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Sr. Staff Engineer, Infrastructure Engineering

Permanent employee, Full-time · New York, Remote

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: CA, CT, FL, MA, MI, OR, NJ, TX, SC, VT, WA.

At Personio, we are on an inspiring and ambitious mission to build the People Operating System - the single source of truth for employee information - that enables small & mid-sized businesses to be strategic about their people, the biggest asset and success factor for any organization.

We are building the environment and the culture for you to do the best work of your career. You'll be surrounded by fellow craftspeople and you'll be asked to apply your skills to raise the bar for how Personio – and the industry at large – builds products.

As a Sr. Staff Engineer (Infrastructure Engineering), you will play a critical role in designing, implementing, and maintaining the infrastructure that supports our mission-critical applications and services. You will be responsible for hands-on coding, upleveling junior engineers, driving architectural decisions, and ensuring the reliability, scalability, and performance of our infrastructure. 

The infrastructure engineering team’s mission is to develop and maintain cloud infrastructure to ensure Personio runs on a platform that is reliable, scalable, and easy to operate. We measure the effectiveness of this mission through operational metrics which prompt us to proactively create and scale new infrastructure when needed, and we have a specific ownership of the availability and operation of the AWS cloud infrastructure which is the basis of our platform.

Role Responsibilities: What you'll do
  • Technical Leadership: Lead and mentor infrastructure engineers, providing technical guidance and fostering a culture of excellence. 
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to research, design, and implement robust, scalable infrastructure solutions. Work closely with Engineering teams to optimize application performance and reliability in the infrastructure.
  • Roadmap Development: Develop and maintain a roadmap for infrastructure projects and scalability requirements (10x scale).
  • Best Practices: Implement best practices for infrastructure management, monitoring, and automation to ensure high availability and reliability. 
  • Operations: Operational rigor to ensure infrastructure security and incident management.
How you’ll go about it: 
  • Proven track record of leading the architecture and design of new and existing systems with AWS.
  • Experience designing and building scalable software to handle 10x load increases and 100x peak traffic spikes.
  • Maintain open and clear communication and foster a collaborative work environment with team members, stakeholders, and management. 
  • ‘'Platform as a product" mindset with strategic thinking. 
  • Ability to navigate technical debates and drive technical alignment.
Role Requirements: What you need to succeed
  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • 10+ yrs of experience building and designing scalable applications, tools, or distributed systems.
  • Proven track record of technical leadership, mentoring junior engineers, and hiring. 
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in at least one backend programming language.
  • Strong expertise the following technologies: Kubernetes (k8s), ECS Fargate, RDS, Aurora, Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB, MKS (Kafka), S3, AWS Backup,  AWS DMS, Lambda, EC2, DynamoDB.
  • Familiarity with one or more of our language stacks: Terraform, CDK, Java/Kotlin (JVM, Gradle, SpringBoot), Golang, and TypeScript.
  • You will have a deep understanding and an interest in DevOps tools and technologies such as AWS (CDK, ECS, Fargate etc.), Sentry, DataDog, Docker, Gitlab CI, K8S, Flagger, Linkerd, as well as deployment automation (CI/CD pipelines, feature flags, blue/green and canary deployments)
Why Personio
Personio is an equal opportunities employer, committed to building an integrative culture where everyone feels welcomed and supported. We embrace uniqueness 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.

Our Benefits

Aside from our people, culture, and mission, check out some of the other benefits that make Personio a great place to work:
  • Receive a robust reward package – reevaluated each year – that includes salary, benefits, and pre-IPO equity
  • Enjoy 20 days of paid vacation, plus an additional day after 2 and 4 years (because we love what we do, but we also love vacation!)
  • Invest in your future with a 401(k) retirement account and a Personio match of up to 5%
  • Get comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for yourself and your family
  • Make an impact on the environment and society with 2 (fully paid) Impact Days –  one for an individual project of your choice and one for a company-wide initiative
  • Receive family leave, mental health support, and sabbatical opportunities with PersonioCares
  • Grow your skills with an annual personal development budget to use on professional memberships, external certifications, conferences, and more
  • Connect with your fellow Personios at regular company and team events like All Company Culture Week and local year-end celebrations
  • Engage in a high-impact working environment with flat hierarchies and short decision-making processes
$235,000/year to $265,000/year + equity + benefits
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.
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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