Lead System Support Engineer

| Lausanne, Waadt, CHE
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Second Spectrum is a Sports Emmy-winning data & tech company that is building the next way of seeing sports - by capturing and producing the highest quality data and innovative content for many of the world’s largest leagues and media partners, such as the NFL, NBA, English Premier League, ESPN, Amazon, and CBS Sports. 

We are pushing the boundaries of deep tech -- machine learning, computer vision, big data, augmented and virtual reality. We deliver unique and innovative products with a magic formula of cutting-edge technology, creative design, and hands-on experience playing and analyzing college and professional sports. These products have helped Second Spectrum partners to multiple NBA championships, to win matches on football pitches around the world, and to entertain and educate millions of fans on TV and digital. In 2021, Second Spectrum was acquired by Genius Sports, bringing together a unique combination of technological, operational and commercial capabilities. 

We believe that technology will revolutionize the way that sports are played, coached, and experienced. We're just getting started turning our joint vision of transformative sports technologies into reality.  

Second Spectrum is the place to work on cutting edge technology in sports, alongside incredibly driven and ambitious teammates. Our innovative and dynamic environment emphasizes opportunities for motivated individuals to maximize their growth and impact. 

The Role: Lead System Support Engineer

We are seeking a results-oriented, operationally-focused System Support Engineer Lead to provide front-line technical support and troubleshooting for our tracking and video augmentation products. You will lead a group of engineers supporting our camera, live data processing, and delivery systems and communicate across teams, you will also have the opportunity to work within multiple systems, analyzing, identifying and resolving issues to help ensure efficiency for several groups – from debugging camera issues to maintaining work schedules and employee supervision. This role works primarily during non-traditional hours for live sporting events and is going to be based in our Lausanne office. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Lead a team of on-site support engineers, including scheduling, performance management, team morale
  • Alert response from automated systems and internal users 
  • Coordination of incident response for live disruption of services
  • Perform root cause analysis on incidents using Unix tooling, log analysis, service debugging
  • Manage communication with key stakeholders
  • Design and implement robust alerting for all of the services tied to delivery of external services
  • Follow-up with engineering, operations, and account management groups
  • Participate in an on-call rotation that emphasizes eliminating repeating escalations  

What You Have:

  • 5+ years technical work experience 
  • Experience with managing technical employees
  • Working evening, weekend, and holiday hours (Around live sporting schedules) 
  • Operational experience with real-time systems under Service Level Agreements (SLAs) 
  • Experience configuring, diagnosing, and troubleshooting computer services in Windows or Unix environments 
  • Critical thinking skills in software systems diagnosis under time pressure 
  • Self starter based on provided written documentation and training 
  • An appetite to learn and grow from every incident 
  • Process-orientation, creative problem solving 
  • Written communication style focused on concision, clarity, and clear next steps 
  • Good documentation habits 

What Sets You Apart:

  • Basic knowledge of networking systems and hardware installation 
  • Experience with scripting in languages like Python, Unix shell, or JavaScript/TypeScript 
  • Experience with command line tools in Linux or Unix 
  • Experience with log file analysis tools (Grep, Elasticsearch, Kibana, Grafana, Datadog) 
  • Experience with SQL 
  • Familiarity with modern camera features: aperture, f-stop, ISO, HDR, frame-rate, depth of field, and focus 
  • Experience working in live sports 
  • Experience with cloud computing (e.g., Amazon Web Services) 
  • Availability to travel domestically and internationally

Our Stack 

Infrastructure, tools: AWS (S3, EC2), Linux, Docker, Pulsar, Kibana, Grafana  

Our Work Environment and What You Will Benefit From: 

  • Work on cutting-edge products for major professional sports leagues and teams. 
  • Team-oriented engineering practices (readable, maintainable, and efficient code). 
  • Flat hierarchy and collaborative management led by experienced and strong technical leads. 
  • Innovative and dynamic environment, which encourages self-development and opportunities to make an impact. 
  • Multicultural team with employees based across several countries (e.g., Switzerland, Columbia, Denmark, France, United States). 


Second Spectrum, part of Genius Sports Group, is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recognize and celebrate the benefits that a diverse and inclusive workforce bring to our business, our customers, and our staff. We welcome and will consider all applications regardless of age, different abilities or disability, gender identity or re-assignment, marriage, pregnancy, maternity, race or nationality, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (and any other applicable status). Please let us know when you apply if you need any assistance during the recruiting process due to a disability.  


More Information on Second Spectrum
Second Spectrum operates in the Software industry. The company is located in Los Angeles, California. Second Spectrum was founded in 2013. It has 199 total employees. To see all 10 open jobs at Second Spectrum, click here.
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