DevOps Engineer

| Greater Boulder Area
KPA (www.kpa.io) is a proven SaaS technology and services partner for corporate compliance and human resource professionals seeking opportunities to raise productivity, control expense, and mitigate financial and reputational risk via business process automation, improved safety and workplace compliance, and better HR practices. With KPA’s proven portfolio of end-to-end solutions and operational best practice clients can unlock opportunities to drive down costs, mitigate risk, and enhance the employee experience at a lower cost than clients can achieve internally.
Founded in 1986, KPA is owned by Providence Equity Partners, a top-tier private-equity company, and is focused on delivering SaaS solutions to the small and mid-size business (“SMB”) markets.
As a member of the Technology team, the DevOps Engineer will play a crucial role in overseeing site reliability and deployment automation. The successful candidate has experience managing large SaaS solutions and creating Build and Deployment pipelines for various applications that meet modern Continuous Integration / Continuous Development standards. 

In the first 2 weeks you will:

  • Assist the DevOps team with tickets within established Service Level Agreements (SLA) to better understand the integration between the business and technology groups
  • Configure your local system with Kubernetes to support legacy products

In the first 30 days you will:

  • Manage project and task work using Azure DevOps (Visual Studio Team Services)
  • Review and adhere to all documented processes and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the IT team
  • Review and gain knowledge of Application Insights and additional monitoring tools used in Production
  • Review and understand the systems architecture and promotion paths

In the first 90 days you will:

  • Participate in an on-call rotation for production support and deployments
  • Develop a tactical approach to fixing issues reported by application insights and additional monitoring tools
  • Provide best practice recommendations to facilitate CI/CD processes
  • Work closely with Database team to further automate database deployment processes
  • Participate in facilitating retrofit of legacy build and release to Octopus Deploy
  • Develop Desired State Configuration automation
  • Assist in supporting legacy products which utilizes Ansible Playbooks, Kubernetes Cluster, Linux Hosts and AWS Cloud Hosting
  • Evaluate cloud solutions to containerize existing microservices
  • Contribute to and help implement the DevOps portions of the Technical Roadmap

In the first 6 months you will:

  • Serve as the first escalation point for your team members
  • Perform an assessment of the current environment including automation, build and release processes, and SOP’s and present recommendations for changes or improvements
  • Assist in a cloud migration to Microsoft Azure
  • Fix or Report all issues relating to build and release in Azure Devops and Octopus Deploy.
  • Provide weekly performance summary of the build and release pipelines in Azure DevOps
  • Restructure project access in Azure Devops to facilitate access roles

By the end of the first year you will have:

  • Attained subject matter expertise of all DevOps processes related to key KPA products
  • Increased reliability of build and release process leading to a CI/CD methodology
  • Reduced the time to build new environments through automated processes
  • Obtained a minimum of one Microsoft certification directly contributing to the KPA Microsoft Partnership competencies

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 3+ years of experience as a DevOps Engineer or Systems Administrator
  • Strong competency in Microsoft products and services
  • Experience with PaaS technologies such as containers, container orchestration and scheduling, service registration / discovery and monitoring (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • Experience with Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) or Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Practical experience developing software or meeting operational needs with code and scripting (Powershell, Bash, Python, Perl, Ruby)
  • Knowledge of CI/CD practices and supporting tools (Azure DevOps, Octopus, similar)
  • Strong competency Microsoft Azure products and services
  • Experience with infrastructure automation frameworks (Ansible, Terraform, or similar)
  • Good interpersonal skills and communication with a passion for working with all types of managers, architects, developers, QA, and operations personnel
  • Able to multitask, prioritize, and track time efficiently
  • Desire to learn and continually improve self and others though knowledge sharing

As a growing company KPA values its employees by supporting them with a full benefits package including:
- Medical (both PPO and HSA plans available)
- Dental
- Vision
- Paid Time Off
- Parental Leave
- Holidays
- 401(k) match with immediate vesting
- Life Insurance
- Short and long term disability insurance
- FSA
-HSA matching

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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

The SDR team is at the center of outreach and client engagement in many cases. I personally love to collaborate with all teams when asked because in the end we all have the same vision. Stepping outside that comfy little box is the only way to successfully schedule appointments, create opportunities and close deals.

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What makes someone successful on your team?

Being in a client facing role, holding a professional & positive demeanor is crucial to one’s success. The ability to empathize with varying clients’ needs & changing communication styles are also essential. Most importantly though, is relationship building. It is our job to instill trust with our clients & once this happens, the rest is simple.

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How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

The Sales Development function at KPA is a trusted and well-respected voice. The team’s feedback helps drive enhancements to our sales process as well as how we develop as a company and serve our clients better. There’s a regular feedback loop where insights and learnings from the SDR team drive real enhancements to our messaging and direction.

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What are KPA Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 2 weeks of parental leave.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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