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Sr. DevOps Engineer

Who we are:

HallmarkLabs, LLC (a subsidiary of Hallmark), based in Santa Monica, CA, is the parent company of three digital subscription services; (a subscription video on demand service) and (a digital social expression service), and Ink & Main (an eCommerce platform for personalized greeting cards). We’re leveraging Hallmark’s experience creating meaningful, emotional connections, and rapidly progressing a century old, privately-owned, American brand to the forefront of the digital age with cutting-edge technology.

Of course, we have the normal perks for a company in Santa Monica: drinks, snacks, writable walls, collaboration spaces, casual dress, ample/free parking - but we know that is not what you really care about. We are a small and growing company with a talented and driven group of technology professionals focused on building great things together, all while having fun!

Job Description:

Systems management and IaaS automation in building, monitoring, maintaining, and alerting Linux systems in AWS to working with QA to ensure their test automation is running correctly on every commit to GitHub.  This job is all about automation, IaaS, and uptime.  The responsibilities will include change management, access control, addressing any issues that arise that isn't already automated, and work with the Engineering teams to ensure the solution they're deploying are supportable and scalable to support the growing customer base.  We love innovation, and support efforts that provide automated systems for the purpose of 99.99% uptime.

This job involves the following responsibilities:

  • Works closely with other infrastructure, engineering and customer service teams to insure services are available 24 x 7.
  • Drive technical innovation and efficiency in infrastructure operations via automation.
  • Design systems management solutions using automation and self-repair rather than relying on alarming and human intervention.
  • Insure all systems have required security compliance for patch management, anti-virus, and other threat protection
  • Create processes that enhance operational workflow and provide positive customer impact.
  • Dive deep to resolve problems at their root, looking for failure patterns amenable to long-term solutions via simplification and automation.
  • Avoid re-inventing the wheel and prefer appropriately simple, repeatable solutions over more complex and failure prone ones.
  • Act as a technical point of escalation.
  • Develop appropriate metrics to demonstrate performance at improving operational efficiency.
  • Recognize and adopt best practices in documentation, testing, security, operational support at scale, and efficient use of resources.
  • Must be able to support off-hours on-call.
  • Problem solving & troubleshooting including performing root cause analysis for preventative analysis.
  • Work on small, cross-functional, fast paced teams.
  • Utilize organizational skills and the ability to manage a diversified workload.
  • Communicate & work effectively with all levels of staff including senior management.
  • Work under minimal supervision on complex issues to deliver great results on schedule.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Hallmark Labs will hire only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  Employment by Hallmark Labs is contingent upon the signing of the Employment Agreement, completing Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification and satisfactory reference and background checks.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years enterprise infrastructure experience
  • 3+ years cloud experience
  • 3+ years Experience with IaaS design and micro-service systems architecture.
  • 3+ years Experience with capacity planning, utilization review, and monitoring of availability and performance.
  • Held a prior role with responsibility for High Scalability/Availability Systems Architecture, Security, and Systems Support.Expertise with configuration and management of multiple server platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Computer Science, Math, or other related fields
  • 3+ years AWS experience
  • Experience with automation languages such as Ruby, Python, and Go.
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as Ansible, Puppet, or Chef.
  • Experience with continuous integration tools such as Jenkins, Rundeck, Ant, or Maven.
  • Experience with ELK, Grafana, Zabbix, Cloudwatch, Cloudformation, other open source/cloud ready tools.
  • Experience in implementing, managing, and refining disaster recovery solutions.
  • Proficiency in TCP/IP networking, architecture and other core network technologies (DNS, HTTP, Routing, Firewalls, Load Balancers, etc.).
  • Familiar with both SQL and NoSQL technologies such as MySQL, MongoDB, Redis.
  • Familiar with Agile processes and DevOps manifesto.


Hallmark Labs is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, pregnancy, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally-protected status. To view your rights as an applicant please review the following EEO posters: “EEO is the Law” poster and the "EEO is the Law Supplement".

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