Kafka Administrator

System Engineer in Chicago, IL

Posted 2019-08-13

Founded by The Allstate Corporation in 2016, Arity is a data and analytics company focused on improving transportation. We collect and analyze enormous amounts of data, using predictive analytics to build solutions with a single goal in mind: to make transportation smarter, safer and more useful for everyone.
At the heart of that mission are the people that work here—the dreamers, doers and difference-makers that call this place home. As part of that team, your work will showcase both your intelligence and your creativity as you tackle real problems and put your talents towards transforming transportation.
That’s because at Arity, we believe work and life shouldn’t be at odds with one another. After all, we know that your unique qualities give you a unique perspective. We don’t just want you to see yourself here. We want you to be yourself here.

The Engineering Team
Our engineers are fueled by a passion to impact the future of mobility. They push the boundaries of telematics and transportation tech by creating and supporting cutting-edge products. As part of an Agile team, they are armed with the freedom to innovate and the opportunity to see projects through from start to finish. Using a variety of languages and a top-notch technology stack, our engineers make critical advances in areas like sensor technology, enterprise engineering and platform development. Our team understands what it means to collaborate and communicate in an interconnected global team, all while having trust, transparency and empathy for the end user. Which is pretty cool, if you ask us.
The Role
As a Kafka Administrator, you will be responsible for assisting with the design, architecture, implementation, and on-going support of Arity’s Kafka clusters on AWS.
• Manage large scale multi-nodes Kafka cluster environments residing on AWS.
• Handle all Kafka environment builds, including design, capacity planning, cluster setup, performance tuning and ongoing monitoring.
• Perform high-level, day-to-day operational maintenance, support, and upgrades for the Kafka Cluster.
• Creation of key performance metrics, measuring the utilization, performance and overall health of the cluster.
• Capacity planning and implementation of new/upgraded hardware and software releases as well as for storage infrastructure.
• Research and recommend innovative, and where possible, automated approaches for system administration tasks.
• Ability to closely calibrate with product managers and lead engineers.
• Provide guidance in the creation and modification of standards and procedures
• Proactively monitor and setup alerting mechanism for Kafka Cluster and supporting hardware to ensure system health and maximum availability
• Proven ability to lead multiple high priorities initiative with aggressive timelines leveraging an agile framework.
• Comfortable performing in a fast paced, dynamic and ambiguous business environment.
• Ability to concentrate on a wide range of loosely defined complex situations, which require creativity and originality, where guidance and counsel may be unavailable.
• Demonstrated a product mindset with an ability to set forward thinking and direction.
• 1+ years of solid Kafka Admin experience in managing critical 24/7 applications
• Design, build, assemble, and configure application or technical architecture components using business requirements.
• Hands-on experience with Kafka clusters hosted on Amazon cloud is a plus.
• Experience in Kafka build pipelines using Ansible, Cloud formation templates, shells etc.
• Exposure to Hortonworks HDP and HDF is a big plus
• Exposure to Ni-Fi, Flink is a big plus
• Experience in Jenkins, GitHub
• Experience in implementing security & authorization (permission based) on Kafka cluster.
• Experience in open source Kafka, zookeepers, Kafka connect, schema registry Avro schemas.
• High availability cluster setup, maintenance and ongoing support
• Create topics, setup redundancy cluster, deploy monitoring tools, alerts Has good knowledge of best practices
• Exposure to Kafka APIs
• Hands on experience in standing up and administrating Kafka platform which includes creating a backup & mirroring of Kafka Cluster brokers, broker sizing, topic sizing, h/w sizing, performance monitoring, broker security, topic security, consumer/producer access management(ACL)
• Knowledge of Kafka API (development experience is a plus)
• Provide technical expertise and guidance to production support staff.
• Involvement with grouping/clustering and high volume systems.
• Handle all Kafka environment builds, including design, capacity planning, cluster setup, performance tuning and ongoing monitoring.
• Manage large scale multi-nodes cluster environments residing on AWS
• Perform high-level, day-to-day operational maintenance, support, and upgrades for the Kafka cluster
• Knowledge of best practices related to security, performance, and disaster recovery.
• Proven track record of sound, effective decision making.
• Excellent listening and communication skills.
o Must be able to communicate technical information clearly, able to ‘translate’ between diverse groups of technical and non-technical individuals.
o Ability to synthesize large amounts of complex data into meaningful conclusions and present recommendations to a vast array of individuals.
o Partner with business units in order to improve the effectiveness of business decisions.
o Ability to structure documents to effectively communicate with senior leadership and drive alignment and decision making.
• Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree Preferred.

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.
That’s the day-to-day, now let’s talk about the rest of it. As we mentioned, Arity was founded by The Allstate Corporation. But you’ll be working for—and at—Arity. It’s the best of both worlds. You’ll get access to the full suite of Allstate benefits and work in a fast-paced startup culture. That’s more than just free breakfasts, brain breaks and ping pong. It’s a culture that encourages you to be you.

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Allstate generally does not sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.

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Company summary

Allstate offers car, motorcycle, boat, home, property, condo, renters insurance, and more, plus financial products including college savings programs, retirement planning, and a range of life insurance products.


Education support; commuter benefits plan; adoption assistance; annual financial seminars; wellness incentives.

Tech Stack

Java, Spring, JavaScript, Angular, React, Node, SQL, MongoDB, Jenkins, REST, JSON, XML

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