Pearson Senior Release Engineer in San Antonio, Texas

Senior Release Engineer


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

The Release Engineer will be a critical part of a small team focused on creating CI/CD pipelines to build, release and deploy software. A release engineer should have a broad background in development build processes, testing frameworks, security hardening, performance engineering, and deployment technologies and capable of designing custom pipelines to utilize all of these appropriately. The Release Engineer should be comfortable with taking on new engineering challenges, defining potential solutions, and implementing designs in a team environment. This position will work closely with SRE and development teams in our organization’s evolution towards contemporary application and infrastructure management practices and will be expected to both guide and support the team’s growth and learning.


  • Provide technical leadership to a growing team focused on applying software engineering practices to operations at scale.

  • Monitor and report on service level objectives for a given applications services. Work with business and product owners to establish key performance indicators.

  • Participate in conducting technical training events, game day scenarios, and focused engineering spikes.

  • Design and architect operational solutions for managing applications and infrastructure, with the specific goal of increasing the automation, repeatability, and consistency of operational tasks.

  • Create and maintain monitoring technologies and processes that improve the visibility to our applications' performance and business metrics and keep operational workload reasonable.

  • Sponsor healthy software development practices – including complying with the chosen software development methodology (Agile, or alternatives), building standards for code reviews, work packaging, etc.

  • Partner with SRE teams to design CD pipelines that enable persistent testing of application and infrastructure resiliency over a variety of error conditions.

  • Collaborate with development teams to design build pipelines using CI best practices

  • Design delivery pipelines that encourage and enforce business requirements for auditing, alerting and stakeholder approval.

  • Provide architectural and practical guidance to software development to improve resiliency, efficiency, performance, and costs.

  • Develop, communicate, and monitor standard processes to promote the long-term health of sustainability and health of operational development tasks.

  • Provide CI best practices to development teams by designing and upgrading CI pipelines to release new versions of software.

  • Implement continuous delivery pipelines to release software to non-production and production environments.

  • Administration of open-source Jenkins 2.x and Cloudbees Enterprise Jenkins instances.

  • Evaluation of new CI/CD tool alternatives on a regular basis.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, MIS, or other related discipline required. Master's Degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 4 years prior relevant software development experience required.

  • Prior experience in architecting cloud-based solutions on AWS.

  • Prior experience in managing EC2, EBS, and S3 on AWS.

  • Proficiency in Ruby or Python desired.

  • Familiarity with Chef/Puppet/Ansible or other configuration management tools desired.

  • Familiarity with cloud computing concepts desired and infrastructure as a service offerings. (AWS or other public cloud providers)

  • Familiarity with container technologies, orchestration, and container deployment using Docker, rkt, ECS, Rancher, or Kubernetes.

  • A strong understanding of diverse infrastructure platforms and infrastructure concepts required.

  • A strong understanding of the SDLC and the Agile software development methodology required.

  • Versatility as demonstrated with troubleshooting diverse sets of hosting technologies (web server platforms, Java application platforms, operating systems, network components, virtualization technologies, database platforms) strongly desired.

  • Understanding of general networking concepts and protocols desired.

  • Experience in a production environment supporting mission-critical applications desired.

  • Knowledge of standard production practices including change management desired.

  • Jenkins Certification preferred

  • Experience in software automation tools such as Maven, Gradle or Ant desired.

  • Experience with modern SCM tools such as git and perforce required.

  • Experience with CI/CD tools such as Jenkins, CircleCI, TravisCI or ConcourseCI required.

  • A strong understanding of TDD, testing frameworks, and testing in all phases of the development lifecycle.


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.

Primary Location: US-IA-Iowa City

Other Locations US-TX-Austin, US-TX-San Antonio, US-CO-Boulder

Work Locations: US-IA-Iowa City-2510 North Dodge 2510 North Dodge Street Iowa City 52245

Job: Technology

Organization: Assessments School

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 14, 2018

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1811877

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.