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Systems Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering


  • UK
  • Not disclosed
  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 08/02/2013
  • HR Operations
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Systems Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering


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This position is based in London, UK.

The area: Technical Infrastructure

Behind everything our users see online is the architecture built by the Technical Infrastructure team to keep it running. From developing and maintaining our data centers to building the next generation of Google platforms, we make Google's product portfolio possible. We're proud to be our engineers' engineers and love voiding warranties by taking things apart so we can rebuild them. We're always on call to keep our networks up and running, ensuring our users have the best and fastest experience possible.

The role: Systems Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering Engineering makes Google's services fast and reliable for hundreds of millions of users. Described as "software engineering for adrenaline junkies", the team combines software development, networking, and systems administration expertise to build and run massively distributed, fault-tolerant software systems and infrastructure. We hire technology mavens who love being in the center of the action, and we routinely tackle complex software and systems issues ranging from distributed change propagation on live serving systems, to designing and deploying cost-aware load balancing systems for the largest user-facing service in the world.

You are a frontline fire fighter, assisting the team get to the end goal and tackle a part of of the huge issues that will arise and making sure it's fixed.

Competitive rates of pay apply. Closing date: 20 November 2012


  • Manage availability, latency, scalability and efficiency of Google services by engineering reliability into software and systems.
  • Respond to and resolve emergent service problems and build automation tools to prevent problem recurrence.
  • Participate in service capacity planning and demand forecasting, software performance analysis and system tuning.
  • Review and influence ongoing design, architecture, standards and methods for operating services and systems.

Minimum qualifications:

  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related field (In lieu of degree, relevant skills or equivalent experience).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with Unix systems administration including solid scripting skills in Shell, PHP, Perl, or Python.
  • Expertise in data structures and algorithms.
  • Expertise in analyzing and troubleshooting large-scale distributed systems.
  • Knowledge of IP networking, network analysis, performance and application issues using standard tools like tcpdump.
  • Tack-sharp analytical abilities, coupled with a strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive.
  • Ability to handle periodic oncall duty as well as out-of-band requests.

Ref: IJ-10019
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