Platform SRE - Senior Site Reliability Engineer (Capacity) (R5009)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

The Platform SRE Capacity team’s purpose is ensuring customers have reliable access to our SaaS infrastructure while optimizing for cost-effectiveness. We are looking for people interested in designing and building intelligent software solutions that maximize the efficiency necessary to scale a large, multi-Cloud platform.

What you will be doing:

In this role you will:

  • Be a part of the Platform SRE Capacity team, using Software Engineering to design intelligent algorithms that solve challenging infrastructure scaling problems in a Cloud-agnostic way.
  • Maintain large-scale capacity across multiple Cloud Service Providers, working with future capacity needs or responding to emergent needs.
  • Greenfield cost management solutions with the support of cross functional teams, working together on a shared roadmap.
  • Collaborate with other Elastic Platform Engineering teams on cross-team projects and initiatives.
  • Improve engineering standards, tooling, and processes by being an active member in our communities of practice.
  • Participate in our follow-the-sun on-call rotation where coverage falls predominantly during your normal working hours.
What you bring along:
  • You may be a Software Engineer with exposure to Linux systems, networking, monitoring and automation; or an experienced Sysadmin or Systems Engineer with experience in distributed systems at scale (Linux), and a demonstrable interest and experience in using software engineering approaches to solve operational problems.
  • You have contributed to codebases while creating solutions, preferably in Go.
  • You have contributed to or led deliverables which involve integrating APIs - especially if you’ve worked with Azure, GCP or AWS API’s.
  • You have experience using at least one Public Cloud: AWS, GCP, Azure, SoftLayer or OpenStack.
  • You are a strong communicator that thrives with a distributed team and actively seeks mentoring others.

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

The typical starting Total Cash Compensation range for new hires in this role is between $126,800 and $174,400, which consists of a Base Salary or a Base Salary plus a Target Commission, depending on the specific role. The Base Salary offered may vary depending on factors including skills and experience.

Additionally, this role is currently eligible to participate in Elastic’s equity plan as well as a range of health & wellbeing, retirement savings, and other benefits within a holistic total rewards offering.

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

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