Universe (W18)
Design and build any kind of website. On your iPhone or iPad.

Senior DevOps Engineer

Remote
Full-time
3+ years
About Universe

Our mission is to empower everyone to build the internet. Universe is a magical new way to build websites –– it’s the first website builder designed for phones. Our app makes it easy for anyone to make a great looking website and start selling online in minutes from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And we make it as fun as playing with Legos!

Give it a try: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1211437633

Explore sites made on Universe: https://onuniverse.com/explore

We are a remote-first 20+ person company with people all over the US. We were YC W18 and have raised $17.2MM in funding from Google Ventures, General Catalyst, Javelin Venture Partners, Box Group, and more top investors.

We value individual agency and ownership –– which guides our product design and our company’s culture. While other companies offer lots of perks, we prioritize your freedom: work from anywhere, in the way you’re at your best. We believe that an individual’s capacity for growth is far larger than most understand, and we’ve designed an environment to support rapid, continuous learning. Ideas here come from everyone, initiative is respected, and quality matters. We are here to build something special and enduring.

About the role

Skills: RDS/Aurora, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Universe opens up the possibilities of the internet to everyone. A magical grid that distills the web into simple Lego-like building blocks. With our app, anyone on earth can build a custom website or online store in seconds — without code, all from a phone.

The goal of opening up the internet to everyone brings exciting challenges of scale — and at our current scale we are beginning to reach the limits of our technical infrastructure. We are now ready to have someone dedicated specifically to managing this infrastructure (you!). As we continue to grow, we want to make sure that our creators' sites stay performant and accessible, while also scaling up our DevOps team to continue to meet that ever-expanding challenge.

WHAT YOU'LL DO:

As our Senior DevOps Engineer you will own our technical infrastructure.

This means you will make and implement plans to improve our reliability, scalability, and development speed, as well as expand our ability to find bugs and inefficiencies. You will design and maintain build, test, and deployment pipelines across our teams (API, Database, Web, App) and manage the collaboration between those teams to make sure the pipelines are best addressing their needs. You will manage our various AWS services, both through the AWS portal and with CloudFormation templates, while also configuring other external services that our application relies on. (Including Cloudflare, Auth0, Stripe and Imgix, among others.)

As we grow, you will continue to scale your systems and operations by expanding (and leading) our DevOps team.

WHO YOU ARE:

You love systems. Not just working within them, but designing them yourself and taking ownership of them to make sure they fulfill your vision.

You like working in an environment where you are empowered to come up with your own solutions to desired outcomes. You are focused on getting to the right solution — not on being right — and enjoy collaborating with others who share that focus.

You are a team player. You understand that systems of people are every bit as important as technical systems. You enjoy working with other engineers and helping them improve, whether that be through working through problems together or building infrastructure to make their work faster and smoother.

You have strong experience with AWS — particularly CloudFormation templates, S3, SNS, SQS, RDS, IAM — Docker, Kubernetes, secret management and scripting. (If you also have experience with Helm, SOPS and Istio, even better!)

MORE ABOUT US:

Our mission is to empower everyone to build the internet. Universe is a magical new way to build websites — it's the first website builder designed for phones. Our app makes it easy for anyone to make a great looking website and start selling online in minutes from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. And we make it as fun as playing with Legos! Give it a try: http://apple.co/Universe

We are a remote-first 20+ person company with people all over the US. We joined Y Combinator in 2018 and have raised $17.2MM in funding from Google Ventures, General Catalyst, Javelin Venture Partners, Box Group, and more top investors.

MORE ABOUT OUR CULTURE:

We value individual agency and ownership — which guides our product design and our company's culture. While other companies offer lots of perks, we prioritize your freedom: work from anywhere, in the way you're at your best. We believe that an individual's capacity for growth is far larger than most understand, and we've designed an environment to support rapid, continuous learning. Ideas here come from everyone, initiative is respected, and quality matters. We are here to build something special and enduring.

Technology

Our app is native, taking advantage of the many frameworks Apple gives us. It is built entirely with Swift. The bulk of the user data is stored in CloudKit though we do maintain a few of our own APIs. We're hoping to convert those APIs from node.js to Swift soon, so experience with Vapor or Kitura is a bonus ;). We use programatic autolayout for the majority of our UI. We do believe in Unit Tests, but we don't have enough yet.

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