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NS2 Chef Automation Engineer

Location: Herndon, VA, US

Ref-Code: 109064
Work Area: Software – Design and Development
Expected Travel: 0% - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time


SAP is the global market leader for business software and related services, and SAP National Security Services Inc.® (SAP NS2®) is an independent U.S. subsidiary, offering SAP solutions with specialized levels of security and support to meet the requirements of U.S. national security and critical infrastructure customers.


As a key member of the deployment / operations team, the Chef Automation Engineer possesses a love of automation and a strong desire to learn new systems and make them more efficient through automation tools and scripting. This role also involves the standardization and benchmarking of a highly effective and efficient software engineering deployment to support the company’s Agile process and team environment.


  • Leads the design, implementation and evolution to the next generation production operations automation strategy in support of the SaaS platform;
  • Improves automated solutions that adhere to SAP’s evolving business processes and architecting designs that promote reliable, controlled, scalability in our rapidly expanding data center deployments;
  • Works with a team to develop automation solutions that will seamlessly work in data centers in the private cloud, data centers in the public cloud, and data centers that span across both; and
  • Works directly with agile Application Development to provide daily support aligned with a model of Continuous Delivery.


  • 5+ years of build/release and configuration management.


  • Possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in Computer Science or relevant professional experience;
  • Expertise with Chef Cookbooks and dynamically managing configurations across various environments;
  • Experience in developing automation strategies & test plans;
  • Experience in Linux administration and command-line / shell scripting (Perl, Bash or Python);
  • Proficient with build automation, orchestration and dependency management tools such as Maven, Ant etc.;
  • Experience using Jenkins;
  • Experience with clustering / load balanced solutions;
  • Proficient with source code management systems (Git);
  • Experience in Jira Change Management tool or equivalent;
  • Able to occasionally work off-hours to support production releases;
  • Industry background in SaaS, online services, payments, cloud environment preferred;
  • Possesses working knowledge of Ruby, particularly Ruby for Chef;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills;
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to multitask, set priorities and meet deadlines in a changing environment; and
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment.

Additional skills that are desired include:

  • Experience and familiarity with Chef Delivery and Chef Dashboard;
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following languages, with the ability to produce code samples, is preferred: C/PHP/Python/Java/Bash/Perl/PHP”;
  • Understanding of basic monitoring systems
  • Preferred experience and working knowledge of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery pipelines within one or more of the following: Chef Delivery/Jenkins/Bamboo/TravisCI;
  • Technical degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or a related field preferred;
  • AWS and Git experience are a plus;
  • Experience managing Chef Server across multiple environments that may or may not be independent;
  • Experience with Java/JEE applications in highly-available online services environment;
  • Working knowledge of relational database management system (Oracle 11g); and
  • Experience supporting/configuring web-based application server frameworks such as Tomcat.

In addition:

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • All internals must have manager’s approval to transfer.

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