Systems Engineer/Administrator

3+ months agoChennai, India

Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 392 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal's Cloud Infrastructure organization is in a transformational journey building very mature DevOps capabilities through Infrastructure-as-Code and Platform engineering to manage its massive infrastructure fleet at scale. This is a diverse and geo-distributed team of very talented and passionate engineers grounded on solid engineering principles and operational excellence working on simplifying and solving some of the complex problems in managing an internet scale infrastructure. We're looking to hire a sharp, curious, hands-on and results-oriented engineer for the Operating Systems Image Management team, which is a foundational and critical function of the Cloud Infrastructure organization. Strong technical background, demonstrated experience in the infrastructure and operating systems domain and great team skills are key qualifications and traits to be successful in this role.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master degree preferably in the field of Computer Science/Information Technology or other related fields
  • 7+ years of relevant work experience
  • Deep understanding and thorough working knowledge of Unix/Linux based operating systems (Ubuntu, Red Hat, OEL, CentOS) and good knowledge of infrastructure components across the stack
  • Hands-on experience in package repository management solutions like Artifactory, DockerHub, Nexus
  • Hands-on experience in Linux/Systems administration, scripting/programming and troubleshooting OS level issues
  • Strong understanding of operating systems security requirements, hardening guidelines (CIS) and experience with hardening implementation
  • Excellent knowledge and hands-on experience of DevOps and Infrastructure as Code in designing and implementing engineering solutions for infrastructure management and operations (in any of the infrastructure stack; any prior experience in the OS image management space is a plus!)
  • Good experience working with engineers distributed across geographies and timezones; ability to naturally lead and collaborate across very diverse teams


  • Design and implement short and long term strategic plans or influence leadership with data-backed recommendations to meet current and future requirements around engineering and operations of Operating System images and infrastructure package repositories
  • Develop, implement, and maintain policies, procedures, and associated training plans for the administration and appropriate use of packages/artifacts and repositories
  • Assume ownership of problems and issues through resolution
  • Mature the operational practices in the OS Image and Repository Management space to ensure smooth and efficient operations
  • Contribute to R&D efforts to bring in the best and most modern operating systems and efficient ways of managing packages and artifacts into PayPal
  • Partner closely with the hardware engineering teams to best optimize the OS image for the computes to drive efficiency
  • Establish a very well-defined image lifecycle and use policies to enforce image EOL and in turn drive adoption of modern OSes and reduce the surface area of vulnerabilities
  • Constantly look for opportunities and drive efforts to make the images as lean and manageable as possible
  • Perform cost-benefit and return on investment analyses for proposed systems to aid management in making implementation decisions
  • Actively contribute in creating a mature image pipeline to perform E2E builds with maximum automation and also support custom image builds using the pipeline
  • Actively contribute to design, implement and operationalize a highly available and reliable artifact repository service

Personal Attributes:

  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Take security, availability and reliability as a lifestyle
  • Demonstrated leadership and experience working in a collaborative and highly cross-functional organization
  • Good understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives and ability to translate the same to the team to drive towards them
  • Deal with ambiguity and drive clarity to self and the team
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment and make informed and sound decisions in crisis situations
  • Strong customer focus, keen attention to details and proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Clearly and concisely articulate thoughts and ideas to levels above and below
  • Strong technical skills to drive technical discussions and be a guide to the team while still giving the necessary room and opportunity for the team to bring out their best ideas
  • Assume completely ownership and always feel empowered to do the right thing 
  • Be equipped and self-sufficient to drive day-to-day execution and run the business very effectively

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at

Client-provided location(s): Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Job ID: f9e09539fcf07f4f64e67a8d933186a546ca3ccdd53b00118807da0318abcfe6