Senior DevOps Engineer, Scientific American

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Date: Nov 30, 2022

Location: New York, US Washington, US

Company: Springer Nature Group


Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., reaches millions of people each month through its print magazine, app, social media and on We publish expert-written opinions and feature stories; news and feature articles by leading journalists; and award-winning graphics, art and multimedia. Our work is translated in more than 20 international magazine editions that are read around the world.


About the Springer Nature Group

Springer Nature opens the doors to discovery for researchers, educators, clinicians and other professionals. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals, platforms and technology solutions reach millions of people. For over 175 years our brands and imprints have been a trusted source of knowledge to these communities and today, more than ever, we see it as our responsibility to ensure that fundamental knowledge can be found, verified, understood and used by our communities – enabling them to improve outcomes, make progress, and benefit the generations that follow. 


About Scientific American

Scientific American covers the most important and exciting research, ideas and knowledge in science, health, technology, the environment and society. It is committed to sharing trustworthy knowledge, enhancing our understanding of the world, and advancing social justice. Founded 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It has published articles by more than 200 Nobel Prize winners and reaches more than 6 million people around the world each month through its website, print and digital editions, newsletters and app. It reaches millions more through social media and other platforms.

Purpose of the Role  
The Senior DevOps Engineer is responsible for designing, operating, and implementing services supporting digital product development and operations for Scientific American. Reporting into the VP of Product + Technology, Scientific American (SA), this role serves to lead the technology operations effort, requiring someone with experience in designing process and managing operations for cloud services, database, backend and API administration, deployments, best practices for secure implementations, incident response and other typical devops tasks.
Flexible work arrangements are available for this role. 


  • Design, implement and maintain deployment, regression, monitoring and general operating processes for our cloud-hosted web services as well as manage the development environment, all with a focus on automation
  • Improve monitoring that alerts on symptoms rather than on outages
  • Manage infrastructure scaling
  • Define and implement best security practices, including collaborating with corporate compliance and security
  • Document operating processes, configurations, and incident responses
  • Manage outage/incident response including defining on-call responsibilities incorporating other team members
  • Participate in architecture definition and design
  • Manage logging and other debugging metrics
  • Troubleshoot website functionality issues and develop creative technical solutions as required
  • Ensure sites are high performance, scalable and comply with security standards
  • Collaborate with management to set appropriate project goals, deliverables and timetables
  • Contribute to the definition of reliability and performance metrics for technology products and work to contribute solutions for meeting/improving on those KPIs
  • Evaluate new tools and techniques as needed and keep up with latest industry trends on an ongoing basis
  • Manage/improve/maintain infrastructure as code (currently CloudFormation) for our cloud services and CDN (Fastly) configuration
  • Improve and streamline server and proxy cache configuration (Nginx/Varnish)
  • Additional responsibilities as needed 

Experience, Skills & Qualifications

  • University degree with in computer science, computer engineering or equivalent experience
  • 4+ years of Cloud DevOps experience, with demonstrable experience using AWS
  • Very strong preference for candidates with experience in publishing/digital media/consumer facing media
  • Understanding of containerization and orchestration tools such as Docker, Docker Swarm, ECS, and Kubernetes
  • Experience and familiarity with security best practices
  • Experience using APMs and other application performance profiling techniques
  • Hands on engineering experience, ideally with Java/CFML, MySQL and NoSQL data stores, NodeJS,
  • GitHub, Continuous Integration Systems
  • Data and Automation Driven - you value observability and strive to quantify the value of product changes whenever possible


If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.


Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below: 
•    Medical, Dental and Vision 
•    401(k) with company match and contribution
•    Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
•    Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
•    Multiple Life insurance options
•    Disability coverage
•    Tuition Assistance
•    Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
•    Employee Assistance Program
•    Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
•    An array of Employee Social Networks  


Annualized Base Salary Range: $127,000 – $150,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education and skill level.


Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following “Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law” poster:
At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.