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Developers Roles at GitLab
Developers at GitLab work on our product. This includes both the open source version of GitLab, the enterprise editions, and the GitLab.com service as well. They work with peers on teams dedicated to areas of the product. They work together with product managers, designers, and backend or frontend developers to solve common goals.
Unless otherwise specified, all Developer roles at GitLab share the following requirements and responsibilities:
- Significant experience with Ruby and Rails
- Positive and solution-oriented mindset
- English written and verbal communication skills
- Effective communication skills: Regularly achieve consensus with peers, and clear status updates
- An inclination towards communication, inclusion, and visibility
- Experience owning a project from concept to production, including proposal, discussion, and execution.
- Demonstrated ability to work closely with other parts of the organization
- Share our values, and work in accordance with those values
- Ability to thrive in a fully remote organization
- Demonstrated ability to onboard and integrate with an organization long-term
- Self-motivated and self-managing, with strong organizational skills.
- Constantly improve product quality, security, and performance
- Write good code
- Catch bugs and style issues in code reviews
- Ship small features independently
Unless otherwise specified below, please note that a significant amount of experience with Ruby is a strict requirement.
We would love to hire all great backend developers, regardless of the language they have most experience with, but at this point we are looking for developers who can get up and running within the GitLab code base very quickly and without requiring much training, which limits us to developers with a large amount of existing experience with Ruby, and preferably Rails too.
For a time, we also considered candidates with little or no Ruby and Rails experience for this position, because we realize that programming skills are to a large extent transferable between programming languages, but we are not currently doing that anymore for the reasons described in the merge request that removed the section from this listing that described that policy.
Read more about levels at GitLab here.
Junior Developers share the same requirements and responsibilities outlined above, but typically join with less or alternate experience than a typical Developer.
- Write great code
- Create smaller merge requests and issues by collaborating with product management to reduce scope and focus on iteration
- Teach and enforce architectural patterns in code reviews
- Ship medium features independently
- Generate architecture recommendations
- Great communication: Regularly achieve consensus amongst teams
- Perform technical interviews
A Senior Developer may want to pursue the engineering management track at this point. See Engineering Career Development for more detail.
Note: Staff and above positions at GitLab are more of a role than just a "level". We prefer to bring people in as Senior and let the team elevate them to staff due to an outstanding work history within GitLab.
The Staff Developer role extends the Senior Developer role.
- Write exquisite code
- Ship large features independently
- Make architecture decisions
- Implement technical and process improvements
- Exquisite communication: Regularly achieve consensus amongst departments
- Author technical architecture documents for epics
- Train others to perform technical interviews and author code tests (where applicable)
- Write public blog posts
The Distinguished Developer role extends the Staff Developer role.
- Ship large feature sets with team
- Generate technical and process improvements
- Contribute to the sense of psychological safety on your team
- Work cross-departmentally
- Be a technical mentor for developers
- Author architecture documents for epics
- Hold team members accountable within their roles
The Engineering Fellow role extends the Distinguished Developer role.
- Work on our hardest technical problems
- Ship extra-large feature sets with team
- Help create the sense of psychological safety in the department
- Represent the company publicly at conferences
- Work directly with customers
Read more about what a specialty is at GitLab here.
The Distribution team closely partners with the rest of the engineering organization to build, configure, and automate GitLab installation. GitLab's distribution team is tasked with creating a seamless installation experience for customers and community users across multitude of platforms.
Distribution engineering is interlaced with the broader development team in supporting newly created features. Notably, the infrastructure team is the distribution team's biggest internal customer, so there is significant team interdependency. The Distribution team also provides significant variety in tasks and access to a diversity of projects, including helping out on various community packaging projects. This is reflected in the job requirements: we are tasked with creating and maintaining a Cloud Native GitLab deployment and upgrade methods, Omnibus GitLab package installation across multiple Linux based Operating Systems, and various Cloud providers deployment methods (such as AWS Cloudformation, GC Deployment Manager and so on).
- Experience with Docker and Kubernetes in production use cases
- Chef experience (writing complex cookbooks from scratch, custom providers, custom resources, etc.)
- Extensive Linux experience, comfortable between Debian and RHEL based systems
- Basic knowledge of packaging archives such as .deb and .rpm package archives
Packaging developers are focused on creating the binary repository management system that will extend our Continuous Integration (CI) functionality to allow access and management of artifacts manipulated by projects.
By extending the current CI artifacts system, the Packaging team will expose GitLab as a package repository allowing access to the most common package managers, e.g. Maven and APT and similar. Additionally, the Packaging team is improving the Container Registry and is responsible for items listed under Packaging product category.
- Experience with Go
- Experience with working and reasoning with applications running at scale
- Experience or strong interest in developing as a DevOps engineer
- Experience or strong interest in software packaging and package distribution systems
- Develop the architecture by extending existing features
- Work with the Distribution team on replacing their current delivery system
- Create and maintain observability of the newly defined features
- Work with customers on defining their needs to replace existing package repository solutions
Focus on security features for GitLab. This role will specifically focus on security; if you want to work with Ruby on Rails and not security, please apply to our Backend Developer role instead. This role will report to and collaborate directly with the Secure Engineering Manager.
