Polaris Alpha

  • Infrastructure/Automation/DevOps Engineer

    Location Denver, CO
    Req #
    Position Type
    Full Time
    FLSA Status
    Engineering - Software Engineer
    Security Clearance
    Preferred Top Secret
  • Benefits

    In addition to competitive compensation, Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits to full-time employees:

    • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
    • Life and AD&D coverage at 3x annual salary
    • 401k plan, 4% non-elective contributions for all eligible employees - 100% vested in plan from date of enrollment
    • 3+ weeks of PTO and 10 Paid Holidays observed
    • Education Assistance Program
    • Relocation may be considered

    Benefits are subject to change

    Job Description

    Polaris Alpha is seeking an Automation Engineer who will be responsible for deploying and integrating scripts and recipes to automate Systems configurations and COTS configurations in complex server environments. These environments, a mix of servers, workstations, and custom hardware, provide the backbone for the operational system of a critical, strategic national asset. The environments also support product development, testing, and maintenance. The candidate would be responsible for implementation of automation recipes (Chef) and scripts (Ruby, PowerShell, Python and others) as part of an automated installation process. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, have an engineering mindset, and be able to troubleshoot complex problems. This position may require some on call support and overtime as well as limited (<20%) travel for installation and troubleshooting support.

    The position involves the following day to day responsibilities:
    -Structure and maintain the software configuration management system
    -Automate and maintain the software build process
    -Automate software deployment and monitoring
    -Automate software testing at multiple levels (component, configuration item, subsystem, system) and monitor results
    -Monitor site stability and performance and troubleshoot site issues
    -Scale infrastructure to meet rapidly increasing demand
    -Collaborate with developers to bring new features and services into production
    -Provide support to development teams that use the automated infrastructure
    -Develop and improve operational practices and procedures


    There are multiple needs that span the spectrum of DevOps so apply today

    Required Skills

    - 6+ years of relevant Infrastructure/IT experience related to system installation and configuration
    - Background in Systems Operations environment supporting complex environment deployment and management activities
    - Experience with automation tools such as Chef (preferred), Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack, Fabric or similar products for O/S builds, software installation and configuration
    - Hands-on experience with virtualization tools and cloud computing, either private (VMware, OpenStack) or public (AWS)Systems integration experience
    - Ability to troubleshoot complex configuration problems or system issues
    - Experience with Windows or Linux System Administration
    - Strong scripting skills (i.e. PowerShell, Python, Ruby, bash, etc.)
    - Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both written and oral
    -Experience in 24x7 production operations, preferably supporting a highly available environment for a SaaS or cloud service provider.
    -Knowledge of cloud infrastructure environments (e.g. AWS, Azure)
    -Container based architecture and deployments (Docker, Ansible, etc.)
    -Release automation (e.g. Jenkins), system administration, system configuration, and system debugging experience.
    -Experience using scripting languages (Ruby, Python, etc), configuration management tools (Git, ClearCase, Chef, Puppet, etc) and command execution frameworks.
    -Knowledge of automated code review and testing tools (e.g. Smartbear, Cucumber)
    -Knowledge of workflow tools (e.g. Atlassian)

    Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Normal office setting, therefore the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking. Use of hands to operate computer equipment. Frequent near vision use for reading and computer use.

    Desired Skills

    -Strong understanding of system and networking concepts and troubleshooting techniques.
    -Strong interpersonal and teaming skills
    -Ability to set and enforce process and influence engineers who are not direct reports.
    -Ability to operate in an agile and dynamic environment.
    - Experience with orchestration tools – Rundeck, VMware Orchestrator
    - Understanding of Infrastructure as Code and demonstrated implementation
    - Understanding of DevOps concepts
    - Experience with VMware– vCenter, ESXi, vSphere
    - Understanding of Change Management processes - Version Control of software and code - GIT, CVS
    - The ability to effectively plan their own work up and the work of others on the team
    - Education: Bachelor Degree in Information Systems, Information Technology, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Systems Engineering and 4 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience (technical Bachelor Degree = additional 8 years of related work experience)

    EOE M/F/D/V Polaris Alpha is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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