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Senior Backend Engineer, Delivery: Releases



Software Engineering
Americas · Remote
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2024

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The Delivery Group is responsible for guaranteeing and improving the software delivery for, as well as for self-managed users by improving the release management tooling and processes. Delivery engineers work closely with teams across Development, Test, Security, and Production Engineering to ensure features are delivered in a safe, scalable and efficient fashion.


Backend Engineers with Delivery:Releases specialization work alongside Site Reliability Engineers with a focus primarily on improving release management tooling and processes. While the SRE's approach their responsibilities from an operational perspective, Backend Engineers approach the same problems from a software developer point of view and collaborate closely on finding an optimal solution that will safely and quickly deliver code to various supported environments.

  • Guarantee the GitLab Release Process
  • Create new tools and frameworks to automate the release process
  • Build new GitLab release features to replace existing custom tooling
  • Work with individual teams on defining and implementing solutions that will help them release quicker
  • Create frameworks that allow engineers to write code that scales with demand
  • Help teams instrument their code and helps recognize parts of code that could benefit from increased observability
  • Work closely with peer Infrastructure teams to control the impact of application code running in user facing products
  • Help communicate the release schedule clearly with others
  • Develop monitoring and alerting to measure release process velocity
  • Identify process bottlenecks and introduce optimizations
  • Participate in Release Manager rotation


As an ideal candidate, you will have

  • Proficiency with Ruby, experience with Ruby on Rails as a plus
  • Boundless curiosity and a demonstrable ability to learn
  • Experience working on large scale systems
  • Experience optimizing Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment pipelines as well as the tooling and processes that go with them
  • A strong application and systems observability background
  • A product development mindset when developing new components

You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.

Performance indicators

The Delivery team has the following performance indicators:

Mean Time to Production

The base salary range for this role’s listed level is currently for residents of listed locations 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.
Colorado/Washington pay range
$117,600$226,800 USD
California/Hawaii/New York/New Jersey pay range
$117,600$252,000 USD

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