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Who we are:

Raft ( is a customer-obsessed non-traditional small business with a purposeful focus on Distributed Data Systems, Platforms at Scale, and Complex Application Development, with headquarters in Reston, VA. Our range of clients includes innovative federal and public agencies leveraging design thinking, cutting-edge tech stack, and cloud-native ecosystem. We build digital solutions that impact the lives of millions of Americans.

We’re looking for an experienced Principal DevSecOps Engineer to support our customers and join our passionate team of high-impact problem solvers.

About the role:

As a Principal DevSecOps Engineer, day begins with architecting, developing, and implementing end-to-end cluster and application lifecycles, ensuring secure and efficient processes. Collaborate with clients, designing and executing bespoke Kubernetes or Docker solutions tailored to their unique requirements, be they cloud-based or on-premises. A significant portion of my day is dedicated to constructing and perfecting CI/CD pipelines, which aids in the rapid and reliable delivery of software updates. Finally, oversee the application of GitOps principles for software delivery, reinforcing the use of version control and enabling a more streamlined and dependable deployment process.

What we are looking for: 

  • 7+ years' experience with Kubernetes or Docker, provisioning production clusters and maintaining their compliance 
  • Expertise in architecting, developing, and implementing comprehensive cluster and application lifecycles
  • Experience in collaborating with clients to architect, develop, and implement custom Kubernetes solutions, including proficiency with AWS and other cloud technologies
  • Familiarity with Agile, DevOps, and DevSecOps methodologies, embodying their practices and culture
  • Proficient in networking across all levels of the OSI model
  • Skilled in managing and integrating Service-Mesh technologies, such as Istio
  • Strong command of version control systems like Gitlab, including the maintenance and operation of Gitlab in cloud or on-premises environments
  • Demonstrated ability in developing software systems through CI/CD pipelines
  • Problem-solving skills, with a passion for automation, system efficiency, and security
  • Experience in designing and implementing scalable, cloud-based services for development teams
  • Implementation of GitOps for software delivery, including tools like FluxCD and ArgoCD. Knowledge of log management and analytics tools, such as PLG, Splunk, or ELK
  • Leadership in developing, maintaining, and enhancing CI/CD pipelines using cloud services and automation tools
  • Background in building, deployment, release automation, or orchestration
  • Experience with setting up AWS Cloud Services, Gitlab, Ansible, Maven, Gradle, and Single-Sign-On tools
  • Proficiency in unit/integration testing tools (e.g., JUnit, SonarQube, Fortify, Trivy)
  • Knowledge in securing and hardening Linux virtual machines and containers
  • Expertise in Infrastructure as Code (e.g., Terraform, Ansible)
  • Obtain Security+ within the first 90 days of employment with Raft

Highly preferred: 

  • Proficiency in writing custom Helm Charts
  • Experience with Big Data technologies, such as Kafka, Hadoop, and Cassandra
  • Polyglot programming skills across various languages and their package managers (e.g., Maven, Gradle, NPM, Yarn)
  • Advanced experience with the Istio service mesh
  • Background in supporting enterprise cloud applications or infrastructure
  • Enthusiasm for building automation using languages like Python, GoLang, or TypeScript
  • Certifications like CKA, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional, or AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional

Additional Requirements: 

  • Subject Matter Expert in Infrastructure as Code, with over 5 years of experience in Git, AWS Console and CLI, DevOps, and application containers
  • At least 3 years of experience in IaaS/PaaS, platform engineering, Kubernetes, GitOps, CI/CD pipelines, automated testing, and modern programming languages (Java, C#, Python, Ruby, TypeScript, Go)
  • General knowledge in using specific technologies to advance platform development, including the DoD DevSecOps Reference Architecture, Terraform, Ansible, Helm, Kustomize, and Flux
  • Familiarity with GitLab, Big Bang tools, custom Helm Charts, and security practices in development

Clearance Requirements:

  • Active Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility

Work Type: 

  • Hybrid - San Antonio, TX
  • May require up to 10% travel

Salary Range:

  • $140,000 - $225,000
  • The determination of compensation is predicated upon a candidate's comprehensive experience, demonstrated skill, and proven abilities

What we will offer you:

  • Highly competitive salary
  • Fully covered healthcare, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401(k) and company match
  • Take as you need PTO + 11 paid holidays
  • Education & training benefits
  • Annual budget for your tech/gadgets needs
  • Monthly box of yummy snacks to eat while doing meaningful work
  • Remote, hybrid, and flexible work options
  • Team off-site in fun places!
  • Generous Referral Bonuses
  • And More!

Our Vision Statement: 

We bridge the gap between humans and data through radical transparency and our obsession with the mission. 

Our Customer Obsession: 

We will approach every deliverable like it's a product. We will adopt a customer-obsessed mentality. As we grow, and our footprint becomes larger, teams and employees will treat each other not only as teammates but customers. We must live the customer-obsessed mindset, always. This will help us scale and it will translate to the interactions that our Rafters have with their clients and other product teams that they integrate with. Our culture will enable our success and set us apart from other companies.

How do we get there? 

Public-sector modernization is critical for us to live in a better world. We, at Raft, want to innovate and solve complex problems. And, if we are successful, our generation and the ones that follow us will live in a delightful, efficient, and accessible world where out-of-box thinking, and collaboration is a norm. 

Raft’s core philosophy is Ubuntu: I Am, Because We are. We support our “nadi” by elevating the other Rafters. We work as a hyper collaborative team where each team member brings a unique perspective, adding value that did not exist before. People make Raft special. We celebrate each other and our cognitive and cultural diversity. We are devoted to our practice of innovation and collaboration. 

We’re an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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