My company’s hiring: Operations lead, individual contributor

IP Street is looking for more Operations talent.

We’re building a very cool data mining product for intellectual property. The technology stack is almost all open-source, built on top of Python and Django. We’re hosted in a managed hosting/cloud provider at the moment, running on Ubuntu 10.10.

We are looking for Operations talent at the lead and individual-contributor levels!

Operations Individual contributor


  • Own the production deployment scripts, processes, and activities
  • Monitor the production servers (now via Sawmill and Zabbix) for failures, performance bottlenecks, etc.
  • Design and implement new Operations deliverables and services, e.g., alerts, response time reports, user activity reports
  • Provision new systems, and upgrade server software, as needs warrant
  • Suggest and implement Operational technology improvements
  • Work with Development and QA to understand and fix bugs


  • At least three years of experience with Operations for Linux-based production environments
  • Substantial experience in server configuration
  • Substantial experience in hardening servers. E.g., iptables
  • You consider yourself a “Linux expert”
  • At least two years experience with Python and bash shell scripting
  • Experience with agile development cycles
  • Familiarity with OS X is a plus
  • Familiarity with specifically the Debian/Ubuntu distribution is a plus
  • Strong familiarity with, and energetic support for, Operations best-practices
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Self-directed

Operations Lead

This could be structured as a Lead, Manager, or Director position, depending upon the person.

This is a hands-on position. As the team grows, team oversight will become a larger fraction of the work.


  • Initially, perform the individual contributor’s responsibilities
  • Lead, manage, and grow the Operations team
  • Understand the impact of business requirements on Operations’ deliverables. E.g., SLAs, security
  • Drive our Operations standards and best-practices
  • Assess build vs. buy, and hire vs. outsource, decisions


  • At eight years experience with Operations in a Linux & open-source production environment
  • At least three years experience with leading and managing an Operations team
  • At least three years experience with the Debian/Ubuntu distribution
  • At least three years experience with Python and bash shell scripting
  • Familiarity with OS X
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly self-directed
  • Highly energetic
  • BS in computer science, or equivalent relevant experience

Please send your resume to johnd at ipstreet dot com.

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