14 West | DevOps Architect – Cloud Native - Technical.ly

DevOps Architect – Cloud Native

14 West | Baltimore | Ops / PM

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14 West, an Agora company, is looking for an experienced DevOps Architect to support our growing Cloud Native software initiatives. The ideal candidate is disciplined and is well-versed in a broad range of proprietary and open-source software development technologies.  The DevOps Architect is required to perform duties in contemporary Linux (CentOS/Red Hat), and VMware virtual environments. Experience with developing CICD pipelines for containers orchestrators such as pure Kubernetes, or OpenShift, is critical. Knowledge of and experience with implementing configuration management (CM) through SaltStack, Ansible or Chef is desired but not required. Amazon Web Services experience in the areas of Compute, Storage, Networking, and Content Delivery tools is strongly encouraged.

In 2016, 2017, and 2018 14 West was voted one of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces by The Baltimore Sun. You can learn more about life at 14 West by checking out our WestWord blog.

Responsibilities

  • Support software development teams and associated proprietary software infrastructure and code management / deployment tools.
  • Develop customized CICD pipeline solutions for container-based application infrastructure
    Maintain proper documentation and develop / adhere to git-based configuration management principles.

Qualifications

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related technical discipline, (i.e., Computer Science, Information Systems, or related degree field) or 5 years’ equivalent experience.
  • Amazon Web Services, RHEL, OpenShift, Kubernetes or other relevant Linux / DevOps certification.

Experience

  • Experience (5+ years’) with Linux OS (Red Hat Enterprise or equivalent, CentOS, Scientific Linux, Fedora, etc).
  • Experience supporting or developing software leveraging OpenShift / OKD, Kubernetes and Docker.
  • Experiencing creating CICD deployment pipelines utilizing Atlassian Bamboo or Jenkins.
  • Experience with building virtual infrastructure leveraging VMware and AWS.
  • Experience implementing CM languages, including SaltStack, Docker, Ansible, or Terraform.
  • Adept at learning and applying new technologies to solve new problems.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Collaborative in nature and comfortable working in a team.

Desired Experience

  • Practical experience supporting the SDLC and respective development tools
  • Proficiency with configuring and troubleshooting automated deployments utilizing CI/CD tools like Jenkins or Bamboo.
  • High Proficiency in one of Python, Java, .NET, PHP, or Ruby
  • Experience leveraging web hooks and consuming web services as RESTful APIs.

Performance Objectives

Candidate should be able to achieve the following within 3 months of employment:

  • Achieve regular cadence of CICD configuration support for development teams
  • Attain general understanding of corporate e-commerce, middleware and messaging platforms.

Candidate should be able to achieve the following within a year of employment:

  • Expert knowledge of configuration management and production implementations.
  • Proven capability with implementing and managing applications on cloud-hosted platforms (ex. OpenShift and AWS)
  • Proven experience building and deployment PaaS clusters, both on-premises and in the cloud.

We offer a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services to our employees, including:

  • Medical, vision, and dental insurance plans.
  • Employer-subsidized parking.
  • 401(k) plan with employer matching.
  • Generous vacation time and paid holidays.
  • Fitness programs and discounts.
  • Casual dress code

If interested, please submit a resume to the link provided.

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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Parental Benefits
  • Generous Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Online Trainings
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

At 14 West, employees and their career path are front and center. And often, teammates break the mold.

“You don’t have to have a degree from MIT or have X years of experience,” said Jennifer DiFolco, Director of Talent Acquisition for 14 West. “If you can show us what you’ve done, on your own or with a group of friends in your garage, and if we can see that you’ve got the skills to translate that into our world, some of our best hires have come from that.”

Director of Development, Cory Chambers knows of this first hand. “My personal story is they gave me an opportunity when no one else would,” he said. 

When Chambers graduated from college, he couldn’t find an engineering job. He felt that no one would take a chance on a junior developer.

But 14 West did.

After he was hired, Chambers was promoted to a management position within nine months. And the company asked him how they could find and coach more junior developers like him. “At the rate in which we’ve grown, I now manage a team of about nine or 10 people and we’re still adding to that,” he said.

14 West also hosts an extensive internship program, wherein 26 to 28 interns come in for orientation each May. The internship program includes big outings such as sailing, team building activities, and real world experience in an elite and growing enterprise.

It’s a demonstrated set of values — focused on people — that extends to the company’s philanthropic approach, as well.

The company has set up a philanthropic newsletter that reaches out to employees wanting to volunteer with one of 40 non-profit organizations the company is in touch with. This includes food drives, toy drives, monthly volunteer activities, toy and food distribution following the drives, and monthly visits to Our Daily Bread, a Baltimore-based hot meal program and employment center.

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