Principal DevOps Engineer

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Who we are
Albert is a new type of financial service that uses powerful technology to automate your finances, with a team of human experts to guide you. Albert saves and invests automatically for you, helps you avoid overdrafts, finds savings you’re missing, identifies bills you’re overpaying, and much more. Text Albert a financial question, and our geniuses won’t just offer guidance — they’ll help you take action.

We're an LA-based startup with a proven business model, backed by top-tier institutional investors and with over 8 million users who have trusted Albert to help them achieve their financial goals. We're on a mission to democratize money management through our simple, beautifully designed product, and we're looking for thoughtful, talented people to join us on our journey.

About the role
We are looking for a mature, talented Principal DevOps Engineer to help us design, build, deploy, and maintain secure and scalable infrastructure to support our rapid growth. As a key member of our team, you will work closely with engineering leadership as well as all the other engineering teams to continuously improve our infrastructure and workflows while maintaining tight security to protect our users’ data.

Things you're good at

  • Ownership: Diving in and taking ownership of projects, then driving them to completion in a methodical, organized, independent manner. All the while communicating plans and progress effectively.
  • Shipping: Delivering projects quickly but with high quality. It's not done when it’s deployed, it's done when it's documented, monitored, and measured.
  • Communication: You will be excellent at communicating technical topics concisely and practically, both verbally and in writing, in order to get buy-in from team members and move projects along effectively.
  • Security: We hold sensitive customer data and as well as money for our users, so building secure infrastructure is of the utmost importance. Everyone across the company is expected to maintain a security mindset.
  • Organization: We value making sure things are well-organized and well-documented, whether it’s code or documentation.
  • Collaboration: We bring the best out of each other. We're looking for people who will bring the best out of all of us.

The right candidate will

  • Have experience managing production infrastructure with scale (1+ million users)
  • Have deep knowledge of AWS, strong knowledge of Google Cloud (our primary resources are in AWS, with a few in GCP)
  • Be an expert in deploying and managing production infrastructure with Terraform
  • Be an expert in architecting, implementing, and managing CI/CD pipelines
  • Have experience managing production datastores in AWS (we use Postgres)
  • Have a command of monitoring and observability tools (we use New Relic)
  • Have strong written communication skills and be meticulously organized
  • Have experience with service-based architectures
  • Be effective with scripting experience in Python
  • Be passionate about technology and finding ways to automate tasks and constantly improve our process with a focus on our business problems

Responsibilities

  • Rationalizing our existing cloud infrastructure assets while building our new infrastructure to support millions of users
  • Partner with our Data team to monitor and maintain AWS Aurora Postgres clusters
  • Architect, plan, and implement a CI/CD pipeline that allows us to deploy continuously with confidence
  • Improve the observability of our infrastructure to make sure we are properly monitoring our assets to get ahead of problems — so we are proactive instead of reactive.
  • Apply infrastructure-as-code methodologies across configuration, infrastructure, and orchestration
  • Write clean, well-documented code to automate tasks to help us scale
  • Implement security best-practices to make sure our data is locked down

Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 6+ years of DevOps experience managing production infrastructure with scale (1+ million users)
  • Command of Python for scripting, knowledge of Django a plus

Benefits

  • Competitive salary and meaningful equity
  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Meals provided
  • Monthly wellness stipend
  • 401k match



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Location

Our office is situated in Culver City's well-known Hayden Tract, within walking distance of the Expo line, retail, and many restaurants.

An Insider's view of Albert

What are some social events your company does?

Our leaders truly understand the value of letting loose and getting to know each other on a personal level. In addition to an awesome overnight retreat that we do once a year we also do monthly events. Sometimes we geek out with a private trivia night, find balance with a meditation session at our local yoga studio, or volunteer in our community.

Kinga

Office Manager

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

As we add more features to our app (The Post & Instant most recently), we are starting to see exciting scalability and organizational challenges. As we're experimenting with different architecture and coding patterns, we are working towards reducing our build times and unifying coding patterns across the team.

Ergin

Mobile Engineering Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Albert supports career growth by prioritizing personal development and fostering an environment in which people have the opportunity to show their strengths. Anyone can volunteer to lead or be a part of a project or initiative, providing valuable experience and promoting personal growth.

Patrick

Finance Director

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Our Geniuses understand that personal finance can be stressful and overwhelming so our primary goal is to bring relevant, personalized, and timely financial advice to our users.

Trina

Financial Advice Expert

What are Albert Perks + Benefits

Albert Benefits Overview

At Albert, we believe that everyone, regardless of income or net worth, should have access to financial wellness. Simplicity, empathy, and wellness are the core values that not only guide our mission, but the way we care for our team.

We make sure our employees and their families are taken care of with virtually free, premium quality health, dental, and vision insurance. We promote a solid work-life balance by offering generous PTO, paid holidays, and monthly company events. Since we take long-term financial wellness seriously, employees at Albert are able to sign up for our 401(k) plan, with company matching, on their very first day.

Aside from our basic suite of benefits, we believe in providing a great work place for our employees. Our office is situated in Culver City's well-known Hayden Tract, within walking distance of the Expo line, retail and many restaurants. Other perks include free lunch, a fully stocked kitchen complete with snacks and a rotating selection of beer.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Albert's health insurance policy covers up to 99% of out of pocket expenses.
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
We offer a $100/mo Wellness Stipend to each employee for general wellness, covering the following areas: Physical Health, Mental Health, & Workplace Wellness.
Team workouts
Albert's team fitness initiatives include In-office and/or Remote yoga, mediation, and fitness classes.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
We're proud to provide all of our employees the option to enroll in our 401k plan with 4% match provided by Vanguard starting their first day.
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
We operate under a hybrid work-from-model at our Culver City office. Employees work 3 days in-office with 2 days remote each week & an additional 4-weeks each year that can be used at your discretion.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Albert employees receive between 15 and 21 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Albert offers a monthly reimbursement of $100 to anyone who uses public transportation, rides a bike, or walks to work.
Company Outings
We throw an awesome company retreat each year in addition to monthly happy hours and events.
Free Daily Meals
We provide a $20 stipend for each day you work to be used at your discretion.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Albert has a fully stocked kitchen including healthy snacks, rotating beer, coffee, tea, cocoa, and other beverages.
Some Meals Provided
We partnered with Factor to provide all US employees with 6 meals a week as part of our efforts to promote nutritional wellness. We also cater lunch in-office each Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted on occasion, usually every other month.
Parking
Relocation Assistance
Albert offers relocation assistance for employees interested in moving to either of our hubs in LA or NYC.
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Albert offers employees professional development opportunities like Onsite & Remote training courses.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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