- Strong Go and/or Ruby developer with security expertise or proven security interest.
- Passion and interest toward security (scanning, dependencies, etc.).
- Experience in using GitLab and GitLab CI.
- Develop security tools from proposal to polished end result.
- Integrating 3rd party security tools into GitLab.
- Complete our internal Advisories Database.
- Manage metadata related to dependencies.
- Key aspects of this role are focused on security tools and features.
- The complexity of this role will increase over time.
- If you are willing to stick to working on these features for at least a year, then this role is for you.
The configuration team works on GitLab's Application Control Panel, Infrastructure Configuration features, our ChatOps product, Feature flags, and our entire Auto DevOps feature set. It is part of our collection of Ops Backend teams.
- Experienced engineer who is capable of leading and growing a team of senior engineers.
- For this position, a significant amount of experience with Ruby is a strict requirement. Experience with Go is a plus as we expect that you will likely work on Go during your journey at GitLab.
- Experience with Docker, Kubernetes platform development.
- Experience or interest in functions-as-a-service.
- Implement and improve upon our constellation of configuration feature set.
- Work with the PM team to execute on the roadmap.
- Ensure we deliver on our commitments to the market by communicating clearly with stakeholders.
- Implement the appropriate monitoring and alerting on new and existing features owned by the team.
- Help others adopt and use the configuration features.
CI/CD Backend Developers are primarily tasked with improving the Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) functionality in GitLab. Engineers should be willing to learn Kubernetes and Container Technology. CI/CD Engineers should always have three goals in mind:
- Provide value to the user and communicate such with product managers,
- Introduce features that work at scale and in untrusting environments,
- Always focus on defining and shipping the Minimal Viable Change.
We, as a team, cover end-to-end integration of CI/CD in GitLab, with components being written in Rails and Go. We work on a scale of processing a few million of CI/CD jobs on GitLab.com monthly. CI/CD engineering is interlaced with a number of teams across GitLab. We build new features by following our direction. Currently, we focus on providing a deep integration of Kubernetes with GitLab:
- by automating application testing and deployment through Auto DevOps,
- by managing GitLab Runners on top of Kubernetes,
- by working with other teams that provide facilities to monitor all running applications,
- in the future implement A-B testing, feature flags, etc.
Additionally, we also focus on improving the efficiency, performance, and scalability of all aspects of CI/CD:
- Improve performance of developer workflows, e.g. faster CI testing, by improving parallelization,
- Improve performance of implementation, ex.:by allowing us to run 10-100x more in one year,
- Identify and add features needed by us, ex.:to allow us to test more reliable and ship faster.
The CI/CD Engineering Manager also does weekly stand-up with a team and product managers to talk about plan for the work in the upcoming week and coordinates a deployment of CI/CD related services with infrastructure team.
- Go developer with a lot of Kubernetes production experience is a plus
GitLab Geo is an enterprise product feature that speeds up the work of globally distributed teams, adds redundancy for GitLab instances, and provides Disaster Recovery as well.
- Deep experience architecting and implementing fault-tolerant, distributed systems
- Experience building and scaling highly-available systems
- In-depth experience with Ruby on Rails, Go, and/or Git
Requirements (Staff Level)
- Architect Geo and Disaster Recovery products for GitLab
- Identify ways to test and improve availability and performance of GitLab Geo at GitLab.com scale
- Instrument and monitor the health of distributed GitLab instances
- Educate all team members on best practices relating to high availability
Quality Engineers are primarily tasked with improving the productivity of the GitLab developers (from both GitLab Inc and the rest of the community), and making the GitLab project maintainable in the long-term.
See the description of the Quality team for more details. The position also involves working with the community as merge request coach, and working together with our Developers to respond and address issues from the community.
Gitaly is a new service in our architecture that handles git and other filesystem operations for GitLab instances, and aims to improve reliability and performance while scaling to meet the needs of installations with thousands of concurrent users, including our site GitLab.com. This position reports to the Gitaly Lead.
- Participate in architectural discussions and decisions surrounding Gitaly.
- Scope, estimate and describe tasks to reach the team’s goals.
- Collaborate on designing RPC interfaces for the Gitaly service
- Instrument, monitor and profile Gitaly in the production environment.
- Build dashboards and alerts to monitor the health of your services.
- Conduct acceptance testing of the features you’ve built.
- Educate all team members on best practices relating to high availability.
- Mandatory: production experience building, debugging, optimising software in large-scale, high-volume environments.
- Mandatory: Solid production Ruby experience.
- Highly desirable: Experience working with Go. It’s important that candidates must be willing to learn and work in both Go and Ruby.
- Highly desirable: experience with gRPC.
