Kibana - Performance Engineer (Operations)


Distributed, Global

Kibana is the window into the Elastic Stack

Kibana lets users visualize their Elasticsearch data and navigate the Elastic Stack, so they can do anything from learning why they’re getting paged at 2:00 a.m. to understanding the impact rain might have on their quarterly numbers. Kibana gives users the freedom to select the way they give shape to their data. And they don’t always have to know what they’re looking for. With its interactive visualizations, users start with one question and see where it leads them. Kibana core ships with the classics: histograms, line graphs, pie charts, sunbursts, and more. They demonstrate the full aggregation capabilities of Elasticsearch.

About the Role

This is a hands-on role. You will work closely with other Operation team members on many key projects and initiatives partnering closely across all Elastic teams. You will be participated in defining the roadmap of Operation team, delivering high quality of work, managing the technical debt, and providing support for the community.

With over 150 engineers actively developing Kibana or building on top of it, we take the developer experience seriously. This includes making sure every developer can effectively assess Kibana's performance and scalability as they work. We are looking for an engineer who knows the craft of measuring performance in complex systems. You'll play an important role in initiatives involving the benchmarking, scalability, and sizing of Kibana, tying these into continuous integration and test automation frameworks. You'll collaborate with other Kibana Operations team members, and partner closely with other teams across Elastic that build on top of the Kibana platform.  We are looking for someone interested in “Divops” ( see this article for a good sense of what this means:

What you’ll work on

  • Develop and maintain runtime configuration support
  • Provide enhancements to our Continuous Integration pipeline
  • Improve our builds running on supported operating systems
  • Advocate for the overall developer experience
  • Work collaboratively with other development teams including platform, security, quality engineering, infrastructure, and documentation team
  • Provide technical feedback to engineers through code reviews and design reviews

Skills & Requirements

  • Deep knowledge of Node.js
  • Strong JavaScript programming skills
  • 7+ years of experience developing scalable, high performing services and applications
  • Understanding of at least one modern JS Framework such as Angular.js and React.js
  • Experience with the release process: Source code control, package installers, build scripts, Jenkins, etc.
  • Experience with Docker or similar virtualization environments using libvert, LXC, or NSPAWN.
  • Familiar with various build tools such as webpack and Grunt
  • Experience managing Continuous Integration platforms. Jenkins experience is a plus.
  • Deep understanding of design, implement, and consume REST APIs
  • Able to work independently and deliver projects involving a wide variety of technologies and systems
  • Ability to work in a fast paced start-up environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a great teammate with strong analytical, problem solving, debugging and troubleshooting skills

Engineering Philosophy

Engineering a highly complex distributed system that is easy to operate via elegantly designed APIs is a non-trivial effort. It requires solid software development skills, and more importantly, a sharp mind and the ability to think like a user. We also care deeply about giving you full ownership of what you’re working on. Our company fundamentally believes great minds achieve greatness when they are set free and are surrounded and challenged by their peers, which is clearly visible in our organization. At Elastic, we effectively don’t have a hierarchy to speak of. We feel that anyone needs to be in the position to comment on truly anything, regardless of his or her role within the company.

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