Systems Administrator
Birchbox - New York, NY

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Birchbox is looking for a Systems Administrator with a passion for building infrastructure that is maintainable and scalable. You are creative, pragmatic, always seeking to learn, and never lose site of the goal of delivering an amazing end-user experience to the customer. Responsibilities Infrastructure expansion and support; dev is virtualized, QA and prod are collocated hardware Refine our software lifecycle practices and deployment strategy Build tools and processes to improve the practices of development and quality assurance Support our office network, and provide assistance to staff Requirements 2-3 years of experience in a production web shop (and some personal projects, too) Experience with the standard chain of technologies found in a web shop: apache2, varnish, app and transport LBs Experience with relational and non-relational data storage and access, in particular, replicated mysql and memcache Understanding of IP networking, associated physical topologies, and the supporting service infrastructure Great facility with the UNIX paradigm; we°re a Linux shop (Debian) and we have OS X desktops and laptops Experience developing tools to manage a complex collection of environments Experience troubleshooting under pressure (Perl or Python), Ruby and Bourne-compat shell skills You have a thirst for new knowledge, and responsibility. You want to own projects in their entirety, and master new problem spaces and technologies.

You are compelled to excellence, powerless to resist the siren°s song of a beautiful solution. You are pragmatic: sometimes a beautiful solution is impermanent and expedient. You know how to make the call. You are persistent: it°s a job, it has some grind, you know how to dig out a solution; at the end of the day it has to ship.

You are joyful and take pride in what you do; we°re a talented and diverse crew, lucky enough to be building something people really love. Pluses Experience with Chef Experience packaging for Debian Familiarity with messaging systems such as XMPP and AMQP Experience with payment, logistics, inventory management, and consumer ecommerce systems Tech @ Birchbox The technology team at Birchbox is responsible for development (and maintenance) of the company°s customer-facing sites (in the United States, France, the UK, and Spain), managing hosted and cloud infrastructure, and closely supporting other teams (logistics, marketing, et al.) in our 110+-person company. We work with a wide variety of open-source technologies: Debian-based servers; Chef deployments; Ruby on Rails, Java and PHP services; and Python, Perl and R scripts. The size of our team and the breadth of its responsibilities means we rely on our engineers to be self-motivated and quickly follow through on tasks without requiring close supervision.

In return our engineers are given leeway to use their own initiative. Our team spans software engineering, technical operations, product, and data science. Our challenges include: evolving our software and systems architecture to support a rapidly growing customer base across multiple countries and languages; designing and implementing the best user experience for our customers; We are striving to revolutionize online retail. using data, complex algorithms, and statistics, to personalize the Birchbox experience for our customers, both offline and online.

Why it°s great to work at Birchbox The uncommon chance to be at the start of something huge. We dream big. We run fast. We love a challenge.

The chance to build a fresh infrastructure to express better solutions to old and new problems. The opportunity to work on conceiving, designing and building a next-generation ecommerce experience. We think Espresso, Cake, Cookies, Chocolate, and Cambodian Sandwiches are food groups. Which is part of the reason why we also believe in working out in the office.

Push-ups anyone? We love our work, our team, and our customers. About Birchbox Birchbox is changing the way consumers discover and purchase grooming, beauty, and lifestyle products. We combine a monthly subscription service with original editorial content and a fully integrated e-commerce shop.

Every month, members sample high-end products targeted to fit their personal profile and behavior, learn about them through our content, and purchase full-size versions of the products they like. Our platform provides our brand partners with an innovative and efficient way to access new customers. Birchbox launched in the Fall of 2010 and is one of the fastest growing companies in New York. We are backed by top VC firms, including Accel Partners and First Round Capital.

In September 2012, Birchbox expanded internationally with the acquisition of the Paris based discovery service JolieBox, operating in France, the UK, and Spain. You can get a feel for the buzz about Birchbox, by searching for us on YouTube: For traditional media coverage, checkout our press page: Birchbox has offices in New York, Paris, London and Barcelona.

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Launched in 2010, Birchbox is a leading beauty e-commerce company for both men and women. Birchbox redefines the retail process by offering...