Site Reliability Engineer at Balena

4 months ago DevOps & System Administration Middle, Senior Full-Time

As a member of the team, you will ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the infrastructure powering the large and rapidly scaling “balena fleet”.


  • Background in software development, infrastructure, and/or platform operations
  • Experience working with Docker containers and running production-grade Kubernetes clusters
  • Firm grasp of Linux operating system internals (e.g., filesystems, system calls) and networking including common networking failures and mitigations
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language (we mostly use Typescript)
  • Desire to make self and others more effective through documentation and automation
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, push through friction, and solve complex challenges while clearly explaining the tradeoffs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and fluency in English

Bonus points

  • Experience designing large-scale, distributed systems and server load balancing architectures
  • Experience with modern SRE practices and the Twelve Factor App methodology
  • Conversant with cloud automation, APM, and log management (we use Grafana, Prometheus, Loki)
  • Contributions to OSS projects and community involvement
  • Familiarity with IoT, embedded computing, developer tools, or the balena platform as a user/contributor
  • Background in leading projects and working across functions to build resilient systems


What you will do

Our customers trust us to provide critical infrastructure for their distributed IoT fleets, and we work hard to continuously improve the availability, resilience, and efficiency of our systems and services. Our reliability team takes an “Infrastructure as Product” approach and plays a key role in shaping the future of the balena platform. They are part operators and part product builders.

As a member of the team, you will ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the infrastructure powering the large and rapidly scaling “balena fleet”. You will facilitate frictionless deployments to production, develop monitoring solutions, create disaster recovery plans, investigate incidents, and manage outages. You will also be empowered to lead initiatives and develop systematic solutions to high-impact, high-complexity challenges such as building our self-service capabilities – enabling the success of both our product development teams and our end-users.


  • Identify internal user needs, bottlenecks, and failure patterns in production, and build tools, solutions, and features to allow teams to self-serve, deploy and manage services at scale
  • Implement monitoring systems to collect health data, set error alerts, and increase app behavior visibility
  • Leverage data model definitions to automatically generate code for provisioning reliable infrastructure
  • Support developers with seamless, fault-tolerant deployments and production debugging
  • Conduct load tests to ensure applications are ready to handle projected traffic
  • Respond to incidents, drive blameless postmortems, and leverage learnings to prevent future issues
  • Participate in on-call rotation and customer support – be a source of reliability advice for peers

This is a fully remote position for candidates in EMEA timezones.

Make sure to let us know if any of these items apply to you!

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