Senior Core Services Engineer

Twitch, San Francisco, CA

Video platform and community for gamers

We operate one of the largest private CDNs and deliver live video to millions of concurrent viewers. As a core services engineer you’ll be working in a highly distributed, linux-based environment that leverages the best of open source technologies across bare metal and cloud computing to deliver the core services that power the operations of the Twitch Live Video Network, including regular maintenance, expansion, troubleshooting, and reliability improvements. You will build the critical systems that keep the heart and soul of Twitch smoothly humming 24x7, delivering exabits of video to our 10s of millions of users.


  • Ability to code and script using a wide variety of open source technologies and tools to deliver clean and highly performant solutions
  • Experience with best practices building and maintaining large application infrastructure
  • Ability to manage and operate systems across many different OS/data center/cloud combinations
  • Ability to influence and drive adoption of operational best practices
  • Comfortable with frequent, incremental code testing and deployment
  • Configure, build, and maintain high-visibility production critical core services (LDAP, DNS, NTP, configuration management, service discovery, etc.)
  • Design, build, and maintain scalable and robust services
  • Own end-to-end availability and performance of core services serving millions of requests


  • 5+ years of Linux systems experience (Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS or any other flavor), ideally in a distributed or parallel computing environment, and/or a cloud platform like AWS
  • Strong scripting skills in one or more language (Python, Go, Ruby, Bash, etc.)
  • Strong grasp of IT operations, system administration, devops, and automation tools
  • Experience with configuration, maintenance and administration of core services/systems (LDAP/IAM, DNS, NTP, configuration management, service discovery, software load balancing, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of distributed systems, and protocols such as TCP/IP, SSH, NFS, SFTP, and HTTP/s
  • Experience with one or more configuration management tools such as Ansible, Puppet, Salt, Chef, etc.
  • Experience building and operating online services, and/or fault-tolerant distributed systems
  • Strong problem-solving capabilities, especially under pressure
  • Understanding and efficiency in collaboration, open communication and reaching across functional borders
  • Confidence in solving difficult engineering challenges, especially under pressure and a solid can-do mentality

Bonus Points

  • Experience with configuration and maintenance of common server applications such as HAProxy, Nginx, Varnish,  Postgres, Memcached, etc.
  • Experience migrating key company/site services to AWS or Cloud
  • Experience implementing and driving operational excellence/improvements


  • Full benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life 
  • 401(k) savings plan with a company match
  • Catered daily lunch and dinners (and hearty breakfasts three times a week)
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks
  • Monthly in-office massages
  • Corporate gym membership
  • Commuter benefits
  • Flexible time off policy
  • Weekly happy hours and opportunity to attend one gaming event or tournament
  • Top of the line technology to help you build your own workspace
About Twitch

Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers, with more than 100 million visitors per month. We connect gamers from around the world by allowing them to broadcast, watch, and chat with each other. Twitch’s live and on-demand video platform forms the backbone of a distribution network for video game broadcasters including pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in gaming culture, turning gameplay into an immersive video experience. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Twitch. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


About Twitch

Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. More than 100 million gamers gather every month to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organizations. Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay.

Want to learn more about Twitch? Visit Twitch's website.