Pearson Technical Specailist -SRE in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Technical Specailist -SRE


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. We are now transforming Pearson to accelerate our activity in digital learning, education services and emerging markets. This will enable us to make a lasting impact in helping to solve some of the most important challenges in global education.

Pearson Lanka is currently seeking Technical Specialist – Cloud Operations with a hunger to learn and adapt to new technology quickly. We demand people who are naturally curious, can self-start and share leanings and outcomes effectively with a distributed team.

We’re proud of our people - their drive, talent and enthusiasm. Here we work together to deliver exceptional outcomes that push the limits. We’re passionate about our mission to help others reach their full potential through learning and education and this passion demands we only hire the very best.


Things We Expect You to Know:

  • 3 years of extensive operations experience in Linux operating systems

  • 2 years of in-depth, hands on experience of at least two major clouds (AWS, OpenStack, Azure etc…)

  • Command of config management principles and an ability to code your desired state

  • A deep understanding of distributed system design and dependency management

  • A strong grasp of monitoring tools, approach and implementation

  • Recognition of the role security plays in PaaS and Continuous Delivery

  • Able to show examples of previous work with containerised services

  • Proven experience of implementing software defined networking

  • Solid working experience of continuous integration practices & tools (Jenkins, Travis CI etc…)

  • An established history of working in agile teams

  • That DevOps is more than a job title or a marketing fad!

  • How to collaborate with a globally distributed team of engineers using tools like chat

  • Ability to quickly work with debug and errors logs

Our Tools of the Trade

We work at the moment with the following tools, we understand everyone will do a bit of learning on the job, but you will need to be able to meaningfully contribute to a selection of these tools:

  • Docker

  • Kubernetes

  • Terraform

  • Vault

  • Consul

  • Keycloak

  • Kafka

  • Jenkins

  • Git


  • Go

  • Java/NodeJS

  • Python

  • Ruby

  • AWS

  • Hubot/CoffeeScript

Desirable Skills

  • Experience building roadmaps and capturing user requirements to populate backlog

  • Experience of working with or contributing directly to Open Source projects

  • Leading service delivery in a mission critical production application environment

  • Understanding of leading/managing technology products

  • Experience of working with failure based testing, for example Simian Army

  • Delivering web-scale products to a global market at high release velocity

  • The ability and desire to automate routine, mundane and non-value added tasks

Personal Skills

  • Proven solution leadership skills, with an ability to lead and facilitate solutioning initiatives

  • Previous experience contributing to war rooms and blameless postmortems

  • Superb communication skills, written and verbal

  • Experience of working in a true DevOps environment with daily collaborations

  • Show accountability and end to end ownership and provide an example to others

  • English as a business language


  • Willing to travel to USA at various times for collaboration activities.

  • 24x7 Availability in case of emergencies

  • Working with counterparts in other global teams

  • The position may require to be a part of an on-call rotation

  • Maintaining 99.9% uptime

  • Ability to learn and absorb new technologies and skills faster

Pearson’s corporate values are Brave; Imaginative; Decent and Accountable. It is crucial that these values resonate with you and you are able to embody these values. You will be naturally positive, adaptable, proactive, organized and comfortable operating in a changing and ambiguous environment.

In exchange for your hard work you will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package, potential eligibility for an annual bonus, supportive peers and management team, opportunities to participate in sporting and social events, career development, training programs and other benefits. Other benefits include transportation services, potential eligibility for Pearson Shares (save for shares scheme), and OPD / Insurance / Medical.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter and please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted via phone.

Primary Location: LK-1-Colombo

Work Locations: LK-Colombo-Orion City Rigel Bldg Orion City Rigel Bldg No 752 Dr. Danister De Silva Mawatha Colombo 900

Job: Engineering

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: May 1, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1805859

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.