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CBRE Senior Site Reliability Engineer - DevOps in Seattle, Washington

CBRE Company Profile

About CBRE (NYSE: CBG): At CBRE, you are empowered to take your career path into your own hands. Enjoy workplace flexibility in a global organization with tremendous scale. Work in an inclusive and collaborative environment with supportive teammates. Come experience the employee advantage at CBRE.

CBRE has a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

As a Fortune 500 worldwide leader in real estate services, CBRE’s more than 70,000 professionals provide exceptional outcomes for clients in 60+ countries. When it comes to real estate, CBRE sees potential everywhere. We turn scale into strength, expense into performance, and property into prosperity.

Role:We are a team of technology pioneers within CBRE looking for a Senior Site Reliability Engineer to begin immediately as a full-time employee in Seattle.

We have spearheaded Agile and DevOps practices within our organization since day one, and we embrace a culture of open, data-driven improvement and decision making.

Our group develops unique, and sophisticated internal products, focusing on producing cutting-edge applications that provide better data, better workflows, and (most importantly) make our users happy providing the best possible experience.

Our current infrastructure is loosely comprised of:

  • A flexible, scalable, cloud-based application layer 

  • Backend computation and storage cluster 

  • Client-side applications designed for specific user groups and multiple devices

This job requires being on an on-call rotation schedule shared with the rest of the team.

Most of the job will focus on:

  • Responsibility for our live systems’ performance, availability, reliability, and security

  • Design, plan, and execute automated deployments

  • Collaborating with other developers to develop new features and fix bugs

  • Performance and capacity projections for live systems

  • Being a technical contact with our hosting providers

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing staging and production deployments. This includes upgrade plans and ensuring we can rollback

  • Applying configuration management tools to manage infrastructure as code

  • Automating our deployment scripts, and selecting the appropriate CD/CI technology for our team and products

  • Automating monitoring and alerts, and establishing our monitoring practices

  • Configuring scalable farms for some subsystems such as Celery, Kafka, Elastic, or Spark

  • Analyzing and reporting the system and application performance

  • Triaging problems according to severity, cause, and workarounds

  • Working with the developers to understand bugs, and fix some of them yourself

  • Looking for ways to make our deployments and systems more efficient, secure, and responsive

  • Design and build new infrastructure stacks as our products evolve


  • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) in a related field or equivalent work experience. Requires technical and business knowledge in multiple disciplines/processes.

  • Typically has 3-5 years of relevant work experience. Consideration given to equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Self-sufficient and self-starter

  • Understanding how technologies need to align with the needs of the users and the business

  • Excellent communication skills: capable of explaining complex technical concepts using non-technical terms

  • You don’t just learn how things work, you also like to know why

  • When you encounter symptoms with incomplete information, you’re comfortable improvising as you go

  • Experience gathering and processing system vitals, alerting/monitoring, logs and using them to diagnose problems

  • 5+ years of UNIX/Linux systems operation

  • 1+ years of experience in Operations, Infrastructure or pure DevOps practice

  • 1+ years of cloud infrastructure using AWS

  • Capable of reading and writing code in at least one of the most popular scripting languages (Python, Javascript, Perl, Bash, etc)

  • TCP/IP networks operation and troubleshooting experience

  • Some level of understanding of how Operating Systems work

  • Knowledge on how to compile and distribute packages from code

  • Empirical knowledge of the configuration management ecosystem

We offer:

  • A solid compensation package, with medical/dental/vision/401(k)/disability/conference attendance, etc.

  • An awesome team with whom to collaborate

  • A dedication to your career (plus a generous, annual continued education stipend)

  • An open-source culture that encourages learning and contributing back to the community

  • A flexible working environment (WFH Fridays)

  • A downtown Seattle office that’s convenient to mass transit and the Seattle bus tunnel

Some technologies we use: Backend – Python 3, Django, Celery, Kafka, Redis, Elastics, PostgreSQL, Haproxy, Nginx, Node.js

Infrastructure – AWS, Datadog, New Relic, Ansible, Terraform, Packer, GitLab CI, Rundeck

Development Workflow – Git, Slack, Vagrant

Client-Side, Single Page Apps – AngularJS (1.x and 2.x), React, Redux, D3.js, ESRI, Leaflet, Ionic, VueJS¬, React Native

About our team:

We’re a software engineering team within CBRE’s Digital and Technology group. We are uniquely positioned within the organization to access global data, tools, resources, and leaders throughout the industry. Our mission is to add new value by developing targeted, scalable technology platforms for internal and external consumption.

We solve complex commercial real estate problems by bringing together good people, great minds, and top-tier technologies. We believe in leveraging and supporting open-source projects and their broader communities whenever possible. We love Unix-based systems (we use Macs) but appreciate other flavors. We believe that personal growth is just as important as company growth and that they are interdependent.

If we aren’t discussing the latest open-source news, we are chatting about our latest food discoveries, our pets, the most current (or timeless) music/audio technologies, or one of our upcoming lunch and learn events. We value good people first, and often enjoy hanging out at happy hour or other team events.

For more information about our team, please visit

**Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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