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Senior Systems Engineer

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Automattic, the tech powerhouse behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, Tumblr, and WooCommerce, is looking for the world’s best systems engineers. On our Systems team, you’ll deliver high availability, performance, and security for tens of billions of page views and over a billion web surfers each month—from 30 private data centers in 30 locations on 6 continents. Help us develop, build, and maintain a leading global infrastructure and share our learnings with the world.

Help us solve problems we don’t know we have.

As part of a small and vertically integrated team responsible for a huge setup, you’ll have a unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of the management of our infrastructure, including:

  • Maximizing the availability and uptime of all services through proactive planning, sound architectural decisions, automation and rapid response to failures;

  • Making Automattic services as fast as possible for our users through optimization of server-side and client-side interactions, and work with 3rd party services where necessary;

  • Ensuring our services are safe and secure for both our users and employees through a combination of proactive monitoring and enforcement, real-time response, and maintaining data integrity/backups to allow recovery from disasters;

  • Removing as much friction as possible between Automattic developers and their goal of shipping software. When there are questions, we provide answers—usually in a matter of minutes, sometimes seconds;

Here’s a real-time traffic map. Each color represents an Automattic data center: http://automattic.com/automattic-data-centers

The Systems Engineer position might be a good fit if you:

  • Have maintained large Nginx setups with advanced routing configuration, load balancing, reliable performance and high availability;

  • Have run very large MySQL/MariaDB deployments while maintaining an unparalleled level of performance, uptime and data integrity;

  • Have experience running and debugging PHP applications at scale;

  • Understand the relationship of these services with the lower level systems stacks – filesystems, network, memory management, kernel internals, etc;

  • Have deep operational and maintenance experience with very large and complex public facing web hosting systems;

  • Can autonomously architect, prototype, and maintain solutions to different problems and hosting requirements;

  • Possess extreme attention to detail and strive for unparalleled operational excellence;

  • Are open and available for a 2-3 week post-COVID travel per year to meet up with your teammates in person.

Want to know more about how we do things?

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs0DcY80spw

We are looking to expand our team and aim to reflect and expand on the diversity of Automatticians currently working with us. At Automattic, we value diversity and know that different perspectives will ensure our team is innovative and creative thinking.

Read more about our compensation philosophy and benefits.

Salary range: $110,000-$210,000+ USD

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