Backend/Senior Backend Golang Engineer, Verify:Runner


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The GitLab DevOps platform empowers 100,000+ organizations to deliver software faster and more efficiently. We are one of the world’s largest all-remote companies with 2,000+ team members and values that guide a culture where people embrace the belief that everyone can contribute.

This Backend Engineer (Intermediate or Senior) position for our Verify:Runner group is 100% remote.

The Runner feature is central to the overall company product and mission, in this role you'll have the opportunity to help shape what it looks like for years to come. Helping to build it so it can handle scale x10 what it can now. 

Our Verify:Runner group is primarily responsible for the GitLab-Runner. The GitLab-Runner is the interface between the rest of GitLab and a user's CI infrastructure. Whether CI is running on a cluster of Raspberry Pi’s, a super-computer, or, as in the case with, thousands of virtual machines running in the cloud - it’s the GitLab-Runner that makes this happen. Each week GitLab-Runners process millions of jobs for, and our docker images are downloaded hundreds-of-millions of times. The focus of this role will be to work on the Runner SaaS team, to develop and support the GitLab-Runners on as we continue to scale GitLab CI.

Check out the 15.6 Release Video or this Verify:Runner direction page to get a feel for what the team is working on.

What’s great about working at GitLab?

The culture here at GitLab is something we’re incredibly proud of. Some of the benefits you’ll be entitled to vary by the region or country you’re in. However, all GitLab team members are fully remote and receive a "no ask, must tell" paid-time-off policy, where we don’t count the number of days you take off annually -- instead, we focus on your results. You can work the hours you choose, enabled by our asynchronous approach to communication

What you'll do in this role

  • Contribute to and influence the overall direction of GitLab-Runner development.
  • Lead efforts to scale the infrastructure of the GitLab-Runners powering
  • Solve technical problems related to the SaaS runners, you're excited by solving problems related to performance and scale
  • Actively seek out difficult impediments to our efficiency as a team ("technical debt"), propose and implement solutions that will enable the entire team to iterate faster
  • Confidently ship large features and improvements with minimal guidance and support from other team members. Collaborate with the team on larger projects.
You should apply if you bring:
  • Professional experience working in Golang
  • Significant experience scaling SaaS products.
  • Experience with profiling and debugging best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience with any major cloud provider.
  • Experience building, operating and maintaining resilient, scalable distributed services.
  • Proficiency in the English language, both written and verbal, sufficient for success in a remote and largely asynchronous work environment.
  • Experience working in a highly agile, intensely iterative software development process
  • A desire to mentor and help fellow engineers grow.
You'll stand out if you bring
  • Experience with development in Ruby on Rails.
  • Experience in technical leadership roles.
  • Demonstrated experience working with docker and kubernetes.
  • Demonstrated experience with infrastructure-as-code tools such as Terraform, chef, ansible.

Also, we know it’s tough, but please try to avoid the ​​confidence gap​.​​ You don’t have to match all the listed requirements exactly to be considered for this role.

Our hiring process for this Backend Engineer position typically follows four stages. The details of this process and our leveling structure can be found on our job family page.


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Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page

The base salary range for this role’s listed level is currently $107,500 - $218,800 for Colorado residents and $107,500 - $218,800 for New York and New Jersey residents only. Grade level and salary ranges are determined through interviews and a review of education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities of the applicant, equity with other team members, and alignment with market data. See more information on our benefits and equity. Sales roles are also eligible for incentive pay targeted at up to 100% of the offered base salary.


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