Linux Systems Engineer

Location: Capetown, South Africa
Salary: NEG
Recruiter: Persona Staff
Job Ref: CPT000821/MS
Summary: An established company based in the Northern Suburbs seeks the services of a client-centric Linux Systems Engineer to join a team that specialises in the development and maintenance of high-performance Linux and cloud hosting solutions. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of taking the organization’s large scale managed hosting environment to the next level.



Job Description


  • Develop and maintain reliable, fast, secure and scalable hosting infrastructure.
  • Translate customer requirements into robust innovative solutions.
  • Collaborate with diverse tech teams.
  • Be part of ensuring the organization’s hosting platform provides fantastic long term value to the market
  • Provide after-hours on-call support
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement within the team.


  • 5+ years with a successful track record in Linux server administration
  • 5+ years backend/API software development experience in a *nix environment
  • Solid virtualization and cloud infrastructure experience (Openstack, Docker, Proxmox, Ceph)
  • Passionate about at least one automation tool (eg. Puppet, Ansible, Salt, Terraform)
  • Experience as the last point of call for escalations
  • Has contributed to an open-source project.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
  • Exposure to a variety of application frameworks/software languages.
  • Agile methodology.

Personality traits:

  • Is passionate about quality and high standards
  • Gets the false economy of interim solutions
  • Knows how to iterate towards the right solution
  • Is able to say the words "I don't know" and “I messed up” and have said both at least once
  • Knows how not to lose data to solar flares and bit rot
  • Demonstrates a passion for technology to serve operational and client requirements
  • Has a strong sense of ownership and getting on with the job
  • Demonstrates a passion for optimal systems and simple procedures
  • Is tenacious in troubleshooting problems
  • Understands and contributes to the power of a cohesive team

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