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Sr. DevOps Engineer

Remote / Full Time

October 19

We are seeking a Sr. DevOps Engineer to join our team supporting our Internal Revenue Service (IRS) client to help improve the IRS’ Technology Infrastructure services. The engineer will provide support to infrastructure and application teams by ensuring that the systems and production environment is optimized in accordance with organization standards while meeting requirements. The candidate must have knowledge and experience using the agile methodology with an emphasis on automation, continuous integration and continuous delivery.

The Sr. DevOps Engineer will work closely with enterprise configuration management team to maintain, build CI/CD pipelines, design, deploy and maintain virtual desktop infrastructure solutions, and review existing technology implementations and suggest and implement improvements and upgrades.

**Location of work is remote, but candidates ideally will be within driving distance to IRS Federal Buildings in Austin, TX, Farmers Branch, TX or Lanham, MD. There may be meetings that require in person attendance occasionally.


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Provide technical thought leadership based on DevOps Handbook to collaboratively work with a team (as an engineer) that maintains an enterprise Jenkins pipeline
  • Integrate DevOps technical components with Enterprise IRS initiatives like the Enterprise Container Platform (platform as a service) and Infrastructure as Code initiative (IAC where V-realize is one of the targeted tools)
  • Write scripts and small utilities, automate deployments, and evaluate pipelines against industry and in-house standards
  • Follow and automate steps involved with onboarding projects, document the tasks, implement needed enhancements; enforce and develop standards related Trunk- based development and the definitions of done
  • Collaboratively work with existing team leveraging agile methodology (ex: participate in daily stand ups and other scrum ceremonies)
  • Conduct tool evaluations on DevOps software components and help integrated them with CICD pipeline
  • Support team members on infrastructure maintenance, to include upgrades, plugin installations, security remediation activities, migrations, and IRS ticketing needs in support of any of those efforts
  • Provide hands-on assistance to an assigned group of application development project teams in support of implementation of the CI/CD pipeline. This includes help with planning, implementation, troubleshooting, metrics, and conducting final retrospectives. Train the project teams so they can independently maintain their pipeline(s)
  • Maintain the currently developed pipeline for tier I and tier II software applications. All AD projects that join CICD will be onboarded in Sandbox and through Production untouched by human hands which constitute successful implementation of DevOps tools and methodology
  • Educate IRS ECP stakeholders on best practices on container adoption in areas of security, processes/procedures, maintenance, etc.
  • Support development of the DevOps Automated Testing Strategy document and identification and onboarding of projects for automated regression testing
  • Hands on experience with some of these tools: Jenkins, Sonar, Maven scripting tool, AppScan, Jacoco, bash/c/shell scripting, python, Ruby, node.js, Ansible Tower, NexusPro, NexusIQ, Git/GitHub/GitLab, ServiceNow
  • Good understanding or experience with Open Shift platform
  • Assist with capturing metrics for CI/CD and DevOps initiatives
  • Perform knowledge transfer by partnering with IRS employees to share technical expertise, and knowledge acquired through supporting the technical discussions, processes, and delivery of the CI/CD pipeline and all integration points
  • Propose and develop DevOps CI/CD pipeline orchestration solutions using Jenkins and Ruby Scripting
  • Develop and propose containerization solutions compatible with IRS DevOps Practice
  • Develop and propose IaC and PaaS solutions compatible with IRS DevOps Practice
  • Evaluate software tools for orchestration, IaC, PaaS, and containerization solutions
  • Troubleshoot orchestration, IaC, PaaS, containerization, CI/CD, and automated testing solutions

Minimum Requirements:


  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university required, an additional four (4) years of related work experience can substitute for a degree; preferred degree in Engineering or Information Technology related major
  • At least five (5) years working in an IT platform engineering environment or related field
  • Understanding source control tools (GIT, SVN), Jenkins CI/CD, Ruby
  • Experience with system configuration, management, and virtualization and VMware environments
  • Skilled using automation technologies such as Ansible to automate server builds, installation, configuration, and change management
  • Scripting experience (Ansible, Chef, Puppet, shell, WLST, JBoss CLI, Bash/KSH)
  • Working experience with cloud technologies
  • Experience working with automation Tools like Jenkins, Chef
  • Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) experience using OpenShift by Red Hat
  • Experience working with API’s
  • Knowledge and experience with monitoring tools such as Splunk, Qualsys, New Relic and Cloudwatch
  • Good Knowledge in the design and configuration of cloud services
  • Experience working with application servers such as Apache Tomcat, Node.js, or RedHat JBoss
  • Understanding of network topology and technologies such as firewalls, load-balancers, DNS, VPN, NAT
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work across organizations
  • In-depth understanding of the software development life cycle for implementing Enterprise level systems
  • Excellent attention to detail capability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and have work assignment for several high priority, urgent activities ongoing simultaneously
  • Ability to interface with all levels of management
  • Excellent time management, scheduling, and organizational skills
  • Preferred: IRS system and data knowledge experience

Additional Requirements, as per contract/client:

  • Candidates must meet requirements to obtain and maintain an IRS Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) clearance (active IRS Moderate Risk MBI clearance is a plus)
  • Candidates must be a US Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card status) for 3 years, and be Federal Tax compliant

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