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Senior DevOps Engineer
San Mateo, CA

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Job Description

Motif is building innovative investment products and making them universally accessible. We're a technology-driven investing company, who's award-winning platform allows investors to trade intelligently weighted baskets of stocks built around a theme or investing style. Only at Motif can investors buy fractional shares (i.e., $100 of AMZN stock) in real-time, participate in hundreds of IPOs, and very soon add cryptoassets to their portfolio.

We're a fun, hard-working team passionate about shipping high-quality products. Headquartered in sunny San Mateo, California, we're backed by top-tier investors such as Goldman Sachs, J.P.Morgan, Foundation Capital and have been recognized as a pioneer in the investing space by Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, CNBC, Finnovate, NerdWallet, and others.

Job Overview

Do you:

love working in an environment where you constantly experiment and iterate quickly

think that the console is evil

smile when you see an article about the merits of serverless compute because you already built an app with it last year

know that hacker news is not where the hackers go, but you do know where they go

prefer cattle to pets

wonder as to the right application of merkle trees

vehemently advocate for the benefits of CI and CD

Identify with the above?

Some principles guiding our engineers: "Always be shipping", "Value delivery", "Strive for perfect", and "Don't be afraid to fail". Ultimately, we are excited about our impact on the world and are looking for engineers who are curious, generous and can hustle in a fast-paced environment.

You get a lot of creative freedom to solve your tasks and you are responsible for the whole lifecycle of every feature from initial requirements to release, ops and follow-up.


Work with the team to design and build the next generation trading platform capable of trading across asset types like securities and crypto.

Develop deployment automation and continuous delivery workflows

Keep abreast of emerging behaviors, technologies, and companies across the electronic trading and crypto asset landscapes.

Focus on fast, iterative & agile development and also shepherd agile practices and processes

Ensure performance, scalability, availability & security in everything you do

On the front line to resolve and troubleshoot operational issues

Contribute to platform-level technology, strategy & decisions

Engage in the business goals as well as the technology


BS, or equivalent work experience, in Computer Science, Math, or related technical field (experience writing good software is a suitable replacement for a technical degree)

Five years of TechOps/DevOps experience

In-depth knowledge of the AWS ecosystem, certification is a big plus

Hands on experience with scalable, HA web application architecture

Experience with Infrastructure as code, Distributed System Design, cloud platforms (AWS)

Proficiency in a programming language such as Python

Strong background in Linux/Unix administration

Strong MySQL knowledge is a plus

Experience in automation/configuration management systems like Ansible, Chef, Puppet

Strong capabilities of observation, analysis, synthesis

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Past co-workers attest to your prowess & agility in building great products

Technologies we use:

Infrastructure: AWS (and non-cloud hosted compute)

Datastores: MySQL, DynamoDB, Redshift, S3

Data Processing: Lambda, Kinesis, RabbitMQ, Spark

Microservices: Spring, Play, Docker, Elastic Beanstalk, ECS, Zookeeper

Search: Elasticsearch

Workflow scheduling: Airflow

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