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The New York Times

Senior DevOps Engineer, Wirecutter

Computer and Mathematical


Full Time


New York, New York, United States

The [Register to View] target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

About the position:

Wirecutter is seeking a driven, experienced, self-motivated, and detail-oriented Senior DevOps engineer. You will play a key role in maturing our infrastructure and provide critical input into the infrastructure and developer tooling roadmap for the present and future. Your work will help determine how we develop our observability, reliability, security, and access governance into systems and processes that are more manageable, efficient, reliable, and documented.

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 (and growing) 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 technologies and AWS services including:

  • Fastly - Cloud CDN
  • PHP - WordPress, Laravel
  • Javascript - Node.js, Express, Apollo GraphQL, React
  • AWS Services - S3, Lambda, ECS, EC2, ALB, RDS (My SQL), ElastiCache, WAF
  • CI/CD - Circle CI
  • Infrastructure-as-Code - Terraform

We are moving towards containerizing applications with ECS as our container orchestration service. This position requires on-call which is ~ one week in 4 months

We are looking for engineers who want to make an impact with a few years of 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.


  • Collaborative across teams to mature Wirecutter’s infrastructure

  • Administer our AWS infrastructure to maximize reliability, performance, and security

  • Draft standards and documentation for our infrastructure, tools, and processes

  • Configure monitoring, auditing, and alerting systems to proactively identify bottlenecks and potential failures

  • 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 infrastructure and tooling changes

  • Work to standardize tooling and infrastructure across the department.

  • Lead by example by giving both positive and constructive feedback to improve Wirecutter

  • Partner with the dev teams and assist with DevOps-related questions/tasks as required

  • Work with the Engineering Manager and peers to own and execute the planned roadmap


  • Relevant experience supporting modern web infrastructure

  • Experience with deploying and managing AWS services, such as S3, Lambda, API Gateway, ECS, EC2, ALB, RDS, ElastiCache, CloudFront, etc.

  • Proficiency with Terraform and Docker

  • Strong AWS knowledge and documentation experience

  • Experience in one or more scripting languages

  • Experience building and maintaining scalable and resilient systems

  • 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

  • Growth mindset

  • Experience developing lambda functions using Node.js is a plus

  • Software development background is a plus


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

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, 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. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 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 provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws, and will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.