DevOps / Linux 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 /Linux 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.

  • Continuously improve what and how we monitor through the use of various tools like Grafana backed by influxDB, ELK, Nagios, and other third-party tooling
  • Be accountable in designing and implementing changes to all levels of our mixed environment, treating infrastructure as code using combination of git, chef, kubernetes, docker, vmware, etc
  • Work extremely close with QA and Development teams to close the gap and both process and technology
  • Introduce new technologies to the environment through research and POCs
  • Reduce toil by automation
  • Participate in a paid 24/7 on-call rotation

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.

  • Problem solver
  • Dabbler of all things technologies
  • Believer of automation
  • Reducer of toil
  • Loves to apply all their learnings to advance themselves, the team and ultimately the company
  • Who enjoys sharing knowledge, guiding as well as growing your own knowledge base and experiences
  • Highly adaptive to changes, a two-way player, fun and supportive

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

More Info:

We are also hiring for the following roles:

– Senior DevOps Engineer
– Intermediate DevOps Engineer
– Senior Data Analyst
– Big Data Engineer
– Data architect

…And more! Check out our jobs page for all our open roles https://talent.rakuten.careers/kobo


To Learn More About Kobo:

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

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

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