Systems Engineer


We have a summer 4 day week. Starting in 2023, every Friday between the 29th of May and September in off!

Only considering candidates who are eligible to work in Columbia, USA ⚠️


Join Team CARFAX as a Systems Engineer

Isn't it time you bragged about where you work? At CARFAX, we do, every day. We pride ourselves on being mission-focused on helping to grow a brand built on accuracy and integrity. We care deeply about our products and our customers. We’re more than just a company: We help millions of consumers make more-informed decisions every day. We know that our teammates are our most valuable asset, and we value a balanced life while tackling challenging projects in a fast-paced environment. One last thing: Our four-day week continues in Summer 2024!

This role has an expectation of 3 days in the Columbia, MO office per week, subject to change based on future business needs.

CARFAX is looking for a skilled Systems Engineer to join our Enterprise Systems Engineering team.  This team is a highly collaborative, diverse, and distributed team. Our mission is to administer, secure and improve thousands of servers and systems across the CARFAX enterprise as well as delivering new systems to meet business goals.  We expect our candidate to demonstrate a successful track record of large-scale server administration with a broad set of skills configuring and administering on-prem and cloud environments, containerization, Infrastructure as Code, automation, networking skills. This individual will work as part of a team to support the strategic goals of the company.

The role of the System Engineer includes working with multiple teams to deliver both on premises and cloud-hosted solutions for externally facing websites. You will collaborate with development teams, solve complex technical challenges, gather specifications, requirements, and perform systems analysis. Our Engineers provide primary server administration for company servers by proactively keeping systems secure with bug fixes, security patches, OS and software upgrades, and technical troubleshooting.  Systems Engineers participate and facilitate project estimation and planning, to include multi-team systems integration and implementation.

What you'll be doing:

  • Design, install, and administer on-prem systems and servers
  • Integrate new solutions with existing cloud resources or on-premises infrastructure
  • Provide best practices, standards, training, and general support for both on-prem and cloud environments
  • Configure hardware, peripherals, services, storage, etc. in accordance with security standards, project or operational requirements
  • Design, build, and administer enterprise cloud and hybrid systems infrastructure to meet business requirements for reliability and business recovery
  • Participate in design decisions, including new technology research and prototyping
  • Promote great Kubernetes and AWS platform design and quality
  • Innovate new ideas to evolve our applications and processes
  • Continuously analyze and evaluate our systems, products, and process for potential improvement

What we're looking for:

  • Firm 5+ years building, hardening and administering Linux in a production environment
  • 3+ years hands on building Kubernetes environment (AWS EKS a plus)
  • Significant evidence and track-record demonstrating ability to lead high-profile technically challenging projects
  • 3+ years writing and using configuration management systems (Chef, Ansible, Puppet), and Continuous Integration / Delivery, demonstrated believer in “automate everything”
  • Experience using common infrastructure as code tool-sets (CloudFormation, Terraform, Cloud Deployment Manager)
  • Experience with Python, YAML, Bash and other technology and scripting languages
  • Experience with AWS tools & products (EC2, VPCs, API Gateway, AWS Console, CLI and SDK)
  • Advanced skills to troubleshoot various systems and technologies
  • Demonstrated initiative to learn, document and teach
  • Have a broad set of technology skills - DEVSECOPS - Development, Security and Operations
  • Operational experience - ready to own the uptime and quality of systems
  • Knowledge of security and performance best practices for on-prem, cloud and hybrid architectures

Preferred Experience:

  • Familiarity with F5, Gloo
  • Experience with DHCP, DNS, IPAM, load balancing, and the ability to troubleshoot and diagnose server and network related items
  • Experience with RabbitMQ
  • Experience with Tomcat
  • Experience with Active Directory, file systems management
  • Experience with virtualization, VMWare, and data storage systems
  • Experience with TLS and Digital Certificates, and troubleshooting the same
  • Familiarity with Prometheus, Grafana, New Relic or other monitoring tools
  • Familiarity with CloudWatch, Splunk, Logstash or other logging aggregators

What’s in it for you:

  • Competitive compensation, benefits and generous time-off policies
  • 4-Day summer work weeks and a winter holiday break
  • 401(k) / DCPP matching
  • Annual bonus program
  • Casual, dog-friendly, and innovative office spaces

Don’t just take our word for it:

  • 10X Virginia Business Best Places to Work
  • 9X Washingtonian Great Places to Work
  • 9X Washington Post Top Workplace
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Places to Work


CARFAX, part of S&P Global Mobility, helps millions of people every day confidently shop, buy, service and sell used cars with innovative solutions powered by CARFAX vehicle history information. The expert in vehicle history since 1984, CARFAX provides exclusive services like CARFAX Used Car Listings, CARFAX Car Care, CARFAX History-Based Value and the flagship CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ to consumers and the automotive industry. CARFAX owns the world’s largest vehicle history database and is nationally recognized as a top workplace by The Washington Post and Shop, Buy, Service, Sell – Show me the CARFAX™. S&P Global Mobility is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI). S&P Global is the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks, analytics and workflow solutions in the global capital, commodity and automotive markets.

CARFAX is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of CARFAX to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CARFAX will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. We maintain a drug-free workplace. We are a participant in E-Verify.

We help consumers shop, buy, service and sell used cars with confidence

Working Week

We have a summer 4 day week. Starting in 2023, every Friday between the 29th of May and September in off!

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Our Vacation Policy

Employees start with 15 days PTO (rising to 30 days), plus our Christmas shutdown, plus public holiday. And not to mention our summer 4 day week!

Remote Working Policy

We have offices in 20 different locations, without headquarters in Centreville Virginia. We have a hybrid remote working policy

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Equity / options
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget

Our Team

We're a team of 1.4k across 16 departments:

  • engineering
  • sales
  • business development
  • support
  • consulting
  • marketing
  • operations
  • data science
  • product management
  • +7 more teams

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