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Senior Systems Engineer

at TuneUp Media in San Francisco, CA   —   Jul 04, 2014   |  
We are looking for Sr. Systems Engineer to work in our systems engineering group supporting our core infrastructure in our San Francisco location. This person will be a key part of our IT OPS team helping to design, build, and maintain, the infrastructure needed to support our growing company.

In this role, you will need to have a breadth of knowledge cutting across a variety of platforms, applications and technologies ranging from a typical Mac or PC desktop setup to our production application stack and its associated hardware. This is a many hat wearing role with a 30/70 ratio split between standard corporate IT support tasks and broad-spectrum Linux system administration duties.

Besides being a fun place to work (the benefit of being in the music space without having to deal with the labels), it won't be boring. We run a VMWare vSphere 4.0/4.1 virtualized production stack with Ubuntu 10.04 server instances. Our hypervisors run on Dell hardware sitting behind Juniper firewalls, and F5 load-balancers. Our application stack is built with nginx, php5, php5-fpm, Zend Framework, memcached, and MySQL-Percona. We have integrated a solid automation harness utilizing Capistrano and SVN for code deployment and Fabric/custom scripts for system/instance provisioning.

We're far from being done with our infrastructure. It runs well, its not broken, and we have the time to look forward. In the next iteration of our production architecture, we will be extending our platform to scale leveraging cloud-based capacity on AWS or a similar service.

Build, configure, and administer various application and server platforms, both real and virtual, based on Ubuntu, CentOS, and some Win2008
Respond for break-fix situations, fulfilling hardware/operating system reconfiguration requests, and the installation of new servers/instances.
Take customer requirements, work with other business areas within company to understand needs and see that the individual requests are fulfilled, and provide project team with time and cost estimates,
Respond to IT requests and manage assigned tasks within the ticket queue
Communicate repair efforts to all interested parities during system failures and provide system outage postmortems.
Document and manage system configurations
As this role supports revenue-generating infrastructure, it requires an overall enthusiasm, dedication, flexibility, and willingness to respond in a 24/7/365 environment (including working weekends and nights as needed).
Background, Skills and Abilities
5 years professional experience in server administration with hands on experience building and scaling compute infrastructure for 7/24 online e-commerce operations.
3 years experience in desktop support in a mixed Mac/PC/Linux environment.
Direct experience with Ubuntu/Debian Linux server administration and previous experience working in a virtualized production environment (preferably VMWare based)
Must be well versed in operational disciplines and procedures such as incident/issue management, change control, system monitoring, system backup, multi-platform integration and project management.
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple complex tasks simultaneously with a proven track record of leading and finishing projects
Experience with systems management frameworks and revision control systems (Capistrano/Puppet/Fabric/SVN/BZR/GIT)
Experience developing shell scripts (python/bash) for task automation, configuration management, software patching, etc.
Solid knowledge of MySQL database administration - experience with DB master-master or master-slave replication methodologies would be a real advantage.
Experience with Active Directory on Win2008R2
Possess a real understanding of networking, network security, VPN's and Firewalls, preferably with Juniper/Netscreen/F5 experience
And, of course, be a team player who works well with developers, designers, users and other IT staff
Have a B.S. or B.A. in a technical discipline with relevant certifications a plus
If you're looking for a rewarding opportunity, a great work environment, please respond to this posting with your resume, cover letter, and salary history.
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