R&D DevOps at Showmax

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Showmax is a video-on-demand (VOD) service and you've likely never heard of us. Not because we're small, but because we operate mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa :) We have our own exclusive content, content management system, content encoding farms, content delivery network, Android, smart-tv, web and IOS applications and a crapton of backend API services.

Showmax also has live streams of sport events which are immensely popular (and thus technologically challenging).

As a member of R&D team you would be responsible for helping design and implement future foundations on our stack, as well as help optimize what we already have. The work is important, definitely not boring and you get to do many different things. Our team has fairly big autonomy and we can (to a reasonable degree) pick what we work on. However that comes with big personal responsibility and it is not for everyone. We are also trying hard to evaluate new/existing technologies on their actual merits and avoid hype-driven development.

Examples of things that R&D team was responsible for recently:

  • Proof of concept of new generation of platform on AWS / Kubernetes with heavy emphasis on autoscaling.

  • Migration of Showmax to the aforementioned platform. Including onboarding of Showmax engineering and coordinating the whole circus.

  • Monitoring overhaul on our backend services and on-call approach.


We are looking for should have the following:

   0. Passion for the job and caring about the results

        While sounding bit like corporate-speak, we actually are

        reasonably proud about the work we do within the constraints of

        the reality. We care. Sometimes too much. You should too.

   1. Getting shit done attitude

        We need to deliver, but it still needs to work and be correct.

   2. Knowledge of Linux

        All our things run on Linux. You don't have to be a kernel

        developer, but you need to be able to at least use it.

   3. Knowledge of AWS

        Well, we are running in there. So this one is obvious. But we are

        trying to avoid vendor lock-in, so specialized knowledge about

        obscure AWS products are not required. But it would be nice to

        know what IAM or security group is.

   4. Knowledge of terraform/terragrunt

        We manage our infrastructure using these, so knowing them would

        be handy.

You don't have to check all (or not even majority) of the boxes, we are fairly open to learning on the job (we all do it as well), but to be frank, the less boxes you check, the bigger promise for the future you have to show.

Regarding the human aspect, I think you would find R&D to be fairly easy going team with great (albeit a bit cynical) sense of humor. And Showmax is a nice place to work at.

Students are fine as well, but we would prefer full-time. So consider if you can manage that and school at the same time.

We can offer:

  • Remote work with optional visits in the office.

  • Agility of a smaller company, stability of a large one.

  • Chance to learn and grow in a multinational environment.

  • 5 sick days.

  • 5 weeks of vacation.

  • Offices in Prague 5 right on a subway line.

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