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Distinguished Engineer II - IaaS (Containers, OS and Language Runtimes)

Chevy Chase, MD / Remote

Position Summary

GEICO is seeking a distinguished engineer to lead the Containers, OS, and Language Runtimes team. You will drive innovation in container technology, operating systems, and language runtimes, shaping the future of our insurance business's technical landscape. This role involves close collaboration with upstream Linux communities, maintaining GEICO's OS, and optimizing runtimes for various programming languages including Java, GoLang , Node.js , Python, and .NET.

Position Description

As a Distinguished Engineer, you will collaborate with cross-functional teams, providing technical leadership to innovate, design, and optimize container runtimes, operating systems, and language runtime environments. You will drive the strategic technical roadmap, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products and unlocking new engineering capabilities. Additionally, you will maintain GEICO's operating systems, contribute to the upstream Linux community, and optimize runtimes for Java, GoLang , Node.js , Python, and .NET environments.

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Position Responsibilities

As a Distinguished Engineer II, you will:
  • Lead the design, development, and optimization of container runtimes, operating systems, and language runtime environments.
  • Collaborate with upstream Linux communities to contribute to OS maintenance and enhancements.
  • Ensure the security, availability, and performance of containerized applications across various programming languages.
  • Stay updated on emerging technologies and industry trends, recommending, and implementing innovative solutions.
  • Define and enforce best practices and standards in container runtime technology, operating systems, and language runtimes.
  • Play a hands-on role in the deployment, scaling, and lifecycle management of containerized applications and language runtime environments.
  • Communicate technical concepts and solutions clearly to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Implement and enforce security measures for container runtimes, operating systems, and language runtimes.
  • Collaborate with quality assurance teams to ensure the reliability and efficiency of container runtime solutions
  • Stay at the forefront of emerging container and cluster management trends, technologies, and best practices, and apply this knowledge to enhance GEICO's IaaS / PaaS strategies
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to the team, fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvements
  • Extensive experience in partnering with engineering teams and transferring research to production.
  • Strong familiarity with continuous delivery and infrastructure as code practices.
  • Proven expertise in designing, deploying, and optimizing container runtimes, operating systems, and language runtime environments.
  • Deep knowledge of Docker, Podman , containerd , and related container orchestration platforms.
  • Proficiency in operating systems, especially Linux, and managing end-to-end container image lifecycles.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, startup-like environment.
  • Knowledge of developer tooling across the software development lifecycle.
  • Experience in building resilient, scalable, and efficient systems architecture and design.
  • Fluency in DevOps concepts, Cloud Architecture, and operational frameworks.
  • Specialization in at least one modern language such as Go or Rust
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and proactive approach to security risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Excellent communication skills to convey technical concepts to diverse audiences.
  • 12+ years of professional experience in building Linux distros, building highly secure, scalable, and reliable operating systems tailored for diverse deployment environments, including private and public clouds.
  • 8+ years of experience of developing and running container orchestration platforms for large enterprises at scale.
  • 10+ years of experience in design, architecture and implementation of highly secure, scalable, and reliable enterprise grade platforms and applications
  • 6+ years of experience with open-source frameworks is desired
  • 4+ years of experience with AWS, GCP, Azure, or Bare metal
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science , Information Systems, or equivalent education or work experience
Annual Salary
$125,000.00 - $300,500.00
The above annual salary range is a general guideline. Multiple factors are taken into consideration to arrive at the final hourly rate/ annual salary to be offered to the selected candidate. Factors include, but are not limited to, the scope and responsibilities of the role, the selected candidate's work experience, education and training, the work location as well as market and business considerations.

At this time, GEICO will not sponsor a new applicant for employment authorization for this position.


As an Associate, you'll enjoy our Total Rewards Program * to help secure your financial future and preserve your health and well-being, including:
  • Premier Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance with no waiting period
  • Paid Vacation, Sick and Parental Leave
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training and Licensures
*Benefits may be different by location. Benefit eligibility requirements vary and may include length of service.

Coverage begins on the date of hire. Must enroll in New Hire Benefits within 30 days of the date of hire for coverage to take effect.

The equal employment opportunity policy of the GEICO Companies provides for a fair and equal employment opportunity for all associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability or genetic information, in compliance with applicable federal, state and local law. GEICO hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled.

GEICO reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to receive equal employment opportunity and/or perform the essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship to the Company. This applies to all applicants and associates. GEICO also provides a work environment in which each associate is able to be productive and work to the best of their ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment. We expect and require the cooperation of all associates in maintaining an atmosphere free from discrimination and harassment with mutual respect by and for all associates and applicants.

Client-provided location(s): Chevy Chase, MD, USA
Job ID: geico-R0049062
Employment Type: Full Time

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • FSA
    • On-Site Gym
    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Relocation Assistance
    • Performance Bonus
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program

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