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Junior Infrastructure Engineer

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tastyworks, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Company Name: tastylive

As a Junior
Infrastructure Engineer, you’ll be part of a small team of engineers who are ultimately responsible for the production infrastructure which powers our retail brokerage business. We care about the speed and stability of our back-end systems as much as we care about the customer-facing applications we build. Our architecture is consistently evolving as our business grows and we face different technical challenges, but always with a focus on practicality and performance. You'll help to maintain this infrastructure by working on existing configuration management code and troubleshooting the unexpected. You'll work on building its future state by participating in the architectural discussions, building proof of concept systems, writing new configuration management code, and standing up new production systems. 
Our infrastructure is a hybrid of self-hosted hardware at multiple colocation facilities and cloud-managed services. We are currently heavily invested in Chef and Terraform as our management tools of choice but are also consistently evaluating new technology. Datacenter and infrastructure hosting is a key part of this role, specifically the deployment, configuration and maintenance of our virtualization stack.

What You'll Do:

  • Use configuration management tools (VRealize, SALT, puppet, terraform, Satellite) to build and maintain a hybrid infrastructure hosted both at colocation facilities 
  • Help rack, build and maintain datacenter hardware and infrastructure (servers, appliances, cabling, power, etc.)
  • Help manage greenfield VMWare implementation along with various virtualization architectures and configurations
  • Help manage telemetry (graphite, grafana, collectd, Prometheus, LogicMonitor), log aggregation (Elastic Stack), and monitoring tools (Sensu) via both configuration management tools and direct troubleshooting when required
  • Help maintain templates (both virtual and physical) for existing infrastructure and help maintain and implement configuration management pipelines as necessary
  • Racking, Stacking and cabling of equipment in a datacenter setting
  • Occasional travel to support remote sites 

Who You Are: 

  • Minimum 2 years' experience as a VMWare engineer 
  • Basic proficiency with Linux 
  • Proficiency and demonstrated knowledge of layer 1-3 in the OSI stack; mastery of TCP/IP, and proficiency with general networking concepts and architectures
  • Existing proficiency or willing to learn basic programming and scripting 
  • You should enjoy or at least be comfortable working with critical production systems where real revenue is at stake; demonstrated work experience and examples of real-world situations and projects
  • Experience in a datacenter setting; cabling and racking equipment
  • You must be able to work as a part of a team, both giving feedback to peers and taking direction from more senior team members
  • You must be able to make good critical decisions balancing technology, frameworks, strategy, and practical constraints. Critical thinking and problem solving a must
  • Ability to work independently and execute tasks on a schedule
  • You must be able to learn quickly in areas where you don't have deep expertise
  • Ability to lift 50lbs 

Team Perks and Benefits:

  • Performance Bonuses
  • Subsidized Engineering Training Program
  • Stock Purchase Options
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Pet Insurance
  • Wellness & Mental Health Programs
  • Charitable Donation Matching
  • Two Paid Volunteer Days Off
  • Daily catered lunch when in the office
  • Full kitchen with snacks and beverages
  • Dog-friendly office
  • In-building gym
  • CTA stop a block away, Shuttle to/from Metra
  • Office located in the West Loop - Chicago's growing center of tech, great cuisine, and high-end bars

Our Company:

The tasty
trade, Inc. family of companies empowers individual traders differently. Founded in 2011 as an online financial media network, tastylive is now affiliated with companies like a brokerage firm (tastyworks in 2017), a research lab (quiet foundation in 2018), and a magazine (luckbox in 2019). In 2021, London-based IG Group acquired tastytrade, Inc. and assigned it to lead business in North America. This combined team has years of experience like institutional brokers but also a passion for disrupting the entire trading industry.  

Our dream is simple: we want more people to find more success with a better trading experience. That’s why we’re investing heavily in the right people, technology, and media to make that happen in the US and across the globe.

The diversity of our offerings and the technology that powers them provide our engineers with exposure to a broad set of tools and the opportunity to dig deep into specific problems. 

We are an ideal environment for those who are self-motivated, engineering-focused, pragmatic, and who truly enjoy creating and operating large, highly available, and performant systems. Our team is lean at roughly 45 members, and we follow a management philosophy that values the autonomy of our engineers.

Location: We have two great offices in the West Loop of Chicago and are currently hybrid meaning we’d love to see your face a few days a week at either one!  

19 N Sangamon St. 
Chicago, IL 60607 

tastyworks | IG NA
1000 W Fulton Market #220
Chicago, IL 60607 

*Don't meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they have every single qualification. Our team is dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles! 


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