Primer builds and deploys mission-ready AI solutions that meet rapidly evolving defense and security needs. Primer is recognized for fast speed to deployment, powered by a proven ML infrastructure, and the high performance and accuracy of AI/ML models required to inform critical decision making. Primer’s AI capabilities scale from off-the-shelf applications to secure on-premises deployments, trained on state-of-the-art custom models against customer data sets. Multiple National Security and Intelligence Community (IC) agencies as well as global commercial enterprises trust Primer with next-generation AI technologies that accelerate decision superiority. For more information, visit

Primer is proud to be recognized on two of Built In’s “2022 Best Places to Work” lists.  For the second year in a row, Primer was one of the “Best Midsize Companies to Work For” – ranked No. 21 out of 100 companies – and named as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As a Senior DevOps Engineer you will be a key member of the DevOps Engineering team and develop the core infrastructure for building, deploying, and operating our hosted and on-prem systems. You will partner with product managers and software engineers to solve the technical challenges of our machine learning technology.

Role Responsibilities - How You Will Make an Impact 

  • Drive usability improvements for developers to our continuous build and release process
  • Secure and monitor our network and systems to protect customer data
  • Improve the observability of our systems to support rapid iteration while maintaining stable service
  • Oversee management of Azure and AWS infrastructure
  • Contribute to strategy development for hybrid on-prem / cloud deployment management as we grow our customer base
  • Lead creation and management of detailed technical designs and installation documentation of our technology for use by external customers

Relevant Skills and Experience

  • Deep knowledge of Linux, containerization and Kubernetes
  • Experience with Azure cloud hosting
  • Experience with automation and orchestration of cloud, operating system, and operational tasks using any relevant toolset
  • Expertise in cloud architecture design and management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • A desire to teach and evangelize good DevOps practices across the company

Bonus Points

  • Experience managing high-availability databases
  • Experience managing and using Elasticsearch
  • Python development experience
  • Experience with managing GPU workloads
  • Experience with US government secure networks

This role will consider applicants from Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Texas or the DC Metro Area.

The annual cash compensation range for this position is US$175,000 to US$195,000.  Final compensation will be determined based on experience and skills and may vary from the range listed above.

What We Offer

We are a series C funded company with investors from Lux Capital, Amplify Partners, Addition Capital, Bloomberg Beta, and others. 

We are intentional around building a diverse and inclusive team of subject matter experts to better advocate for the needs of our users. 

We care a lot about our work and about the well being of our team. We encourage everyone to work at a sustainable pace and have an unlimited vacation policy for team members to utilize, Wellness Days and 100% paid leave for parents of growing families.

We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits. This includes full medical, dental, and vision coverage, fertility benefits through Carrot, mental health coverage on demand with Ginger, 401(k) (US employees), remote work stipends, and monthly internet allowance.


Primer is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Please see the United States Department of Labor's EEO poster and EEO poster supplement for additional information.

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Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


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