Job Details


Belfast, Northern Ireland


Commensurate with Experience


2 + years


Jan 23, 2019

Closing Date

Mar 29, 2019


Cloud DevOps Engineer

  • This is an amazing opportunity for a DevOps Engineer to work on a modern, cloud-based platform delivering solutions for a global leader in internet services with more than 1.2 billion members around the world.  The Rakuten Blockchain Lab team in Belfast build secure, high availability enterprise platforms that enable the many Rakuten Business/Developers to create solutions which take advantage of distributed ledger and blockchain technologies without having to be concerned about the complexities of implementation.   

    The team are currently working on a number of very exciting Rakuten HQ projects to be delivered in 2019 and are urgently looking for a DevOps Engineer to work side by side with the DevOps Lead and the platform engineers to help automate and streamline our operations and processes in addition to building and maintaining tools for deployment, monitoring and operations.

    Our platforms follow a microservice architecture where services are developed in Node.js and deployed as docker containers into a cloud-based Kubernetes environment.  There are integrations with relational databases, 3rd party APIs as well as specialised cryptographic services and of course blockchain networks.

    The successful candidate will likely be a developer who got interested in deployment and operations, or a sysadmin who has worked alongside application development teams and has a passion for scripting and automation.

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    Full Job Description

    This position is located at the Rakuten Blockchain Lab in Belfast city centre. We currently have an engineering team of 14 that is working on a number of very exciting Rakuten HQ projects to be delivered in 2019.  The existing team collectively has many years of experience in building secure, high availability enterprise platforms for financial services, health and consumer electronics sectors.  We will be growing the team to 20 over the next 12 months and as a result are looking to expand our capability by hiring another DevOps Engineer to work alongside the DevOps Lead.  The successful candidate will work as an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team focused on delivering high quality enterprise-class blockchain-based solutions and platforms.

    You will have the opportunity to work with modern DevOps technologies and emerging blockchain frameworks, learning from the experienced engineers in the team.  You will be responsible for deploying, automating, maintaining, troubleshooting and improving the systems that ensure that our development, test and production environments are running smoothly.

    In the Blockchain Lab, we take ownership of the full end-to-end solution from inception though to production and beyond. Our services are built in Node.js with various relational databases and follow a micro-services architecture.  We work with multiple public and private blockchain protocols & frameworks depending on the requirements. We package our services with Docker and use Google Kubernetes for automating deployment, scaling and management of these containers in both public and private cloud environments. We value short feedback loops and have implemented a CI/CD pipeline as well as automated unit, integration and acceptance tests.

    This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has gone beyond the previously defined Developer or Sys Admin roles and who take a more holistic view of their delivery pipeline and run time environments.  You will be driven by the desire to improve the overall software delivery process including configuration management, infrastructure provisioning, continuous integration and delivery, monitoring & health to name but a few.  You will likely be a developer who got interested in deployment and operations, or a sysadmin who has worked alongside application development teams and has a passion for scripting and automation.  You need to be able to work in a collaborative manner with colleagues across multiple office locations on different time zones.

    • Provision, automate and maintain cloud-based development, test and production environments
    • Help to design infrastructure solutions that ensure availability, performance, scalability and security of our applications.
    • Automate and streamline our build & deploy operations and processes
    • Build and maintain tools for deployment, monitoring and operations
    • Build, release and configuration management of test and production infrastructure code.
    • System troubleshooting and problem solving across platform and application domains.
    • Propose process improvements to current pipeline.
    • Stay informed of industry trends in new technology and best practices.
    • Ensure critical system security using best in class cloud security solutions.

    • 2+ years working in a modern DevOps role.  We will also consider relevant experience in either a Linux System Administrator or Software Engineering role.
    • Exposure to modern CI/CD pipeline practices
    • Proficiency in one or more scripting languages (e.g. Python, Bash, Perl)
    • Ability to analyze and resolve complex infrastructure resource and application deployment issues.
    • Able to demonstrate an interest in new and emerging technologies and be eager to take on new challenges.
    • Experience of provisioning cloud infrastructure (e.g. Azure, AWS, GCE)
    • Experience of working with Containers (e.g. Docker) & Container Orchestration (e.g. Kubernetes, Helm)
    • Experience of using/administering tools to automate the testing, promotion, and deployment of infrastructure (e.g. Terraform, CloudFormation, Chef)
    • Experience of using/administering tools to manage continuous integration builds and delivery pipelines (e.g. Jenkins, CircleCI)
    • Experience of using/administering configuration management systems (e.g. Git, Subversion, CVS)
    • Experience with using/administering system monitoring tools (e.g. Nagios, Zabbix, Prometheus).
    • Experience of working with microservice-based architectures
    • Knowledge of API Management solutions (e.g. Kong)
    • Prior experience of working with high availability, secure enterprise platforms in the financial services sector

    Rakuten, Inc. (TSE: 4755) is a global leader in internet services that empower individuals, communities, businesses and society. Founded in Tokyo in 1997 as an online marketplace, Rakuten has expanded to offer services in e-commerce, fintech, digital content and communications to more than 1 billion members around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten has ranked in the top 30 of Forbes Magazine’s annual “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. The Rakuten Group has over 14,000 employees, and operations in 29 countries and regions.

    Our mission is to empower people and society through innovation and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to be Global Innovation Company. We believe in innovation as a driver of global change – enriching the lives of people around the globe and bringing joy to the everyday.  We embrace new and disruptive ideas, the commitment to act on them and the venture spirit that believes in our potential to change the world. That’s why we were selected by Forbes magazine to be in the Top 20 of World’s Most Innovative Companies in four consecutive years!

    This is where you come in: Rakuten is built on a philosophy of empowerment where everyone has the chance to make an impact. We believe in taking on new challenges and driving innovation. Together, we get ahead through success and learn from failure. In the end, truly empowered people produce amazing results. No matter your area of interest, we need your spirit, energy and drive to push us further and help unlock our potential.