DevOps Engineer

Sydney, NSW

About Akuna:

Akuna Capital is an innovative trading firm with a strong focus on collaboration, cutting-edge technology, data driven solutions and automation. We specialize in providing liquidity as an options market-maker – meaning we are committed to providing competitive quotes that we are willing to both buy and sell. To do this successfully we design and implement our own low latency technologies, trading strategies and mathematical models.

Our Founding Partners, including Akuna’s CEO Andrew Killion, first conceptualized Akuna in their hometown of Sydney. They opened the firm’s first office in 2011 in the heart of the derivatives industry and the options capital of the world – Chicago. Today, Akuna is proud to operate from additional offices in Sydney, Shanghai, and Boston.

Akuna Sydney opened in early 2018 and is at the center of Akuna’s Asian trading operations. Akuna’s focus in Asia is currently trading HK, Korea, cryptocurrencies and US night markets and is looking to expand to trading on all major Asian exchanges. Employees will work together towards achieving Akuna’s goals across all areas of the business, including trading and desk buildout, cutting-edge research and data analysis, strategy creation, and building ultra-low-latency trading systems that are tailored to local market conditions.

What you’ll do as a DevOps Engineer at Akuna:

This is an exciting role where you will be given the opportunity to take ownership of projects and make them your own. At Akuna, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our efficiency as we continue to grow. As a DevOps Engineer, you will work closely with our Trading, Development, IT Infrastructure, and Operations teams on a daily basis. You will help to set standards and policies, design and automate processes around application deployment, hardware provisioning, and monitoring of our trading systems, and create build pipelines. In this role, you will:

  • Provision, configure, optimize, and monitor technologies such as Kubernetes, Spark, Kafka, and large-scale distributed databases
  • Automate infrastructure management and development pipelines with tools like Terraform, Ansible, Jenkins, and Cloud Formation
  • Explore new technologies in the cloud-native/container ecosystem
  • Manage a globally distributed hybrid-cloud infrastructure
  • Work with Systems Engineering and Development to monitor systems, clusters and cloud deployments to detect errors and monitor performance
  • Adhere to the engineering approach of creating and maintaining supportable production systems with performance and capacity in mind
  • Work with Development teams to automate container-based deployment pipelines and CI Systems

Qualities that make great candidates:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or similar field
  • 2+ years of experience in a mid- or senior level position within a DevOps team
  • Experience working with Linux in large distributed systems
  • Experience managing large scale cloud deployment (i.e. AWS, Google Cloud)
  • Experience with Docker, Kubernetes and public/private Cloud infrastructure preferred
  • Experience with orchestration, configuration management, and full-stack monitoring systems is a plus
  • Experience with CI/CD processes
  • Experience with databases such as Cassandra, Postgres, Druid, Redshift, Dynamo, Mongo, Influx, and Prometheus a plus
  • Comfortable scripting in languages like Bash and Python
  • A technologist who is passionate about their field and able to show deep technical credibility to their team and the wider company
  • Hands-on, collaborative working style, with the ability to build relationships with multiple teams
  • Demonstrated experience taking strategic risks and pushing forward technology initiatives
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