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Systems Development Engineer - Gloucester

Systems Development Engineer - Gloucester

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The Book Depository Limited
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Job Description

Amazon strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, and Amazon’s Consumer International Technology group (InTech) owns the enhancement and delivery of Amazon’s cutting-edge engineering to all the varied customers and cultures of the world. InTech does this through a combination of partnerships with other Amazon technical teams and its own innovative new projects. InTech spans tech teams across Europe including international retail subsidiary The Book Depository.

Global bookseller The Book Depository joined the Amazon group in 2011. Its retail website offers huge selection, great service, a wide choice of payment currencies, and free shipping to customers in over 100 countries worldwide. The business strives to delight customers by constantly improving its pricing, delivery and shopping experience. The Book Depository is based in London UK (HQ, Engineering, and Commercial), Gloucester UK (Fulfillment Centre), and Madrid, Spain (Engineering).

The position will be based in Gloucester, UK.

The System Administration team builds and maintains the infrastructure that supports the Book Depository tech stacks including the physical architecure for the website, supply chain and warehouse management systems. We have high standards for our computer systems as well as our employees: our systems are highly secure, highly reliable, highly available, and must function at scale; our employees are super smart, driven to serve customers, and fun to work with. The successful Systems Engineer does much more than plug computers together or track changes. They are instrumental in deploying, operating, and scaling the full technology stack. They are critical team members in the major projects and programs across the team. The proactively simplify, secure, and automate our systems management.

We are looking for a seasoned Systems Engineer to help grow our Infrastructure Team. As one of our founding members, you will play a key role in creating a culture of innovation, high standards and rapid delivery. You will join a team of wicked smart engineers on a fast-moving and passionate team. You will also be expected to take part in on-call rotations including support to Fulfillment Centre operations out of core hours.

Basic Qualifications

You should have or be most of the following:
· Experience running and maintaining a 24x7 Internet-oriented production environment
· Demonstrable expertise around specifying, designing, maintaining and/or implementing tools and systems to monitor, repair and update software and hardware systems.
· Experience in building dashboards and automation to track system health and performance of software systems for 24x7 environments
· A solid grasp of networking fundamentals, preferably including hands-on experience with load balancers, switches, routers, VPC, VPN etc.
· Demonstrable expertise architecting and operating solutions on AWS.

You will be expected to deliver on the following types of initiatives:
· Through participation in all phases of the development of a large distributed system; providing hardware, manageability, operability and performance perspectives on all aspects of the system
· Define and/or refine hardware requirements and selected designs, balancing raw up-front dollar cost with operability and TCO, from the data center infrastructure up specify and participate in the development and delivery of operability-related features such as system health monitoring, diagnostics, repair, and other self-healing automation
· Develop or further existing application and system management tools and processes that reduce manual efforts and increase overall efficiency
· Adapt and improve operations management systems and processes to accommodate rapid and increasing growth in systems and traffic
· Maintain fleet inventory management, including producing, maintaining, and evolving capacity plans for various components
· Monitor the health of the fleet, automating system health, maintenance tasks, and reporting systems as needed

· BS Computer Science or other technical degree and related experience
· Solid experience of running and maintaining a 24x7 production environment
· Extensive years of experience of operating *NIX systems administration or development
· Experience with scripting Python, Ruby, Perl, or similar languages
· Experience with support procedures and methodologies for production computing environments
· Experience with service-oriented architecture and web services

Preferred Qualifications

· Experience with very large, high-throughput distributed systems
· Systems Administration or Development in a Linux/Unix environment
· Programming/scripting in a Unix/Linux environment
· Experience with some aspect(s) of computer security: network security, application security, security protocols, cryptography, etc.
· Familiar with the challenges surrounding efficient operations and failure mode analysis in large complex distributed systems
· Able to show good judgment and instincts in decision making
· Able to prioritize and perform in complex, fast-paced situations
· Experience with agile software development practices
· BS Computer Science or other technical degree and related experience
· Solid experience of running and maintaining a 24x7 production environment
· Extensive years of experience of operating *NIX systems administration or development
· Experience and a desire to develop with cloud computing solutions for DevOps and infrastructure automation.