Lead Infrastructure Platform Engineer


Media, PA Hybrid Jun 6
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A Lead Infrastructure Platform Engineer leverages their deep technical expertise in cloud-native, distributed, event-driven applications, *aaS technologies, CI/CD toolchains, Kubernetes ecosystem, Networking, Information Security and Observability to develop and advance Wawa’s next generation Digital Platform - a portfolio of cloud-based infrastructure services and tools that enable Wawa’s Software Engineering and Platform Operations teams to deliver and support modern digital experiences.  Collaborates with development and engagement teams to continuously deliver and integrate applications and infrastructure as code that support business requirements.  The position delivers the engineering, automation, orchestration configuration, monitoring, optimization, and operational support functions.

Principal Duties:

  • Apply deep technical expertise in building and operating cloud-native, distributed, event-driven systems to develop and advance Wawa’s Digital Platform.
  • Provide leadership and ownership of the overall infrastructure platform ecosystem’s stability, scalability, and extensibility.
  • Research, identify and recommend solutions that leverage existing and emerging technologies to address complex infrastructure, application and business challenges.
  • Develop and advance solutions to simplify, standardize and operationalize configuration management of select AWS services such as EKS, RDS, MSK, etc.
  • Lead the Infrastructure Platform strategy and roadmap to facilitate effective implementation of best practices across the organization.
  • Partner with extended IT leadership to create and maintain a roadmap and project schedule, setting both short- and long-term goals and ensuring delivery against technical roadmap while delivering regular updates to stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and recommendations on the design, implementation and support infrastructure integration into business solutions, while meeting the business goals and objectives.
  • Integrate enterprise-wide tools for automating, monitoring, and managing the current and future technology environments in a proactive manner.
  • Practice and champion test-driven, Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) approach to managing configuration of cloud-based infrastructure with a domain-specific language such as Pulumi and typical CI/CD tools.
  • Design and deliver high-quality IaC components with emphasis on security, scalability and observability.
  • Guide and enable application teams to adopt and leverage capabilities of the platform and cloud infrastructure.
  • Work with other teams within the organization to gain alignment on key design principles around cloud security, migration and operations.
  • Perform security and vulnerability assessments of the internal and external networks and systems.  Identify potential threats and develop and automate remediation delivery.
  • Establish performance baselines in monitoring system performance and deliver tuning recommendations for peak performance.
  • Apply and adhere to security standards, best practices and compliance in the design, implementation and support of new and existing technologies within Wawa.
  • Contribute to and define environment and platform standards, processes, and best practice documentation.
  • Provide on-call L3 support for the team’s portfolio of tools and services on a rotating basis.

Essential Functions:

  • Excellent oral and written communication, capable of articulating and presenting complex subjects in a clear and accessible manner.
  • Demonstratable ability to lead effectively across organizations and multiple initiatives.
  • Handle multiple priorities simultaneously
  • Ability to build strong trusting relationships with business partners
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Strong project management skills

