Senior DevOps Engineer

Company Description

AOL is a media technology company with a mission to connect consumers and creators through open marketplaces. AOL uses data to disrupt content production, distribution and monetisation. We connect publishers with advertisers across our global, programmatic platforms, tapping into Microsoft inventory and original content brands like TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and MAKERS which reach over 500 million monthly global consumers. Within our mobile advertising network alone, we have a reach of roughly 800 million users. A subsidiary of Verizon, AOL is shaping the digital future.

Job Description

The Opportunity - System Engineer OR Senior System Engineer

As a member of the Operations team in Dreieich, your responsibilities extend across two major functional areas - the operational health of application systems in a 24x7x365 Internet production environment and the integration of changes to component applications produced by development teams. You must be comfortable with the ability to rapidly assess, analyze and resolve complicated issues with little initial information or direction and with varying degrees of ambiguity. Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Provide Tier 2 support to issues escalated from Ad NOC team. Interface with development teams to resolve Tier 3 issues

  • Serve in a 24/7 on-call rotation as an escalation contact for service trouble incidents

  • Act as Operations representative within One AdServer, speaking to operational requirements, design considerations, and production impacts for new development efforts. In turn the Operations Engineer owns various tasks within the systems development lifecycle (SDLC), along with the final application products of these efforts and their integration into production

  • Research, design, develop and implement solutions for fault, performance, capacity and monitoring for applications

  • Designs, develops, and implements documentation and/or tools to facilitate the OPS and Ad NOC team responsibilities and application maintenance

  • Helps define and communicate ops standards/expectations (e.g. operations expects that the application has X, Y & Z before it can be supported in production)


  • The DevOps Engineer should have (high level) Linux operating systems skills, including HA configurations, security and patch management administration

  • Experience managing large server fleets is highly desired, using CI/CD tools, like Ansible

  • Functional scripting experience to produce solutions and perform troubleshooting. (python, shell scripting)

  • Grasp of Internet network concepts, protocols and associated services (TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, SCP, DNS)

  • Functional experience in relational databases and SQL. You must be capable enough in SQL to author data extraction queries to investigate performance and troubleshooting

  • Familiarity with mass storage systems and SAN/NAS environments and their capacity to meet application needs

  • Functional understanding of application development. Ideal Individual will have some implementation experience in a 3rd or 4th generation language, be capable of understanding and deconstructing program flow, and be conversant with developers on design and implementation options

  • Very strong analytical and critical thinking skills. You will frequently be required to analyze and predict performance capabilities of a given application system

  • Strong communication (both verbal and written) incumbent must be able to exchange information with technical and non-technical individuals in a clear and concise manner (German/English)

  • Ideally has experience in managing hosts in a private cloud environment, like AWS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related discipline AND

  • Several years' experience in a technical role involving applications operation and management, preferably in a 24-7-365 production environment.

Additional Information

Aol is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. Aol employees are rewarded competitively and are entitled to a wide range of benefits that encourage a positive lifestyle. Our recruitment team will always welcome any conversations about flexible working requirements.

We do not accept resumes from placement agencies, headhunters or other suppliers that have not signed a formal agreement with us.

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