Senior Infrastructure Engineer - Technical.ly

Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Axios |  remote | Dev / Eng

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Quick Take: Axios is a growth-stage startup dedicated to providing trustworthy, award-winning news content in an audience-first format. We are hiring an Infrastructure Engineer!

Why it Matters: By leveraging your Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) mindset and Infrastructure Engineering expertise, you will play a key role in our mission. You will design, build, and support tools, systems, and workflows that amplify and enable the efforts of fellow engineers. You will help optimize our stack and ultimately make our systems faster, more efficient and secure, and able to support massive volumes of traffic as we continue to launch worthy products into the world.

Go Deeper: In this role, you will make an impact on Axios through the following responsibilities:

  • Build standards, patterns, and tools that help engineers in other squads make effective use of infrastructure
  • Partner with engineers across application development and data engineering squads to strengthen architectural approaches, improve release pipelines, scale applications, and properly observe and de-risk environment
  • Consult with other squads in an SRE capacity
  • Configure and manage our software defined networking capabilities including VPCs, firewalls, and routing
  • Configure and maintain core shared services like Kubernetes clusters, databases, and CI/CD systems
  • Be security-first when designing and evaluating solutions
  • Help audit and harden our production monitoring and alerting systems
  • Assist in crafting incident management and release coordination processes
  • Proactively seek to make systems more efficient, faster and cheaper
  • Mentor less experienced members of the team through pair-programming and empathetic code review

The Details: Ideal candidates will embody an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for Axios’ mission. A DevOps mindset and the ability to ensure production performance at scale is the target mix. The following skills are a great fit:

  • Experience building and maintaining AWS infrastructure
  • Expertise with CI/CD with tooling like CircleCI
  • Strong experience with Kubernetes
  • The ability to perform security audits, environment hardening, and monitoring for security breaches
  • Experience configuring ingress routing and proxies like Traefik
  • Experience with monitoring systems like Prometheus, Grafana, and Loki
  • Experience writing scripts in languages like Python or Bash
  • Experience with IaC tooling like Terraform
  • An understanding of business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Experience supporting data warehousing environments like AWS Redshift is preferred
  • Experience having managed data platforms and products like Hadoop, Amazon EMR, Glue, Kinesis is preferred
  • Fast learner with an ability to work collaboratively.

Bonus points if you have any of the following:

  • A background supporting Spark and Kafka in production
  • Familiarity with security policies such as SOC 2, NIST, and CIS benchmarks
  • An understanding of managing AWS Batch compute resources
  • Experience having worked in an agile environment

Don’t forget:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance (100% paid for individuals, 75% for families)
  • Primary caregiver 12-week paid leave
  • 401K
  • Generous vacation policy, plus company holidays
  • Company equity
  • Commuter and cell phone benefit
  • A commitment to an open, inclusive, and diverse work culture
  • Annual learning and development stipend

Additional pandemic-related benefits:

  • One mental health day per quarter
  • $100 monthly work-from-home stipend
  • Company-sponsored access to Ginger coaching and mental health support 
  • OneMedical membership, including tele-health services 
  • Increased work flexibility for parents and caretakers 
  • Access to the Axios “Family Fund”, which was created to allow employees to request financial support when facing financial hardship or emergencies 
  • Class pass discount
  • Virtual company-sponsored social events

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Axios is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Axios makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

 

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What excites you about your products?

Our work, everything we do, is rooted in a commitment to putting our readers first. Online users have access to more content than ever before. At Axios, we want to ensure those who access our products are reading, hearing and seeing the information that matters in the most efficient way possible.

 

What’s the communication process like at Axios?

As a remote-first company, Axios has mastered digitally fostering a team spirit with frequent employee check-ins on Slack. Axios values transparency at all levels, including a weekly anonymous Q&A with its founders every Monday at the all-hands meeting. Real-time feedback is central to its culture and employees are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions openly.

Within the network of more than 250 employees, a new hire will be assigned to a smaller team and work with them every day. But no feat is accomplished without collaboration between fellow Axios squads, giving the Analytics & Insights team a chance to learn about the engineers’ daily tasks, and so on.

 

What does it feel like to be an employee at Axios?

It offers the stability of a large media company with the feel of a close-knit team. That’s partly due to the organization of our smaller squads, but Axios also makes it a priority to understand each employee’s needs. All new hires fill out a “user guide” with specifications about their communication style, decision-making process and interests. This helps new employees acclimate to our company seamlessly.

Axios encourages all employees to share opinions and ideas about new processes or potential changes. As a workplace, Axios wants to make sure all employees feel heard, and that logging on to work is something to look forward to.

 

Describe the technologists you seek to hire at Axios. 

A person who is passionate, fun, a team player and willing to take on a challenge.

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