DevOps Engineer at BlackLocus

| Austin
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About BlackLocus

BlackLocus is an innovation lab operating within The Home Depot, the top home improvement retailer in the world. To stay ahead of the curve, The Home Depot is making a substantial investment in data science, innovation, technology, and design. BlackLocus is contributing to this initiative by providing analytical tools to optimize and automate pricing, assortment, and product info by applying machine learning and revenue management techniques.

BlackLocus is a small collaborative environment where everyone is excited to work together every day. We are located in downtown Austin in an open space designed for collaboration, comfort, and productivity. We have a culture of learning providing 10% research time. We value diverse perspectives and strive to be an inclusive, safe environment. And finally, we love to have fun and celebrate together! If this sounds like something you are looking for, we can't wait to hear from you.

Job Summary
We are looking for an experienced DevOps engineer to help our team establish a superior DevOps practice driving productivity, security, and quality for BlackLocus. We build web and distributed applications in AWS and Google Cloud Platform with the bulk of our existing systems in AWS. Our developers work in Go, Python, JavaScript, and Java. We want to go faster without compromising quality or security. Our perfect fit is a collaborative, knowledgeable, energetic, hands-on, and pragmatic engineer who loves to solve problems and build durable solutions. 

Come join a wonderful group of people who happen to be strong software engineers, analysts, and data scientists. We have big DevOps dreams and a lot to do! 

Job Duties
 70% - Delivery & Execution: 
  • Collaborates and pairs with other product team members (UX, engineering, and product management) to create secure, reliable, scalable software solutions 
  • Documents, reviews, and ensures that all quality and change control standards are met 
  • Writes custom code or scripts to automate infrastructure, monitoring services, and test cases 
  • Writes custom code or scripts to do "destructive testing" to ensure adequate resiliency in production 
  • Creates meaningful dashboards, logging, alerting, and responses to ensure that issues are captured and addressed proactively 
  • Drives destructive testing, automation, or engineering empowerment 
  • Identifies unsecured code areas and implements fixes as they are discovered with or without tooling 
  • Contributes to foundational code elements that can be reused many times by a product 
  • Contributes to meaningful architecture diagrams and other documentation needed for security reviews or other interested parties 
  • Defines Service Level Objectives for products to constantly measure their reliability in production and help prioritize backlog work 

20% - Support & Enablement: 
  • Fields questions from other product teams or support teams 
  • Monitors tools and participates in conversations to encourage collaboration across product teams 
  • Provides application support for software running in production 
  • Proactively monitors production Service Level Objectives for products
  • Proactively reviews the performance and capacity of all aspects of production: code, infrastructure, data, and message processing 
  • Triages high priority issues and outages as they arise 

10% - Learning: 
  • Participates in and leads learning activities around modern software design and development core practices (communities of practice) 
  • Proactively views articles, tutorials, and videos to learn about new technologies and best practices being used within other technology organizations 
  • Attends conferences and learns how to apply new technologies where appropriate 

  • Partners with software engineers and data scientists to build secure, usable, efficient tools to enable their work 
  • Measures our development and operational effectiveness
  • Defines problems and solutions facing our development efforts
  • Helps drive our integration and deployment maturity
  • Improves monitoring and alerting 
  • Leads and guides the team in identifying and implementing new technologies which will advance our security awareness
  • Drives adherence with compliance controls 
  • Provides tools employing strong application and data security practices
  • Manages key and password rotation
  • Supports secure, cost-effective use of cloud compute cycles for our support and data science teams 
  • Helps control overall cloud costs 

Qualifications and Skills
  • 5 years experience as a Devops Engineer
  • Ability and enthusiasm to collaborate with a diverse range of people and perspectives
  • Strong Linux system administration background
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of AWS and/or GCP
  • Knowledge of current and emerging deployment and integration technologies and paradigms
  • Strong knowledge of application and web security best practices
  • Experience with GitHub, Jenkins, and multiple test automation tools 
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Java, Go, or Python configuration
  • Experience implementing vulnerability scanning such as AWS Inspector or Qualys in cloud deployments
  • Experience automating patch management for base virtual machine and container images 
  • Experience with configuration Management tools such as Ansible, Chef, Puppet, or similar
  • Experience managing production infrastructure with Terraform, CloudFormation, or similar
  • Experience enabling automated test environments 
  • Experience with container management (Docker, Kubernetes, etc.)

  • Excellent work-life balance 
  • Comprehensive benefit package 
  • Competitive base and bonus package 
  • Generous PTO policy 
  • 401(k) eligible for matching company contribution after one year 
  • Restricted stock grants and Employee Stock Purchase Program 
  • Stocked kitchen with healthy snacks, tons of drinks, and an espresso maker 
  • Lots of team events including weekly catered lunches, happy hours, and other fun outings 
  • Located in the heart of downtown Austin with garage parking provided 
  • The Home Depot is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

 LEGAL DISCLAIMER: BlackLocus and The Home Depot are Equal Opportunity/M/F/Vet/Disabled Employers. Available positions may vary by location. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. ©2005-2019 Home Depot Product Authority, LLC. All rights reserved. Know your rights. Click here to view Federal labor law posters. 
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • GolangLanguages
    • JavaLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases


We are on the top two floors of the Scarbrough Building on the southwest corner of 6th & Congress, with a beautiful view of the Capitol building!

An Insider's view of BlackLocus

What's something quirky about your company?

Within my first few weeks at BlackLocus I was able to see that there’s a community for any interest I may have, e.g., reading, travel, running, volunteering. We all spend a lot of time at work and I feel lucky that I can work at a place that values me as not only a technical professional but also as a person with a multitude of varied interests.


Software Engineer

What projects are you most excited about?

BlackLocus is part of The Home Depot, a retail business. We use clever approaches in data analytics to dream up novel solutions to address age-old retail concerns like pricing, delivery, and assortment at a massive scale. Each new project aims to help drive day-to-day retail decisions and make a major impact in revenue performance.

Crandall Chow

Technical Lead

What makes someone successful on your team?

Success at BlackLocus starts with consistently producing quality work. Quality work here is a result of thinking in systems, defining problems clearly, and finding design-oriented solutions. People who are highly skilled, humble, self-aware, collaborative, energetic, candid, kind, and invested in their work and teammates find success with us.


Director of Engineering

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

My job is to enable all of BlackLocus to do great work! That means being an advocate for and getting to know everyone. For me, that looks like participating in other team’s meetings and finding opportunities for ME to make their work lives better. If you visit our office, come find me in the 8th-floor living room!

Meredith Webb

Senior Manager, Program & Product Operations

What are BlackLocus Perks + Benefits

BlackLocus Benefits Overview

Highly competitive base and bonus
Excellent work-life balance
Health, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability insurance starting day one, FSA/HSA
Generous vacation policy
6 weeks fully paid time off for new parents and 12 weeks maternity leave for birth mothers; an onsite mother’s room
401(k) eligible for matching company contribution after one year
Employee stock purchase program
Downtown Austin office filled with natural light
Garage parking or commuter pass reimbursement
Fully stocked kitchen with a wide variety of healthy snacks, tons of drinks, and an espresso maker
Weekly catered lunches, happy hours and other fun outings

Volunteer in Local Community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends Outside of Work
Eat Lunch Together
Open Door Policy
Open Office Floor Plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and Learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings weekly.
Cross Functional Training Encouraged
Promote from Within
Time Allotted for Learning