DevOps Engineer - App Backend

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Optimizely is the world’s leading experience optimization platform, providing website and mobile A/B testing and personalization for the world’s leading brands. The platform’s ease of use and speed of deployment empowers organizations to conceive of and run experiments that help them make better data-inspired decisions. Optimizely meets the diverse needs of thousands of customers worldwide looking to deliver connected experiences to their audiences across channels. To date, those customers have created and delivered more than 700 billion optimized visitor experiences.

Job Description

Optimizely is looking for a DevOps Engineer that will work as part of our Application Backend Engineering team to drive operational excellence across our application. This is a unique opportunity to own, operate and scale mission-critical production services on a cutting-edge technology stack.

Optimizely’s core application services drive our Experimentation and Personalization products - products that directly impact our customer experience. Our services are the backbone for enabling Optimizely’s Data Platform and Content Distribution.

We create and support internal and external APIs deployed across cloud providers such as Google Cloud Platform(GCP) and Amazon Web Services(AWS). These services are built and deployed with modern Python using competing frameworks and technologies.

Why is this exciting for you?

You will be the first DevOps engineer role for this team, and you will have a key position enabling you to both teach and learn. This role leverages knowledge and expertise across multiple business critical production systems.

  • You are a hybrid Systems and Software Engineer that loves to build systems for solving repetitive tasks and workflows.

  • You like working on a spectrum of web services and bringing structure to them.

  • You have a metrics driven approach to improving and maintaining software ecosystems.

  • You believe that automation is a key component in keeping a large-scale system humming.

  • You enjoy tackling highly complex problems with an engineering mindset.

Work closely with the Application Backend and DevOps engineering teams to:

  • Define Operational Metrics for all our systems and services.

  • Create a Reliability Engineering roadmap for ensuring that our complex, systems, and services are healthy, monitored, automated and designed to scale.

  • Influence development early on so they are designed with scale, operability and performance in mind.

  • Deliver launch plans for major features and build the necessary infrastructure (staging environments, monitoring, alerting etc) that will support the launch with operational run-books.

  • Design new tools and smart alerting that can help discover failures/issues in a timely fashion with the goal of automating response to non-exceptional service conditions.

  • Engage in service capacity planning and demand forecasting.


  • You have strong DevOps experience with Unix/Linux systems, including solid troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

  • Know your way around Unix/Linux command line tools.

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to work well in a diverse, team-focused environment with other Engineers, Product Managers, etc.

  • You have production experience developing and deploying highly scalable stateless web services.

  • You’ve worked on systems in a variety of Cloud providers like AWS, GCP, DigitalOcean.

  • Experience scaling NoSQL and relational database systems.

  • You are familiar with service oriented architectures.

  • You are interested in building shared reusable infrastructure.

  • You have experience building fault tolerant services.

  • Nice to have: Hands-on experience with GCP and AWS would be a big plus.

  • Nice to have: You have experience with Python 2.7/3, Webapp2, Pyramid and Django.


  • Commuter and transportation benefits.

  • Catered in-office lunch and dinner on weekdays.

  • Full medical insurance with very low co-pay and deductible. HMO, PPO, and HSA options available.

  • Full dental coverage including orthodontics.

  • Full vision coverage including contacts.

  • Dependents 100% covered for medical, dental, and vision.

  • Wellness Grant.

  • Unlimited vacation policy and seventeen weeks of paid parental leave.

  • 401k benefit.

  • Working with a great team and having a huge impact!


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