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Kafka Administrator (remote)

  • Thrivent Financial
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Jul 20, 2020
Customer Service / Call Center

Job Description

Summary

*** Remote opportunity or possible relocation assistance to Minneapolis MN. ***

What if there was a different way of looking at money? A way that says it’s not how much we have that makes us happy—but what we do with it. For over 100 years, Thrivent has been helping members see money for what it really is—a tool, not just a goal—that can help us live more content, confident and generous lives.

Join our newly formed Data Office as the full-time Kafka Administrator and work with cutting edge technologies as we continue to grow in our data space. You will be responsible for the administration of our Kafka streaming platform. As a part of the larger administration team you will also be on a rotating on-call team to support other platforms.

You will also provide engineering guidance of technology solutions that deliver business value across the organization, continuously improving time to market. Create road maps that translate business requirements into technology solutions. Specify IT hardware and software plans and develop implementation roadmaps. Ensure compliance of application and technical infrastructure development with company and industry standards. Influence future systems engineering. Assesses emerging technologies for application to Thrivent’s initiatives and provides technical expertise for next generation initiatives.

Job Description

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Implementing, managing and administering the overall Kafka infrastructure. Monitor Kafka cluster connectivity and security. Manage and review Kafka log files. Collaborating with application teams (data scientists/engineers) to install operating system and Kafka updates, patches, and version upgrades when required. Point of Contact for Vendor escalation. User security management of the Kafka cluster. Implement security standards for the cluster and Kafka services such as TLS for wire encryption. Support of Kafka integrations, including topics, producers, consumers, Schema Registry, Kafka Control Center, KSQL, and streaming applications. Monitor performance, identify bottlenecks and tune to optimize Kafka performance and throughput. Takes care of the day-to-day running of Kafka clusters.

Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in MIS, Computer Science or related field. 3+ years of experience in architecture development. Understanding of the Kafka components and zookeeper. In-depth knowledge of systems design, architecting and implementing large business systems. Strong Linux knowledge (Red Hat Enterprise). Knowledge of configuration management tools such as ansible. Good understanding of Streaming message delivery semantics. Basics of networking, CPU, memory and storage. Knowledge and understanding of Kerberos & active directory KDC. Strong organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Thrivent provides Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any otherstatus protected by applicable local, state, or federal law. This policy applies to all employees and job applicants.

Thrivent is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please let us know by sending an email to or call 800-847-4836 and request Human Resources.