Senior Solr SRE

5 - 7 years experience  •  Publishing & Printing

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/04/17
Mc Lean, VA
5 - 7 years experience
Publishing & Printing
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 08/04/17

USA TODAY NETWORK is one of the top 20 digital companies in the country, sharing the list with Google, Facebook, and Amazon. We reach over 100 million unique visitors a month, which is more than Buzzfeed, Yahoo News, and Huffington Post, and have local brands present in 110 U.S. markets. We have a loyal following based on a combination of trusted, fact-checked journalism, innovative products, a deep commitment to our local communities, and are constantly iterating our products to be on the leading edge of media and technology.



Position Summary:

Gannett is seeking a Senior Solr Site Reliability Engineer to develop / monitor infrastructure related to Solr Cloud. Solr is used in many difference capacities across the Gannett Network; serving as the primary discovery engine for the Presto CMS, powering site search across Gannett’s 100+ markets, supporting automated content backfill, recommendations and 3rd party syndication feeds.


The Senior Solr SRE will have intimate knowledge of Solr Cloud; from setting it up to troubleshooting performance problems, to fine tuning the cluster for optimal performance. In addition, knowledge of metrics monitoring & how to implement additional custom metrics would be highly desired.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Senior Solr SRE is expected to work in close conjunction with the developers to implement reliable fault tolerant solutions. As such, we’re looking for:

  • Minimum 4 years of Solr Cloud experience

  • Experience with setting up Solr Cloud from the ground up for collections housing millions of documents

  • Experience with monitoring Solr Cloud

  • Experience with extending Solr metrics for custom instrumentation / monitoring

  • Knowledge of how to tune the schema & solr configuration for optimal performance

  • Alert developers early for any impending problems

  • Work closely with developers in making schema changes to ensure smooth operation of the cloud

  • Available to take on-call rotations


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with highly available / fault tolerant solr clusters serving thousands of queries per second & hundreds of writes per second

  • Development experience using NodeJS integration with Solr

  • Development experience using SolrJ

  • Experience setting up custom instrumentation using NewRelic

  • Strong grasp of couchbase / solr integrations

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