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2014-05-27 21:08


The Skyscrapers help design, build and manage scalable, highly-available and flexible hosting platforms in the cloud. Most of our work is done using providers like Amazon Web Services and Linode. We mostly work for startups, interactive agencies and software vendors. Check out our site, team and blog to learn more about us!

As demand is growing, we are now looking for a Junior cloud engineer to help us. We are also open for more experienced profiles, so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Your typical day at Skyscrapers

The role is a mix of development and operations. A selection of the most common day-to-day tasks you’ll eventually be doing (after a period of intense coaching and training):

  • Supporting the dev teams at our customers through various communication channels. This is mostly a mix of configuration changes, dev questions, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Help design and build hosting-platforms in the cloud and help the customers deploy their applications. Keep the customer-applications up and running by proactively monitoring and improving the hosting-platforms.
  • Develop internal applications, integrate various software components and services, script automations, etc
  • Take part in the 24/7 pager-duty-rotation to respond to incidents and alerts (and think of ways to prevent them the next time)

The stuff we play with

Eventually you’ll be let loose with following technologies:

  • Amazon Web Services, Linode, …
  • Blazemeter, New Relic, ..
  • Linux, Ubuntu, Puppet, Nagios, …
  • Apache, Nginx, Varnish, Node.js, …
  • Bash, PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, …
  • Various SQL flavours, CouchDB, Redis, Elasticsearch, * MongoDB, …

As a Skyscraper, you …

  • are an honest, happy, positive, kind and no-bullshit person that likes talking to and helping people.
  • know about DevOps and believe it’s the key to global peace (well, almost)
  • automate stuff.
  • have a flexible attitude on working times, role, etc whenever the job requires it (works both ways of course).
  • stay on the cutting edge of the latest and coolest on tech topics. Even better: you actively participate in the tech communities.
  • can be focused, self-organised and autonomous. are comfortable and adapt well to an environment where change is a constant.
  • communicate well and write well.
  • don’t mind working remotely, with your colleagues not sitting next to you most of the time.
  • speak and write fluently in English and Dutch. French is a bonus!

What do we offer you besides a paycheck?

  • Your own choice of weapons (laptop, smartphone, etc)
  • Location independence: work from home, work from a coworking space, etc with the only limitation being a timezone
  • A team that understands life doesn’t stop at 9:00 am, when work starts. Flexibility for everybody.
  • Hospitalisation insurance
  • Mobile subscription and internet connection at home
  • If based in Belgium: meal vouchers
  • Chance to work with cool technology in an innovative market

A bit more on the location independence

We are taking our first steps as a decentralised company. It would be ideal that for the first 6 months your are in a location that allows easy travel to Antwerp for 2-3 days per week for mentoring and getting things going. Later on, we really don’t care that much anymore as long if it is not too far from the CET timezone, can remain connected and occasionally can come to the Antwerp for the meetup.

What will the future bring?

We are excited about what we are doing. The cloud-market just keeps on growing and so will the opportunities. As we grow, we expect that there will be plenty of interesting stuff you can dive into. It’s up to you to help shape that.

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