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RDSE DevOps Engineering Team Leader

Date: Sep 5, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8261 




The Research and Development Systems Engineering (RDSE) Group in the Information Technology Services Division (ITSD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks to hire a DevOps Engineering Team Lead.   In this position, time will be divided between administrative activities managing staff supporting DevOps Engineering and setting direction and strategy for DevOps.  The remining time will be technical projects/operations supporting DevOps Engineering for customers/projects directly.


What will you be doing?

As a Technical Team Lead, you will be leading and supporting facilitation of DevOps for R&D Projects.  The DevOps staff will report directly to you.   Routine meetings will need to be held with the customer (those providing funding) and the existing business relationship managers to ensure IT needs are being met, and to manage workload as projects ramp up and down.  The ability to provide metrics, strategy, and stay current with existing DevOps trends in the industry will be required. We work as team to provide deployment, automation, monitoring, and management tool infrastructure for researchers and their projects. We advocate and promote DevOps practices to researchers who develop code as a part of their project.  We operate within an Agile Scrum workflow and work with researchers to provide automation solutions. This leadership position will require relocation to the Oak Ridge area.


Our Stack and Workflow

  • Work planning and documentation - Jira/Confluence
  • Code repository, CI/CD – Gitlab
  • Configuration and Package Management – Helm, Ansible
  • Container Orchestration - Kubernetes, Rancher
  • Monitoring, Analytics and Visualization - Prometheus, Grafana, Elasticsearch, Fluentd
  • Other technologies utilized/supported include, but aren’t limited to Rook/Ceph, Selenium, nginx, Guard, and Checkmarx depending on program needs


Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Staff management, technical engagement and customer relation activities include:

  • Performance management, including creation of yearly performance and development plans, as well as year-end assessments.
  • Routine meetings with staff to understand current projects and roadblocks. 
  • Assistance in removing any roadblocks (may require escalation).
  • Performance improvement plans, as needed.
  • Time and attendance oversight and approval.
  • Develop and manage training plan and budget.
  • Develop business relationships with customers, understanding their business and where IT could provide services.
  • Keep customers informed major IT initiatives.
  • Work with staff and customers to develop and/or review solutions.
  • Hire for additional staff necessary to support DevOps projects.
  • Provide reports as requested, such as major accomplishments or staffing per project.
  • Evaluating and document new tools/trends to set path forward for DevOps at ORNL
  • Maintain an eye toward improved service and delivery.
  • Troubleshoot and debug various Kubernetes workloads, CI/CD pipelines, and implement solutions to optimize performance and scalability both on-premise and in the cloud.
  • Work with researchers and developers to encourage and facilitate Kubernetes best practices into applications, write Helm charts, configure complex pipelines to streamline multiple code repositories for automated deployments/upgrades, and work with others across the organization to ensure delivery of secure solutions in compliance with Internal Operating Procedures


Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field and 8 years of experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience managing UNIX/Linux Systems
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience utilizing Kubernetes for container orchestration
  • Experience utilizing configuration management and automation tools such as Git, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, or other CI/CD pipeline tools.
  • Moderate fluency in at least one scripting language such as Bash, Python, Go or equivalent
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for communication with customers and management.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead (projects, teams, etc.)


Special Requirement:

This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance from the Department of Energy. As such, this position is a Workplace Substance Abuse (WSAP) testing designated position. WSAP positions require passing a pre-placement drug test and participation in an ongoing random drug testing program


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Kubernetes certifications such as CKA and CKAD and 2+ years building and maintaining Kubernetes environments
  • Experiencing building and managing Kubernetes infrastructure in a production environment
  • Experience managing virtual infrastructure on public clouds (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc)
  • Strong knowledge of multiple operating systems
  • Experience with performance and diagnostic tools for benchmarking, analysis and tuning of systems, networking, and storage
  • Previous experience working in a government, scientific, or other highly technical environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills suitable for user support and ability to work well with peers.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance complex research and security requirements
  • Technical documentation skills, including ability to prepare simple documentation web pages.
  • RHSA, VCP, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer



UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.


Benefits at ORNL:  

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.   

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This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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