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Senior Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) - Dublin, Ireland

  • Department Product Development and Operations
  • Location Ireland - Dublin
At Guidewire, we make software that offers Property and Casualty (P&C) Insurance companies the tools to take care of their customers when they need it the most, whether that’s a time of crisis, a natural disaster, an accident, or exposure to cyber risks. We build the core applications that insurance companies use to sell and underwrite policies, settle claims, and bill their customers. We also have a portfolio of innovative products serving the needs of P&C insurance companies in areas such as data management, digital online portals, and predictive analytics. We run these products on the Guidewire Cloud Platform, and we help hundreds of insurance providers all over the world to handle billions of dollars of business.
 
We are proud to be voted a Top Cloud Employer on Glassdoor by our own employees and positioned as a market leader by industry experts like Gartner. We have a fun work environment and a culture that lives by our core values of integrity, rationality, and collegiality.
 
We’re searching for people who are as passionate about working together to deliver quality products and support as we are. Join us and enjoy a career where you can make an impact. You’ll be inspired by those around you, and you’ll be trusted and empowered to go further.
 
As a Senior Site Reliability Engineer, you will be part of a team that is passionately automating everything possible to make Guidewire systems run more efficiently. The SRE team is dedicated full-time to creating and running software that improves the reliability of systems in production, serving hundreds of customers and supporting millions of transactions each day. You will be ensuring the reliability of Guidewire’s flagship cloud platform and InsuranceSuite products and building tooling to help ensure efficient operations and optimal availability of all SaaS multi-tenant and customer-focused systems. SREs collaborate closely with Guidewire’s core product developers & Global Support teams to ensure that the Guidewire core cloud products address functional and non-functional requirements such as availability, performance, observability, and maintainability.
 
This role requires a high degree of collaboration, teamwork, ownership and responsibility.  If you like to be challenged and have a passion for solving problems at scale through development of automation and tooling to target observability issues then we would love to hear from you. The successful candidate will have a good mix of deep object-oriented technical knowledge and a demonstrated ability to rapidly self-educate on new concepts and tools, ideally with production SaaS application experience.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Implement systems for monitoring of events and application/infrastructure performance metrics across a growing set of customers going into production on Guidewire’s Cloud Platform.
  • Oversee and automate the team’s growing presence in AWS
  • Own observability initiatives, contributing to core systems development with features, bug fixes, reliability improvements, etc
  • Develop full stack tooling and processes for monitoring, alerting and logging highly performant applications and interfaces and deploy/integrate existing systems to ensure uptime and application performance of critical production systems
  • Automate deployment tasks for core product and infrastructure tools and maintain automation infrastructure
  • Create system documentation and training materials to empower and educate our fellow team members
  • Build and maintain observability tooling, metrics, and dashboarding for purposes of detecting and surfacing customer-specific performance bottlenecks
  • Configure and maintain monitoring and alerting systems to support individual customer production and non-production environments
  • Work closely with Product Development, Global Customer Support and other internal Cloud Operations teams to specify and detail solutions and practices.

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Hands-on engineering and ops expertise in containerization (Docker, Kubernetes/EKS, CNI)
  • Core Java
  • Object-Oriented Design, Familiarity with CI/CD, Unit Testing, etc
  • Agile development practices
  • Experience supporting web applications running on Java / Apache / Tomcat in a live production environment
  • Experience in Application Performance Monitoring with background using and supporting analytical tools such as AppDynamics or Datadog
  • Ability to develop and extend highly performant Java tooling/monitoring code and identify/address any performance issues in existing custom Java tooling.
  • Advanced exposure to broad technical skills such as Java development, web UI (design and development), JSON, developing or exposing REST services, application architecture.
  • Ability to read and interpret critical application logging outputs.
  • Prior experience with IaC tools like Terraform
  • Prior experience with DevOps tools (Git, Bitbucket, TeamCity)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related field

Personal Qualities:

  • Outstanding troubleshooting skills; ability to think critically and display an aptitude for problem solving on issues that may cross from application to infrastructure related
  • Ability to learn quickly in a dynamic environment
  • Use creative and innovative ways to solve problems
  • Display a strong work ethic and do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • A highly positive can-do attitude, enjoying teaching and being a mentor to others
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to explain complex technical concepts to a varied audience yet humility and hunger to learn from others
  • Demonstrate strong follow-through and consistently keep commitments to customers and employees
  • Strongly analytical mind with a penchant for process development and enhancement
  • Demonstrate strong follow-through, a strong work ethic and consistently keep and meet commitments

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluent English
  • We provide 24x7 support to our customers, so we expect you to take turns with your teammates being on-call for after-hours production emergencies
  • Travel – Expect occasional travel (less than 5%) to other Guidewire offices for training and team meetings

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About Guidewire


Guidewire is the platform P&C insurers trust to engage, innovate, and grow efficiently. We combine digital, core, analytics, and AI to deliver our platform as a cloud service. More than 450 insurers, from new ventures to the largest and most complex in the world, run on Guidewire.

As a partner to our customers, we continually evolve to enable their success. We are proud of our unparalleled implementation track record with 1000+ successful projects, supported by the largest R&D team and partner ecosystem in the industry. Our Marketplace provides hundreds of add-ons that accelerate integration, localization, and innovation.

For more information, please visit www.guidewire.com and follow us on Twitter: @Guidewire_PandC.

Guidewire Software Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. All offers are contingent upon passing a criminal history and other background checks where it's applicable to the position.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

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