Dev/Ops Automation Engineer

Posted Oct 13


Software Developers at IBM are the backbone of our strategic initiatives to design, code, test, and provide industry-leading solutions that make the world run today - planes and trains take off on time, bank transactions complete in the blink of an eye and the world remains safe because of the work our software developers do. Whether you are working on projects internally or for a client, software development is critical to the success of IBM and our clients worldwide. At IBM, you will use the latest software development tools, techniques and approaches and work with leading minds in the industry to build solutions you can be proud of.

Your Role and Responsibilities

This can be a fully remote role, however, preference will be given to candidates located in Eastern and Central time zones. IBM hub offices are located in New York City, NY, Armonk, NY, Southbury, CT, Raleigh, NC, and Austin, TX. Our team is located in Research Triangle Park (Raleigh), NC. There are no relocation funds for this role so you would need to relocate at your own expense.

*** IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.

The NGFW Security Services team is part of Network Security organization within the CIO Assured Identity and Cybersecurity Operations domain. We are hiring motivated and talented professionals to automate the management of one of the largest corporate networks. You will be part of the team that manages the NGFW Palo Alto technology. We have an opportunity to create "green-field" processes that are automated, tested and validated. We want to ensure that we have control over the changes being done to the network by making sure they are tested and no network glitch happens when they are deployed. This being the network, we are also building secure solutions that follows all the best security practices.

The CIO Assured Identity and Cybersecurity Operations domain provides the IBM corporation with IT identities (e.g., W3ID), endpoint and network security for IBM’s IT infrastructure. This organization is leading a massive, comprehensive transformation of the internal network and is creating and deploying new state-of-the-art services. Individuals working within this organization will find themselves challenged with the expectation that their skills and knowledge in networking, security and automation will be highly honed and globally competitive both inside and outside of IBM.

The squad contains a unique mix of skills, including network architects, software developers/automation engineers, operational support, and security SMEs. This effort has senior management support and has revenue/business value in the multiple millions of dollars.

Why you should apply?

Our organization is investing and growing. We more than doubled in size last year. Would you like to make a difference on the life of every IBM employee, while developing automation for the best corporate network? Do you like to be part of creating a solution from scratch and leaving your mark on a large project? We are new team, so there is no legacy to worry about! We have that opportunity for you!

Responsibilities will include

  • Create automation using Ansible, Python and REST interfaces to accept, deploy and test network changes.
  • Create solutions that follow the best security practices, are reliable and follow the Devops/Agile methodologies.
  • Propose and implement processes and tools for troubleshooting networks.
  • Implement and operate a network monitoring infrastructure.
  • Implement and manage Devops pipelines.
  • Provides tools for the operations team to help manage and troubleshoot the network.

Summary of Technologies:

  • Development: Python, Ansible, Ansible Modules, Git, CI/CD, REST API, XML, JSON/YAML.
  • Networking: Palo Alto, Routing and Firewall Rules, Network Troubleshooting, Network Validation, Batfish


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 5+ years experience with devops processes, CI/CD pipelines, unit testing
  • previous experience working in an Agile Development environment
  • Experience developing Ansible Playbooks.
  • Programming experience with Python.
  • Familiarity with best IT Security practices
  • Experience with some networking technologies such as firewalls

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience with git, travis
  • Experience with Network Monitoring
  • Experience with networking technologies: firewalls, firewall rules, VLANs, NAT, BGP, OSPF, routing, SNMP and the IP protocol
  • Experience with Network Monitoring: SNMP, Prometheus, Grafana and LibreNMS
  • Understanding common network technologies such as VLANs, NAT, BGP, OSPF, routing, SNMP and the IP protocol
  • Development Experience within ServiceNow
  • Experience with Network Intent Validation
  • Bachelor’s in Computer Science

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Location StatementIBM offers a wide range of resources for eligible IBMers to thrive both inside and outside of work. In addition to a competitive benefits program consisting of medical and life insurance, retirement plans, and time off, eligible employees may also have access to:

  • 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave. Family care options are also available to support eligible employees during COVID-19.
  • World-class training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform. IBM's learning culture supports your restless attitude to grow your skills and build the depth and scale of knowledge needed to achieve your career goals.
  • Well-being programs to support mental and physical health.
  • Financial programs that empower you to plan, save, and manage your money (including expert financial counseling, 401(k), IBM stock discount, etc.).
  • Select educational reimbursement opportunities.
  • Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups where you can network and connect with IBMers across the globe.
  • Giving and volunteer programs to benefit charitable organizations and local communities.
  • Discounts on retail products, services, and experiences.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

IBM will not be providing visa sponsorship for this position now or in the future. Therefore, in order to be considered for this position, you must have the ability to work without a need for current or future visa sponsorship.

Being You @ IBMIBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.