver, and Jockey.

Ranked 19th on LEAD411’s 2012 Hottest Companies in San Francisco Award

Customer Reviews Solution Leader in the Internet Retailer Top 500 survey, AlwaysOn Top 100 SaaS award winner, JMP Hot 100 award winner and one of 90 Facebook preferred vendors.

Venture capital backing from Four Rivers Group, Woodside Fund, Menlo Ventures and Tenaya Capital.

Two patents since 2009 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Patent No. 7,930,363) relating to the method in which it delivers user-generated product reviews to websites globally.

System Administrator
PowerReviews is looking for a system administrator to join our Technical Operations team. You are an experienced technologist who has worked in internet operations or software development most of your career. You've managed mission-critical production servers, been on call, experienced failures, and troubleshot every problem you can think of. At PowerReviews you will be able to apply your talents at a startup that can offer you deep technical challenges. You will have broad-based influence over architectural design, performance analysis, capacity planning, tools development, monitoring, and troubleshooting.

  • Linux system operations architecture and setup
  • System monitoring and alerting strategies
  • Design, implement, and maintain our system provisioning framework
  • Mentor junior support staff
  • Maintain super-productive relationships with Engineering and Product Development
  • Become an unparalleled expert on the PowerReviews systems, from standard administration processes down to deep internal debugging
  • Plan and coordinate system maintenance to minimize customer impact
  • Create operational documentation and troubleshooting guidelines
  • Participation in on-call rotation schedule
  • 4+ years of experience supporting Internet business operations, managing production systems
  • Excellent knowledge of and background with programming and shell scripting
  • Advanced Linux / Unix background
  • A track record of building scalable Internet infrastructure using automation
  • Ability to isolate problems between hardware and software to provide information to appropriate development team
  • Highly developed, process-oriented skills for troubleshooting, problem solving, and problem resolution
  • Experience with automated system provisioning (puppet, capistrano, chef, cfengine, func)
  • Solid understanding of common security principles
  • Proficiency with version control (SVN, GIT)
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Nice to Haves:
  • Live and breathe performance
  • Familiar with Ruby
  • Solid knowledge of networking concepts and complex topologies
  • Database experience, preferably Postgres
  • Experience with bootstrapping and bare-metal provisioning
  • Virtualization experience
  • Open source contributor
  • Bachelor's degree in CS is a plus