Kafka/Kong Administrator

Job#: 2032767

Job Description:

Senior Kafka Administrator with DevOps experience
Position Overview: We are seeking a skilled and experienced Senior level Kafka Administrator to join our IT operations team. As a Kafka Administrator, you will be responsible for the deployment, configuration, maintenance, and monitoring of our Kafka clusters, ensuring the high availability, reliability, and optimal performance of our real-time platforms. Your role will be crucial in supporting our data engineering and application teams to deliver seamless data integration and processing.
Responsibilities: Kafka Administration
1. Cluster Deployment and Configuration:
• Deploy and configure Kafka clusters following best practices for scalability, security, and performance.
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and design Kafka infrastructure to meet data streaming needs.
• Manage topics, partitions, replication factors, and broker configurations to ensure efficient data distribution and fault tolerance.
2. Monitoring and Performance Optimization:
• Implement monitoring and alerting solutions to proactively identify and address performance bottlenecks, resource constraints, and anomalies.
• Optimize Kafka configurations, brokers, and consumer/producer applications for optimal throughput and latency.
• Conduct regular performance testing, load testing, and capacity planning to ensure clusters can handle anticipated workloads

3. High Availability and Disaster Recovery:
• Design and implement high-availability strategies, including failover mechanisms and data replication across multiple data centers or cloud regions.
• Develop and maintain disaster recovery plans and procedures to minimize data loss and downtime in the event of failures.
4. Security and Compliance:
• Implement and manage security measures such as encryption, authentication, and authorization to ensure data privacy and compliance with industry standards.
• Stay updated on security vulnerabilities and patches, applying necessary updates to maintain a secure Kafka environment.
5. Troubleshooting and Issue Resolution:
• Diagnose and resolve Kafka-related issues, including performance degradation, data loss, and connectivity problems.
• Collaborate with development and data engineering teams to troubleshoot consumer/producer application integration with Kafka.

6. Documentation and Knowledge Sharing:
• Maintain thorough documentation of Kafka configurations, deployment processes, and troubleshooting procedures.
• Provide training and knowledge sharing sessions to junior team members and other stakeholders.
7. Collaboration and Communication:
• Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including data engineers, developers, and system administrators, to ensure smooth integration of Kafka into our data ecosystem.
• Communicate effectively with stakeholders to provide updates on Kafka performance, maintenance, and improvements.
8. Certification as a Confluent Certified Administrator for Apache Kafka (CCAAK) preferred. (Internal Note – CCDAK is available for Confluent Cert Dev for Apache Kafka)

9. Experienced in the Kubernetes platform
  • Working knowledge with Kubernetes\\Dockers
 10. Excellent knowledge of API design standards, patterns, and best practices especially with OpenAPI 2.0, REST, JSON, XML. 
11. 5+ years of experience with monitoring and troubleshooting. Should be able to monitor and debug platform or application issues.
  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or a related field (or equivalent work experience).
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in administering Apache Kafka clusters in production environments
  • Strong understanding of Kafka internals, including topics, partitions, replication, and consumer/producer APIs.
  • 5+ years of experience with Kafka ecosystem tools such as Kafka Connect, Kafka Streams, and Schema Registry.
  • Knowledge of Linux systems and shell scripting.
  • Strong DevOps background preferred.
  • 5+ years of familiarity with cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure, GCP) and containerization (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot complex issues efficiently.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

























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Employee Type:

Richmond, VA, US

Job Type:
Applications and Data Management

Date Posted:
June 10, 2024