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Springer Science & Business Media LLC Senior DevOps Engineer in New York, New York

Senior DevOps Engineer

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Date: Oct 3, 2022

New York, US

Washington, US

Springer Nature Group

Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology since 1845. Scientific American has 3.5 million print and tablet readers worldwide, more than 7.5 million visitors on, and appears in 13 translated editions, which are read in more than 30 countries.

About the Springer Nature Group

Springer Nature opens the doors to discovery for researchers, educators, clinicians and other professionals. Every day, around the globe, our imprints, books, journals, platforms and technology solutions reach millions of people. For over 175 years our brands and imprints have been a trusted source of knowledge to these communities and today, more than ever, we see it as our responsibility to ensure that fundamental knowledge can be found, verified, understood and used by our communities - enabling them to improve outcomes, make progress, and benefit the generations that follow.

About Scientific American

Scientific American covers the most important and exciting research, ideas and knowledge in science, health, technology, the environment and society. It is committed to sharing trustworthy knowledge, enhancing our understanding of the world, and advancing social justice. Founded 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States. It has published articles by more than 200 Nobel Prize winners and reaches more than 6 million people around the world each month through its website, print and digital editions, newsletters and app. It reaches millions more through social media and other platforms.

Purpose of the Role

The Senior DevOps Engineer is responsible for designing, operating, and implementing services supporting digital product development and operations for Scientific American. Reporting into the VP of Product + Technology, Scientific American (SA), this role serves to lead the technology operations effort, requiring someone with experience in designing process and managing operations for cloud services, database, backend and API administration, deployments, best practices for secure implementations, incident response and other typical devops tasks.

Flexible work arrangements are available for this role.


Design, implement and maintain deployment, regression, monitoring and general operating processes for our cloud-hosted web services as well as manage the development environment, all with a focus on automation

Improve monitoring that alerts on symptoms rather than on outages

Manage infrastructure scaling

Define and implement best security practices, including collaborating with corporate compliance and security

Document operating processes, configurations, and incident responses

Manage outage/incident response including defining on-call responsibilities incorporating other team members

Participate in architecture definition and design

Manage logging and other debugging metrics

Troubleshoot website functionality issues and develop creative technical solutions as required

Ensure sites are high performance, scalable and comply with security standards

Collaborate with management to set appropriate project goals, deliverables and timetables

Contribute to the definition of reliability and performance metrics for technology products and work to contribute solutions for meeting/improving on those KPIs

Evaluate new tools and techniques as needed and keep up with latest industry trends on an ongoing basis

Manage/improve/maintain infrastructure as code (currently CloudFormation) for our cloud services and CDN (Fastly) configuration

Improve and streamline server and proxy cache configuration (Nginx/Varnish)

Additional responsibilities as needed

Experience, Skills & Qualifications

University degree with in computer science, computer engineering or equivalent experience

4+ years of Cloud DevOps experience, with demonstrable experience using AWS

Very strong preference for candidates with experience in publishing/digital media/consumer facing media

Understanding of containerization and orchestration tools such as Docker, Docker Swarm, ECS, and Kubernetes

Experience and familiarity with security best practices

Experience using APMs and other application performance profiling techniques

Hands on engineering experience, ideally with Java/CFML, MySQL and NoSQL data stores, NodeJS,

GitHub, Continuous Integration Systems

Data and Automation Driven - you value observability and strive to quantify the value of product changes whenever possible

If you are an internal candidate please inform your line manager.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Medical, Dental and Vision

Life and AD&D


Flexible Spending Accounts

Transit Accounts

Tuition Assistance

Summer Hours


For information about ourResearch Editorial and Publishing career opportunities please visitthe new Springer Nature E&P website at.

Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services.

Springer Nature is the world's largest academic book publisher, publisher of the world's highest impact journals and a pioneer in the field of open research. The company numbers almost 13,000 staff in over 50 countries and has a turnover of approximately EUR 1.5 billion. Springer Nature was formed in 2015 through the merger of Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Education and Springer Science+Business Media.

At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.

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