Lead Software Systems Engineer, Production Operations Engineering

PlayStation, San Diego, CA

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Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services include PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Vita, PlayStation®3, PlayStation®Store, PlayStation®Plus, PlayStation™Video, PlayStation™Music, PlayStation™Now, PlayStation™Vue, PlayStation®Original and acclaimed PlayStation software titles from SIE Worldwide Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation and has global functions and regional headquarters in California, London and Tokyo. 

Lead Software Systems Engineer, Production Operations Engineering
San Diego, CA

SIE is looking for an operations and support engineer with excellent troubleshooting skills to join a growing team in the Global Service Operations organization. The mission of this group is to provide 24/7 operational support of the Sony Network Platform and to manage all inbound support requests to the team while working with internal and external teams to drive issues to resolution within defined SLAs.

  • Provide support for the Sony Network Entertainment Platform.
  • Investigate, troubleshoot, and triage complex production software/application/service issues and misuse.
  • Identify and escalate issues or root causes of systemic issues; lead, facilitate or participate in prompt resolution.
  • Understand and take responsibilities for all operational workflows and standard operating procedures, down to a granular, detailed level.
  • Create/maintain comprehensive support and process documentation.
  • Interface with international Sony groups and external parties to provide application support.
  • Fulfill business support service requests (troubleshooting, log reviews, etc.).
  • Systems, applications, and performance monitoring.
  • Utility/tools development to improve support processes.
  • Work with peers to assign, prioritize and complete daily tasks and Production issues
  • Lead and oversee the day to day operations for all RHQs and data-driven activities
  • Work with peers to assign, prioritize and complete daily tasks and Production issues
  • Decrease the overall MTTA, MTTR and MTTC
  • Review and analyze current processes and consider ways to improve them


  • BA/BS in Computer Science or related technical field or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5+ years of large scale systems administration and/or software development experience.
  • Customer service mentality - calm, customer-oriented communication.
  • Programming experience in Java or C++ and/or strong scripting skills (Ruby, Bash, or Python).
  • Experience troubleshooting complex systems and applications on *nix platforms.
  • Experience using source control, bug tracking, and ticketing systems in a team environment.
  • Experience supporting web applications in Java, Tomcat and LAMP stacks.
  • Experience with application monitoring tools, such as Nagios, CA Wiley, Splunk.
  • Experience in 24×7 production operations and participate in a periodic on-call rotation.
  • Experience establishing processes and measurement of those processes.
  • Experience building scalable systems with very high levels of concurrency and transactions.
  • Experience with SQL, especially Oracle, MySQL, or Big Data experience
  • Experience developing applications on Unix/Linux platforms.
  • Capable of quickly troubleshoot complex problems, understanding dependencies and deducing the root issue.
  • Proficient in using command line tools to quickly triage and fix production issues then conduct root cause analysis.
  • Self-starter and able to work with limited supervision.

Preferred qualifications:

  • MS degree in computer science and/or 6 years relevant work experience, including in a high-volume or critical production service environment as well as experience leading short projects.
  • 2+ years of technical leadership and/or management experience, leading engineering teams and mentoring others.
  • Excellent analytical skills, coupled with a strong sense of ownership, urgency and drive.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Good understanding of software development processes.
  • Understanding of PCI DSS Environments and Security.
  • Strong troubleshooting and QA skills.
  • Experience in developing cross-platform code.
  • Experience working with Cloud development environment is a plus.
  • Experience with caching solutions such as Cassandra and memcached.
  • Experience with e-commerce, especially in payment processing on a global scale.
  • Experience with Java Application Servers/Containers.

Sony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All persons will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, legally protected physical or mental disability, covered veteran status, status in the U.S. uniformed services, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information or membership in any other legally protected category. 

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