[jobs] Production Engineer position at Yahoo

mikel king mikel.king at olivent.com
Wed Feb 3 22:24:00 EST 2010

A friend of mine at Yahoo passed this to me. I've placed the link at  
the bottom.

Position: Production Engineer, Yahoo! Search Technology

Location: Sunnyvale, CA

Do you...

* Have a passion for solving technical problems, from the network to  
the application stack?

* Want to write applications that provide infrastructure for deploying  
software to, managing, and maintaining many thousands of servers?

* Envision the ability to work with large scale systems which require  
performing almost no tasks manually?

* Spend time trying to figure out how something works, not stopping  
with knowing just that it does?

* Want to make real web applications and back-end systems faster, more  
reliable, more efficient?

Production Engineers at Yahoo! thrive on the scale and mission- 
critical nature of our complex search systems as well as the challenge  
that comes along with their operation. In this critical role, you'll  
utilize your rare combination of significant UNIX systems experience,  
network knowledge, troubleshooting skills, and coding sensibilities to  
design, deploy, monitor, and automate all operational aspects of  
Yahoo!'s revenue-critical search platforms. The ideal candidate is a  
technical generalist with skills ranging from production systems/ 
network management to software development.

This is a full time position located in Sunnyvale, CA.


* Function as a technical generalist responsible for the overall  
health and performance of our search platform

* Use a combination of open source and custom built tools to handle  
deployment, administration, and monitoring of a large-scale Linux  

* Gain deep application-level knowledge of the systems.

* Administer a massive mission-critical production environment, plus a  
large non-production environment.

* Work with development teams to harden, enhance, document, and  
generally improve the operability of our systems

* Responsible for the configuration/build-out of new deployments to  
facilitate our constant growth.

* Participate in a 12x7 (daylight hours) on-call pager rotation

Minimum Job Qualifications

* 4 years of work experience in Unix System administration.

* Experience working with datacenter technicians while provisioning  
servers and dealing with break fix of hardware.

* Experience providing tier1 production support for mission critical  
web applications.

* Excellent Troubleshooting and problem solving skills, including  
application, server and network-level troubleshooting ability.

* Knowledge of Internet fundamentals.  (e.g. RFCs, DNS architecture,  
best practices, security, etc.)

* Good written and verbal communication skills

* Good interpersonal skills and be an avid team player

* Must be a self-starter and quick learner with a passion for open  
source solutions.

* Have a passion for production support and possess a constant desire  
to excel and grow in the job.

Preferred Job Qualifications

* Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or MIS.

* 2+ years experience with Linux, preferably with RHEL.

* Experience administering large-scale (1000+ server) production  
installations (ecommerce background a plus)

* Familiarity with web design and LAMP stack.

* Experience with network designs, protocols, and troubleshooting.

* Good scripting experience, Perl is a plus.

* Exposure to virtualization technologies.


Mikel King
CEO, Olivent Technologies
Senior Editor, BSD News Network
Columnist, BSD Magazine
6 Alpine Court,
Medford, NY 11763
o: 631.627.3055 c: 631.796.1499

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