Lead DevOps Engineer

Job description

About the Team

The Forem team is about 40 individuals from all over the world. In total approximately 87% of folks come from underrepresented backgrounds. Specifically for the engineering team, 74% of the team is from an underrepresented group in tech. Learn more here:  https://www.forem.com/about

We are looking for a Lead DevOps Engineer with a focus on scaling best practices, reducing engineer toil, and ensuring reliability and stability of the Forem system. This engineer will lead the DevOps pod, establishing policies, practices, and a framework for how DevOps and SRE, as a part of DevOps, will work now and in the future. This lead engineer will also work with all engineers to understand painpoints and find a balance in the “now” vs the “future”, while also proposing foundational DevOps and SRE decisions and creating effective structures in this area. This individual will need to take into consideration performance, reliability, stability, and developer happiness to ensure that we are providing a world-class community building experience for our internal team, external contributors, creators, and users. The starting salary range for this role is $180,000 - $194,000  plus equity and is not location-based.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with multiple engineering pods to determine pain points and future facing reliability work

  • Improve developer experience around flakey tests, build and deploy possibilities, and testing

  • Execute necessary upgrades

  • Write, test, document, and maintain code

  • Triage, debug, and fix bugs reported by users

  • Put best practices in place and upskill others on SRE best practices

  • Lead incident resolution including identifying and executing any follow-ups in conjunction with the pod

  • Proactively pick new work, determining solutions and codepaths, working to unblock yourself either by asking for help or finding other solutions in an asynchronous, distributed culture

  • Participate in code reviews, design and implementation conversations, and post-incident reviews

Skills or Experience We’d Like To See

  • 4+ years professional experience in DevOps or SRE

  • 6+ years of experience with Ruby on Rails

  • Experience writing high-quality, maintainable, readable code, with a focus on performance and accessibility

  • Experience with a range of testing tools, ideally including front-end and backend testing best practices

  • Experience working in an asynchronous, distributed team

  • High degree of empathy

  • Interest or experience in open source software and/or the open source community

  • Ability to focus on a big picture while shipping iteratively towards that goal

  • Thrives in a fast-paced start-up environment

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team

  • Strong communication and problem-solving skills and ability to interact with all levels in the organization


Work/life balance and ensuring that folks have what they need for working and for life is incredibly important to us. Below are some of the benefits we offer:

  • Unlimited PTO with a minimum requirement

  • Generous employee equity

  • A remote-first, fully-distributed team that encourages schedule flexibility

  • A monthly wellness stipend to keep you at your peak

  • Free mental health services

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage (U.S. only)

  • An annual professional development budget to keep you learning and growing

  • Office setup budget and monthly Coworking stipend to make sure you have everything you need to work effectively wherever you are

  • 401K (U.S. Only)

Interview process

We want our candidates to have the best possible interview experience because this is as much about you finding the right fit as it is us finding a great new addition to the team. We value candidates from all backgrounds and experiences and want our interview process to be representative of that. Here is what you can expect:

  • Application review. Our application involves more questions up front so that we can get to know you better right from the get-go

  • Round 1: hiring manager interview with the Head of Engineering

  • Round 2: a short (90 minute) take-home that is meant to mimic real-life work and provide fodder for a synchronous technical conversation.

  • Round 3: Team interview covering your technical experience and talking through your take-home submission

  • Round 4: Team interview covering your core skills around communication, mentorship, and feedback

  • Round 5: wrap up. This is primarily a chance for you to ask any final questions you have about the role, team, or company.

We provide feedback for any candidate that participated in round 1 and beyond so that if Forem isn’t a good fit, you know why.