Operations Admin Engineer
Urban Airship - San Francisco, CA

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We run a high capacity, fault tolerant, and horizontally scalable infrastructure. Urban Airship's operations engineers are involved in design and implementation of automation, deployment, and monitoring systems. We analyze system behavior to tease out performance gains and squash configuration issues. We help maintain healthy distributed databases, web servers, deploy the odd email/smtp server, run load tests, backup mission critical data, know when to use caching, write naming services, and are syslog masters, and we're looking to do more. This is serious fun! You have a choice of location: San Francisco, CA or Portland, OR Responsibilities
Linux system administration, including configuration, troubleshooting, and automation
Service configuration for dozens of interconnected applications on virtualized hosts, anything from web servers to databases to home grown services
Performance analysis and tuning for applications, databases, everything in between
Create tools to help automate and conduct functional tests of infrastructure
Participate in on-call rotation
Thoroughly document status and configuration of production systems Skills and Experience
At least three years experience with Linux/System Administration and reasonably deep experience with python/java based systems
Familiarity with TCP/IP networking and routing for small and large networks
Has had skin in the game in a data center move
Experience with automation tools
Intimate knowledge of backup solutions
Expert in monitoring systems and alerting
Played a role in component selection or complex decision making
Experience beyond a siloed IT department
Scale/performance battle scars Technologies we use: Note: You should know some of these, and others that you don't know, you should be excited about learning.
F5 load balancers, Juniper SRX firewalls
Beanstalk (asynchronous job queue)
Kafka (distributed publish/subscribe messaging system)
Chef/Config management
AWS (S3, EC2, etc.)
RHEL/CentOS, Ubuntu

About this company
Urban Airship powers Push Notifications, In-App Purchase, and Subscriptions for mobile applications across major mobile platforms.