Senior DevOps

Full time
Start date:
November 20, 2023

About the job

As the first DevOps engineering recruit on the team, you will have be in a unique position:

In this role, you will be tasked with the design, development, improvement, and maintenance of our extensive range of services and products. Your work will be instrumental within the Engineering teams, requiring a robust knowledge of systems engineering, design, daily operational practices, along with troubleshooting and incident management skills.

This position provides a collaborative and innovative atmosphere where you will be encouraged to implement sustainable solutions. The opportunity to shape your own realm of influence while significantly contributing to the team and company's success is genuinely unparalleled. Create your path, exert your creativity, and make a lasting impact with us.

Your future company

Circularise is a supply chain traceability start-up founded in The Netherlands in 2016. We believe that end-to-end traceability holds the key to overcoming major challenges that society faces in areas such as Circular Economy, Environmental Pollution and Carbon Emissions. Therefore, it’s our mission to bring traceability to global supply chains and to accelerate world’s transition to a Circular Economy.

Our software enables companies to trace their products and materials and share information about them, enabling sustainable practices at an unprecedented level. We achieve that with a blockchain-based open protocol that enables sharing of information about products and materials while retaining privacy over sensitive information.

We would love to invite you to get involved. You can learn more about Circularise at or check out our whitepaper.

What you'll be doing at Circularise?

Overall you will...

As our first DevOps, your role will be instrumental: You will implement and champion best Developer Experience practices, working with developers to understand and overcome their obstacles.

Within 1 month you will...

  • Collaborate closely with Engineering teams to architect robust platforms for running our services effectively
  • Assist Engineering teams in investigating and resolving uncommon issues (e.g. memory leaks, cpu / memory utilization)
  • Enhance and optimize the existing CI/CD pipelines to streamline the software delivery process
  • Conduct a thorough review of current DevOps processes, identifying areas for improvement, and rectifying any errors
  • Configure logging and monitoring processes to ensure efficient tracking of system performance and troubleshooting any discrepancies

Within 6 months you will...

  • Take a leadership role in assessing and improving our CI/CD pipelines, implementing industry best practices and cutting-edge tools to enhance efficiency and reliability.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of all existing processes, identifying areas for optimization and automation. You will establish standardised workflows, reduce manual interventions, and increase the overall release frequency and quality of our products.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Development, QA, and Operations, to establish clear communication channels and streamline the deployment process.
  • Implement robust logging and monitoring solutions to gather and analyze system metrics, enabling proactive identification and resolution of performance issues.
  • Continuously explore emerging technologies, methodologies, and trends in DevOps, and propose innovative solutions to further enhance our processes and infrastructure.
  • Actively participate in knowledge sharing sessions, mentoring junior team members, and contributing to the professional growth and development of the DevOps team as a whole.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration, communication, and continuous improvement, promoting DevOps principles and practices throughout the organization.

Essential skills we'd love for you to have

At Circularise, we believe a successful candidate merges both exceptional technical ability and outstanding personal qualities. Here's what we're primarily seeking:

⇒ Personal Aspects

  • User-centric mindset: Understanding and empathy towards our users, approaching projects with a user-driven, product-focused mindset.
  • Remote-friendly: The capability to work well in remote or distributed environments
  • Humility: Having the humbleness to ask for help when encounters with roadblocks.
  • Teamwork & communication: Effective collaboration and communication skills, adaptable to varying team dynamics. Regular, timely updates to both technical and non-technical team members about progress and arising issues.
  • Self-driven: A proactive nature in completing tasks and overcoming obstacles.
  • Critical thinking & discernment: Strong ability to analyse requirements and solutions critically, recognise when to implement less conventional approaches, and prioritise tasks effectively.

⇒ Technical Expertise

→ Must-have

  • Infrastructure Expertise: A good track record in infrastructure automation, cloud services, and tooling (Docker, K8S)
  • Container Orchestration: Strong knowledge in container orchestration (Kubernetes)
  • Linux Administration: 5+ years of experience in Linux administration
  • Scripting Skills: Development skills in scripting / programming language (Bash, Python)
  • Cloud Providers Experience: Proven experience with working with cloud providers (like GCP, AWS etc.)
  • Monitoring Solutions: Experience with logging / monitoring / alerting solutions (ELK, Prometheus)
  • Infrastructure Coding: Experience and interest in Infrastructure as Code approach (e.g. Terraform)
  • CI/CD Knowledge: Experience working with CI/CD pipelines (Gitlab, Github Actions)
  • Microservices Experience: Great knowledge and hands-on experience in Microservices architecture.
  • Understanding of ISO27001 or SOC II (or equivalent), and their impact on development.

→ Good to have:

  • GCP experience

Why choose us?

  • Flexible Working Conditions: Although this role necessitates your residence in the Netherlands, we are dedicated to offering as much flexibility as possible concerning work schedules and locale. We do daily standup but office attendance is optional, as we prioritise work outcomes and efficiency over rigid working hours.
  • Salary 84k (including 8% holiday pay) - would be considered senior
  • Equity in addition to that you will get to own a piece of Circularise as we also provide a generous equity package.
  • Focus on Personal Development: Our objective is to nurture the growth and advancement of every team member. We offer a clearly defined career path designed to equip you with the necessary tools for your professional progression. Moreover, we conduct meticulous performance reviews every six months to ensure ongoing enhancement of skills and capabilities.
  • Positive Team Atmosphere: Our engineering team prides itself on maintaining a harmonious and dynamic working environment.
  • 25 days of vacation for full time employment
  • Travel allowance for your commute ( if you want to work in the office)
  • Cultural Diversity: An international environment with a diverse team of over 20 nationalities. Our development team, comprising multiple nationalities, operates across various European time zones, thereby fostering a rich, multicultural work environment.

Our Approach to Equal Opportunity Hiring

Our recruitment process

We break our hiring process into the following stages:

  1. Initial introductory call (~20min)
  2. A cultural fit interview to assess whether your working style/fits with our values & culture
  3. A technical interview to assess your capabilities
  4. Final interview with one of our Co-Founders to determine whether you are up to the challenge

Everyone belongs at Circularise

We strive to hire people from all walks of life. Circularise is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and candidates without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal skill and merit. We are continuously working hard to develop and build a culture of inclusivity & diversity.

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