Kafka System Administrator - Remote

Guardian Life Holmdel , NJ 07733

Posted 7 days ago

Kafka System Administrator

Do you want to be part of a collaborative Enterprise Middleware Services team?

Are you a problem solver who enjoys diving into data, is excited by difficult modeling challenges and possesses good interpersonal skills to effectively interface between technical and business teams? Is a culture where "People Count," "We Do the Right Thing," and "We Hold Ourselves to Very High Standards" important to you? If so, Guardian is seeking KAFKA Admin to support Kafka and Websphere environments hosting internally developed applications. Environments supported include Web Servers and Tomcat based environments.

You are:

A self-starter who is fueled by collaboration, able to transform conceptual thinking into executable insights who thrives in partnering across the company with software developers and data engineers, economists and statisticians and product creators and marketers.

You have:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field.

  • Strong experience in building and administering Apache/Confluent Kafka messaging platform.

  • Strong experience is designing and building highly available high-volume messaging infrastructure with Apache Kafka on AWS (e.g. stretch cluster, active/active or active/passive) using Mirror Maker or other replication tools.

  • Good experience with Schema Registry, Kafka connectors (source and sink) and KSQL, have worked with Kafka brokers, Zookeeper, Topics, connectors for Setup and administration

  • Strong experience in setting up monitoring and management with tools. Working knowledge integration of monitoring, management tools and data growth management

  • Preferred experience in Kafka security (Encryption and Authentication with SSL, SASL, ACLs).

  • Good experience in documenting and implementing best practices and optimizing Kafka, Zookeeper and JVM.

  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes and DevOps tools like Jenkins, Shell, Puppet, Artifactory, and Terraform will be a huge plus.

  • Experience with AWS, Java/Scala, Spark will be a plus.

  • Strong troubleshooting and proactive analytical skills to ensure minimum downtime of production data platform.

You will:

  • Design, build and support highly available Kafka clusters.

  • Conduct performance and failover testing to measure and improve platform KPIs.

  • Resolve production issues including platform tuning, optimization and recovery.

  • Perform installation, upgrades, capacity planning, migration across multiple data centers for messaging platform.

  • Proactively monitor and fix middleware platform availability and performance issues.

  • Implement High Availability and Disaster Recovery solution to maximize platform availability during planned or unplanned outages.

  • Use/Develop automation tools to automate repetitive tasks.

  • Respond appropriately to emergency support situations and produce quick and effective solutions to platform technical problems under high pressure.

  • Participate in an On-Call rotation and other duties as defined by management.

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Our Promise

At Guardian, you'll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.

Salary Range

$79,450.00 - $147,550.00

The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.

Inspire Well-Being

As part of Guardian's Purpose - to inspire well-being - we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.

Health Care

  • Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits

  • Dental plan

  • Vision plan

  • Health care accounts - flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts

  • Critical illness insurance

Life and Disability Insurance

  • Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage

  • Accident insurance

Retirement and Financial

  • 401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable

  • Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative

Time Off and Remote Work

  • Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)

  • Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement

  • Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days

  • Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies

Emotional Well-being and Work-Life

  • Emotional well-being, mental health, and work/life resources powered by Spring Health

  • Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement

  • Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons

  • Adoption assistance

  • College planning

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Student loan assistance

  • Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)

  • Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity

  • J.E.D.I. certification and training programs

  • Matching gifts/volunteering

Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact applicant_accommodation@glic.com.


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Kafka System Administrator - Remote

Guardian Life