Linux DevOps System Administrator in London or Remote

Glück Games

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About Us:

  • We have a flat no bosses structure where we value freedom and dissent
  • We work where and when we want. We work remotely, but we have offices in London, Berlin and Bilbao where you can base yourself from if you want.
  • We practise radical transparency in how we work – especially in decision-making

What’s that mean?

Ideals are cheap to talk about! We try to turn what we believe into practical actions we can all follow and see happening around us.

  • Fully supported remote working
  • All information including financial and decision-making is shared to all employees
  • We use shared messaging tools, not email
  • We don't track holiday or working hours
  • We value dissent – people choose what to work on and how to accomplish a task
  • We rely on peer pressure and persuasion not authority

Who are we looking for?

You need to be the kind of person who finds the idea of responsibility and radical means of working exciting rather than terrifying. You are interested in picking up and mastering new technologies and are keen to learn as much as possible. You need to be prepared to ask challenging questions of yourself and others (why are we doing it this way? Why are we doing it at all? If I can prove this is easier, will you folks try it this way?). You should have a highly developed sense of collaboration – doesn’t mean you need to be a touchy-feely extrovert, but that you know sharing information, ideas and support is essential to commercial success.

What’s the role?

This role is Operational in nature, but with a DevOps bias, and has plenty of interest and scope. You'll be creating and designing new infrastructure to meet our growing demands, and improving our existing operational infrastructure. This will involve provisioning IT systems in both Cloud and Hosted (hybrid) environments, using automated provisioning and configuration management tools.

You will be responsible for all aspects of the operational systems including availability, reliability, performance, monitoring and security. Additional responsibilities include overall health monitoring and regular systems maintenance tasks, making use of automation wherever possible. We have high standards for our computer systems as well as our employees: our systems are secure, reliable, and available, and must function at scale; our employees are super smart, driven to serve customers, and fun to work with.

Required Technical Skills:

With a DevOps bias, you will be able to show experience in the following areas:

• Linux Systems Administration skills and experience. We primarily use Debian, but there's some CentOS too.

• A solid grasp of networking fundamentals, preferably including hands-on experience with load balancers, switches, routers, etc.

• Experience running and maintaining a 24x7 internet-oriented production environment. Experience supporting “bare metal” hardware and physical servers as well as cloud - the majority of our server estate is cloud based, but there are some physical machines too.

• Demonstrable expertise around specifying, designing, and/or implementing system health, performance monitoring tools. We currently use New Relic, Datadog, Elastic Search / Logstash / Kibana, PagerDuty.

• Experience in managing provisioning and configuring servers using configuration management tools such as CloudFormation, Terraform, Ansible, SaltStack, Helm.

• Experience in database installation, configuration and management. Note: we are not looking for people who have specific database administrator experience, though it will obviously be beneficial if you do have those skills. Currently, we have a mixture of Postgres, MySQL, AWS RDS and Redis. Postgres and MySQL are the two main database systems.

• Some experience in containerisation with Docker / Kubernetes would be beneficial.

The real thing that matters though is that whether you have direct experience or not, you have a willingness to learn and a hunger to improve yourself and the systems. We often employ people who don't have the EXACT experience, as long as they can show they know how to master a topic or experience at speed.

What’s great about it?

  • Exceptional freedom
  • Work on the things you care about
  • Have incredibly hard-working and committed colleagues
  • When something doesn’t happen then you have the right and the responsibility to change that – which is exciting.

What’s bad about it?

  • You can't blame stuff on managers or budgets or the company.
  • Freedom isn’t always fun – sometimes it's scary.
  • Having hard-working, committed colleagues means you feel the need to live up to them.

 

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