DevOps Engineer II

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Vertafore is a leading technology company whose innovative software solution are advancing the insurance industry. Our suite of products provides solutions to our customers that help them better manage their business, boost their productivity and efficiencies, and lower costs while strengthening relationships.

Our mission is to move InsurTech forward by putting people at the heart of the industry. We are leading the way with product innovation, technology partnerships, and focusing on customer success.

Our fast-paced and collaborative environment inspires us to create, think, and challenge each other in ways that make our solutions and our teams better.

We are headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with offices across the U.S., Canada, and India.

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Vertafore is looking for a DevOps Engineer II to join a dynamic, growing DevOps team.

At Vertafore we work with a diverse set of systems and technologies. You'll get a chance to help advance our DevOps practice within the company. This will include automating infrastructure deployments (with Terraform), collaborating with development teams to implement state of the art Build and Deployment Pipelines (moving to GitLab), and defining the future of DevOps within Vertafore. 

Our DevOps team is responsible for supporting multiple products and development teams in automating infrastructure, build pipelines, deployment, and production support. Some days we're working closely with development teams to learn their pain points and coming up with creative (and hopefully automated) solutions. Some days we're working on making sure our build and release pipelines are working well and releasing quality code as quickly as possible. Some days we are working on production issues that directly impact our customers. Working at Vertafore gives you a chance to learn and use a wide variety of skills while working side by side with some amazing people. 

Our technology stack is largely Windows based, with most of our code being writing in C#. We also work with some Linux systems, predominantly a RedHat variant.

Over the next year, we'll be working on several initiatives including:

  • Moving our source to GitLab
  • Working with development teams to implement a world class development processes
  • Rebuilding and improving build pipelines for maximum value
  • Automating both infrastructure and code deployment (both in our Data Center and in AWS)
  • Implementing monitoring and alerting to identify when we have issues. 
Core Requirements and Responsibilities:

Essential job functions included but are not limited to the following:

  • Automate manual processes (build, configuration, security)
  • Implement Continuous Deployment (CD) and Continuous Integration (CI) to promote changes across environments.
  • Provision infrastructure using tools such as CloudFormation and Terraform
  • Write automated tests across applications and infrastructure to validate functionality which run continuously
  • Design metrics to track system reliability and alerts through CloudWatch and Prometheus
  • Work across teams to integrate, configure, manage and support production systems 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Skills and Technologies that we use regularly:

  • Windows
  • General Usage and Administration
  • Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu)
  • Jenkins
  • Artifactory
  • SQL Server
  • Python
  • Powershell
  • Bash
  • AWS (S3, EBS, EC2, ELB/ALB, VPC)

Skills and Technologies that we will be moving toward:

  • Terraform
  • Packer
  • Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu)
  • Postgres
  • Container technologies (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Even more AWS

Skills and Technologies that are good to know (we don't use these much, but knowledge about them and how they work will help you in this role):

  • Infrastructure provisioning Tools
  • CloudFormation
  • Configuration Management Tools
  • Puppet, Chef, Ansible
  • Deep System Administration Experience
  • Linux, Windows 

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years experience working in a DevOps or Software Development role
  • Knowledge of Infrastructure Provisioning Tools (Terraform, CloudFormation, or similar)
  • Experience using a configuration management tool (Chef, Ansible, Puppet or similar). They have similar goals, so experience in any of these is great. You should be able to explain the difference between Chef, Terraform, and Packer and where each might be useful.
  • 1-2 years working with a cloud provider (AWS, Azure, GCP). You should understand the services they offer, why they might be used, and tradeoffs between different solutions. You can answer "what's the difference between S3 and EBS" or "what would you use Elastic Beanstalk for"?
  • Experience putting together build pipelines (Jenkins, GitLab, TFS, TeamCity, etc…). You've worked with developers to help them put together great build pipelines that facilitate fast delivery of high quality code.
  • Scripting ability (Python, Powershell, Bash). We mostly use Python, but we quite often work with Powershell and Bash as well. You should know at least one scripting language well.
  • Excitement around DevOps. We're very excited about the journey we're on, and we want you to be as well. 

Additional Requirements and Details:

  • Travel required up to 10% of the time
  • Located and working from an office location
  • Occasional lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds
  • Frequent repetitive hand and arm movements required to operate a computer
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision (working on a computer, etc.)
  • Frequent sitting and/or standing

*Our offices are currently closed due to COVID19.

 

The Vertafore Way

Insurance is about relationships, and technology should make those relationships stronger. That's why, at Vertafore, it's our mission to transform the way the industry operates by putting people at the heart of insurance technology. By focusing on our customers, becoming better every day, and delivering results you can see, we provide the level of trust and security that insurance is all about.

· Bias to Action: We're united by an innate drive to take action and make a difference in the technology and insurance spaces.

· Win Together: We work together as one team, showing empathy and respect along the way.

· Show Up Curious: We work to challenge one another to push boundaries and think beyond the box.

· Say It, Do It: We honor every one of our commitments because integrity is important to us.

· Customer Success is Our Success: We cultivate authentic relationships and follow up by actively listening to their needs.

· We Love Insurance: We appreciate the impact insurance has on the world.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • .NETLanguages
    • AWS (Amazon Web Services)Languages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases

Location

Great location in the heart of downtown Denver just a block away from the RTD lightrail.

What are Vertafore Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Vertafore offers employees 1 paid day to volunteer at the non-profit of their choice.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Vertafore offers opportunities to join several committees, including Women of Vertafore, LGBTQ+, etc.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Vertafore employees can contribute up to $2750 annually to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 100% of annual salary for up to 90 days of disability.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $1500 of expenses per person.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $175 for glasses or contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Vertafore offers three different health plans to meet the needs of our employees.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
We offer a Pet Insurance plan through Nationwide.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Vertafore's team fitness initiatives include in-office yoga, a partnership with Planet Fitness, and other recreational team sports.
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Vertafore provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by [provider]. We match up to 50% of contributions up to 3% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Vertafore provides up to 6 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We also provides 6 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
We reimburse up to $2,500 for eligible adoption expenses and 6 weeks of paid leave.
Company sponsored family events
Vertafore sponsors family oriented events semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Vertafore hosts company outings annually.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
In various areas of the office, Vertafore provides weekly fresh fruit services, bagels and donuts on specified days, as well as snacks and drinks.
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Mondays and Fridays.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Vertafore sponsors recreational clubs that include sports, board games, video games, book clubs, etc.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers an annual max of $5,250.
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Vertafore's mentorship framework is an independently led experience between a mentee and a mentor. Resources are ongoingly provided to start this relationship and keep it successful & valuable.
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

We felt like the stretch of no three day weekends from Feb - May was too long, so we added our own holiday! We celebrate Vertafore Rest and Recharge day in April, and the whole company has a long weekend.

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