Senior Director DevOps - Job Filled

over 1 year ago
Full time role
Hybrid · Remote... more
Hybrid · Remote... more

Job Description

What's better for the environment should be better for business! 

SmarterX connects the product, economic, logistic and regulatory data customers need to maintain compliance and gain competitive advantage. Retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and transportation companies use our decisioning services to ship, handle, store, and dispose of regulated products while maintaining environmental safety and regulatory compliance. Our services help companies reduce costs, remain compliant, avoid costly fines, and reduce their environmental impact.

SmarterX's production services are based on Kubernetes and hosted in Google Cloud. We're accelerating our growth with enterprise customers by migrating all services to an API-first SaaS model, creating more customer value through tighter integration with customer and partner systems. This rapid expansion and integration with our customers’ mission-critical systems means we need a more scalable, secure, robust, maintainable and auditable cloud infrastructure.

This is where you come in. We seek a strong DevOps architect and leader to be responsible for setting, implementing, and executing all cloud infrastructure initiatives. This includes development process, change management, service deployment architecture, scaling, monitoring, alerting, incident response, and root cause analysis.  This is a technical, hands-on position, managing a small team as well as coordinating with InfoSec and Internal IT functions and reporting to our Chief Product and Technology Officer.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Act as the principal advocate and single point of contact (internal and external) for all production service operations
  • Define, document, and implement service architecture standards
  • Ensure service uptime and performance according to service level commitments
  • Implement monitoring and alerting, both at the application and service levels, to provide service insights to stakeholders throughout the company
  • Manage 24x7 on-call escalation and issue resolution
  • Collaborate with development to develop service changes and upgrades consistent with DevOps best practices
  • Work with InfoSec to implement security controls and processes
  • Responsible for service architecture roadmap, departmental budget (including production services) and service KPIs
  • Migrate legacy services to the target service architecture and retirement/reduction of manual or bespoke service components
  • Instill a professional service operations culture at the company, including focus on quality, continuous improvement, and service measurement
  • Present internally, as well as to customers or at industry associations and events


  • DevOps roadmap, departmental budget and objectives
  • Automation, measurement and reliability of our services
  • Manage development, QA, staging, and integration testing environments
  • Train and manage DevOps staff
  • Conduct regular Disaster Recovery exercises, penetration testing, InfoSec audits


  • Minimum 8 years DevOps experience on mission-critical SaaS services using public cloud infrastructure
  • Minimum 4 years management experience
  • DevOps certifications for Google Cloud (preferred) or Amazon Web Services
  • Strong experience in containers (Kubernetes) and service orchestration
  • Experience in Python, Ruby on Rails, Postgres, and Snowflake is desirable
  • Experience in database administration and optimization is desirable
  • Experience in security operations
  • Experience managing and integrating third-party service providers
  • Experience implementing, operating and enforcing change management policies
  • Experience in software development, systems administration is helpful but not required
  • Excellent presentation skills, and written/verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to lead and manage cross-functional teams
  • Experience with contract and vendor negotiations and management
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a primarily remote environment
  • Experience in regulatory compliance is helpful but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related field


  • Based in the continental U.S.
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Exceptional, demonstrated personal integrity and ethics
  • Passionate, self-starting, collaborative team member who personally takes ownership and responsibility
  • Occasional domestic travel required to company offices (Boulder, Colorado) or to customers and partners

Salary: from $180,000 or higher based on experience


Your Benefits & Perks

Competitive Compensation Packages

401k Program with Non-Elective Company Contribution 

Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

Generous Family Leave 

Short-term Disability Insurance

Discounted Pet Insurance

Flexible Paid Time Off and 14 Company Holidays 

Job Related, Continuing Education Support

All-Hands Offsite, Volunteering 

Remote First

Remote Office Stipend

Annual Costco Membership 

Annual State or National Parks Pass


Why Us?

You choose us not only because this is the role you’ve been waiting for, but also because we are a purpose-driven company committed to our mission. You’ll be joining a group of machine learning experts, successful serial entrepreneurs, data scientists, sustainability experts, recovering consultants and national account program managers whose passion for data-driven sustainability drives us. You choose us because our values resonate with you. At SmarterX this means: We do what it takes. We begin from a position of curiosity. We are driven to become experts. We are real. We have grit. You share our belief that a healthy culture is key to the company’s success and more importantly our employees’ happiness. 

Better decisions. Better data. Greener planet. All made possible by the best people. Come join our team!

At SmarterX, we understand that a workforce that includes a robust mix of genders, ages, ethnicities, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds is more likely to reflect a variety of perspectives and thought patterns - leading to more innovation, brainstorming, problem-solving and strategizing. That is why we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


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