Senior Infrastructure Engineer

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Senior Infrastructure Engineer

We're looking for a talented senior engineer to help build, manage, and scale our Ghost(Pro) PaaS infrastructure, serving over 500M requests/month. This is a key role working in a small team and reporting directly to Ghost's CTO

FULL-TIME · REMOTE

Hey there! We're looking for a new member to join the Ghost team, maybe that's you?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.

This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is $1,700,000 - and annual net revenue is about $2million. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.

Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.

Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost. Our users range from hugely popular bloggers like Jeff Atwood, Troy Hunt and Joel Gascoigne - through to some of the world's largest organisations like Apple, Square, DuckDuckGo, OpenAI, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, Mozilla, Napster, Tinder, OkCupid and many, many more.

Ghost as a business is made up of two primary products:

  • Ghost - An open source CMS/app which can be used for free by anyone
  • Ghost(Pro) - A fully managed hosting platform with powerful automation

The platform is targeted at professional/business users, and in turn funds the entire company to build free, open source software for everyone.

As the company grows, we’re looking for an experienced infrastructure engineer to join the team and lead the development of our Ghost(Pro) platform and services. This is a senior role reporting directly to Ghost’s CTO, Hannah, with plenty of freedom and control to architect a real production system which is already serving over 500million requests a month - with a ton of room for improvement.

What we're looking for  🔎

All of our infrastructure and systems have gone through several iterations, but have ultimately been built by a small/scrappy team of passionate developers without significant prior sysadmin experience. Our platform these days is pretty solid, but it took us a long time and a lot of trial and error to get here. What we’re looking for now is someone who is comfortable and confident in leading our architecture and taking it to the next level.

For this position, we're explicitly looking for someone experienced (5+ years sysadmin experience, minimum) and confident in taking on a broad set of responsibilities managing, deploying and maintaining complex projects across several different environments.

Extensive experience in systems management and automation is a must. Experience specifically relating to web hosting at scale, continuous integration, monitoring and performance management is a huge advantage. Previous remote work and startup experience is also very valuable.

Our infrastructure is comprised of about 100 servers across two datacenters, running Ubuntu and managed with Saltstack, sitting behind a fairly deep CDN integration. Most common tech across our instances includes MySQL, OpenResty/Nginx & Phusion Passenger, LXC, Gluster, and a lot of JavaScript.

We use Jenkins to deliver these services with CI/CD and support them with VictorOps for on-call & alerts, Sensu for monitoring, TIG stack for metrics and have an increasing reliance on ElasticStack for logs and data. As we grow as a business, data & metrics are becoming core to our ability to succeed.

This role requires someone who is exceptional at clear, frequent communication, especially when identifying and responding to infrastructure failures, as well as…

  • 🎛 Managing infrastructure requirements and optimisations based on app performance and user load scenarios
  • ⚙️ Database clustering and replication management
  • ☎️ Metrics, monitoring and on-call alert management
  • 🔑 Common security issues and mitigation strategies
  • 🤖Automation, automation & more automation

This role would be well suited to someone in an existing ops team at a fast-paced technology company looking for a more senior position where they’re able to have more control and leadership of systems architecture across a company. There are many of opportunities for growth here as the team expands!

We don't mind where you're based or what hours you work, but this role does require reasonable working-hours overlap with the rest of our internal/ops engineering team in Europe, as well as availability to be on-call on a rotating schedule in the event of downtime.

We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a kind, thoughtful group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. We have as many people who speak German as we do English and our engineering team contains as many women as it does men. Some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively try to find people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have.

All jobs at Ghost come with

💵 Competitive salary
We pay well at market rates reflecting both location and experience

🌍 Fully remote work
Work from anywhere in the world, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.

💻 All the tech you need
We'll pay for whatever hardware and software you need to work and make sure you're regularly upgraded to the latest versions.

🏢 Office costs covered
Whether you prefer a home office or a co-working space, we'll help pay for it.

📚 Personal development
An annual budget for books, courses, conferences and travel expenses.

✈️ Twice annual international team retreats
Every 6 months we get the whole crew together for a week away. The last few trips have taken us to Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.

📅 3 day weekends, all year long
We close the office on the last Friday of every single month. Enjoy!

🏝 Unlimited paid vacation*
*Minimum 2 weeks per year, if you don't take it yourself, we kick you out of the office in December until the new year rolls around.

👶 Paid parental leave
When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer 3 months fully paid parental leave.

📈 Guaranteed pay-reviews
Everyone at Ghost receives annual pay reviews to update their salary for market rate changes and inflation.

🐶 Dog friendly office
Just kidding we literally don't have an office - but apparently tech companies think is an important detail to put on job descriptions and we didn't want to feel left out. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog.

Cats are cool, too.

Who you'll be working with

Hannah 🇬🇧

Co-Founder / CTO

James 🇦🇺

Infrastructure Engineer

David 🇬🇧

Infrastructure Engineer

How to apply  🚀

We’re profitable, we have unlimited runway, and we have very healthy revenue growth. There's no investor pressure, time limit, or need to hire as many people as fast as possible to fill a fancy office. We want to keep the team small, automate as much as possible with robots, build great software, and enjoy our work. Those are the things we optimise for. If that sounds like a good fit for you, then we’d encourage you to get in touch.

All jobs at Ghost start with an application form, progressing to 1-2 short interviews, and finally a (paid) trial project assignment.

Rather than trying to guess if we'll work well together based on lengthy arbitrary interview questions or challenges - instead we invite promising candidates to work on a real life trial project with us and pay them for their time. Trial projects are typically 20-30 hours of work, and give us an opportunity to get to know each other prior to pursuing a full time offer. It’s also a chance for candidates to get to know the Ghost team and make sure that it’s a good fit for them.

The button below will take you to the application form for this position where you can tell us a little more about yourself. Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit - maybe send them a link to this page?

Please note: For this particular position at Ghost we are explicitly looking for someone who is based outside of North America.

What's one thing you wish everyone applying knew before applying?

We generally get 300-400 applications for each open position, keeping that in mind when sending us your details can be very helpful. Women and minorities of any description are especially encouraged to apply!

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