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Headquartered in the US, we have been named as one of North America’s fastest growing software companies as reported by Deloitte and Inc. Magazine, and have been  rated a leader by the analyst community and named one of the Best Places to Work by the Boston Business Journal. We are Acquia. We are building for the future of the web, and we want you to be a part of it. 


Be a part of a small team of Performance Engineers who work within Engineering to build and operate Acquia’s PaaS/SaaS products. The successful candidate will have a tremendous ability to affect change while working on deep technical challenges using the latest cloud technology from Amazon Web Services.


The Senior Performance Engineer works with architects and engineering teams to help build highly resilient and scalable systems and mentor other Performance Engineers in the team. They will work both independently and as part of teams to identify and remediate performance issues within our products, services and underlying infrastructure. Using in-house and 3rd party tools to monitor and troubleshoot production systems. Write code, provide best practices, establish benchmarks and metrics, and advocate for prioritization of performance related activities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Passion for websites and website delivery architecture

  • Deep, working knowledge of LAMP stack--OS, web server, and database systems (Linux,

    Apache, and MySQL preferred)

  • Strong programming experience with languages such as Ruby, Python, PHP, Javascript, etc.

  • Holistic understanding of the Internet and hosting from the network layer up through the

    application layer.

  • Work with a distributed development team to implement highly-available and scalable

    architectures for core and third-party components of Acquia’s PaaS/SaaS products;

  • Solve availability/performance problems and build software-based solutions to prevent


  • Implement metrics and monitoring;

  • Champion the need of performant systems and benefits of system health visibility;

  • Help Product and Engineering understand the importance of SLOs and SLAs: how to implement,

    measure, and respond to them;

  • Perform architecture and code reviews to ensure systems will meet the performance and

    scalability requirements

  • Execute targeted and large scale tests to validate system performance

  • Coach, mentor, motivate, and supervise newer members of the Performance Engineering team


  • BS in Computer Science or a comparable field of study, or equivalent practical experience.

  • Experience working with one or more of: Ruby, PHP, Java, Javascript, Go, Python

  • Experience with Unix/Linux systems administration using the CLI.

  • Fundamental understanding of TCP/UDP networking concepts

  • Solid oral and written communications skills.

  • Experience building systems on cloud technology (AWS, GCE, Rackspace, Openstack)

  • Understanding of Software Development Life Cycle, Test Driven Development, Continuous

    Integration, and Continuous Delivery.

  • Experience with gathering/analysing App/Host performance metrics


    Extra Credit:
  • Component-level system diagnostic tools (mpstat, netstat, iostat, etc)

  • Basic understanding of data structures/algorithms performance characteristics

  • Languages: Ruby, PHP, Go, Python, Java

  • Cloud hosting experience (e.g., Amazon Web Services, Google Compute, Azure, etc.)

  • Web Development

  • Configuration management (e.g., Puppet, Ansible, Chef)

  • Web security and compliance experience (e.g., Firewalls, IDS/IPS systems, DOS prevention and

    PCI, HIPAA, FedRAMP, etc.)

  • Networking (e.g., TCP/IP, Routing, DNS, load balancing, HTTP caching, clustering, VPN, etc.)

  • RHEL and Ubuntu experience

  • Automated testing experience--Jenkins, TravisCI, unit tests, system tests, etc.


Acquia is an equal opportunity (EEO) employer. We hire without regard to age, color, disability, gender (including gender identity), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.

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