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Pearson Senior Operaions Engineer in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Senior Operaions Engineer


Senior Operations Engineer


The Sr. Operations Engineer receives requests for problem escalation from product support staff, service alerts from monitoring systems, or reports from internal staff. The engineer determines the severity of issues (triage), prioritizes issues, performs diagnosis of system and software components to identify the root cause, and takes or recommends corrective action for resolution.

Issue triage includes reproducing errors (product use, data issues, connectivity issues, and/or application malfunction), collecting detailed application and system information and, if necessary, escalating to database or application development staff.

Diagnosis includes checking monitoring systems, basic network and application health assessment, operating system level checks, examining application, database and system log files, exercising various applications, and examining system configuration and database contents.

Corrective action includes the use of application tools to correct configuration and deployment problems, restarting of services, updating application databases, processing incomplete transactions, thoroughly documenting issues and their resolution, and creating systems/software change requests using Tracking and Workflow tools, email and other office productivity tools.

The Sr. Operations Engineer should be highly comfortable with working diverse web-based applications, particularly course or learning management systems.

The Sr. Operations Engineer communicates with product support staff and may occasionally communicate directly with sales staff and customers. The engineer will work with other Operations team members, systems and database administrators, software engineers/QA, technical product managers and vendors to clearly state problems, troubleshoot, diagnose and/or resolve complex technical issues. The engineer also works with product management teams to provide advice on critical enhancements for reliability of Pearson software and communicates details of product/platform releases to the Operations team.

Also as a Sr. Operations Engineer you must able to create tools that are useful for support teams to solve recurring issues. Therefore we highly encourage your analytical and problem solving skills. Since most of the tools are written using Python you should be having a broad understanding on software development basics and principles.

This position requires to do night shifts on 24x7 basis and also participate in an On-Call rotation.

Scope and impact of job

Supervisory responsibilities: The Sr. Operations Engineer will fulfill a leadership role by reviewing work, managing resources, mentoring and defining expectations. The Sr. Operations Engineer will be a subject-matter expert and help establish protocols for supporting many of Pearson's highly integrated products and platforms

Primary responsibilities

  • Working with diverse web-based applications and learning management systems in a production, mission critical environment diagnosing complex user, application and/or systems problems

  • Acquiring a deep understanding of Pearson platforms/products at the operational level to become the subject matter expert for other departments including product management, engineering, product support and others

  • Responding to unplanned incidents and developing means to reduce downtime and minimize customer impact. This position requires participation in On-Call rotation

  • Working with various teams to prepare for supporting new and/or highly integrated products and platforms

  • Writing excellent documentation to enable other team members and to aid new hire training to easily learn and support our platforms

  • Monitoring the daily operations of the enterprise application environment by analyzing information and recommending short and long term resolutions to issues including the creation and maintenance of scripts and automation tools


Required knowledge and experience

  • Ability to effectively multi-task on a variety of daily work assignments in a challenging, fast-paced work environment

  • Excellent business communication, organizational and time management skills

  • Experience with documentation of complex issues, processes, procedures

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to understand and clearly explain technical issues to both technical and non-technical audiences

  • Strong team player with the ability to work independently

  • Motivation to learn and share expertise of new skills and technologies

  • Ability to resolve support issues in a timely and efficient manner

  • Knowledge of various computer systems (tools, services, software, etc.)

  • Ability to work in Windows environment

  • Ability to decipher detailed deployment plans

  • Experience scheduling and preparing appropriate resources to participate in deployments

  • Capacity to seek new opportunities based on business needs and company growth

  • Creative problem solving skills

  • 3 years experience in systems or applications support domains

  • BSc in computer science or other technical discipline

Mandatory skills

  • Strong leadership skills with supervisory experience

  • Experience with SQL query and understanding of relational database concepts

  • Remote administration experience (ssh, vnc)

  • Working knowledge of Linux and Solaris operating systems

  • Experience with a scripting language such as perl, python, bash, csh

  • Object Oriented Programming Skills

  • Ability to read and understand code in Java/J2EE, PHP, XML,.NET, or PHP, Python, GoLang

  • Experience with web application architecture and distributed applications

  • Experience with application-based JMS, Apache, Tomcat

Beneficial Skills

  • Oracle experience

  • Familiarity with networking, systems administration

  • Experience with programming in Java/J2EE, PHP, XML,.NET, GoLang or PHP

  • Hands on experience with MongoDB

Primary Location: LK-1-Colombo

Work Locations: LK-Colombo-Orion City Sascon Bldg Orion City Sascon Building No. 752/5 Dr Danister De Silver Mawatha Colombo

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Aug 12, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1910041

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.