- Highly desirable: a good understanding of git’s internal data structures or experience running git servers. You can reason about software, algorithms, and performance from a high level.
- Understanding of how to build instrumented, observable software systems.
- Experience highly-available systems in production environments.
Meltano (BizOps Product)
Meltano is an early stage project at GitLab focused on delivering an open source framework for analytics, business intelligence, and data science. It leverages version control, data science tools, CI, CD, Kubernetes, and review apps.
A Meltano developer will be tasked with executing on the vision of the Meltano project, to bring the product to market.
- A passion for data science and analytics
- Experience with doing initial prototyping, architecture, and engineering work
- In-depth experience with Python (no Ruby or Rails experience required for this role)
- Experience with Kubernetes, Helm, and CI/CD is a strict requirement
A database specialist is a developer that focuses on database related changes and improvements. You will spend the majority of your time making application changes to improve database performance, availability, and reliability; though you will also spend time working on the database infrastructure that powers GitLab.com.
Unlike the Database Engineer position the database specialist title focuses more on application development and less on knowledge of PostgreSQL. As such Ruby knowledge is absolutely required, but the requirements for PostgreSQL knowledge / experience are less strict compared to the Database Engineer position.
- Rewriting the database queries and related application logic used for retrieving subgroups
- Rewriting code used for importing projects from other platforms (e.g. GitHub)
- Adding trend analysis to monitoring to better detect performance and availability changes on GitLab.com
- Analyzing tables and optimizing them by adding indexes, breaking them up into separate tables, or by removing unnecessary columns.
- Reviewing database related changes submitted by other developers
- Documenting database best practices or patterns to avoid
- At least 2 years of experience running PostgreSQL in production environments
- At least 5 years of experience working with Ruby
- At least 3 years of experience with Ruby on Rails or other Ruby frameworks such as Sinatra or Hanami
- Solid understanding of SQL
- Significant experience working in a distributed production environment
Release management specialist is a developer that focuses on improving the engineering workflows, creates new tools, improves release process and works closely with the whole Engineering team to ensure that every GitLab release reaches the public in time.
Release Management specialist also leads a Crew that gets organized per monthly release cycle and carry out the release tasks.
- Identifies issues in architecture of each component of GitLab and proposes solutions
- Works with individual teams on defining and implementing solutions
- Enforces frameworks that allow developers to write code that scales with demand
- Helps teams instrument their code and helps recognize parts of code that could benefit from increased observability
- Prioritize architectural issues that have caused a negative impact in the past
- Works closely with Infrastructure teams to control the impact of application code running in user facing products
- Improve the tools used to create a GitLab release and deploy to GitLab.com
- Enforce the GitLab Release Process
- Select Release Managers and Release Trainees monthly
- Organize Release Managers and Trainees tasks and creates release schedules
- Helps communicate the release schedule clearly with others
- Develop monitoring and alerting to measure release process velocity
- Identify process bottlenecks and introduce optimizations
- Strong production node.js experience
- Highly desirable: MongoDB and Redis experience
- Desirable: some Java, Objective-C or Swift experience building mobile apps
- Desirable: Devops experience, working with Linux, Ansible, AWS or similar products
- Fix prioritized issues from the issue tracker
- Triage issues (duplicates, clarification, reproduction steps, prioritization)
- Create high quality frontend and backend code
- Provide second-level support to the Production Team to ensure that all Gitter production services remain stable
- Document tribal knowledge, particularly around runbooks and production incident processes
- Keep an eye on Sentry to find regressions and ensure application errors are addressed
- Continually improve the quality of Gitter by using discretion of where you think changes are needed
- Continue to migrate the codebase from old repository locations to GitLab, while open-sourcing as much of it as possible
- Maintain the iOS, Android and desktop applications
- Provide community support for Gitter via Gitter rooms, Twitter, Zendesk, etc
- Review community contributions
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Please note that if we are actively hiring for a position, you will see it listed on our jobs page, where all of our current openings are advertised. To apply, please click on the name of the role you are interested in, which will take you to our applicant tracking system (ATS), Lever.
Avoid the confidence gap; you do not have to match all the listed requirements exactly to apply. Our hiring process is described in more detail in our hiring handbook.
GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 1,000 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.
We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.
Top 10 reasons to work for GitLab:
- Work with helpful, kind, motivated, and talented people.
- Work remote so you have no commute and are free to travel and move.
- Have flexible work hours so you are there for other people and free to plan the day how you like.
- Everyone works remote, but you don't feel remote. We don't have a head office, so you're not in a satellite office.
- Work on open source software so you can interact with a large community and can show your work.
- Work on a product you use every day: we drink our own wine.
- Work on a product used by lots of people that care about what you do.
- As a company we contribute more than we take, most of our work is released as the open source GitLab CE.
- Focused on results, not on long hours, so that you can have a life and don't burn out.
- Open internal processes: know what you're getting in to and be assured we're thoughtful and effective.
See our culture page for more!
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