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Rakuten Kobo Inc.
00011836 Requisition #

DevOps / Systems Engineer

The Company:

Here at Rakuten Kobo Inc. we offer a casual working start-up environment and a group of friendly and talented individuals. Our employees rank us highly in terms of commitment to work / life balance. We realize that for our people to be innovative, creative and passionate they need to have healthy minds and bodies. With that in mind, we offer one of the best group benefits plans as well as gym discounts and a personal fitness budget. We hold an annual Wellness Day, host Lunch and Learns to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide fresh fruit daily and other healthy snacks. Teams love our Pooch program and say "dogs in the office make everything better".

Booklovers are thrilled to see that we offer employees a free device upon joining.  We encourage reading time as well as host frequent Lunch and Learn Author Series.

We believe in rewarding all our employees with competitive salaries, performance based annual bonuses, stock options and training opportunities.  For our growing Kobo families, we offer a maternity/paternity leave top up, as well as time off for the non-child bearing parent.


The Role:

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is looking for a DevOps / Systems Engineer to join our Operations team! The team is comprised of many highly talented enthusiastic individuals who ensure the services and offerings from Kobo are available to both internal and external customers.

Reporting to manager of site operations the engineer plays a vital role in daily code deployments, monitoring, troubleshooting issues, and supporting various groups in the organization. In addition to daily responsibilities the individual will be responsible for maintaining Kobo’s mixed infrastructure to maintain SLA and uptime, and continuous improvements to the systems and tools.


The Person:

The ideal candidate is a person who is a generalist who is able to jump on any problem, and aspects of operations where no level of work is beneath them.  The candidate will provide guidance and recommendations to various groups in the company and the operations team.  You will apply your knowledge of scripting, best practices, tools and technologies in an exciting agile development environment. A successful candidate will be a highly adaptable team player with a positive, fun, supportive attitude, and a passion for delivering quality software. 


The Skillset:


·         5+ years of Linux experience (Preferably Ubuntu)

·         2+ years of automation/container tech (K8s, docker, Jenkins, etc)

·         Comfortable working with Windows

·         Experience in system automation programming (e.g. *nix shellscript, Powershell, Python, polyglots preferred)

·         Experience with configuration management tools (e.g. Chef)

·         Strong skills and experience with Linux/Unix for deployment, automation and troubleshooting

·         A solid understanding of system monitoring and tools (e.g. Nagios, InfluxDB, Grafana, ELK)

·         Ability to work effectively on a self-organizing team with minimal supervision

·         Initiative in communicating with co-workers, asking questions and learning

·         Well organized with a keen eye for detail

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

·         Proactive and creative problem solver with the ability to multitask and manage tight deadlines

·         Superior troubleshooting skills

·         Must be energetic and enthusiastic


Nice to Haves:

·         Experience in continuous integration/deployment tools (Octopus Deploy, Jenkins, Chef, Puppet, Git)

·         Experience with various web servers (IIS, Apache, Nginx)

·         Experience with K8s, Splunk, Java, Tomcat, rabbitMQ, ActiveDirectory, MapR/Hadoop, Couchbase/memcached, solr, elasticsearch, MySQL, Postgres

·         Experience with hardware, PureStorage, Cisco/Citrix networks, NetApp, Brocades

·         Experience with different OS (Windows, Linux, VMware)

·         Exposure to working in Agile software development environment

To Learn More About Kobo:

·         Go to the site: https://www.kobo.com

·         Get the behind-the-scenes look: https://news.kobo.com/

·         Follow us on Twitter @: http://twitter.com/kobo

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  Accessibility accommodations for candidates with disabilities participating in the selection process are available on request.  Any information received related to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Rakuten Kobo would like to thank all applicants for their interest in this role however only qualified candidates will be shortlisted.


About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Clara HD, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading and audiobook listening app for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-wining eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.


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