Software Engineer, DevOps Team, Wirecutter

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Job Description

About the position

Wirecutter is seeking an experienced, self-motivated, and detail-oriented Software Engineer to join the DevOps team. You will play a key role in identifying, building, and maintaining developer tooling to improve engineering efficiency and help shape the team's roadmap in the future. Your work will improve the lives of other engineers by building and documenting novel solutions to common problems.

The DevOps team has an organization-wide impact by ensuring Wirecutter's website infrastructure is secure, scalable and reliable. Qualified candidates are cross-disciplined, eagerly take initiative, think critically, communicate clearly, collaborate, solve problems, and accelerate DevOps engineering without sacrificing reliability. You should be inquisitive, helpful, excited to move forward through varying levels of problem solving, and unafraid to jump into challenging projects and try new things.

We have a respectful and inclusive culture that values learning, creative problem solving, supportive teamwork, and shipping value. We support each other and celebrate successes together. We are a distributed team that empowers individuals and practices continuous deployment. You should be comfortable working remotely, and, ideally, you have experience working with distributed engineering teams.

Wirecutter is powered by a modern web stack consisting of a variety of languages and frameworks including: Fastly, a mix of AWS resources, and in-house and customized applications connected via Apollo GraphQL.

We are looking for engineers with a few years' experience solving these types of problems, but time is not necessarily a measure of leveling, and we will work to level candidates to Wirecutter's career levels during the hiring process.

  • Collaborate across teams to improve Wirecutter's engineering tooling
  • Design and implement software solutions that improve engineering efficiency
  • Draft standards and documentation for our infrastructure, tools, and processes
  • Standardize developer tooling across the engineering department
  • Participate in stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives at the team level and higher
  • Mentor and grow peers in new technologies and approaches
  • Research, document, note trade-offs and recommended potential solutions to tooling changes
  • Lead by example by giving both positive and constructive feedback to improve Wirecutter.

  • Relevant experience developing and supporting tools for engineers (e.g. Docker)
  • Experience with deploying and managing AWS services, such as S3, Lambda, API Gateway, ECS, EC2, ALB, RDS, ElastiCache, CloudFront, etc.
  • Experience with Terraform or other Infrastructure-as-Code Tools
  • Experience in one or more scripting languages
  • Experience building and maintaining scalable and resilient tools and processes
  • Experience with continuous integration, continuous delivery, and infrastructure automation.
  • Experience in Unix/Linux systems
  • Strong proactive cross-functional collaboration skills and ability to drive results
  • Bias towards action
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas verbally and in writing.
  • Growth mindset

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter helps people buy the right things for the way they want to live. The site was founded by journalists in September 2011 and was acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Our recommendations are made through vigorous reporting, interviewing, and testing by teams of veteran journalists, scientists, and researchers. Consider us a best-of list for everyday things; a curated gallery filled with only interesting, useful objects; a thank-you note to the designers and engineers who create the stuff that makes our lives better; a geeky friend with next-level research skills who tests everything they buy so you don't have to. The point is to make buying great gear quickly easier so you can get on with living your life.

We pride ourselves on following rigorous journalistic standards and ethics, and we maintain editorial independence from our business operations. Our recommendations are always made entirely by our editorial team without input from our revenue team, and our writers and editors are never made aware of any business relationships. Wirecutter is mission driven and reader supported; learn more about us here.


Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture, and proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, WA.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company

Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. The New York Times Company offers frequent panel discussions and talks by industry leaders (Sheryl Sandberg, Melinda Gates and Ta-Nehisi Coates are a few recent examples), that we encourage our employees to attend.

We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of employee groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

We offer a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Birth mothers receive 20 weeks fully paid, adoptive parents and birth fathers receive 10 weeks also fully paid. Similarly, we offer competitive health and dental insurance, as well as 401k matching.


The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.