DevOps Engineer II / Senior DevOps Engineer

Engineering Santa Monica, California



A Senior DevOps Engineer is a seasoned professional and is responsible for designing and building our always-evolving cloud infrastructure. The cloud infrastructure underpins the Advertising and AI products that serve GumGum clients and are critical to GumGum’s operational and business success.

The Senior DevOps Engineer writes infrastructure-as-code, improves system monitoring, builds POCs to test the limits of new tech, enforces security best practices and influences designs for systems that serve >25 million RPM and produce over 50TB of data per day. This role works extensively in AWS, Terraform, Docker and Kubernetes. 

As a senior on the team, this role will be responsible for training and mentoring, always being on the front line and should be able to make data-driven decisions and recommendations to improve our highly distributed systems.


  • Mentor: Maximize the growth of our junior and intermediate engineers 
  • Design new tools and systems to better maintain the health, stability and security of our high-traffic production and dev environments
  • Define and enforce best practices for writing infrastructure-as-code (IaC) and performing application deployments in a safe, zero-downtime manner
  • Lead POCs to certify and test the capabilities of emerging technologies
  • Performance: Ensure high reliability and availability of our auto-scaled "Big Data" systems
  • Monitoring: Create and maintain monitoring solutions and instrument applications to provide insights into application performance and to understand emerging issues
  • Process Improvement: Continually identify and methodically improve cloud infrastructure for all systems through best practices and continuous process improvements and cost reduction
  • Tools / Technology: Work with AWS (EC2, ECS, EKS, S3, RDS, ElastiCache, VPC, Route53, CloudFront, CloudWatch), Terraform, Kubernetes, Ubuntu 16/18, Docker, Ansible, Packer, Git, Jenkins, Drone CI, Kafka, Druid, Storm, Tomcat, Nginx, MySQL, Prometheus, Grafana, OpenVPN
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science preferred
  • 4+ years of DevOps experience (6+ years if missing relevant degree)
  • 2+ years of experience with AWS
  • 1+ years of experience with Kubernetes in production
  • Proven track record (5+ years experience) supporting a 24/7 production environment with scale in the hundreds of nodes
  • Strong scripting experience - a bash command line expert comfortable writing scripts that utilize the AWS API (like Python w/boto3)
  • Experience deploying, managing and tuning Big Data systems (Apache AirFlow, Kafka, Druid, Storm)
  • Thorough understanding of Infrastructure Engineering technologies such as AWS VPC networking, TCP/IP, NAT, firewalling, VPN, cloud-based load balancers, storage, monitoring, security best practices
  • Able to design and setup complex CI and CD workflows (Jenkins, Drone CI, GitLab CI, Spinnaker, AWS CodeDeploy)
  • Linux administration fundamentals (Ubuntu, Redhat, Amazon Linux)
  • Self-starter who can take initiative and lead projects
  • Very strong problem solving skills - you should strive to find the root of the problem rather than designing band-aids
  • Cool, calm and collected attitude
  • Strong communications skills and a "customer service attitude"
  • Enthusiasm for exploring new technologies - picking up new technology should be fun for you!
Preferred Qualifications
  • Open-source contributions are a huge plus
*Please note that we are not currently accepting candidates from recruiting agencies or 3rd parties.* 

Benefits & Perks
  • Competitive health, vision and dental benefits
  • Healthcare and dependent care FSA
  • Employer-matched 401(k) plan
  • Stock incentive program
  • Paid parental leave
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Fitness reimbursement and wellness workshops
  • Discounted Pet Health Program
  • Flexible time off and work schedule
  • Incredible work/life balance with a collaborative and friendly work space
  • GumGum Gives Back volunteering opportunities
  • Team building lunches and events, and monthly company celebrations

Career & Personal Development Focus

  • Ongoing learning and development for education opportunities such as webinars, books, classes, relevant conferences and events
  • Opportunities to pursue business related side projects and yearly Hackathon
  • Highly encouraged to contribute to open source software, including our own open source software
  • Environment of learning from peers, including meetups, presentations and blog posts
  • Opportunity to work with cutting edge technology
  • Life Skills sessions - geared towards the whole life/health/person
  • Leadership Bites Dinner Series - connecting current and future GumGum leaders over great food and meaningful conversation



Our Values…

Be Thoughtful

We listen to understand different perspectives, show everyone respect, and relentlessly seek solutions for our clients (internal and external).

Have Agility
We are quick, nimble, and change direction gracefully, while maintaining control.

Show Grit
We bring energy and perseverance to everything we do.

Our Team…
GumGum is an AI company with expertise in computer vision built on the imagination of its people. Each day, our talented team of thinkers and doers comes together to solve hard problems on behalf of the world’s most successful businesses. Through a combination of computer science, creativity and hustle, we’ve produced a series of major technology breakthroughs across a variety of industries - from advertising to sports.  

Our Tech...
GumGum is constantly evolving to be at the forefront of computer vision and machine learning advancements. With nearly 10 years experience, we use our proprietary image recognition technology to deliver highly engaging, contextually relevant ad experiences across premium publishers all over the world. 

Our Products & Services...
Our Advertising business serves contextual marketing messages in line with content users are actively engaged with. 

Our Sports business helps marketers and rights holders understand the full media value of their sponsorship investments across broadcast and social media. And we deliver on brand safety by leveraging our AI to detect unsafe text and imagery, allowing us to deliver ads in brand safe, contextually relevant environments.

Our Hackathons...
What’s a Hackathon? We’re glad you asked. Our employees split into teams and spend 48 hours ‘hacking’ together before presenting their ideas to our executive team. It’s a chance for anyone within our company to showcase the visions they want to bring to fruition.

Our Culture...
GumGum recently earned LA’s Best Places to Work Award, and it’s no surprise why. With company-sponsored social hours, annual holiday celebrations and o-site gatherings, GumGummers enjoy a fun, creative and collaborative workplace. We provide ourselves on our strong track record of giving employees the autonomy and support they need to succeed.  

Oh, and doggies...
We love our dogs so much, we even have an Instagram dedicated to them! Follow us: @dogsofgumgum 

In Addition... 

About GumGum
Careers at GumGum
GumGum Women in Tech Panel - Living a Balanced Life
Women of GumGum Around the World
Innovators in Esports Content
Sponsorship Targeting with Visual Intelligence
GumGum Sports - Sizzle Reel - 2019 (EMEA)
GumGum - LinkedIn 
GumGum Advertising
GumGum Sports

GumGum is committed to providing equal opportunities. GumGum prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws (“Protected Characteristics”). It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.