Platform Engineer


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Muck Rack is the leading SaaS platform for public relations and communications professionals. Our mission is to make PR pros more successful by providing them with technology to find journalists to pitch, monitor media, quantify their impact and work more efficiently with their teams.

Self-funded, globally distributed, and growing quickly, Crain’s named Muck Rack one of the best places to work in 2019, 2020, and 2021! We value resilience, transparency, ownership, and customer devotion and infuse these values into everything we do.

Muck Rack is looking to hire our first Platform Engineer to bridge engineering and DevOps. You will work closely with the VP of Engineering, Matt Dennewitz, as well as the backend and devops teams on managing and scaling our app’s underlying platform and core services. This opportunity will have a lot of greenfield architecture opportunities. 

What You’ll do:

  • Straddle both coding and operations
  • Work on backend architecture, developing and designing core services  
  • Develop and improve systems for monitoring, alerting and analysis to ensure site health 
  • Take on part of the responsibility for the operation of the application, delivery and high availability

What You’ll Need:

  • 4+ years of professional experience with Python, MySQL, and AWS; including managing high traffic sites and scaling/managing large data platforms
  • Experience with performance profiling, monitoring, and observability
  • Ability to architect and design performant, scalable, and secure software that supports requirements of specific features
  • Understanding of DevOps principles
  • Knowledge of Celery or other task, streaming, or batch processing frameworks (e.g. Luigi, Spark, Airflow)
  • Experience with Elasticsearch is a plus (especially if you’ve indexed and managed large volumes of data or have worked on a product heavily dependent on search)
  • Experience with event streaming platforms like Kafka is a plus
  • Experience in big data, horizontally scalable databases, NoSQL databases or columnar databases is a plus (e.g. Cassandra, Dynamo)

Key Attributes:

  • Autonomous self-starter who functions well with high level direction
  • Clear communicator with both technical and less technical stakeholders (verbally and in writing)
  • High level of personal accountability 
  • Collaborative, with the ability to give and receive feedback and ask for help or support when necessary
  • Logical problem solver 
  • Analytical systems-thinker who can also rely on intuition and experience
  • Understands systems at a high-level but flexible and willing to jump into handle specific issues

Benefits of Working at Muck Rack

  • Fully distributed team, with work-from-home benefits and monthly co-working stipend
  • Competitive salaries, company-wide bonus plan, and equity
  • Generous off-the-grid PTO, including paid parental leave, paid sick/mental health days, learning days, summer Fridays, and more
  • Health, dental and vision insurance (100% paid by employer for individuals; 70% paid by employer for families) 
  • 401(k) plan with employer contributions
  • Access to OneMedical, 24/7 Virtual Care, an Employee Assistance Program, and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Discounted gym & bike memberships and free Headspace account 
  • Unlimited subscription to Learning & Development platforms
  • Virtual & in-person team bonding opportunities including free lunches, activities, & events
  • Inclusive culture that listens to and welcomes diverse perspectives 
  • Self funded means we have the freedom to build forward-thinking products and put our customers first

We deliberately encourage individuals from all backgrounds, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and from all parts of the United States and Canada to apply for positions. We are an equal opportunity employer and we're committed to a fair and consistent interview process and employer experience. 

NOTE: Today, we can not hire employees in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, Wisconsin, or Wyoming.
Job region(s): Remote/Anywhere
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