Principal Platform Engineer

Jul 29, 2023
Vancouver, Canada
... Not specified
... Intermediate
Full time
... Office work

Job Title:

Principal Platform Engineer

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Job Description:

Your Platform

Demonware is a member of the Activision family of studios. We work alongside engineers and creatives at our AAA partner studios and deliver the online and data services required by our massive franchises. We have launched well over 100 games, and our services connect multiple millions of players each day into epic entertainment experiences.

While Call of Duty continues to push us to build bigger and better systems year on year. We also have a strong history of supporting great franchises such as Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot, Destiny, Diablo, Guitar Hero, and Skylanders.

Our success comes from our talented and passionate people. Our work environment is welcoming and collaborative, we deliver on time and at scale.

Your Mission

You will join the Network Engineering team in the Platform Department and help form technical direction and standard methodologies for our current and future needs. The team is based across the world (Dublin, Shanghai & Vancouver).

You will improve efficiency in our existing hardware fleet and services and ensure that we evolve our technologies to meet the demands of ourselves and our internal customers.

You will drive us towards infrastructure as code using frameworks such as Ansible. Our goal is to provide data center and cloud infrastructure in a secure, scalable and repeatable way!

Key Responsibilities

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:    

  • Work on key infrastructure projects involving multiple teams. 

  • Troubleshoot and debug, often in collaboration with other teams. Provide network infrastructure for virtualized and containerized workloads to other teams in Demonware. 

  • Run network infrastructure in our data centers encompassing provisioning, and overall lifecycle management. 

  • Act as an escalation point for networks and services owned by the team. Be part of our on-call rotation, shared with your team and by Demonware engineers globally.

About You

  • 12+ years practical data center network experience, preferably working with large scale networks in a global 24/7 environment

  • Solid grasp of the following areas: TCP/IP, Routing & Switching, Load Balancer technologies, Firewall technologies

  • Experience with compute and network hardware and architecture

  • A desire to automate all the things

  • Tenacity for debugging and solving technology problems at root cause

  • Familiarity with network services (e.g. BGP, NAT, VPN, VXLAN, EVPN)

  • Familiarity with common system services, as they interact with the network, (e.g. PXE, DNS, DHCP, NFS, SNMP)

  • Strong scripting skills: Unix shell programming and ideally Python

  • Knowledge of Linux operating systems and operating system abstraction technologies: virtualization (preferably KVM) and/or Linux containers (e.g. LXC/LXD, Docker)

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes networking model and concepts such as pod networking, overlays, network policy and ingress

  • Familiarity with software-based network functions and application in a Kubernetes environment, e.g. iptables, IPVS, routing on the host (RoH), open source routing daemons (bird, frr), reverse proxies and ingress controllers

Bonus Points

  • Experience working as a Network Engineer in a AAA Game Studio or high traffic environment with a large user base. 

What Demonware Offers

Relocation Support, generous paid vacation, RRSP matching program and top-tier medical, dental and life insurance coverage for you and your dependents and perks.

Demonware is a member of the Activision family of studios. We run every part of the players’ online experience, from logging in to matchmaking to climbing the leader boards, for popular video game franchises such as Call of Duty®, Tony Hawk Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot™and Skylanders®. Our main motto is Always Game!

Our ability to build immersive and innovative worlds is only improved by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We seek to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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