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Senior Software Engineer

Wikimedia Foundation
Full-time
Posted: 6 months ago

The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our team, reporting to the Sr. Engineering Manager. As the Senior Software Engineer, you will be responsible for developing and executing on the long-term engineering strategy in collaboration with the product team. You will contribute heavily to the high impact challenges behind innovating, building, and maintaining Wikipedia’s data feeds for high volume reusers. In this role, you will foster cross team collaboration where necessary to address business goals, keep the team moving quickly by designing and implementing necessary tools and services, and guide the team on best practices for software engineering and infrastructure reliability.

Wikimedia Enterprise is a new, revenue-generating product that provides fast, comprehensive, reliable, and secure data ingestion for organizations that wish to repurpose Wikimedia/Wikipedia content in third party environments. Wikimedia Enterprise aims to improve the user experience for Wikimedia/Wikipedia readers beyond our own websites; increase the reach and discoverability of Wikimedia/Wikipedia content; and improve awareness and ease of attribution and verifiability of Wikimedia/Wikipedia content by the organizations that reuse our content the most.

We are a distributed and diverse team of engineers with a drive to explore, experiment, and embrace technologies. We act sort of like a startup within the Wikimedia Foundation: we build quickly, deploy often, and our work has a very high impact on the global knowledge ecosystem. If you are up to the challenge of working on something fast paced, of creating services that will revolutionize the systems distributing our knowledge for billions of people across the world, and enjoy the idea of working with a globally distributed team, you might be just the person we need.

You are responsible for:

  • Bringing your creativity to improve our current infrastructure
  • Being a key part of planning our future technical roadmap
  • Maintaining and improving the reliability of highly used commercial data feeds
  • Supporting new code/feature deployments
  • Troubleshooting, debugging and following-up on emerging issues in our application stack and its surroundings
  • Being the interface between the Wikimedia Foundation’s SRE team and Wikimedia Enterprise
  • Assisting in the architectural design of new services and making them operate at scale
  • Incident response, diagnosis and follow-up on system outages or alerts across Wikimedia Enterprise’s production infrastructure
  • Sharing our values and work in accordance with them

Skills and Experience:

  • 3+ years experience in an SRE/Operations/DevOps role as part of a team
  • Being comfortable working in a semi-ambiguous environment, similar to that of a startup
  • Experience in supporting complex web applications running on Amazon Web Services or other comparable cloud platforms
  • Experience working with Kafka or similar distributed event processing systems
  • Experience working with Nodejs and Go applications
  • Comfortable with configuration management and orchestration tools (ECS, Kubernetes), and modern observability infrastructure (monitoring, metrics and logging)
  • Aptitude for automation and streamlining of tasks
  • Comfortable with shell and scripting languages used in an SRE/Operations engineering context (e.g. Python, Go, Bash, Ruby, etc.)
  • Good understanding of Linux/Unix fundamentals and debugging skills
  • Strong English language skills and ability to work independently, as an effective part of a globally distributed team
  • B.S. or M.S. in Computer Science or equivalent in related work experience

Qualities that are important to us:

  • Track record of open source contributions is highly appreciated
  • Experience with non-cloud hosted infrastructure
  • Startup experience is a plus
  • Remote work experience with a highly distributed team
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