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Platform Reliability Engineer - Java-Linux-Jenkins-containers

  • Job reference: 27592
  • Location: City of London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Start date: Not specified
  • Contact: Not specified
  • Sector: Infrastructure & Cloud Services
  • Salary: £70000 - £80000 per annum

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Senior Platform Reliability Engineer

Platform Reliability Team, is a highly skilled team of software engineers focused on building performance and reliability into the clients state of the art trading platform. The clients vision for future and evolution of its architecture and development practices are constantly presenting a new set of challenges. The team is focused to play its key part in the strategy to sustain its technology leadership.

The team is characterized by passion for continuous improvement, natural problem solver, in-depth understanding of reliability patterns, and enablers of DevOps culture. Our strategy is to empower development teams to deliver reliable high-performance software, and develop control and platform intelligence mechanisms to ensure that only high standard components get as far as production.

The selected candidate will play an important role in driving the team's strategy forward and reports to a Platform Reliability Lead. The responsibilities also include:

  • Engage in and improve the whole lifecycle of services-from inception, through design (software) and refinement (deployment, operational, monitoring).
  • Engage with Development teams before services go live through activities such as system design consulting, development of libraries/services to introduce standardized libraries, capacity planning and launch reviews.
  • Ensure once services are LIVE they have monitoring and alerting to validate overall system health. This should go beyond basic process checking and touch various other aspects of engineering like measuring end-to-end latency, kernel level metrics (sockets overflow) etc.
  • Discover Single-Point-Of-Failures within a System.
  • Scale systems sustainably through mechanisms like automation, and evolve systems by pushing for changes that improve reliability and resiliency.
  • Practice sustainable incident response and blameless postmortems.

The role has an element of Out-Of-Hours support. Each person in the team will be on Escalation and will be involved to investigate & technically coordinate critical issues with the trading platform.

The character and attitude is as important as technical capability hence; We are looking for someone who is full of energy and positive, friendly and easy to work with, a great team player, and has a can-do attitude. She/he is technically very strong, passionate about technology and excites people around them too. A person who enjoys troubleshooting, is analytical and able to think logically, and can communicate effectively and precisely.

Required Experience:

  • Experience in developing reliable applications with good design patterns and latency critical.
  • Work experience in environments characterized by high throughput, low latency, zero downtime, frequent production deploys.
  • Troubleshooting complex problems in a distributed environment.
  • Design technical solutions.
  • Driving a project from inception to production and overseeing all steps involved.
  • Good communication skills and able to inspire colleagues.

Required Skills:

  • In depth understanding of Java and JVM.
  • Continuous Delivery principles.
  • Messaging Systems e.g. JMS.
  • Experience with algorithms, data structures.


  • Good understanding of Linux containers (i.e. Docker).
  • Concurrency and multi-threading in java.
  • Experience in finance or gaming industry is a bonus.

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