Systems Engineer - Victoria, BC

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Are you an experienced Systems Engineer who gets excited about diving deep and looking at the broader context when solving technical issues? Do you enjoy analyzing and tuning hardware/software configurations, automating manual processes, designing scalable systems and identifying improvements? If you can answer “Yes!” to these questions and you have the skills to succeed in a fast paced e-commerce environment, we’d like to meet you. - part of the group of companies - is looking for a Systems Engineer to work at our headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. You will work within our small, multi-talented Site Operations team to apply your skills and knowledge in scripting and systems administration to deploy, operate, and scale our global online marketplace.


  • Perform operational and administrative activities for system management including diagnosing and correcting complex problems
  • Develop scripting and programming for systems administration using one or more of the following: perl, python, ruby, shell
  • Focus on metrics acquisition and analysis, including log processing and regular expressions programming
  • Implement automated solutions for our infrastructure, working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other Amazon tool sets
  • Effectively monitor performance of systems and work with teams to proactively identify pragmatic solutions
  • Analyze and tune hardware/software configurations, automate manual processes, design scalable systems and make recommendations for improvement
  • Multitask between site maintenance and project based initiatives.
  • On-call pager responsibility for monitoring website, batch processes & infrastructure issues on a rotating basis (on-call rate adjustment provided)
  • Work well in a cross-functional team with other members of the Engineering department
  • Occasional travel for on-site administration at our remote Data Centre

Basic Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of hands-on experience in a Systems Engineer role in a 24/7 online environment
  • Knowledge & experience working with Apache, Red Hat, VMware, Tomcat & Unix monitoring tools
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills that enable you to work well with technical and business teams
  • Hands-on experience with shell scripting and programming

Preferred Qualifications:

  • University/college degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience
  • Experience with performance analysis, systems software, systems architecture & design, automation and security best practices
  • Experience working in large-scale distributed environments
  • Experience with Chef, Puppet or Fabric for deployment automation
  • Understanding of messaging protocols and experience with administration of messaging queue products
  • Understanding of TCP/IP networking, architecture and core technologies (DNS, LDAP, NFS, FTP, etc.)
  • Experience using Amazon Web Services especially EC2, CloudFormation, VPC, CloudWatch, Route 53 & IAM

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AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books, with over 110 million primarily used, rare and out-of-print books listed for sale by thousands...