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Senior Software Engineer, Data Infrastructure

at Bird

Posted: 9/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 5beb78c4-efb0-4e92-a022-88a503083908
Keywords: architecture

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Senior Software Engineer, Data Infrastructure

Santa Monica, California
Data – Data
Full Time

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Who is Bird

At Bird, we’re on a mission to make cities more livable by reducing traffic and carbon emissions with an affordable, convenient, and eco-friendly transportation option. We planted roots in Los Angeles, California. Now, our fleet of electric scooters is available to riders in cities around the world for short trips or the “last mile” of their journey. In our first year, Bird launched in over 100 cities and provided over 10 million rides. And we’re only just getting started.

At Bird, this team builds tools and libraries to ensure our platform is functional, fully automated, and firing on all cylinders. Additionally, the infrastructure team is responsible for building developer tooling that enables the organization to be fully self-service. Along the way the team provides extensive guidance and instruction in architecture, scaling, application life cycle, and modern cloud design. The team works tirelessly to identify and resolve pain-points in any processes.


Design, develop and maintain automation software, scripts, and tools

Analyze and remove bottlenecks in the development workflow for all of Bird Engineering
Identify and resolve production-level infrastructure-related issues that impact the whole organization (We strive to make sure individual teams are still responsible for their own services)
Help define best practices for Bird and mentor fellow engineers
Communicate architectural decisions throughout the Bird Engineering organization via our internal RFC process
Collaborate across software teams to find and fix pain-points in their experience working with our toolkit
Debug distributed applications, via analysis of data such as logs, metrics and APM
Performance profile and tune Linux applicationsHelp manage and be part of an on-call schedule

You'll need extensive experience with:

Provisioning, deploying, and operating services at scale (We’d love to hear some of your battle stories!)

AWS and its suite of services, ideally with deep knowledge of EKS
Experience designing libraries and tooling to facilitate smooth CI/CD pipelines
Infrastructure provisioning tools such as Terraform or CloudFormation
System configuration management accomplished with Chef, Puppet, SaltStack, Ansible or an equivalent

Excellent understanding of:

Large scale platform architecture, including common scaling pitfalls and potential tradeoffs

Troubleshooting production performance issues in Linux systems
At least one widely adopted database platform (PostgreSQL or Elasticsearch a plus)
One or more development languages (Excluding Bash) Golang, Kotlin or Python are a plus
CI/CD pipelines, such as Jenkins, CircleCI, Travis CI, etc.
Networking fundamentals, with thorough understanding and ability to diagnose issues with concepts like routing tables, protocols, subnets and DNS

Bonus points for:

Practical experience with Kubernetes and its associated ecosystem of tools

Experience working with caching layers such as Redis or Memcached
Managing data platforms at scale using technologies such as Flink, Kafka or Presto
Experience in multi-region cloud architecture and some of the common problems to consider
Managing infrastructure with applications that deals with hundreds of thousands of concurrent connections
Understanding the common (and not-so-common) requirements around mission critical disaster recovery scenarios, as well as having successfully designed and executed a plan for one previously

Culture at Bird

We're an ambitious, smart, and open-minded group. Our employees are passionate about our mission, and eager to complete their work at the highest level. The office itself is up tempo and supportive, because we care about each other. People first, people.

Perks up

We want people to succeed at Bird, so we give our teams plenty of time off to relax and recharge. We also offer a generous employer-paid healthcare coverage, on-demand doctor visits, childcare support, a pre-tax commuter account for mass transit or parking, a wellness stipend, and more.

Bird is the world

Bird stands for a culture of inclusion. We celebrate different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives —encouraging everyone to bring their authentic selves to work. We have a diverse environment that empowers our team to feel comfortable when they voice their opinions. For these reasons and more Bird is a proud equal employment opportunity employer. We welcome everyone regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive, open, and diverse work environment.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Sweet. Let’s chat.

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