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DevOps Engineer in Mission Control

We are seeking an engineer to join our growing DevOps team at thoughtbot. In this role, you will productionize infrastructure for our rapidly-growing and industry-defining Mission Control team. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with common DevOps tools like Kubernetes and Terraform, as well as cloud platforms including AWS. This role has significant growth potential as you work directly with our leadership team to build our platform for rapid, developer-friendly cloud deployments.

This is a remote position. You can be located anywhere in the world, but we are looking for someone who will be available to work 8 AM - 4 PM GMT or 10 AM - 6 PM PDT.

About thoughtbot

We believe that it is possible to continuously learn and improve the way people work while building higher-quality products that make positive contributions to the world. We work with companies in every step of the product development and maintenance process to help identify and solve problems. We lead and participate in product design sprints, build high-quality apps, and then deploy them.

We proactively work on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at thoughtbot. We aim to maintain an inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive professionally, as well as have full lives outside of work. Read about our DEI efforts in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion section of our Playbook. We acknowledge that DEI work is never done, and that we will make mistakes along the way. We are continuously working on learning, improving ourselves, and the company.

As a member of thoughtbot, you’ll be part of our distributed remote community. We’re continuously working to assure remote work is inclusive, collaborative, comfortable, and social.

Want to dig deeper? Read more about our Purpose and Values, and how we work in our Playbook.


This DevOps Engineer role at thoughtbot Mission Control brings together a broad understanding of, and experience with, tools and technologies, security training and testing expertise, and people skills (collaboration and flexibility). As a DevOps Engineer at thoughtbot you will:

  • Build and maintain AWS and Kubernetes environments
  • Design and implement continuous integration and deployment platform
  • Productionize local environments into cloud-scale availability
  • Improve our automated infrastructure
  • Improve our testing and deployment pipelines
  • Collaborate with DevOps team members as well as all of thoughtbot
  • Value quality, trust, continuous improvement, and self-management.


Well-qualified candidates will have:

  • Full-stack development mindset, comfortable working in any part of the stack and learning on the job
  • 3+ years experience building and deploying applications in Ruby, Python, or Javascript
  • 3+ years of experience working in DevOps role
  • 3+ years of experience deploying to AWS
  • 1+ years of experience and passion for Kubernetes and open source
  • Ability to take a functioning application running in a local environment and work with product leads to productionize in AWS or Kubernetes
  • Strong understanding of distributed systems architecture
  • Experience designing, documenting, and deploying development pipelines that maximize engineer’s ability to quickly and safely build features
  • Desire to set & meet aggressive goals and ability to work in a fast paced environment with a risk management mindset
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

Well-qualified candidates value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

We especially appreciate candidates that demonstrate commitment to valuing DEI and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment. We also understand that not everyone has had the opportunity to commit to this work, and that's okay.

We encourage you to apply even if you don’t match 100% of the requirements. Let us know if you need any specific accommodations during the interview process.

Our Benefits

Our goal is to provide ourselves with the best possible benefits, tools to use, and environments to work in while staying sustainable. We've shared the full details of all our benefits here.

  • Investment Time

    We reserve at least 20 days of the year for continuous improvement to make ourselves, the company, and our community better by learning new tools and techniques, working on open source, blogging, creating new products, volunteering our time, and more.

  • Always Learning

    We pay 100% of expenses when you speak at conferences and 50% of the cost for attendees. We also pay 50% of all expenses for job-related training.

  • Stay Fresh

    We work a sustainable pace of 40 hours/week. We have four weeks (24 days in the UK) of vacation time per year, in addition to company holidays and sick days. For new parents, we also have at least 6 weeks paid leave in all locations, as well as the ability to take at least 6 months off.

  • Healthcare + Financial

    In the U.S. we provide competitive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, and a comprehensive 401k plan with matching. In the UK we provide supplemental private insurance and a group personal pension scheme.

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