Sr. Hadoop Administrator - Big Data Engineering & Operations

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We've built a complex analytics system around Hadoop & Hive for scalability and high availability. It's imperative that you approach administration with an emphasis on repeatability, testability and consistency. The demands on this system are increasing rapidly as we grow the user base and add more functionality. We're looking for someone who has a deep understanding of hardware and understands how to tune systems appropriately based on a particular architecture.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience in Hadoop administration, operations and some experience with big data software development You will be expected to come up to speed quickly on difficult problems, become a significant contributor to a hard-working team, and to take pride in your work.


  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem resolution skills
  • Proactive health monitoring of Pandora's Hadoop Clusters
  • Assist end users and application developers with issues using the Hadoop Cluster
  • Maintain backups required to restore the metadata and configuration required for our Hadoop Clusters to function
  • Setup, monitor, and maintain DR backups for the Hadoop Clusters
  • Day-to-day operational support with a 24x7 on-call rotation
  • Conduct installs, patching, and upgrades of Hadoop Cluster and other Big Data Platforms
  • Support in-house tools related to the use of Big Data Platforms
  • Assist with Proof of Concept projects to validate Big Data/Messaging technology new to Pandora
  • Configuration Management and Automation
  • Stay current with advancements in Hadoop and the Big Data Space in general
  • Offer recommendations for new Big Data Platform architectures
  • Team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3-5 Years experience Hadoop administration
  • Deep Understanding of HDFS architecture and operations
  • Deep Understanding of YARN and Application Scheduling (i.e. Capacity Scheduler)
  • Understanding of Map/Reduce principles on Hadoop
  • Experience supporting Hive
  • Experience maintaining large clusters (>2PB or >200 Datanodes)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with at least one scripting language (i.e. Bash, Python, Ruby, Perl)
  • System Administration experience on a Linux platform, preferably Debian
  • Ability to use OS and Network metrics to identify bottlenecks
    Good SQL skills 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Hortonworks HDP Distro
  • Experience working in a secured Hadoop Cluster environment (Network access restrictions, Kerberos)
  • Experience with OS Package creation and deployment (.rpm, .deb)
  • Experience using Ansible for configuration management and automation of tasks
  • Experience with Apache Ambari
  • Experience with Apache Kafka
  • Experience with the setup and administration of HiveServer2
  • Past experience with HBase or Spark is a bonus

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