System Administrator

  • TransferWise
  • Tallinn, Tallinna linn, Estonia
  • Jul 28, 2017
Full time Developer Information Technology

Job Description

Who we are

TransferWise was founded in 2011 with a clear mission: Money without borders - so people and businesses can send and receive any currency effortlessly, whenever, wherever.

Sure, the heart of what we do is international money transfer. And we’re committed to making it instant, convenient and fair for millions of people, all over the world. But we’re growing our other products and our teams at an exciting pace. And we’re looking for the very best to jump on board.

What it’s really like to work here

At TransferWise, we do things a bit differently. There’s no corporate nonsense, and no old-fashioned hierarchy. Instead, we work in dozens of self-sufficient, autonomous teams. Think of them like start-ups within a start-up that learn from each other.

Each team picks the problems they want to solve. So there’s no micro-management. No hiding behind fancy job titles. And no one telling you what to do. You are your own boss. But you’ll get tons of guidance and plenty of support from talented, super-smart colleagues from all over TransferWise.

We’re going to be upfront — the way we work doesn’t suit everyone. But if freedom, autonomy, and life-affirming, head-scratching professional challenges rock your world, we could be a match made in heaven.

The Role?

This person will be working as a part of the Infrastructure Team. You are going to build tools and infrastructure to increase the velocity and quality of our product by allowing developers to push, monitor and roll back code, DB and other infrastructure changes themselves. You'll play an important role in scaling TransferWise and sit on the pulsing vein of daily product evolution.

About You:

  • Security Paranoid
  • Expert in supporting production applications on AWS or other cloud technologies
  • Experience in development of backend automation tools
  • Experience in supporting JVM applications
  • Hands on experience in infrastructure automation and configuration management using tools like Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Docker, Vagrant etc.
  • Expert Linux skills (Ubuntu ideally)
  • Experience working with load balancers
  • Experienced in monitoring tools, frameworks and processes
  • Experienced in release and change management, incident and problem management both from a technology and process perspective
  • Expert in scripting and experience programming
  • Familiar with penetration testing and intrusion detection systems


  • Familiarity with the following (or equivalent): Jenkins, SSO, Apache, HaProxy, Zabbix, Mysql, Cassandra NoSQL, RabbitMQ (or other messaging) and Zookeeper (or similar for distributed coordination)
  • Experience in mobile app support
  • Experience in virtualization and containerization


Did someone say benefits?

Apart from the all-expenses-paid company trips, stock options in one of Europe’s most hotly tipped startups, a laptop and team lunches, you won’t get much in the way of extras. However, we will give you 28 days holiday a year (plus public holidays), a fun, friendly atmosphere, plenty of opportunities to grow and the chance to be part of our little revolution. Oh, and coffee, there’s plenty of coffee.

Some important stuff we would like you to know

To meet our regulatory obligations as a licensed financial services company, TransferWise needs to take background checks on all new hires, which may include Criminal and Credit checks. Please discuss with the Recruiter if you have any concerns regarding this process.

We want to make sure that our recruitment process is accessible to everyone. So if you need any reasonable adjustments – at any point in the process – we’ll do our best to help. Just let us know what you need on your application form, or drop us an email. You might need a reasonable adjustment if you’ve got a disability. Or maybe you live overseas, and you’d prefer to meet us over Skype.