DevOps Engineer

Who are we?

Who are we?

We are a young and fast-growing start-up from Utrecht focusing on the e-commerce and online marketing sectors. Channable was founded 7 years ago and developed into a company with an international team of 150 innovative and enthusiastic professionals. While you can still benefit from the start-up vibe, working at Channable also means being part of a professional company with a highly skilled Development team. We are now looking for a DevOps engineer who likes the challenge of a continuously rescaling environment.

How we develop software

We have a strong engineering culture with a focus on correctness, reliability, and maintainability of our code. We have a number of services written in Python and in Haskell. Each service exposes a REST API and our services are composed together in a service-oriented architecture in which we can continuously improve each service.

We employ a continuous integration pipeline that allows us to quickly and safely deploy features, updates and fixes several times per day. Our infrastructure is running on Google Compute Engine and we strive to automate each part of the software development process as much as possible.


Job description

What will your role be?

You will be contributing to the improvement and scaling of our server infrastructure and the smooth operation of our tool. You will also help us improve and fine-tune our processes from provisioning, building and deploying, to monitoring and alerting. You are expected to find the right tool for the different processes, or to write a custom one if it doesn’t exist yet. We are looking for someone who can be proactive, autonomous, and keen to be a part of our DevOps team.

Summarized, your tasks will include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Managing our infrastructure as code (that can be reviewed and version-controlled)
  • Automating building, testing, provisioning, and deploying of our services
  • Hardening and securing our internal and external systems (and reviewing bug bounty submissions)
  • Improving and maintaining our monitoring and alerting systems
  • Developing new tools that help us improve and run our infrastructure

If you want to read more about our development adventures, check out our tech blog: https://tech.channable.com/

You can also take a look at some of our open-source work at https://github.com/channable to get a feeling of how we work together and what our code looks like.

Who are we looking for?

Ideally, you have extensive experience in operations and in keeping a complex distributed application running and secure at all times. You should be interested in declarative infrastructure, reproducible builds, continuous integration and delivery, dynamic resource scaling, security best practices, and general robustness of a distributed system. In more concrete terms, we expect you to have the following:

  • Committed to high engineering
  • Familiarity with infrastructure as code tooling, such as Ansible and Terraform.
  • Good understanding of networking concepts and protocols (SSH, DNS, SSL/TLS, HTTP, etc.)
  • Deep knowledge of Linux and system administration tools such as e.g. systems, apt, dig, and bash
  • Familiar with build tools such as Nix, make, stack, or webpack.
  • Security-awareness and familiarity with concepts like defense-in-depth and the principle of least privilege
  • Solid programming skills (preferably in Python)

And then there are some things that are ‘nice to have’:

  • Experience in managing infrastructure with either GCE, AWS, or Azure
  • Knowledge of Hashicorp tools, i.e. Consul, Vault, and Terraform
  • Having used a functional programming language like Haskell or Scala before
  • Experience using the Nix package manager
  • Hands-on experience with distributed systems

Candidates of all levels are encouraged to apply. Our preference is to hire a candidate with at least a few years of experience, but we’re also open to applications from recent graduates.

Practical requirements

  • EU citizenship or a work permit, preferably already living in The Netherlands
  • Available for at least 4 days a week, preferably full-time 

What do we offer?

  • Challenging full-time function with space for personal initiative
  • An interesting job within a talented development team, with different levels of experience
  • Competitive salary within a clear career structure
  • Career opportunities within Channable
  • Working for a fast-growing company with a young and ambitious team
  • Awesome office in the city center of Utrecht and activities like hackathons and sports groups

'What’s great about DevOps at Channable is the innovation and the culture. You get to work with cool new technologies and find solutions to new challenges. It’s a quickly growing company, where engineering and people are central. Everything you hear about the great culture is true: the colleagues are super helpful, you learn quickly and the parties are great fun.'

- Tijmen de Jong, DevOps Engineer

Do you have any questions about this vacancy? Please contact Mart (mart.vreeswijk@channable.com).

Do you want to see more of Channable and your future colleagues? Check out our social media channels like Instagram and Linkedin!


Contact by job agencies and recruiters will not be appreciated. Each recruiter or headhunter who approaches us agrees with a donation of € 250,- for Make-A-Wish.