Principal Infrastructure Engineer

Job description

About the team and role:

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:

We are looking for a Principal Infrastructure Engineer. The infrastructure or systems team is developing the next iteration of our self-host and cloud hosting infrastructure, while maintaining uptime, reliability, and stability on our current system. This individual will need to take into consideration ease of set-up, migration plans, cost, and additional factors to ensure that we are building out world-class hosting options for our current and future Forems. This role will report to the Head of Engineering. The salary range for this role starts at $195,000 - $210,000 plus equity and is not location-based.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with Product and across engineering for planning and execution milestones

  • Support fellow engineers focused on other areas when infrastructure questions or needs arise

  • Provide clear onboarding and troubleshooting documentation for users and the open source community around infrastructure-related topics

  • Design, build, and operate the next generation of Forem infrastructure offerings

  • Maintain a fleet of servers across many different cloud platforms around the world

  • Automate tasks to scale infrastructure and systems

  • Define, scope, prioritize, and estimate work

  • Write infrastructure tests to ensure quality of service

  • Create key policies, procedures, and training for colleagues

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

Skills or Experience we’d like to see

  • 5+ years of experience building and maintaining cloud-hosted systems

  • 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

  • Experience with some of the following orchestration or configuration management tools: Ansible, AWS, Nomad, Terraform

  • Experience with containerized systems like Kubernetes or Fedora CoreOS

  • Strong experience in Ruby, C, Python, or Bash scripting

  • Bare metal server and datacenter experience a plus


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.