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Staff Software Engineer, Cloud Systems

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About Pinterest:

Millions of people across the world come to Pinterest to find new ideas every day. It’s where they get inspiration, dream about new possibilities and plan for what matters most. Our mission is to help those people find their inspiration and create a life they love. In your role, you’ll be challenged to take on work that upholds this mission and pushes Pinterest forward. You’ll grow as a person and leader in your field, all the while helping Pinners make their lives better in the positive corner of the internet.

Creating a life you love also means finding a career that celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that you bring. As you read through the expectations of the position, consider how your skills and experiences may complement the responsibilities of the role. We encourage you to think through your relevant and transferable skills from prior experiences.

Our new progressive work model is called PinFlex, a term that’s uniquely Pinterest to describe our flexible approach to living and working. Visit our PinFlex landing page to learn more.

Pinterest is seeking a Staff Cloud Systems Engineer who will make a significant impact on one of the largest-scale, cloud-based infrastructures in the world. As a member of the Infrastructure Provisioning team, you will work in the areas of cloud architecture, infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and infrastructure modernization across the company.

This role is a highly visible opportunity on a smaller team leading cloud systems engineering at a massive scale. You will forge cutting-edge innovations in partnership with leaders in cloud infrastructure and architecture to create world-class performance and stability for 450M+ Pinterest users. You will build new and better standards and systems for 1500+ Pinterest software engineers.

What you’ll do:

  • Develop and maintain a robust provisioning and testing harness for Ubuntu, enabling performance and reliability testing for multi-architecture EC2 instances
  • Present and provide recommendations to leadership and engineering teams on containerizing workloads, automating the upgrade of OS versions across the fleet, and immutable infrastructure
  • Implement processes to upgrade and test new Ubuntu versions and ensure its availability across the Pinterest fleet
  • Improve and maintain the suite of tools of tools involved in provisioning hosts at Pinterest, this includes: OS/AMI pipelines, Puppet configuration, base Docker images

What we’re looking for:

  • 3+ years of infrastructure management experience, including cloud server management, deployments, and OS provisioning using tools such as Packer
  • Deep experience and fluency with Linux environments
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to analyze complex systems and propose effective solutions
  • Experience with CI/CD practices and build systems, such as GitHub Actions and Jenkins
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as Puppet, Ansible, or Salt
  • Experience implementing or working with immutable infrastructure principles and practices
  • Proficiency in software development languages such as Python, Java, and/or Go, with a focus on building highly available distributed applications

Relocation Statement:

This position is not eligible for relocation assistance. Visit our PinFlex page to learn more about our working model.



At Pinterest we believe the workplace should be equitable, inclusive, and inspiring for every employee. In an effort to provide greater transparency, we are sharing the base salary range for this position. The position is also eligible for equity. Final salary is based on a number of factors including location, travel, relevant prior experience, or particular skills and expertise.

Information regarding the culture at Pinterest and benefits available for this position can be found here.

US based applicants only
$148,049—$304,496 USD

Our Commitment to Diversity:

Pinterest is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best qualified people in every job. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic under federal, state, or local law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you require an accommodation during the job application process, please notify for support.

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