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Senior Linux Systems Engineer

US-VA-Tysons Corner

Senior Linux Systems Engineer


Cvent, Inc. ( is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based software for meetings and event management.  Lanyon has just recently merged with Cvent to become the market leader in our space.  Cvent is an exciting, fast-growing tech company that provides industry-leading software to event professionals around the world. Our suite of services – online event registration, venue selection, mobile apps, email marketing, web surveys, and targeted hotel advertising opportunities – have positioned us a major player in the estimated $565 billion global meetings and events industry. Having over 2600 talented and dedicated employees, we are headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C., in McLean, Virginia, with additional U.S. offices in Portland, Austin, Dallas, Draper, Atlanta, and LA.  Internationally we have offices in New Delhi, India, London, England, and Fredericton, CA.  Cvent has received a number of awards and honors recognizing our strong company culture, innovative products, stellar customer service and support, visionary leadership and investment in our employees. We currently have job openings across all departments and locations and are looking to add valuable team members to further strengthen the company’s DNA.


About the Linux Systems Engineer Opportunity

You have the unique opportunity to work with modern and highly scalable global systems. You must be an avid Linux enthusiast with a several years of experience, and can understand, automate, and troubleshoot large and complex infrastructure.


You will play an important role on a highly skilled and technical international team that automates, builds, and maintains our growing worldwide IT infrastructure that is critical to the success of Cvent. You will be hands-on and expected to take ownership and make technical contributions. You will be responsible for managing, administering, and supporting infrastructure across all our global data centers and cloud providers.


Position Duties:

  • Assist in leading the effort to provide secure, stable, and scalable solutions on various Linux distributions – You must be an advanced Linux engineer
  • Design, implement, configure, and administer Linux (primarily) and Windows (when necessary) operating systems to support various applications and services
  • Design, implement, configure, and administer mission critical physical and virtual servers, DNS, and AWS infrastructure. We automate everything!
  • Support Cobbler, Infoblox, Splunk, Nginx, Git, RabbitMQ, Queue-it, encryption using Vormetric and/or SafeNet, DataStax, SQL, Couchbase, and Elasticsearch
  • Install, manage, configure, and maintain Enterprise Class Data Center hardware, including but not limited to Dell, HP, and Cisco USC Servers, and 3Par, Cohesity, Pure, and Nimble storage
  • Troubleshoot problems. Seek out issues, and resolve them
  • Maintain highly available, high quality, healthy systems for production and staging environments
  • Support and automate tasks using scripts, Chef, Jenkins, and other methodologies
  • Monitor and manage infrastructure using Datadog, Zabbix, New Relic, Icinga, and VictorOps
  • Escalate issues when necessary, involve, and work with other engineers and/or stakeholders
  • Create policy and documentation when necessary. Write runbooks for NOC team members to follow
  • Provide best practices and recommendations
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends to deal with outages and maintenance windows
  • Mentor other staff members
  • Be part of a team. Share knowledge. Be open, honest, and have a positive attitude
  • Any other duties as assigned


Candidate Requirements:

  • 7 or more years of experience supporting enterprise production level Linux environments
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technologies or related field, or an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training
  • Demonstrated expert knowledge of Linux, Scripting, VMware ESXi, SAN devices, and Windows system administration
  • Excellent understanding of Linux Systems, Any Shell/Bash, sed/awk/grep/egrep, VI/VIM/Emacs, netstat, lsof, strace, ps/top/atop/dstat, grub boot config & systems rescue, fstab/disk labels, ext3/ext4, tcpdump/wireshark, IPtables, sysstat (sar/vmstat/iostat etc), run-levels & startup scripts, sudo/chroot/chkrootkit/rkhunter
  • Knowledge of LAN and WAN networks, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP and HTTP
  • Familiar with ITSM tools and processes – ITIL Incident/Problem/Change management using ServiceNow or Atlassian Jira and/or Confluence
  • Identify, prioritize, and address infrastructure issues before they cause an outage
  • Ability to create scripts to automate tasks using Perl, Python, Ruby, or similar
  • Desire and ability to own problems and solve them
  • Team player with excellent communication skills and positive attitude
  • Ability to manage assignments independently
  • Experience with configuring and hosting applications on Amazon Web Services
  • Deep technical knowledge of several monitoring and analytics tools such as New Relic, Nagios, Solar Winds, Splunk, and AWS Cloudwatch
  • Experience maintaining a secure production environment
  • Experience with distributed application architectures
  • Research and recommend innovative, and where possible automated approaches for administration tasks
  • Ability to plan, hold self and others accountable to SLAs, and follow-up with others
  • Understand multiple systems and areas of functionality in a highly dynamic environment
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. Must be able to clearly communicate status and urgency information using telephone, instant message, group chat, and email
  • Ability to understand priorities and escalate accordingly
  • Flexible, versatile, and adaptable to day to day activities
  • Experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
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