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DevOps engineer job description

09 January 2024, by Josh Nel

When scaling your team, finding the right DevOps engineer can be a challenge. A poor hiring decision can lead to setbacks, low-quality code, and wasted time. To ensure the right developers are applying for your role, we unpack what you need to include in a DevOps engineer job description and the most important DevOps job requirements.

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DevOps engineer job description

A well-crafted DevOps job description is a key first step to ensure that the right people are applying for the role. Your job description should include the following information:

  • The position name
  • Your company’s name
  • The roles’ key responsibilities
  • Minimum experience and qualifications for the position, and
  • Key benefits you’re offering as part of your compensation package

When creating a job description, setting up a role scorecard can help you identify the essential skills and responsibilities for the position.

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DevOps engineer roles and responsibilities

Before deciding on the specific responsibilities for a DevOps engineer, it is important to understand the core skills to look out for when looking for top DevOps engineers:

  • Deploying applications and services using containerisation and orchestration technologies, such as Docker and Kubernetes.
  • Creating continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines with tools such as Gitlab and Github Actions.
  • Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) tools such as Terraform, Ansible or Chef, or directly with the cloud providers such as AWS CDK, Azure Resource Manager, and Google Deployment Manager.
  • Cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Service, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.
  • YAML
  • Sysadmin fundamentals.
  • Mastery of *nix (Linux, macOS, FreeBSD) and/or Windows shells.
  • Version control systems, such as Git.
  • Networking and security principles.
  • Agile methodologies

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the most common DevOps engineer roles and responsibilities:

  • Develop, maintain, and enhance CI/CD pipelines to automate the build, test, and deployment processes.
  • Implement and improve deployment strategies to enable faster and more reliable software releases.
  • Use IaC tools like Terraform, Ansible, or Puppet to automate infrastructure provisioning, configuration, and management.
  • Identify repetitive manual tasks and automate them to improve efficiency and reduce human error.
  • Write scripts and code to automate infrastructure and application-related processes.
  • Implement and manage version control systems like Git, including branching and merging strategies.
  • Work with containerization technologies like Docker and container orchestration platforms like Kubernetes to manage and scale containerized applications.
  • Set up and configure monitoring tools to track the health and performance of systems and applications.
  • Define alerting thresholds and response procedures for incidents.
  • Implement log collection, aggregation, and analysis solutions to troubleshoot issues and monitor system activity.
  • Implement security best practices in all aspects of DevOps, including access control, vulnerability scanning, and compliance checks.
  • Collaborate with security teams to ensure secure code and infrastructure.
  • Foster communication and collaboration between development and operations teams to ensure a shared understanding and common goals.
  • Promote a culture of cross-functional teamwork.
  • Identify performance bottlenecks and optimize systems for better resource utilization and user experience.
  • Plan and implement disaster recovery strategies to ensure data and application availability in case of failures.
  • Monitor resource utilization and plan for capacity upgrades or scaling to accommodate increased demand.
  • Maintain clear and up-to-date documentation for processes, configurations, and best practices.
  • Keep the team informed about new technologies and best practices and provide training when necessary.
  • Respond to and resolve incidents in a timely manner, utilizing monitoring and logging tools for diagnostics.
  • Analyze system performance and costs to make recommendations for improvements and cost savings.
  • Stay up-to-date with industry trends, new technologies, and emerging tools relevant to DevOps practices.

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