Systems Engineer / DevOps Engineer


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Foursquare is the leading independent location technology platform, powering business solutions and consumer products through a deep understanding of location. Over 1,000 clients—including more than 50% of the Fortune 100—choose Foursquare.

Foursquare’s toolkit includes Placed powered by Foursquare, Audiences powered by Factual and Proximity powered by Factual, Analytics Solutions, Places, Pilgrim SDK and Pinpoint. Together, these products empower brands to measure foot traffic lift via multi-touch attribution; deliver proximity-based advertising; analyze and identify trends; drive deeper engagement via Foursquare’s industry-leading developer tools, which have been selected by 200,000 developers including AccuWeather, Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Snapchat, Twitter and Uber; and optimize advertising campaigns across hundreds of audiences. Over 14 billion consumer-verified place visit confirmations help us keep our map and models fresh and up-to-date.

Foursquare has more than 350+ employees based in New York headquarters with offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and  Singapore. In 2019 Foursquare acquired Placed from Snap Inc, and then in 2020 merged with Factual. Foursquare is proud to be funded by The Raine Group, Simon Ventures, Naver, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, DFJ Growth, Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners and more.

About the Team:

We're a technical group of people working in a relaxed environment with various demanding infrastructure needs with a high standard of careful, detail-oriented, responsive professionalism. 

We manage a hybrid architecture with a multi-petabyte compute cluster and multi-million dollar AWS infrastructure. We heavily use and contribute to open source systems and aggressively build, adopt, and deploy new technologies and capabilities.

About the Role:

This is a great opportunity to manage serious infrastructure that is servicing large volumes of data and traffic, work with a large and outstanding engineering team, and employ state-of-the-art tools and techniques.


  • Evaluate and implement technologies that improve efficiency, performance and reliability
  • Develop and deliver creative solutions that enable engineering teams
  • Build reliable systems at scale
  • Support and enable engineering teams at Foursquare
  • Drive improvements in capacity, reliability, availability and performance of core systems
  • Participate in on-call rotation duties


  • Extensive production *NIX experience & shell scripting
  • Ability to write code in Ruby/Python/Go/Perl or similar to solve automation/glue problems and develop effective tooling. 
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code techniques and practices. 
  • Extensive knowledge of at least one configuration management system (Puppet/Chef/Ansible/Salt). 
  • Experience with modern observability/monitoring systems. 
  • Significant experience with at least one cloud provider (AWS, GCP, Azure) 
  • Strong understanding of network fundamentals, TCP/IP and related services.
  • Exposure to big data and data pipelines is a plus, particularly with the Hadoop ecosystem. 
  • Experience with CI/CD systems and datacenter/colo management with appropriate automation and abstraction

Foursquare is proud to foster an inclusive environment that is free from discrimination. We strongly believe in order to build the best products, we need a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. This leads to a more delightful experience for our users and team members. We value listening to every voice and we encourage everyone to come be a part of building a company and products we love.

Foursquare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job tags: Ansible AWS Azure CD Chef CI GCP Go Hadoop Open source Perl Puppet Python Ruby Salt
Job region(s): North America
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