Senior Technical Support Engineer - Chef

Chef Business Unit @ London, United Kingdom

Job Summary

We’re Progress – we offer the best platform for building and deploying tomorrow’s applications quickly and easily. We are bold, forward-thinking innovators who build things that work and care about our customers. We invent and reinvent every day, work together as one, value and respect each other, and cheer our wins. Join us as a Senior Technical Support Engineer for our Chef product group. 


The Senior Technical Support Engineer requires a candidate with solid communications skills and a deep understanding of infrastructure, systems engineering, and coding/scripting. This individual will be expected to take and understand customer feedback, objectives, and issues in order to help the customer resolve the root cause of their issues.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Engages and collaborates with other Progress employees and with Progress partners in gaining resolution to critical, complex issues in system design/execution as related to Chef products.
  • Participates in daily ticket triage.
  • Participates in the distribution of support tasks among the members of the System Engineering staff.
  • Participates in an on-call rotation with the rest of the support team.
  • Takes proactive ownership in identifying and recommending product improvements based on key data points.
  • Drives a great customer experience with each support incident, contributing to customer satisfaction and loyalty and amplifying the value of Chef products and services.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Investigating any apparent technical discrepancies/deficiencies within the Chef product line, often based upon verbal description and/or remote investigation, understanding the technical issues present.
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting the problem remotely, which frequently will require re-creating a virtual version of the system environment used by the customer.
  • Performing testing and analysis to evaluate the solution for the discrepancy/deficiency.
  • Representing Progress in relevant customer communications.
  • Responding to questions from customers on system automation, configuration management, and continuous delivery software, et al, including such software’s configuration, use, and functionality, and leading resolution of technical issues.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Experience in Systems Engineering / Administration with a firm understanding of Unix/Linux and Windows architectures.
  • Experience with system and application services scripting and general programming languages (additional scripting or programming language exposure and experience a bonus).
  • Previous experience working in technical support or in an administrative, consulting, or development capacity on an enterprise client or server product.
  • Passion for learning, collaborating with others, and being an all-around customer advocate. A love for debugging complex technical issues at every level of a modern application stack.
  • Experience with automation tools such as Chef preferable.
  • Experience with JavaScript, Ruby, Perl, or Python programming is a plus.
  • Experience with version control (e.g. git) is preferable
  • Experience with TCP/IP networking and web services is a plus.
  • Experience in high availability design and troubleshooting (e.g. DRBD, keepalived) a plus.
  • Strong written communication skills mandatory for this role. You will be tested on your ability to write cohesive, cognitive, and concise customer communications during the interview. An ability to communicate effectively under pressure is absolutely mandatory.


Together, We Make Progress

Progress is an inclusive workplace where opportunities to succeed are available to everyone. As a multicultural company serving a global community, we encourage a wide range of points of view and celebrate our diverse backgrounds. Our unique combination of perspectives inspires innovation, connects us to our customers and positively affects our communities. It is only by working together and learning from each other that we make Progress. Join us!

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