Senior Cloud Engineer - Remote Opportunity at KinderCare Education

| Portland, OR
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About KinderCare Education®

KinderCare Education operates more than 1,380 early learning centers, and more than 560 Champions sites, supported by a corporate team of nearly 600 headquarters employees in Portland, Oregon. In 2019, KinderCare Education earned their third Gallup Great Workplace Award - one of only 39 companies worldwide to win this award.
  • In neighborhoods with ourKinderCare®Learning Centersthat offer early childhood education and child care for children six weeks to 12 years old
  • At work through KinderCare Education at Work™, family benefits for employers including on-site and near-site early learning centers and back-up care for last-minute child care
  • In local schools with ourChampions®before and after-school programs.
Job Summary:

Kindercare is undertaking a transformation of its technology footprint, adopting a cloud first strategy. As part of this journey, we are seeking a Senior Cloud Engineer to help drive the design, implementation, and modernization of our technology stacks. This Engineer will be critical to the cloud first strategy developing, deploying, and migrating our technologies to the AWS cloud.

In this position you will be using tools such as Chef, Terraform, and Cloud Formation to deliver infrastructure as code. You will design and implement technologies using best of breed products and will drive a consumable cloud infrastructure. You will work on determining, deploying, and enforcing standards and governance in AWS.
The optimal candidates will be those able to leverage deep experience with systems infrastructure and also bring a track record of continual learning and examples of adopting new technologies to meet business needs. You will also be instrumental in developing process and policies and serve as a technology evangelist for your teammates. This is an ideal opportunity for a candidate with a great Systems and Cloud background to drive modernization of our infrastructure capabilities.

Candidates should have experience supporting corporate and public facing environments and associated applications in an agile environment. Along with necessary technical skills and experience, candidates should be open communicators and enjoy working in a dynamic, team environment. Additionally, they should have the desire and skills to contribute in other areas across the IT environment, as needed to support business demands.

Kindercare runs predominantly on Windows Server based solutions but has a growing footprint of open source, cloud native, and containerized workloads.

Essential Functions:
• Develop and implement cloud first solutions in a dynamic and growing environment.• Establish deep knowledge of Kindercare systems and applications• Transform, build, and maintain infrastructure as code• Drive recommendations for the design and implementation of new technology solutions to support Kindercare IT Cloud infrastructure.• Develop and maintain Infrastructure as Code for all AWS services, including Cloudfront, ALB's, Security Groups, WAF, etc.• Ensure company standards and policies are addressed in all implementations and are also followed by service providers and external vendors.• Provide capacity planning strategies to ensure system scalability and functionality.• Collaborate with Info Sec on planning and deployment of related security solutions.• Collaborate with development teams on server configuration standards and best practices.• Take on other related tasks in supporting Kindercare IT infrastructure including on premises VMWare based workloads.• Act as technical leader for IT infrastructure, continually striving to align business requirements with technology roadmaps• Ability to work independently or as part of a team with remote resources. Great communications skills are a must.

Working Conditions:
Work is to be performed in a remote (work from home) environment. Occasional travel, including overnight stays, may be required.

This position will require participating in an on-call rotation for escalation purposes.

• 10 years of experience supporting IT Infrastructure platforms, Operating Systems, and applications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Experience using Chef, Puppet or similar configuration management tools.• Experience in using Terraform or Cloud Formation to deliver infrastructure as code.• Experience with implementation and operation of IT infrastructures in public cloud environments such as AWS or Azure - AWS Certification preferred.• Good knowledge of scripting languages such as Python, Ruby and Powershell• Understanding of code clarity concepts• Superior written and verbal communication skills.• Great ability to work remotely without direct supervision• Understanding of standard 3 tier application architectures. • Solid understanding of Windows Server infrastructure. MCSA/MCSE preferred.• Linux OS engineering experience desired • Demonstrated ability to solve complex systems problems quickly with little technical guidance• Demonstrated ability to build relationships with business, and technology stakeholders• Demonstrated ability to implement business-driven solutions in a complex environment• Results driven mentality• Passion for technology and providing superior service• Demonstrated ability and commitment to continual learning

Our highest priority has always been to keep our employees, children, families, and communities as safe and healthy as possible. Starting October 18, 2021, we began requiring COVID vaccinations or weekly COVID testing for all unvaccinated employees who are required to be in a KinderCare Education community space or workspace to perform their work (center, National Support Center, and offsite meeting environments). We are also subject to state law, local ordinances, and Health Department requirements for employees working in child care and school facilities.

KinderCare Education employs more than 32,000 team members across 1,700 locations nationwide. Our devoted family of education providers leads the nation in accreditation and includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, KinderCare Education at Work®, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs, Cambridge Schools™, Knowledge Beginnings® and The Grove School®.

KinderCare Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.
More Information on KinderCare Education
KinderCare Education operates in the Edtech industry. The company is located in Portland, OR. KinderCare Education was founded in 1969. It has 35000 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 31 open jobs at KinderCare Education, click here.
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