DevOps Engineer

Company Description

We spend a great deal of our time online. Whether it’s for information, commerce, or entertainment, each of us has come to depend on what we research, discover, and share. Publishers – those who create and curate content – are what makes the Internet great. Yet these publishers practice their craft largely alone, in siloes – without reference points or insightful understanding about where they sit in the grand scheme of things. To add to the challenge, once a Publisher’s content is in the wild, then the task of building engagement, growing a loyal following and enriching the engagement with that following can sometimes feel like shots in the dark or worse, a black box. Moreover, making money from their craft can be a complex task for any independent publisher who might prioritize generating content first and money second.

Sovrn believes that independent publishers are the Internet's vibrancy. As a partner and advocate to tens of thousands of independent publishers, Sovrn provides tools, technologies and services that help publishers (a) make money; (b) get distribution to grow their audience; and (c) access a massive data commons providing extraordinary insights.

The landscape of content networks, adtech vendors, and the myriad of buy-side / sell-side companies can be a complete maze for any reasonable person to decipher. Sovrn cuts through the noise and simplifies things with a basic, straightforward mission:

          Help content creators do more of what they want to do – and less of what they don’t.

Job Description

Sovrn helps web publishers like The Onion, Mother Jones and The CHIVE understand their audiences and convert them into a profitable income. Our servers handle many billions of requests and broker hundreds of millions of auctions among advertising partners every day. Moreover we’re scaling hard: traffic looks to double or even quadruple in the very near future. 

Performance is essential: every single auction completes faster than you can blink. Big Data, DevOps and Data Science are at the heart of our business: we employ leading technologies in this space including Kafka, Hadoop, Hive, Storm, Crunch, Cassandra, Spring XD and more. 

  • Member of an agile team participating across all aspects of software development including planning, design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance
  • Provide technical leadership and mentor junior engineers
  • Periodic on-call engineer duties


  • Highly skilled Java software engineer with a solid foundation in data structures, algorithms and system design
  • Configuration management tools and experience (Ansible, Puppet, Chef, etc) 
  • High level of proficiency in modern object oriented software design and development
  • Knowledge of web and internet fundamentals
  • Source control (git, Github) and build tools (Jenkins, Go, Maven, Grunt etc.)
  • Experience developing projects deployed on Linux platforms
  • SQL proficiency
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Bonus Points:
  • Experience deploying, monitoring, and tuning high performance Java code  
  • Experience implementing high-velocity data pipelines utilizing Storm, Kafka and Cassandra
  • Conceptual knowledge of advertising domain and technology stack, including behavioral data analytics, ad serving, and targeting
  • Experience managing hadoop clusters, data storage & processing systems
  • Hive, Pig, and/or Java MapReduce job development skills

Education and work experience:

  • B.S. in Computer Science, or equivalent work experience
  • 2+ years experience professional software development experience
  • 2+ years experience designing and developing projects with high scalability and performance requirements

Reports to: Director Engineering, Data

Additional Information



Scott Schoenberger

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