Sr. Systems Engineer

Information Technology Seattle, Washington


What is it like to work at Avalara? Come find out! We are committed to the following success traits that embody our culture and how we work together to accomplish great things: Fun. Passion. Adaptability. Urgency. Simplicity. Curiosity. Humility. Ownership. Optimism.

We are building cloud-based tax compliance solutions to handle every transaction in the world. Imagine every transaction you make - every tank of gas, cup of coffee, or pair of sneakers, every movie ticket, or streamed song, every sensor-to-sensor ping. Nearly every time you make a purchase, physical or digital, there is an accompanying unique and nuanced tax compliance calculation.

We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced Senior Systems Engineer to join our team!

Position Summary:

Avalara is hiring an experienced Senior Systems Engineer to manage and maintain our company's Azure, Office 365, and email security platforms. As a Senior Systems Engineer, you will be responsible for managing and mentoring engineering staff and handling advanced support issues.

To ensure success as a systems engineer, you should have extensive experience working with enterprise email systems and solutions and advanced project management skills. Your area of focus will be partnering with the information security team to design and deploy advanced security tools and solutions. You must be a self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity and who can deliver results in a fast-paced environment.

Senior Systems Engineer Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for engineering and operations of Azure AD, Office 365, and Exchange Online
  • Responsible for engineering and operations of email security solutions and email security policies.
  • Define and audit role-based access control to Azure AD, Office 365, and email security platforms.
  • Monitor and audit license usage and participate with consumption forecasting.
  • Support merger and acquisition projects by performing discovery and completing mail migrations from on-prem exchange and non-Microsoft cloud email solutions to Office 365
  • Creating advanced mail migration automation, playbooks and documentation
  • Advanced email eDiscovery, email archiving, audit and compliance management
  • Act as a point of escalation, technical advisor and mentor for other systems engineers
  • Responsible for the execution of approved changes, implementation, and maintenance to systems
  • Monitor health and status of Azure, Office 365 Exchange Online, and email security platforms and communicate service impacting events.
  • Systems Engineer Requirements:

    Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or related field


  • 5+ years work experience as a Systems Engineer in a global enterprise environment
  • Expert knowledge of Exchange Server, Exchange Online, O365, and Azure AD
  • Advanced Email Security gateway solutions experience (Mimecast, Proofpoint, Exchange Online Protection, Microsoft Defender for O365)
  • O365 email migration subject matter expert with deep experience migrating from different solutions (Exchange Server, Google Workspace)
  • Email protocol, mail flow, DNS and delivery troubleshooting subject matter expert
  • Engineering, operating, monitoring SMTP on-prem and cloud relay, email signature solutions
  • Extensive experience with modern identity management platforms – Okta, Azure AD Premium
  • 3+ years using Powershell and automation tools to manage all aspects of O365 email
  • Excellent leadership and mentoring skills
  • High level problem-solving and communication skills

  • About Avalara

    Avalara helps businesses of all sizes achieve compliance with transactional taxes, including VAT, sales and use, excise, communications, and other tax types. We deliver comprehensive, automated, cloud-based solutions that are fast, accurate, and easy to use.

    Avalara offers hundreds of pre-built connectors into leading accounting, ERP, ecommerce and other business applications. Each year, the company processes billions of tax transactions for customers and users, files hundreds of thousands of tax compliance documents and tax returns and manages millions of exemption certificates and other compliance related documents.

    Avalara's headquarters are in Seattle, WA and it has offices across the U.S. and in Brighton and London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and Pune, India. More information at: www.avalara.com

    Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.

    Avalara is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, national orientation, disability, sexual orientation, US Veteran status, or any other factor protected by law.