Principal DevOps Engineer

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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The Infrastructure team is responsible for the platform, tools, and infrastructure supporting Avant's customer-facing products. As a team member, you will be developing tools to create and maintain cloud infrastructure, automate the management of complex service-oriented applications, and develop frameworks to ensure the Avant platform's stability and scalability.
What you do

  • Design, develop, and deploy infrastructure solutions using modern cloud technologies (e.g., AWS, Google Cloud Platform).
  • Implement automation and orchestration tools to streamline provisioning, deployment, and management of infrastructure and services.
  • Collaborate with software engineering teams to design scalable and resilient architectures for applications/services.
  • Monitor and troubleshoot platform performance issues, ensuring high availability and optimal resource utilization.
  • Continuously optimize infrastructure and processes to improve reliability, scalability, and cost-efficiency.
  • Stay updated on industry trends and best practices in platform engineering, incorporating new technologies and methodologies as appropriate.

Why you're a fit

  • Strong development experience in a modern programming language: E.g., Python, Ruby, Go, or Bash.
  • Proven experience in platform engineering or a related role, with a strong understanding of cloud computing concepts and technologies.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to articulate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Experience creating and working with containers and leveraging container orchestration tools such as Kubernetes and technologies such as Karpenter, KEDA.
  • Experience building and managing highly available public cloud infrastructure and services.
  • Experience with standard infrastructure-as-code provisioning and configuration management tools.
  • Experience supporting relational and non-relational databases, messages busses, caching services, and other data persistence tools.
  • Experience developing CI/CD workflows, GitHub Actions.
  • Experience with migrating services and workflows to new platforms
  • Familiarity with standard monitoring, logging, and observability platforms, we use Datadog, Sentry.
  • Familiarity with Amazon Web Services, Terraform, Helm, Vault, Ansible, Spacelift
  • Experience with Databricks for data engineering and analytics tasks.
  • Familiarity with Airflow for orchestrating complex data workflows.
  • Solid understanding of networking concepts, security best practices, and containerization technologies.

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We believe that a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences helps us create the most innovative solutions for our customers. We invite you to apply to our positions even if you do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed in the description. If you're passionate about our mission and aligned to our values, we hope you'll come contribute to our awesome culture.
Why Avant is the place for you:
At Avant, we believe our values make a difference:
Authenticity. We show up to work as our whole selves and make sure others can too.
Collaboration. We can only succeed when we do so as a team.
Problem-Solving. The harder the problem, the more satisfying the solution.
Customer. We are all owners of the customer experience.
Initiative. Plan. Adapt. Get Sh!t Done.
We believe that great ideas come from anyone and anywhere, that everyone is an owner who drives change, and that we have more fun when we work together. We're problem solvers who love collaborating with intelligent and highly-motivated people to reshape the face of digital banking. Avant offers terrific perks and benefits, fun social events with employees who actually like hanging out together, and a flexible growth environment where trying your hand at new projects and being the active owner of your career path is encouraged and supported.
Some of our benefits include:

  • Choice of great Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Plan options
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off
  • Flexible Work Environment
  • Generous Paid Parental Leave
  • Lunch Allowance (Fooda) and In-office Snacks
  • WFH Stipends for our Remote Employees
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning for Professional Development
  • No Meeting Wednesdays - (a.k.a. planned time to Get Sh!t Done)
  • Summer Fridays
  • Fun In-Office and Virtual Social Events
  • And who doesn't love the swag

This position may require you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If required, you'll be asked to provide proof that you're fully vaccinated upon your start date or before working in or visiting our Chicago office. You're considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you receive the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). Failure to provide proof of vaccination may result in termination. Subject to applicable law and requests for accommodation.

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An Insider's view of Avant

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

The diversity of characteristics that make up our team is what makes Avant great. We proactively explore ways to play to the strengths and uniqueness of our culture and stay connected whether Avantees are in person or remote. We are working hard to preserve the key elements of our culture — which are centered around relationships — as we scale.
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What does your typical day look like?

It starts with reviewing my project prioritization list to determine whether anything should be modified (Legal follows the agile methodology for project management). Then I usually spend my day meeting with business and risk partners where I act as a strategic legal partner. From there, I take the necessary action to address and clear my list.
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How has your career grown since starting at the company?

As soon as I started, it was clear that I had the ability to make a difference at the company. My feedback was taken seriously and resulted in multiple different operational changes even though I was in an entry level position. I’ve now been with Avant for more than 9.5 years, and in that time I’ve held more than seven different roles.
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What is your vision for the company?

Put simply, our focus is on moving financial lives forward. We do this by offering credit products designed to be within reach for the millions of Americans with non-prime credit. These individuals have historically been underserved and don’t have a lot of options, but we want to change that.
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How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Avant has a deeply ingrained culture of understanding and empathy towards parents. We all wear multiple hats, and Avant respects that being a parent is one of the most critical roles we can play. From flexible hours to managers encouraging parents to attend their child’s school events, Avantees are encouraged to prioritize their duties as parents.
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What are Avant Perks + Benefits

Avant Benefits Overview

We offer group Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, generous parental leave, commuter benefits, and unlimited vacation time. We have a gym on site at our Chicago office and other great perks like a fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap, casual dress code, a newly-remodeled office on the Chicago River, and company happy hours.

Volunteer in local community
We love being in Chicago! We'll run donation drives for local schools, pack lunches for city shelters, host events for young people interested in fintech, and whatever else comes up!
Partners with nonprofits
In 2022, Avant engaged with the community by mentoring underrepresented students and demystifying STEM careers, providing school supplies to children in foster care and cleaning up local parks
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Quarterly engagement surveys
Hybrid work model
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
Our remote work program includes work from home and the option for most employees to work remotely as needed.
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity employee resource groups
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Avant's adoption assistance plan provides reimbursement of adoption-related expenses for up to $5,000 per adoption, for up to two adoptions.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Floating holidays
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free daily meals
In-office Avantees receive a meal stipend for $10/day meal delivery right to our kitchen.
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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