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical discipline (e.g. CS, Engineering) preferred or 10+ years of relevant professional experience.
  • Software Engineering background: 2+ years of hands-on, professional software engineering experience using one or more mainstream languages.
  • In lieu of Software Engineering background: 2+ years of test-driven development to provision and manage cloud-based infrastructure using CloudFormation, Terraform, Pulumi or other domain-specific tools and a typical CI/CD setup.
  • Experience with Linux and scripting tools such as Bash, KShell or Python.
  • Experience developing cloud-native CI/CD workflows with tools such as Jenkins, CodeFresh, Bamboo, TeamCity, AWS Code Deploy or GitLab.
  • Understanding of event-driven asynchronous architectures and tooling such as Kafka, Kinesis, RabbitMQ and ActiveMQ.
  • Understanding of microservices architecture patterns such as Service Discovery, API Gateway, Domain Driven Design, Service Mesh, etc
  • Experience with building or operating microservices, distributed applications and container management systems such as Kubernetes, EKS/ECS, OpenShift, or serverless technology.
  • Working knowledge of basic networking concepts, protocols, and standards such as TCP/IP, UDP, DNS, HTTP, VPN, etc.
  • Working knowledge of security mechanisms and protocols such as mTLS, x509, OpenID Connect, JWT/JWE, OAuth2, PEP/PDP, SAML, WS-Security, Basic Auth and ABAC/RBAC based policies.
  • Specialization or expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Networking, Information Security, Database (RDBMS, Mongo, Redis, etc.) administration and/or performance tuning, Kubernetes, Istio
  • Experience with monitoring, tracing and log aggregating frameworks such as ELK stack, Splunk, Open Trace, AWS Cloud Watch, DataDog/Dynatrace, Prometheus, Grafana, Hystrix, AppD, NetCool, PagerDuty and other observability tools.
  • Advanced AWS Certification(s) such as Solutions Architect Pro, DevOps Engineer Pro, and specializations.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401k with company contribution
  • Company Equity
  • Financial Planning Services
  • Access to Coaching (Health, Professional, Life)
  • Charitable Donation Matching Programs
  • Community Service Programs
  • Hybrid Work Options
  • Pet Insurance
  • Public Transportation Assistance
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Accessible Building
  • Accessible Devices
  • Accessible Work Environment
  • Job Modification
Perks & Discounts
  • Bring Your Own Device Reimbursement
  • Casual Dress
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement
  • Lunch Provided
  • Offsite Company Events
  • On Site Gym/Fitness
  • Special Discounts
Parental Benefits
  • Childcare Assistance Programs
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Nursing Room
  • Commitment to Work/Life Harmony
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO
Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • FSA
  • Gym Reimbursement/Discounts
  • Health Insurance
  • HRA
  • HSA
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • Mental Health Benefits
  • Onsite Gym
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Professional Development
  • Employee Recognition Programs
  • Training & Development Budget
  • Tuition Reimbursement
What types of technologists are you looking to hire? As we continue our digital transformation, we’re looking to hire an incredible team of technologists to build the back-end features and functionality of our platform, including: Senior software engineers Lead software engineers Platform engineers Platform architects Security engineers Risk and compliance Forensic analysts SCRUM masters   What is your tech stack? We are always exploring new technology and languages to see how they can benefit our platform. Right now we’re working with AWS, Java, Kubernetes and Golang on the back-end and ReactJS on the front-end. It can surprise people who only think of Wawa as a convenience store, but we’re very passionate and proactive about using the latest technology to build our digital experiences. There’s a lot of room for our tech team to try new things and bring them to the table.   Tell us about what it's like to work at Wawa HQ. Wawa is a people-first organization, which means we care about our people over everything else and treat them fairly. The culture is very supportive and collaborative — everyone works together. And, we really give you the opportunity to spread your wings. We have many people who have worked here for 15 to 40 years, which says a lot. You can go to the cafeteria and eat lunch next to the CEO. It’s the kind of place where everyone is happy to come to work on a Monday morning. And there’s coffee everywhere.   How does Wawa give back? Wawa proudly gives back through The Wawa Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation focused on building stronger communities in three areas of health, hunger and everyday heroes. Since its inception in 2014, The Wawa Foundation has contributed more than $100 million to non-profit community organizations. Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are proud to support seven National Partners with in-store customer fundraising campaigns and provides its associates with year round volunteer and participation opportunities with waived registration and fundraising at community events such as JDRF One Walks, LLS Light the Night, Special Olympics Polar Plunges, among others. At Red Roof, our corporate campus, our associates support some mentoring programs directly including  a  Big Brother, Big Sister program called Beyond School Walls that brings kids into HQ to get on-the-job mentorship in a real world environment, as well as a partnership through Cristo Rey High School that also pairs high school students with job opportunities.  Our Product Development team hosts Future Food Scientist workshops giving middle schoolers from throughout our communities a closer look at careers in the food sciences.