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Principal DevOps / Infrastructure Engineer



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024
We are looking for a Senior Product Engineer (DevOps / Infrastructure) to build, iterate, deploy, and manage Chronicle’s product experience. In the role, you will build a product that helps users create and deliver world-class presentations in a way that feels simple and buttery smooth!
Below is everything you need to know about us and the role.

✨ Meet Chronicle

Chronicle is a new presentation format that enables people to create impactful stories, effortlessly. With remote work, shortening attention spans, and the advent of generative AI, the world has changed. Chronicle is designing the presentation experience that the future deserves.
We’re not creating a better way to do slides or documents - we’re creating a powerful new medium that fundamentally reimagines the role of a creator and consumer of a presentation at work, empowering users to deliver beautiful and engaging output with less effort.
Here is a glimpse at how Chronicle is breaking away from static, boring slides and building the future of storytelling →

Frequently asked questions

We’ve answered some frequently asked questions on our website, linked here

🧶 About the role

Our first DevOps / Infrastructure role, you’ll be focused on leading infrastructure efforts and supporting backend development for a robust, secure, and efficient live platform.
What you’ll do
  • Operational Excellence: Maintain and improve operational processes for the live platform, ensuring high availability, performance, and rapid issue resolution.
  • Infrastructure Provisioning: Efficiently manage and provision infrastructure resources, ensuring scalability and reliability.
  • Solution Design and Implementation: Architect and implement end-to-end solutions, including database design and service creation, ensuring scalability, security, and resilience.
  • Backend Development: Engage in backend development activities, contributing to database design and the creation of robust services.
  • Tool Proficiency: Utilise and master a range of tools and technologies for optimal infrastructure management and deployment.
  • Security and Compliance: Ensure that all infrastructure and deployments comply with security best practices and regulatory standards.
  • Collaboration and Continuous Improvement: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to improve processes, implementing best practices for continuous integration, deployment, and improvement of the platform's operations.
In addition to these core responsibilities, as a founding member you will contribute to the learning, development and culture building of the company.

💪 Requirements

Must have →

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in cloud infrastructure design and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience with cloud computing platforms (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud).
  • Proficiency in Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools, like Terraform.
  • In-depth knowledge of cloud-native architectures, microservices, containerisation, and serverless computing.
  • Solid understanding of Linux
  • Strong programming and scripting skills (NodeJs, Python, JavaScript, plus Bash or Shell scripting).
  • Knowledge of containerisation and orchestration tools (GitLab, CI/CD, Docker, Kubernetes).
  • Experience with logging tools (Loki, Splunk, etc.) and monitoring tools (Grafana, Prometheus, Datadog).
  • Comprehensive understanding of networking and security principles.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Great to have →

  • At least 1-2 years in a well regarded software company - especially early in the career
  • Have experience working on creation and/or real-time, multi-user collaboration tools (over and above CRUD)
  • Made any open source contributions to infra / devops tools
  • Have experience working in a company that values design craft

🎉 Why join us

Why Chronicle

Everything starts with a story. But storytelling tools hold people back today. We are solving this big and interesting problem that will impact millions of users changing the way people craft and tell powerful stories every day. We are passionate to help anyone deliver presentations that are not just bearable, but enjoyable.
  • We are a design led company with an appreciation of great product taste. Think of it as joining the next Notion, Figma or Linear. We offer an opportunity to build the next big productivity tool with some of the smartest people in the space.
  • Chronicle is built on incredibly nuanced, high-quality insights about presentations. There might be other teams who can build products better than us - but nobody can make presentations like we do. That makes a huge difference in the long run.
  • In a world that chases vanity and capital, Chronicle is a refreshingly different take - a place where quality, attention to detail and craft take precedence over mindlessly rushing to build something.
  • We reject mindless and scrappy approaches to building. We do not settle. We solve problems from first principles. We are not influenced by startups, trends, frameworks. We want to build something timeless.
We enable ownership. From day 1 of your time at Chronicle you will have the opportunity to own, lead and contribute to the company in more ways than just your core role (more on this below)
  1. Lead medium to large features end to end → you will be given end to end responsibility to lead medium to large features along with product (founder led) and design team.
  1. Bringing craft into the execution → you will have plenty of opportunity to add your personality into how you bring a feature to life - especially in pouring love into micro-interactions and details.
  1. Learn new skills → whether you want to pick up a new tool or skillset or want to learn being a leader - we will invest in you
  1. Innovate → you will be a part of the founding team and will be encouraged to bring new ideas to the table to shape the product and leave your unique mark on it
  1. Build a culture → you will share your knowledge, mentor others and contribute to building a world class engineering culture at Chronicle. You will also be a part of our hiring process.
  1. Robustness and dependability → Improve performance and reliability of existing features, as we prepare to release them to the next batch of our users. For example, you would be working on decreasing the load time of Chronicle Editor or work on fixing an issue with image cropping. You would follow our modular design principles in architecting new blocks to make them backward compatible.
  • We work flexibly and do not believe in driving work through forced accountability. We try to hire only the best and give them the flexibility and space to do their life’s best work at Chronicle.
  • Chronicle is in a powerful position with plenty of runway required to build a world class product. We’re backed by some of the best and most respected investors in the world - Accel and SquarePeg. We are fortunate to have the right people on this journey with us who understand that this is a long-term bet
  • We offer competitive salaries, significant ESOPs and have open and transparent conversations about your compensation.

What the next 1-3-6 months look like?

As a member of the founding team, you will be working towards a public launch of the product that is planned for November 2024. Leading up to this milestone, below are the key things you will work on →
First few weeks
  • Experience the product, review the design direction, prototypes and current designs to form a greater view of the end to end experience, and begin to take responsibility for our codebase, overall architecture, and quality process.
3 months
  • Cover key gaps, ensuring our infrastructure is ready for scale. You’ll dive into things like monitoring and observability, configuration management, API design and optimisation, data modelling and management, error handling and reliability, and backup and disaster recovery, and begin to drive process efficiency and automation across the team.
6 months +
  • During this time we will be gearing up to launch Chronicle to users. You will ensure our platform is ready for stress and scale. You’ll also begin to lean into mentoring and team development, leadership and guidance throughout our technical decision making, and making critical business-minded decisions that ensure we are managing and optimising our cloud and infrastructure costs.