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Site Reliability Engineer - Messaging/Kafka – Budapest

Site Reliability Engineer - Messaging/Kafka

We are looking for a Site Reliability Engineer - Messanging/Kafka to join our growing team in Budapest within our Service Platform team.  

The team is responsible for stateful distributed systems, including Kafka and ZooKeeper, which is critical for crucial workloads in backend processing system, that powers and drives the horizontal scaling of the platform.

Your Mission

You’ll be working hands on designing, architecting and implementing our stateful systems on AWS, as well as on-premise data centres. In addition, you will also help our product engineers use the clients to interact with these systems, laying down best practices and rules. You should have a deep understanding of distributed systems, knowing the tradeoffs and failure scenarios that can happen.

It’s not a team that works in isolation, there are multiple teams in platform who will be able to help. You will be working closely with the platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service teams, to ensure we are providing the best platform for product engineers.

Must Have

  • Messaging systems (Kafka/ActiveMQ/RabbitMQ)
  • Leader election (ZooKeeper/etcd)
  • Understanding of Java application code, and/or other JVM languages
  • Sysadmin ability to debug issues with disk, network, app performance etc
  • Experience in infrastructure automation tools (Ansible/Puppet/Chef)
  • Experience with building out scalable and automated Cloud platforms on preferably AWS

Nice to Have

  • Knowledge of Spring frameworks, especially Messaging
  • Experience in Kafka streams, or other equivalent streaming tech
  • Amazon’s messaging offerings, such as SQS, Kinesis
  • Sysadmin knowledge of networks, firewall for AWS and on-prem
  • Have ran performance and load tests at scale, and able to forecast capacity for the future

Key Areas of the role;

  • Define and create standard operating procedures that are compliant and auditable
  • Ownership of mission-critical shared infrastructure - run, maintain and schedule upgrades
  • Isolation of environments and work with various engineering teams to figure out how to best suit their needs
  • Sees failover and DR events as something that needs to happen with regularity and should be seamless

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What we offer in return:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Generous stock options package
  • Lots of awesome TransferWise benefits

A bit about TransferWise...

Since 2011, we’ve had a clear mission: money without borders. Built by and for people who live global lives, we’re the fairest, easiest way to manage your money across borders.

We’re just at the beginning of our story and we’re growing at an incredible pace. We won’t stop until anyone, anywhere can send, spend and receive money wherever they are, whatever they’re doing. There’s still heaps to do and we can’t do it alone.

Our People

At TransferWise, you’ll be joining a movement of people who believe in a better, fairer, more transparent way of moving money around the world. You’ll collaborate to do your best work and take on problems that no one has looked at before.

If you’re keen to learn, grow, try new things and aren’t afraid of a bold plan, you’ll fit right in.

How we work...

At TransferWise our strategy emerges from the collective brainpower of all our people, who are organized in dozens of independent, autonomous teams. Teams stay closest to our customers, so they choose what problems to solve and where to spend the most time.

You’ll experience radical levels of ownership and empowerment within your role. Plus the opportunity to see the direct impact of your work on our customers.

Some important stuff we would like you to know

To meet our regulatory obligations as a licensed financial services company, TransferWise needs to take background checks on all new hires, which may include Criminal and Credit checks. Please discuss with the Recruiter if you have any concerns regarding this process.

At TransferWise we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, we want to make sure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone. So if you need any reasonable adjustments – at any point in the process – we’ll do our best to help. Just let us know what you need on your application form or reply with your request to the email we send you after you have applied. You might need a reasonable adjustment if you’ve got a disability. Or maybe you live overseas, and you’d prefer to meet us over Skype.

Please don’t send anything to the adjustments address if you’re a recruiter, or if you’re making a speculative application. We do work with recruiters from time to time – but only through LinkedIn. And we only accept job applications when a position is actually open. So you’re better off just checking the recruitment pages regularly.