Facebook Data Center Engineering Specialist - Tape Operations in Altoona, Iowa


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Facebook is seeking a forward thinking experienced Engineer to join our Data Center Site Operations team. Our data centers, and the tens of thousands of servers installed in them, are the foundation upon which our rapidly scaling infrastructure efficiently operates and upon which our innovative services are delivered. Facebook is at the leading edge of the global data center industry both in terms of how data centers are designed and operated. This person should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where adaptability and flexibility will be key to their success. This position is full-time and will be based in Altoona, Iowa.

We seek an experienced data center professional with advanced hands-on technical skills in Data Center Tape Backup Infrastructure. Performing complex projects in a large-scale distributed data center environment is a core competency of this individual.

Required Skills:

  1. Work as a technical lead globally, with cross-functional teams on large-scale data center projects and initiatives involving large-scale data center tape operations

  2. Partner globally with Data Center Infrastructure teams to efficiently scale our data center tape operations

  3. Recommends and influences the implementation of Tape Operations policies and procedures

  4. Find opportunities to globally improve and innovate in key areas of data center tape operations involving including documentation and standardization, best practices, maintenance strategies, tooling and automation

  5. Leverage existing metrics and define new ones to support troubleshooting global issues of a complex nature, and proactively analyze data to identify risks and opportunities for efficiency gains

  6. Serve as subject matter expert for tape operations, tape media, library technologies and relevant use cases (HSM, backup, etc.)

  7. Ability to manage vendor teams, supervise daily operations, and hands-on work that might be required

  8. Comfortable working individually as well as in small and large groups on a regular basis

  9. Ability to participate in an on-call rotation and occasionally work nights and weekends

  10. Ability to travel up to 30% required

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BS, BEng or BA in technical field or commensurate experience

  2. 5+ years of technical experience in a data center environment

  3. Tape handling and tape management experience

  4. Experience with IBM tape library technology and infrastructure

  5. Experience with operational continuity and disaster recovery operations using tape

  6. Experience in processing and analyzing large sets of data and leverage them for change

  7. Knowledge in Data Center Operations, including supply chain, logistics and asset management

  8. Experience managing multiple projects within the same time schedule, and time and project management experience

  9. Communication experience

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations-ext@fb.com or you may call us at +1 650-308-7837.