Site Reliability Engineer (Contract)

| Chicago

Solstice is an innovation and emerging technology firm that helps Fortune 500 companies seize new opportunities through groundbreaking digital solutions. As strategists and consultants, we help organizations evolve their digital strategy to solve mission-critical problems. As designers and developers, we build incredible digital solutions that transcend a standalone product and transform an organization’s relationship with its customers.

Solstice is looking for a high-performing, passionate, and creative Site Reliability Engineer that understands the importance of deploying and building quality software at high-speeds through automated streamlined operations and processes to achieve a business outcome. Skilled in designing, building and maintaining tools for deployment, monitoring, and operations. In addition to troubleshooting, resolving issues across several environments in order to enable development teams to quickly deliver digital products for customers. 

Responsibilities:

  • Design and develop products and major components which serve millions of user.
  • Design, Develop tools and automation to minimize delivery time and increase developer productivity.
  • Ensure products scale and perform consistently and reliably.
  • Support services before they go live through activities such as system design consulting, developing software platforms and frameworks, capacity planning and launch reviews.
  • Maintain services once they are live by measuring and monitoring availability, latency, and overall system health.
  • Scale systems sustainably through mechanisms like automation, and evolve systems by pushing for changes that improve reliability and velocity.
  • Practice sustainable incident response and blameless postmortems.
  • Develop and maintain effective dashboards using instrumentation tools (New Relic, Librato).

Needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or equivalent software engineering and product development experience.
  • Highly analytical, detail oriented and ability to work with complex logic.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Working experience with Linux system (Debian based).
  • Experience with programming languages such as Java, .NET, Javascript and/or Scala.
  • Experience managing and deploying full stack, distributed services.
  • Experience with frameworks such as Spring.
  • High-level shell fluency + one or more scripting languages (Python, Perl, or similar).
  • Experience with a cloud technology such as GCP, Azure, Heroku, PCF, AWS and/or other highly scalable cloud environments.
  • Experience with system automation tools (Kubernetes, Spinnaker, Ansible, Chef, Puppet, Salt Stack, Jenkins etc.).
  • Experience designing and developing highly scalable messaging platforms.
  • Experience working on Linux and/or Windows.

Desired:

  • Experience with container technologies (Docker, Vagrant, LXC, etc).
  • Experience with monitoring, alerting, and pipeline analysis tools (Nagios, Sensu, Graphite, Riemann, Logstash, etc.).
  • Experience with SQL/NoSQL systems such as PostgresSQL, MongoDB, Redis, Cassandra, DynamoDB, etc.
  • Experience with queuing/data-pipelining solutions (Storm, RabbitMQ, Amazon Kinesis, ZeroMQ, Kafka, etc.).
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • SwiftLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • AngularFrameworks
    • Google AnalyticsAnalytics
    • IllustratorDesign
    • TrelloManagement
    • RallyManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

We're in a great tech-focused building right by Ogilvie and Union Station in the West Loop.

An Insider's view of Solstice

What are some social events your company does?

Solstice celebrates holidays with our office in Argentina - our US offices have introduced Argentina to Halloween, and the Buenos Aires office introduced the US to “Friends Day” in July. We also have a book club, a board game club, football and a Bachelor fantasy draft, co-rec sports, wine tastings and happy hours to celebrate new hires.

Andrea

Principal

What does your typical day look like?

No day is the same! The strategy team is the ideas hub within Solstice. We provide our clients with innovative digital approaches to their business challenges through hands-on ideation workshops as well as business, consumer and market insights. We partner closely with our cross-functional teams to drive and develop these recommendations.

Palak

Sr. Digital Strategist

What makes someone successful on your team?

Successful team members put their own needs behind the needs of their teammates. In practice, this often manifests as empowering, challenging and encouraging teammates to step outside their comfort zone. Team members who lead others to success are far more successful than those who work only to serve themselves.

Andrew

Technical Principal

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

As a digital innovation firm, creativity is in our DNA. We hold an annual 24-hour innovation blitz, to harness the creativity of our employees. We stop all client work and self-organize in teams centered around employee ideas for solving problems with emerging technologies.Many of these ideas have gone on to become tools that make our clients.

Kelly

CEO

What are Solstice Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
From sponsored 5Ks, Lunch & Learns, and a discounted gym membership, our Wellness Committee enables a workplace that encourages environmental and social support of a healthy lifestyle.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some of our favorites include our New Hire Happy Hours, our company-wide holiday party, our annual volunteer event (Pay It FWD), and team outings!
Game Room
Solstice's game room is decked out with snacks, a ping pong table, Wii games, a shuffleboard, and board games for all employees to use when they need a break.
Stocked Kitchen
Our Office Management team helps to ensure that we always have fruit, coffee (brewed & a fancy espresso machine!), tea, snacks available, and all of the flavored LaCroix that we can handle.
Some Meals Provided
Solstice celebrates our employee's birthdays with a monthly breakfast or lunch that the whole company is able to attend.
Happy Hours
Company-wide happy hours, as well as team happy hours are common at Solstice. The themes and locations differ, but they are always a good time!
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
We offer a wide range of training programs like Solstice University and a mentor program. All full-time employees also receive $5,000 annually to pursue professional development.
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Solstice is committed to positively impact, promote, support, and raise awareness of diverse communities in the Technology industry with the leadership of our Diversity Committee.

Additional Perks + Benefits

We have a variety of fun perks at Solstice, but our favorites focus on employee development! We know that investing in employee development is crucial to our success as a growing and forward thinking firm. All full-time employees have an annual personal training budget and time off. Employees will use this to take classes, buy materials, and go to conferences. We also have our internal training program Solstice U, a mentorship program, and knowledge sharing through discipline circles and Lunch and Learns!

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