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Staff Platform Engineer, Developer Experience

Permanent employee, Full-time · New York, New Jersey

The Role: How you'll make an impact at Personio
This position is based in New York City, and in some cases remote can be considered for the following states: MI, NJ, SC, VT, WA.

At Personio, we are on an amazing hyper growth journey towards becoming the leading HR Platform in Europe! We’re looking for experienced Platform Engineers who are up to the challenge of helping the Product & Technology department break new ground in Personio’s first ever US based office in New York. Engineers who will play a key role in helping to shape and integrate the engineering culture with their colleagues across seven existing European locations!

This role resides within our Technology Platform domain (TPF). TPF are responsible for ensuring our application adheres to the highest technical standards, and ensuring our engineers have the tools and infrastructure to achieve this. We measure engineering excellence through core metrics of software development delivery.  We use these metrics to drive initiatives that enable our peer engineering teams to build, test, deploy, monitor and operate Personio to the highest industry standards.

Within TPF sits our Developer Experience (DX) tribe, which comprises multiple teams. Collectively within DX we enable other engineers to build, test and deploy code quickly, easily and reliably on their own. We focus on maximizing engineering efficiency, by developing and distributing robust and practical development tools, building scalable DevOps processes, and advocating for software development best practices. As a member of DX your focus will be on building tooling solutions which reduce the complexity and risk of developing, deploying and releasing software.

The DX Platform Engineer is a high-impact, cross-functional role at the heart of our engineering organization. The tribe supports our internal engineering teams throughout the complete development lifecycle of Personio, using a unique mix of developer and SRE skill sets to enable our product engineers to take advantage of everything the platform provides while also minimizing the cognitive load required to do so.

  • You will work across multiple teams and backlogs within the DX space, helping to define the tribe's long term technical strategy and provide expert technical consultation to engineers embedded within teams
  • You will research, engineer and experiment with new ways to improve the developer experience and DevOps practices to provide product teams with the capability to deploy on demand while also limiting any risk to the stability of production
  • Your scope will include everything from how software components are built, tested, deployed, released and monitored across all environments, from the local machine straight through to our production clusters
  • You will foster relationships and work closely with product teams to support them through architecture and infrastructure related migrations. Helping them understand their challenges and propose result-oriented solutions to improve their productivity
  • You will act as a technical leader across the tribe and help improve the tribe’s engineering culture. Helping to improve the tribe's technical and operational excellence in cohesive ways
  • When required, you can lead temporary task forces of engineers from across multiple teams to deliver fast proof-of-concepts
  • You will use your existing experience to help drive the platform forward with new ideas and strategies that help maintain the quality, reliability, security, performance and cost effectiveness of the product and platform
  • You will partner with multiple engineering managers, keeping them up to date and informed with technical details across multiple projects. Helping to ensure the tribe is delivering results in an iterative fashion that is driven by impact and promotes a culture of experimentation and learning
Role Requirements: What you need to succeed
  • 10+ years of software engineering experience building and designing scalable applications, tools or distributed systems. You understand the needs of software engineers working in product teams, you’ve been in their shoes, and can empathize with them. You want to help your fellow engineers to achieve maximum efficiency
  • You have leadership experience and can act as a technical mentor and role model to other engineers. Ideally, leading pair and mob programming sessions, as well as setting up and running technical brainstorming and solution design sessions
  • You can provide a technical strategic perspective to a group of other leaders within the tribe, including engineering managers
  • You have a strong expertise with at least one of our tech stacks: Java/Kotlin (JVM, Gradle, SpringBoot), TypeScript (Node, Express, React). In particular, you’re comfortable with the intricacies of their build ecosystems (build tools, tasks, runners, etc.) and you understand how to monitor and manage them in a containerised production environment
  • You have a deep understanding and an interest for DevOps tools and technologies such as: Kubernetes, AWS (CDK, ECS, Fargate etc.), Gitlab, DataDog, Sentry, Projen, Backstage, Docker and in particular progress delivery automation (CI/CD pipelines, feature flags, canary deployments, service mesh)
  • You’re comfortable designing, building, documenting and distributing robust and delightful solutions in the form of services, CLI tools, scripts & plugins for developers
  • You’re interested in development processes and practices (merge requests, approvals, trunk-based vs branch-based development, etc), and are eager to optimize and automate them
  • You want to help multiple teams to build developer-facing tools and services, and you like writing great technical documentation and useful tutorials
  • You are data driven and are passionate about using metrics to define your engineering design decisions as well as measuring the impact of your work
  • You have an excellent written and spoken English (level C1/C2 on the CEFR scale)
  • We are experiencing rapid growth and are “building our plane while flying it” so bring your agile mindset to the table!
  • You embrace feedback - no one is perfect, neither are we. So let’s make this an opportunity to praise and learn from each other
  • Finally, you have a good sense of humour. Have fun with us, learn with us from mistakes, and bring your good vibes!
  • Personio is a global company and, in order to facilitate efficient collaboration and communication globally, English proficiency is a requirement for all roles.

Why Personio
Our benefits:
  • Medical insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • 20 days of paid vacation, plus another additional day after 2 and 4 years (because we love what we do, but we also love vacation!)
  • 2 Impact Days you can use to have an impact on the environment and society –  one for an individual project of your choice and one for a company-wide initiative! #SocialResponsibility
  • Annual personal development budget for you to invest in your development via professional memberships, external certifications, conferences, and more
  • High-impact working environment with flat hierarchies and short decision-making processes
  • Receive family leave, child support, and sabbatical opportunities with PersonioCares

$205,000/year to $235,000/year + equity + benefits
Please note the national salary range listed in the job posting reflects the new hire salary range across levels and U.S. locations that would be applicable to the position. Final salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s final level and final location. Also, this range represents base salary only and does not include equity, or benefits, if applicable.

Please note that the information provided in this job posting is for general informational purposes only. The job posting is provided 'as is' without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Personio makes no representations or warranties in relation to the accuracy, completeness, or suitability of the information contained in this job posting. By applying to this position, applicants acknowledge that they have read and understood this disclaimer and that Personio shall not be held liable for any reliance on the information contained herein.

Personio is an equal opportunities employer, committed to building an integrative culture where everyone feels welcomed and supported. We #EmbraceUniqueness and understand that our diverse, values-driven culture makes us stronger. We are proud to have an inclusive workplace environment that will foster your development no matter your gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, education level, or race. 
About us
Bring your best. Make your mark. We’re using technology to revolutionize the way HR operates so that we can transform the way millions of people experience work every day. We move fast, challenge the status quo, and support our people as they shape their careers.

With over 10,000 customers and a team of 2,000 in eight offices around the world, now is the perfect time to join! We believe in hiring driven people who want to make an impact. So bring your best, and let’s build the future of HR technology together.

Discover our Personio Principles, that guide our mindset, behaviours, and the ways we work together:

Exceed Customer Expectations: We anticipate, prioritize, and solve for the needs of our customers.
Deliver Exceptional Results: We dream big and move with urgency to make great things happen.
Elevate One Another: We work together as trusted partners to amplify our collective impact.
Care to Challenge: We care personally and challenge directly to unlock our full potential.
Ignite Positive Momentum: We embrace the challenge with a positive mindset and celebrate our wins together.
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