SCS Product Owner IaaS and Operations

The Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS) Project is looking for a Product Owner IaaS and Operations.
We aim to fill this position by June 2021. The Project is driven by a small team in the OSB Alliance with multi-year funding from the German Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi). This job offering is for hiring into this team. In addition to this team there are numerous engineers from various companies contributing to the project -- some of them paid through the project funding, some of them because their employer is interested in making this project successful.

The Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS) Project is aiming to define and implement a complete, modular, secure, open-source software stack. It covers software-defined storage and networking, operations tooling for automated deployment, logging, monitoring, alerting, trending, identity and authorization management, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service layer, as well as Container(Platform)-as-a-Service layer. It allows users (development teams) to create and control their own kubernetes cluster through standardized APIs and delivers standard building blocks used to construct and manage container applications. This stack fulfills high security standards and comes with tooling and documentation that reduces the amount of specialized expertise required to run complex cloud and container infrastructure. SCS can be used by cloud service providers and internal IT teams alike and it can be deployed as a whole or by just cherry-picking needed components from it. The end result can be subjected to a certification process, ensuring strict compatibility with other SCS based platforms, thus building a network of federatable compatible clouds.

The SCS project is contributing to the pan-european GAIA-X effort, serving as reference for development work and enhancing it with an implementation that node-providers can leverage as a whole or in parts to deliver federated sovereign infrastructure, underpinning a sovereign data ecosystem.

In this role, you will

  • be part of a small central team that orchestrates the efforts to define, implement and validate (CI/CD) a stack of open source software
  • orchestrate a cross-cultural and cross-company team of engineers that contribute to the effort
  • have the role to work with stakeholders to understand the requirements, see how they can fit together in a coherent technical architecture and collect and prioritize the backlog
  • ensure that the needed research is performed to be able to take the right architectural decisions and document them
  • work with the developers in the development team as product owner, defining the user stories and acceptance criteria together and ultimately be responsible to drive the implementation efforts to completion.
  • ensure that the work results in software with all automation, configuration and tests for continuous automated deployment and testing
  • work with the relevant open source communities, typically part of the OIF and the LF

We expect that you

  • have hands-on experience with Open Source Operating Systems, Virtualization, and OpenStack, as well as standard tools to do configuration management and monitoring tools.
  • are experienced not just using such environments, but being in a responsible position to plan, deploy and operate them
  • are familiar with cloud workloads on top of IaaS platforms and know how Container platforms can be automated on top of OpenStack IaaS.
  • have been in leadership roles in engineering organizations
  • are connected to the relevant open source communities
  • are used to work in the open, exposing your work in progress to a broad community, accepting criticism and willing to work on defining and refining the chosen approach in interaction with the community, building (lazy) consensus
  • are familiar with open source development tools and platforms such as Git, GitHub and the related workflows
  • are experienced in using deployment automation and configuration management tooling such as Ansible and Terraform
  • have experience in using agile development methodologies
  • are willing and able to present complex technology on stage or in meetings

We offer

  • working in an open and inspiring environment, interacting with highly-skilled and driven individuals from the project, the partners and the relevant open-source communities
  • contributing to a project that will make a difference by being instrumental for a vivid ecosystem of federated infrastructure providers in Europe and beyond
  • being a key part of a new project
  • working on cutting-edge open source infrastructure technology
  • getting visibility by presenting the project to stakeholders and to the public on technology conferences
  • an adequate compensation package

Get in touch with Kurt Garloff if you are interested and would like to know further details. We are looking forward to receive applications with letter, CV and other relevant material from you!

Imprint (Angaben gemäß § 5 TMG):
Kurt Garloff, Grafenwerthstr. 8, 50937 Köln
Mail: scs at garloff dot de / Phone: +49-221-292772-0
Tax-ID (§ 27 a Umsatzsteuergesetz): DE296446025
Responsible for the content (§ 55 Abs. 2 RStV): Kurt Garloff (same address as above)
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