Principal Performance/ DevOps Engineer (Remote)

United States

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Upgrade is a fintech unicorn backed by a top 10 global bank and other leading fintech investors. Founded in 2017, Upgrade has already delivered $4 billion in consumer credit and achieved $125 million in annual revenue run rate and cash profitability.
Upgrade is building a neobank offering exceptional value to mainstream consumers, including affordable and responsible credit through cards and loans. In 4 short years 12 million people have already applied for an Upgrade Card or loan.
Upgrade has been named a “Best Place to Work in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal 3 years in a row, and received “Best Company for Women” and “Best Company for Diversity” awards from Comparably.
We are looking for new team members who get excited about designing and implementing new and better products to join a team of over 450 talented and passionate professionals. Come join us if you like to tackle big problems and make a meaningful difference in people's lives.
At Upgrade, the responsibilities of a Performance Engineer spans across Testing, Development and DevOps areas. The goal is to be part of a self-sufficient team that can work cohesively alongside Tech teams and deliver performance test simulations, as well as make improvements across Upgrade services and/or infrastructure.


  • Our performance test frameworks are built in a modular and easily extensible fashion, using Gatling. This allows us to develop new performance simulations at the pace of feature development.
  • Not only do you test and identify areas of performance improvements, but you also have ownership of services in all environments. This gives you flexibility to customize, configure and patch services in any environment based on your findings, including applying infrastructure and code changes.
  • Our team members have the ability to spin up disposable performance environments on demand in Kubernetes, deploy microservices with different versions and configurations, and execute performance tests against this setup.
  • Once the simulations are executed, and areas of improvements identified - you can push changes through lower environments all the way to Production then monitor, troubleshoot and run synthetic tests in Production.

Requirements & Skills:

  • Very good experience with Java, Scala, Gatling, Springboot, Maven, Git, Jenkins, ArgoCD, SQL, REST Assured, SumoLogic, Docker, Kubernetes, Vault, Kafka, Basic Linux
  • Strong object-oriented programming skills using Scala or Java
  • Ability to develop performance testing suites for microservices in Scala using Gatling, utilizing IDEs such as IntelliJ or Eclipse
  • Experience working with Vault, Kafka, DB monitoring, OOM analysis and similar tools
  • Extensive experience configuring and deploying services in various environments using Kubernetes, and deployment tools like ArgoCD, Jenkins
  • Extensive experience improving efficiency of existing apps or infrastructure by analyzing and identifying bottlenecks
  • Experience in monitoring applications using APM/Observability tools such as Prometheus, Grafana, Honeycomb, Dynatrace, NewRelic, AppDynamics etc. and DB Monitoring (VividCortex, pgAdmin, etc.)
  • Extensive experience with performance and synthetic testing tools
  • Passion for Performance testing and software scalability
  • Understanding of development, testing and site reliability processes

Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive salary and stock option plan
  • 100% paid coverage of medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Learning stipend for personal growth and development
  • Paid parental leave
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
Job tags: Docker Git Grafana Java Kafka Kubernetes Linux Prometheus REST Scala SQL Vault
Job region(s): North America Remote/Anywhere
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