Sr. Platform Engineer

| Chicago

At Otus, a fast-growing EdTech company based at 1K Fulton in the West Loop of Chicago, you will work with people passionate about improving the lives of teachers and students. We are a group of talented designers, developers, coaches, and leaders. We love our work and strive to do our best each day.

On our team, you will find musicians, beer enthusiasts, designer toy collectors, table tennis fanatics, and more.

 

Your Role

  • Otus is a building a next generation Platform for EdTech in order to support our transformative vision for K-12 education across the US
  • The team will focus on building a number of cutting edge Platforms and Services to power the business for the next 5-10 years
    • A core HA platform built on public cloud infrastructure for a microservice architecture (Kubernetes).
    • A suite of new microservices and systems written in Node and the JVM (Java, Kotlin, Scala) .
    • Create and own the core libraries and frameworks used to build microservices at Otus - a mix of OSS.and custom libraries that are selected for speed and ease of use.
    • A brand new data and event platform based on high throughput streaming tech (Kafka, Snowflake).
    • Operations tooling, metrics and monitoring (Prometheus).
    • CI/CD pipelines with Blue/Green and Canary deploys (Codefresh).
    • Performance and failure testing (Gatling).
  • You should be able to apply skills and knowledge to operational concerns. Be a developer, not a systems administrator
  • Work across the organization to build out systems that can scale to meet 1000s of requests in less than 1 second in smart and cost-effective ways 
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for 1 or more of our internal systems or services
  • Lead cross-functional initiatives and mentor and guide our engineering staff in the development of new systems and introduction of new technology

 

Your experience

  • Breadth - Substantial experience as an Engineer across multiple environments on complex distributed polyglot systems using Java, Scala, Kotlin, Clojure, Go and/or C++ (5+ years)
  • At least 1 project that demonstrates prowess in designing, implementing, and operating large scale, high throughput, low latency distributed systems
  • At least 1 project that encompasses defining and designing reliable, scalable, distributed systems running on AWS
  • Depth - You can go up and down the stack from deep in the infrastructure up to the data, application, and client layers
  • Speed - Experience with small teams that move fast -- all members are expected to be able to achieve maximum results with minimal direction
  • Ownership and accountability - You own the things that you build  
  • Drive - When you see a need, you fill a need.  You can step in where you see a need and push us all forward

 

Nice to Haves

  • Have built 2 platforms using at least 1 big data technology (Relational and/or Non-relational)
  • Demonstrated experience building solutions around CI, release management, deployment, and monitoring (2 years+)
  • 1 project building Authorization and Authentication backing microservices  
  • Open source contributions to a few major projects

 

Benefits and Perks

  • Competitive salary and stock options 
  • 20 PTO days a year, plus a day off for your birthday (or a loved one), an interest day (to do something you love) and paid holidays  
  • Up to 12 weeks of parental leave, and great work/life balance
  • Flexible hours and work from home policy so you can be at your most productive
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life Insurance and disability benefits
  • 401K with an employer match (up to 4%)
  • Working in arguably the best neighborhood in the city with the excellent food, drinks, coffee and donuts all within walking distance
  • Working in an amazing office building with gym, rooftop deck, frequent social events, shuttle to and from train stations

Otus is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity of every kind. You must be legally authorized to work in the US. Unfortunately, the company is unable to support sponsorships at this time. 

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Technology we use

  • Sales & Marketing
    • PardotLead Gen

Location

Otus is located in the Fulton Market District in Chicago's West Loop. Our building, 1K Fulton, is commonly known as the Google Building.

An Insider's view of Otus

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

The goal is to have a reasonable balance between work and life: our flex-time and work from home policies help!

Jess Haberny

Product Designer

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

Being there, to me, is the most important thing a leader can do to show a team that you care. I genuinely care about the people who work here. I don't sit in an office. I want to be interrupted as much as possible if there is something I can do to help us be better tomorrow than we are today.

Keith Westman

COO

What are Otus Perks + Benefits

Otus Benefits Overview

HEALTHCARE
Otus offers medical, dental, vision coverage, and a HSA.

PTO
Employees have 20 PTO days a year, a day off for your birthday or a loved one's birthday and an interest day for you to do something you love.

PARENTAL LEAVE
We believe that parents are the first, and most important teachers to their children. Employees may take up to 12 weeks of parental leave.

401(K)
Eligible to participate in company 401K Plan

LOCATION
Otus is nestled nicely in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, a diverse and changing neighborhood that once was home to and is still home to a few meat packing businesses. There is a great blend of old and new architecture, the best restaurants Chicago has to offer and plenty of places to grab a drink after work. Otus is headquartered in the new Google building at 1k Fulton.

PERKS
We work in a great building that has an amazing rooftop deck, a gym, frequent social events and a free shuttle to and from train stations (CTA and Metra).

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
On tap, no. Stocked fridge including Heady Topper (usually around August), yes.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Currently, Radio is the most frequent visitor. However, Charlie, Pepperoni, Cali, and Jack come by every now and then.
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Acme Co. hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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