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Senior DevOps Engineer

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23 Feb 2021

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Findmypast is looking for a DevOps Engineer who wants to make a difference and join our growing London team to solve problems and deliver in a lean-agile environment. Together we can try to find new ways to create a great experience for all our users and, above all, help to impact the way people research social and family history.

One of the key challenges of the role will be helping the business scale our existing service to support an anticipated increase in user demand (possible 10x our current traffic). The service is currently on premise, with a mixture of legacy applications (Windows .Net stack, SQL Server ) and new microservices architecture of Kubernetes, NodeJS and Postgres. Your role in our DevOps team will be to identify and implement solutions to scaling and reliability issues across both technology stacks.

Due to current circumstances, we are working remotely, our interviews are being conducted via zoom and we are onboarding new joiners remotely. We also encourage remote working requests on the understanding that you will be required to travel to your local hub (London or Dundee) as necessary.

About Findmypast

Family history is a multi £BN high-growth market that is changing quickly and we're looking for the best people to join us on this journey. We've come a long way from our early days digitising historical records to now: a fast-growing, consumer subscription tech company with a talented team, engaging products, millions of users around the globe, and billions of online historical records. Our mission is to connect people to their family stories.

There are real opportunities for ambitious people to gain new experiences, solve interesting problems, take responsibility for new products and initiatives, and advance their careers. We work in collaborative, cross-functional teams. We value our diverse and welcoming culture. We stay connected and celebrate success together in our weekly tech demos and (currently virtual) social activities. Our values - Honour History, Stay Curious, Create Magic and Be Human - provide the compass for how we work together and invent together.

Why is this a great opportunity?

You will be joining our engineering team and be a valued member working closely in a collaborative, autonomous, cross-functional team. You will help with:
  • Managing (via automation) our deployment infrastructure at Findmypast.
  • Work closely with engineering teams to reduce toil and increase speed of delivery.
  • Designing and documenting tooling, including writing and reviewing code, to provide self service tools to the wider engineering team.
  • Reviewing and improving our DevOps tools and security.
  • Undertaking measured, strict troubleshooting of complicated systems and potentially resolve time-critical incidents.
  • Partaking in an on-call rotation alongside the Engineers who build our production backend.

You will find yourself working in a continuous learning environment and a fast-moving market and there are real opportunities to gain new experiences and make a lasting mark on our product, business and customers.

If you're keen to read more about how our Engineering team works and hear about some recent remote onboarding experiences, check out our tech blog:

Our tech stack

Our core programming language is JavaScript (ES2020) with our website running React.js and GraphQL while our back-end platform is a collection of Node.js Microservices running under Kubernetes. Our existing platform is a mix of technologies including C#, elixir, golang, Java, Ruby and Python. Don't worry if you don't know our languages or technologies, although the more you know will help your application. We help all our new engineers get up to speed quickly through a thoughtful and supportive induction programme.

What we're looking for:
  • A broad knowledge of DevOps practices and tools such as Puppet, Ansible (or similar), Prometheus, Grafana, ElasticSearch, Git, Jenkins, Nagios, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of Docker.
  • Deep knowledge of Kubernetes management, ideally on premise.
  • Deep knowledge of Linux (we use Ubuntu) and all layers of the networking stack. You should be confident discussing in detail what's going on under the hood.
  • Someone comfortable with large scale production systems and technologies, for example load balancing, monitoring, distributed systems, microservices, and configuration management.
  • Experience from designing and executing small to medium scale systems automation projects with strong autonomy.
  • Strong coding skills in at least one programming language, and a desire to pick up more. We work primarily in JavaScript, but you'll run into several other languages on a regular basis as well.
  • Someone familiar with and enthusiastic about software engineering best practices such as testing, continuous integration and continuous deployment.
  • Passion for solving problems using open source software.
  • Someone who thrives in a rapidly evolving environment.
  • Strong communicator and love working as part of a team.

Our interview process:
  • Call with a member of our People Team.
  • Interview with an Engineering Lead.
  • Main Interview with a test.
  • Offer.
  • Help us to impact the way people research social and family history!


We're passionate about making FMP a great place to work and setting people up to succeed. Benefits include:
  • 26 days holidays + UK bank holidays. We also offer the option to purchase up to 4 additional days.
  • Excellent pension contribution from day one of up to 15.5% of your basic salary (9.5% matched company contribution with a 6% contribution from the employee's side).
  • Flexible working, as we want all our employees to have a brilliant work-life balance.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave.
  • L&D budget and access to learning and training opportunities.
  • Various social remote activities to keep connected as a company.
  • Employee Assistance Programme, wellbeing app access and Mental Health First Aiders.
  • Life assurance.
  • Private medical insurance, health and dental cash plan options.
  • Gym membership and staff discounts.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Season travel tickets.
  • Subscriptions to Findmypast and British Newspaper Archive.

We are an equal opportunity employer and want Findmypast to be the best company for all our diverse employees and customers. We encourage applications from everyone and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability status or any other protected characteristics. If you'd like a deeper understanding of our commitment to diversity, check out our careers page to hear from our CEO, Tamsin. Should you require adjustments to be made to the recruitment process, please let us know and if you'd like to share your pronouns then please do!

If you are a recruitment agency, please be aware that we're not looking for additional assistance with recruitment. Please do not send us CVs. We will not be responsible for fees related to unsolicited CVs.
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