Principal Site Reliability Engineer 277 views

We’re looking for Principal Site Reliability Engineers to join the Infrastructure squad here at Auto Trader. You will be part of a team that supports the software delivery platform for all Auto Trader products (about 350 applications), including our main website – autotrader.co.uk. You’ll be hands on to solve difficult technical problems, whilst considering user experience, performance, quality and security.

Our SRE’s aim to automate away as much of their job as possible. One important way to do this is to build self-service tools for user groups that rely on their services (e.g., automatic provisioning of test environments, logs, and statistics visualisation). Doing so reduces work in progress for all parties, allows developers to focus exclusively on feature development, and lets them focus on the next task to automate. One key component that we maintain is the Delivery Platform.

Our Delivery Platform is ever evolving – historically based on a private cloud, on premise, with the latest iteration being based on Kubernetes, and Istio on Public Cloud (Google Cloud Platform). We also have infrastructure in AWS and Azure too, as we believe in using the right tools for the right job. You will play a key part in this evolution, so it would be beneficial if you have past experience designing application architecture in a multi cloud environment.

We want you to help create a bridge between development and operations by applying a software engineering mindset to system administration topics. You will split your time between operations/on-call duties and developing systems and software that help increase site reliability and performance.

We’ve embraced Agile and Lean principles so we’re looking for an engineer who understands the importance of teamwork, communication and collaboration. The squad you will join is made up of a variety of different disciplines, so you will be collaborating with people from a variety of diverse backgrounds to solve problems more holistically. Everyone is jointly responsible for delivering the goals of the team, so there is much opportunity for you to drive direction and solutions, and input based on your experiences.

Our SREs collaborate closely with product developers to ensure that the designed solution responds to non-functional requirements such as availability, performance, security, and maintainability. We have a huge focus on observability, through metrics and alerting. We use tools such as Prometheus, Grafana, ThousandEyes with the goal of detecting problems before they become customer impacting.

As a result of all of the above, product teams at Auto Trader have the confidence to release into production 100s of times per day, we want your help to continue to grow this.

The Infrastructure squad sits within the Technology Tribe, and within the tribe there are a variety of skill sets, we encourage knowledge sharing through pairing and mentoring and as a senior engineer you would be expected to coach others.

We offer a competitive salary and a great flexible benefits package including 25 days’ holiday and pension. We’re centrally located in Manchester city centre.

But, it’s more than just salary and benefits. We believe that your development takes on many forms. We’ll give you the tools and support you need in order to progress. As one of our engineers, you will have the opportunity to attend conferences, host regular external meet-ups in our event space and workshops that help you take your career to the next level. Development is not just limited to what you learn at your desk. If we sound like the kind of place for you then we would love to hear from you.

Everyone is unique in their own way and we are looking for people from all walks of life to become part of our inclusive culture. We’re committed to making Auto Trader a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone. Diversity for us means respect for and appreciation of differences in: gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race and ethnic origin, religion and faith, marital status, social, educational background and way of thinking. Our dedication is to ensure you get the chance to be the best that you can be, showcase your full potential and make the right choice for you.

Closing Date: undisclosed 

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