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System Engineer

Posted 10 days ago

Title: System Engineer
Type: Contract-to-Hire - 6 months
Location: San Francisco, CA

Our client, a quantitative market making firm, is seeking a System Engineer. The System Engineer will be joining a high-performance Infrastructure Engineering team based in San Francisco, CA. The ideal candidate will provide leadership as well as a disciplined but agile practical and hands on approach to the design, support, and continuous optimization of our cutting-edge trading and enterprise infrastructure server platforms and systems.  

Key attributes & expectations include the following:  

  • Develop in-house and employ industry best practices to build, deploy, support, optimize hardware and software on large fleet of Unix servers as well as the infrastructure systems they host
  • Monitor and fine-tune server performance for maximum operating efficiency within a resource intensive, high bandwidth, and ultra-low latency production environment  
  • Using a services oriented and customer friendly approach, partner with internal infrastructure, software, and business teams to solve the most challenging technology and business problems through clever yet elegant and practical solutions engineering in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to develop multiple options to address complex problems and perform cost / benefit analysis to clearly demonstrate potential business value for any proposed solution
  • Identify, prioritize, and manage projects independently and in collaboration with peers as requirements and timelines dictate
  • Strong, organized, and effective approach to troubleshooting complex problems with the agility that is suitable for a high stakes trading environment
  • Ability to standardize and automate for efficiency but willingness to develop, deploy, and support custom solutions when there is a clear benefit to the firm in doing so
  • Excellent technical and non-technical verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to create and maintain technical design and support documentation
  • Manage and partner with Vendors to support existing systems as well as to keep ahead of new technologies to evaluate for potential benefit to the firm
  • Comfortable working in an environment with a high rate of change and, when appropriate, willingness to step outside of primary role in order to facilitate successful outcomes · 
  • Passionate about improving your own skills as well as those of your colleagues through knowledge sharing and mentoring
  • Comfortable working in a multidisciplinary team of varying skill levels
  • Open to new and unconventional ways of doing things, ability to adapt methods, skills, and technology when there is a clear benefit to the firm in doing so
  • A very strong sense of purpose, enjoyment, ownership and accountability in everything you do  
Required Skills & Experience: 

A strong technical background and well tested experience as a Systems Administrator and Engineer to support our Linux-based trading platform and related infrastructure is essential to succeed in this position. Duties to include hardware and OS support, configuration change management, service and system monitoring. At minimum, candidates should be able to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: 
  • Server platform hardware architecture
  • High performance and ultra-low latency server networking
  • Familiarity with multicast technologies and supporting multicast applications
  • Knowledge of and / or experience working with high performance messaging systems
  • Linux administration and troubleshooting, predominately Ubuntu
  • Administering and utilizing enterprise monitoring
  • Troubleshooting using packet capture analysis and other tools
  • Python and/or bash scripting experience
  • Automation, preferably Ansible
  • Ability to thoroughly scope and document tasks
  • Collaborate effectively with users of varying skill levels  
Desired Skills: 
  • Jira & Confluence
  • Backup administration, developing jobs and recovery plans
  • VMware administration
  • Windows administration & integration with Linux systems
  • SAN administration