Pearson Associate Tech Specialist in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Associate Tech Specialist


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. We are now transforming Pearson to accelerate our activity in digital learning, education services and emerging markets. This will enable us to make a lasting impact in helping to solve some of the most important challenges in global education.

Pearson Lanka is currently seeking an Associate Technical Specialist, who will be seen as a Highly Technical Engineers in the Datacenter and cloud space and will work as a part of a global team.

Your responsibilities are to help maintain systems stability, availability, performance levels and you will also have the opportunity to contribute to the design and build of the Pearson Technology Services, involves setting up, supporting, configuring, and maintaining middleware software for development, test, and production servers in geographically-disparate, multi-tiered environments and cloud environments by applying middleware/cloud expertise.

Reporting to the Manager – Applications Engineering, you will form part of a global team that will drive best practice in the hybrid cloud ecosystem. You will be expected to collaborate with, and support other agile product development teams and operational teams whose primary responsibilities will be to support education services in production and pre-production environments.

Based in Orion City, Colombo, you will be a passionate engineer with a hunger to learn and adapt to new technology quickly. We demand people who are naturally curious, self-starter and share learnings and outcomes effectively with a distributed team.

We’re proud of our people - their drive, talent and enthusiasm. Here we work together to deliver exceptional outcomes that push the limits. We’re passionate about our mission to help others reach their full potential through learning and education and this passion demands we only hire the very best.


Core Skills:

  • 4 year college degree in Computer Science / Information Technology, Bachelor of Science preferred and at least 8 years of professional work experience.

  • English as a business language

  • Good understanding on Cloud computing services (ie: AWS, Azure).

  • Competent on scripting (Bash / Shell, Python, PERL, Ruby, Powershell, Ansible etc.)

  • CI/Infra Automation (ie: Jenkins, Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt, Docker, Kubernetes, Vagrant)

  • Sound knowledge on Linux and Windows Operating Systems.

  • Good understanding on networking, security and load-balancers (F5, HAProxy, webproxy)

  • Experience on relational and NoSQL Databases.

  • Experience on Middleware(Tomcat, Weblogic, Apache etc) and Message Queues

  • Appreciation of commercial and open source tools and appropriate usage models.

  • Accepts project delivery responsibilities and demonstrate accountability to leadership.

  • Builds competencies in product and technology domain to set expectations.

  • Provides leadership to technical resources to meet project deadlines and ensure project objectives are met.

  • Facilitates communication between team members and collaborates with the management to drive new initiatives.

  • Makes optimum utilization of engineering tools and technologies to maintain a high productivity level in the team.

  • Provides realistic and accurate estimates and achieve on-time Delivery.

  • Problem solving skills, willingness to learn new technologies.

  • An appreciation of the need to consider aspects beyond the technical delivery of the service such as design/architecture, expectation management, relationship building and the support wrapper.

  • An individual who seeks to gain an understanding of an entire system, who understands that the system can be constantly improved by identifying the bottlenecks and improving the feedback loops so that the correct actions can be taken.

  • A system thinker.

  • Demonstrates the ability to remain calm under pressure in business impacting situations

  • Willing to work on Roster (24\

  • 5 on desk and weekend on call rota)

Nice to Have Skills:

  • Object oriented, pattern based enterprise development experience.

  • Understanding of DevOps and measurements of maturity

  • Delivery focused with the ability to interact directly with internal customers as a service provider

  • Experience of using Service Now or similar incident and change tracking tools

  • Ability to work with product managers, business partners and stakeholders to understand and help build short term and long term team goals and objectives

  • Core and demonstrable experience in leveraging and supporting:

  • Cloud Architecture (operationalization Cloud/Non-Cloud)

  • Remote computing services (ie: VMWare, Rackspace)

  • Monitoring (ie: Zabbix, Gomex, AppD, NewRelic, MSS, Logstash, ELK Stack, Grafana)

  • Database (ie: SQL (Oracle, Postgress, SQLServer, MySQL), NoSQL(Mongo, Cassandra, RIAK))

  • SCM (ie: Git, GitHub, Stash, SVN)

  • Platforms, languages and runtimes (ie: JavaEE, .Net, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, OpenStack, node.js)

  • Agile tools (ie: Jira, Wiki’s, Confluence Suite)

  • Good understanding of Agile concepts

Pearson’s corporate values are Brave; Imaginative; Decent and Accountable. It is crucial that these values resonate with you and you are able to embody these values. You will be naturally positive, adaptable, proactive, organized and comfortable operating in a changing and ambiguous environment.

In exchange for your hard work you will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package, potential eligibility for an annual bonus, supportive peers and management team, opportunities to participate in sporting and social events, career development, training programs and other benefits. Other benefits include transportation services, potential eligibility for Pearson Shares (save for shares scheme), and OPD / Insurance / Medical.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter and please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted via phone.

Primary Location: LK-1-Colombo

Work Locations: LK-Colombo-Orion City Rigel Bldg Orion City Rigel Bldg No 752 Dr. Danister De Silva Mawatha Colombo 900

Job: Engineering

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 13, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1811981

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.