Hosting Operations Engineer

Person

Reporting to the Vice-President of IT, the Hosting Operations Engineer will be a key member of a team responsible for administering the production hosting environment for KAYAK.com, a worldwide leader in Internet travel search. The successful candidate for this position will be a self-starter with a wide range of skills in Linux/LAMP server hosting environments. A pleasant demeanor and a can-do attitude are a must for this position.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Administering Linux/Apache/Tomcat servers and applications in Kayak’s production, staging and development environments.
  • Troubleshooting, diagnosing and fixing issues in Kayak’s production environment.
  • Build/install/patch production releases of Kayak’s application software on a rotating basis.
  • Performing 24X7 on call duty on a rotating basis.

Technical Skills

  • 3+ years experience with application and Linux/Apache/Tomcat administration in a high volume web hosting operation. (RedHat/CentOS preferred)
  • Strong TCP/IP networking skills including in depth knowledge of DNS, SMTP, HTTP, HTTPS and SSH protocols.
  • Experience building and deploying production application software. Source code management/GIT experience desirable.
  • Strong ruby/groovy/python/perl/bash or equivalent scripting capabilities.

Additional Desired Skills

  • Experience implementing and administering operations automation and configuration management software. Puppet experience preferred.
  • Experience configuring and administering switches, firewalls and load balancers.
  • Experience implementing and configuring monitoring tools
  • Experience administering MySQL databases.

The successful candidate will have the following attributes

  • Initiative: ability to identify and complete tasks on your own.
  • Top-notch troubleshooter: ability to dive into issues, resolve them and find the root cause quickly while under duress.
  • Clear and effective communicator: ability to effectively work with internal and external customers and partners.
  • Multi-tasker: ability to manage multiple tasks and properly prioritize them.
  • Ability to document your work and keep that documentation up to date.
  • Thrives in an environment with very strong colleagues.

What KAYAK can offer you

  • No stupid meetings
  • 4 weeks vacation
  • Generous 401(k) matching
  • Awesome health, dental and vision insurance plans
  • Gym with showers and laundry
  • Game room, drinks, coffee, snacks, etc. in the office

About KAYAK

KAYAK is the best way to find hotels, flights, rental cars. We compare hundreds of travel sites at once.