Posted on: 
May 24, 2023
Remote or Ireland
Full Time
$182K - $236K

Software Engineer II, SRE Kubernetes


Etsy is seeking a Site Reliability Engineer II to join us in our mission of building and supporting reliable large scale infrastructure.


Company Description

Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods. We build, power, and evolve the tools and technologies that connect millions of entrepreneurs with millions of buyers around the world. As an Etsy Inc. employee – whether a team member of Etsy, Reverb, Depop, or Elo7 – you’ll tackle unique, meaningful, and large-scale problems alongside passionate coworkers, all the while making a rewarding impact and Keeping Commerce Human.

Job Description

What's the role?
Do you enjoy improving developer velocity and have the itch to work on large-scale distributed systems? If so, this could be a perfect match. Etsy’s Site Reliability Engineering team is seeking a Site Reliability Engineer II to join us in our mission of building and supporting reliable large scale infrastructure. The SRE team owns several aspects of business critical infrastructure and services that enable developers to efficiently build and create technology as well as support the uptime of You will be playing an instrumental role in crafting the future architecture of how we run our systems in the cloud while being part of a dynamic international team.

You’ll get exposure to a variety of technologies ranging from Kubernetes, Golang, Terraform, Prometheus, Consul and more as you build systems to support the services that support our +100M active users! As the Software Engineer II, SRE you will drive the adoption of containers and Kubernetes, improve reliability, automating the operations and providing a self-service runtime platform to accelerate Etsy’s product engineering, and contribute to the design and implementation of Observability & CI/CD on top of Kubernetes.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Senior Engineering Manager, Site Reliability Engineering. In addition to salary, you will also be eligible for an equity package, an annual performance bonus, and our competitive benefits that support you and your family as part of your total rewards package at Etsy. For this role, we are considering candidates based in Ireland who are either remote, flex, or office-based. Etsy offers different work modes to meet the variety of needs and preferences of our team. Learn more about our flexible work options and workplace safety policies here.

What’s this team like at Etsy?

This team improves the Developer experience, helping them build, deploy, release and observe applications transparently on Google Kubernetes Engine. They work on 10+ Kubernetes clusters with hundreds of nodes running services with low latency requirements. This team also standardizes cluster and application security with Gatekeeper admission policies and container vulnerability scanning, as well as SLI/O creation for all services across Kubernetes Platform.

What does the day-to-day look like?

  • Coordinate GKE clusters and automate operations like provisioning and service observability.
  • Support the partner teams running their workloads on the Kubernetes Platform.
  • Collaborate with multi-functional engineering teams to improve the adoption of Kubernetes and increase efficiency.
  • Build paved paths for wider product engineering with codelabs, documentation, automation and self-service portals to develop, deploy and operate services on GKE.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation and seek opportunities for reducing toil and avoiding technical debt to reduce support and operations load on the team.
  • Of course, this is just a sample of the kinds of work this role will require! You should assume that your role will encompass other tasks, too, and that your job duties and responsibilities may change from time to time at Etsy's discretion, or otherwise applicable with local law.


Qualities that will help you thrive in this role are:

  • Familiarity with systems/infrastructure engineering or SRE or DevOps roles, preferably in a cloud environment.
  • Exposure to container orchestration systems like Kubernetes (traffic ingresses, cluster networking/administration, pod security policies).
  • Experience iterating on multiple projects on a collaborative team, each of which may have taken months or longer to complete.
  • Proficiency in one programming language like PHP, Python, or Go.
  • Hands-on experience with Infrastructure As Code tooling like Terraform and configuration management tooling like Chef/Ansible.
  • Hands on debugging experience with Linux based operating systems.
  • Willing to work with and improve on code you did not originally write.
  • You understand that being an effective software engineer is as much about communicating with people as it is about writing code.

Additional Information

What's Next

If you're interested in joining the team at Etsy, please share your resume with us and feel free to include a cover letter if you'd like. As we hope you've seen already, Etsy is a place that values individuality and variety. We don't want you to be like everyone else -- we want you to be like you! So tell us what you're all about.

Our Promise

At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace furthers relevance, resilience, and longevity. We encourage people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and experiences to apply. Etsy is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If, due to a disability, you need an accommodation during any part of the interview process, please let your recruiter know. While Etsy supports visa sponsorship, sponsorship opportunities may be limited to certain roles and skills.

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Etsy is an e-commerce company focused on handmade or vintage items and craft supplies.

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