About the position:
Wirecutter is seeking a Lead DevOps Engineer to join our Delivery team. In this role, you will report to the Engineering Manager for Product Platforms.
As the Lead DevOps Engineer, you’ll work alongside our rest of Wirecutter to realize our mission of having stable, secure, and performant systems that help our readers enjoy and engage with our content.
You will participate in an on-call rotation which currently consists of 6 other engineers across the organization and you will help us to evolve on-call at Wirecutter. You will also be a member of the Delivery Council whose goal is to help promote a community of DevOps throughout Wirecutter as well as evaluate and prioritize upcoming infrastructure projects. You will also help evolve our observability, site reliability and operational DevOps maturity.
At Wirecutter we value a mindset of learning and collaborating with a diverse group of people across the US and Canada and welcome you to join us!
You will be an ideal candidate if you:
- Enjoy collaborating with a diverse team of developers across skill-sets, backgrounds and time zones on complex tasks
- Have history of working on geographically distributed teams
- Foster a culture of observability, enjoy improving monitoring and altering, and have experience with improving incident management
- Have significant experience performing design reviews of distributed systems
- Served as a cloud subject matter expert and have architected high visibility cloud initiatives in AWS
- You are thoughtful, clear, and persuasive in writing and in person
- You are excited to play a pivotal role in Wirecutter’s mission, innovation, and growth
- Demonstrated experience in design and maintenance of cloud infrastructure for web applications
- Experience with helping organizations to level up their operational maturity and observability, setting up SL*s, etc
- Subject matter expertise in at least one of the following domains, including cloud engineering and security, and observability best-practices
- Extensive knowledge and experience with primary AWS services (EC2, ELB, RDS, Route53, S3, Lambda)
- Experience presenting technical information and plans to wide audience including peers across engineering and senior management
- Demonstrated experience working with engineers across disciplines to identify the tradeoffs of different solutions and recommend ideal approach for infrastructure initiatives
Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company
in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don’t have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.
We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here
Our Company Principles:
Our principles help us create a work environment that breeds trust, respect, learning and is one that we all are excited about showing up to each day.
Seek Understanding: We are lifelong students who want to understand the world around us. We are curious to understand our readers, how we get better at our own disciplines and how we can work better together. This means we are active listeners, information hunters and empathetic.
Explain Why: Because we seek to understand, we value the importance of explaining our ideas and our understanding. This means we are constructively candid, sharing our perspectives and the thought process behind it. And then learning from the conversation that ensues. We are all teachers and students, helping each other grow.
Solve Things: We love to solve things, whether they are our own problems, our readers problems or our colleagues problems. While we often can solve problems on our own, we believe our best results come out when we solve them together.
Get It Done: We are passionate about getting things done. Whether it is our own individual work or teamwork, our instinct is to forge a path forward and learn as we go. This means we continually focus on how to turn work into achievable chunks, communicate those effectively to the team and efficiently execute against them.
Make It Better: We aren’t satisfied with perpetuating the status quo. We’re always looking forward. We live to change the world around us for the better, making a difference in our own lives and our readers’ lives. If we are being ambitious enough, this means that we will both fail and succeed and we take pride in owning both of those outcomes as long as we are learning.
Even with our offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Wirecutter remains a highly remote friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA.
Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:
Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.
We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.