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Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Ghost

We're looking for a new member of the Ghost team, maybe you can help us?

We're a non-profit organisation on a mission to create modern, independent publishing technology to power the future of online journalism.

This is not a rocket-ship. You won't find any unicorn glitter or exponential curves around here, just a real company with a sustainable business which has been profitable from year 1 and has been growing healthily ever since. Currently our Annual Recurring Revenue is just over $960,000 - and annual net revenue is over $1.2million. We're very transparent about our mission and our metrics, you can read all about us.

Ghost is a full stack web application for running independent publications. It’s one of the most popular modern open source projects in the world, and is used in production by tens of thousands of websites and companies.

Chances are you've already visited and read sites which run on Ghost. Our users range from hugely popular bloggers like Jeff Atwood, Troy Hunt and Joel Gascoigne - all the way through to some of the world's largest organisations like Square, DuckDuckGo, Open AI, CloudFlare, Digital Ocean, Mozilla, Napster, Tinder, OkCupid and many, many more.

Ghost as a business is made up of two primary products:

  • Ghost - An open source CMS/app which can be used for free by anyone
  • Ghost(Pro) - A fully managed hosting platform with powerful automation

The hosting platform is targeted at professional/business users, which in turn funds the entire company to build free, open source software for everyone.

As the company grows, we’re looking for an experienced infrastructure engineer to join the team and lead the development of our Ghost(Pro) platform and services. This is a senior role reporting directly to Ghost’s CTO, Hannah, with plenty of freedom and control to architect a real production system which is already serving over 100million requests a month - with a ton of room for improvement.


Above: Slightly dated, but still a pretty good overview of our setup

What we're looking for

All of our infrastructure and systems have gone through several iterations, but have ultimately been built by a small/scrappy team of passionate developers without significant prior sysadmin experience. Our platform these days is pretty solid, but it took us a long time and a lot of trial and error to get here. What we’re looking for now is someone who is comfortable and confident in leading our architecture and taking it to the next level.

For this position, we're explicitly looking for someone experienced (5+ years sysadmin experience, minimum) and confident in taking on a broad set of responsibilities managing, deploying and maintaining complex projects across several different environments.

Extensive experience in systems management and automation is a must. Experience specifically relating to web hosting at scale, continuous integration, monitoring and performance management is a huge advantage. Previous remote work and startup experience is also very valuable.

Our infrastructure is comprised of about 100 servers across two DigitalOcean datacenters, running Ubuntu and managed with Saltstack, sitting behind a fairly deep Cloudflare CDN integration. Most common tech across our instances includes MariaDB, Nginx and Phusion Passenger, LXC, Gluster and a whole lot of JavaScript.

This role requires someone who is exceptional at clear, frequent communication - in particular around quickly identifying and responding to infrastructure failures, as well as…

  • Analysing infrastructure requirements and optimisations based on app performance and user load scenarios.
  • Database clustering and replication management.
  • Monitoring and alert management.
  • Common security issues and mitigation strategies.

Leading our infrastructure is the base which the rest of the team builds on top of, so it is easily one of the most significant and important roles in the entire company.

People who are great at written communication and highly self-motivated tend to do best at Ghost. The majority of the team is made up of former founders, freelancers and self-starters who are confident and comfortable working independently and getting things done.

This role would be well suited to someone in an existing ops team at a fast-paced technology company looking for a more senior position where they’re able to have more control and leadership of systems architecture across an entire organisation. There are a lot of opportunities for growth here as the team expands.

We don't mind where you're based or what hours you work, but this role does require reasonable working-hours overlap with the rest of our internal/ops engineering team in Europe, as well as availability to be on-call on a rotating schedule in the event of downtime.

We value diversity of all types at Ghost and our team is made up of a kind, thoughtful group of people with a wide range of backgrounds. We have as many people who speak German as we do English and our engineering team contains as many women as it does men. Some of us are single, others are married, while others are parents. We actively try to find people with different perspectives and experiences to the ones we already have.

What it's like to work here

The vast majority of our work gets done on Github, with Slack as the main channel for communication. We do a weekly meetings via Zoom which are used to discuss progress and plan what's coming next.

The biggest perk of working at Ghost is that we have a small, talented team with a very large audience. This means you have the ability to have a huge impact on the product and the company, whilst also having really interesting and challenging problems to work on. We believe deeply in what we do, and we're all in this to build something lasting, sustainable and positive.

On top of all that, we try to treat people pretty well. All roles at Ghost come with:

  • Competitive salary
    We pay very well at market rates reflecting both location and experience.
  • Fully remote work
    Work from anywhere in the world, or travel continuously if that's your thing. Everything we do is online. As long as you have wifi, you're all set.
  • All the tech you need
    We'll pay for whatever hardware and software you need to work and make sure you're regularly upgraded to the latest versions.
  • Office costs covered
    Whether you prefer a home office or a co-working space, we'll help pay for it.
  • Personal development
    An annual budget for books, courses, conferences and travel expenses.
  • Twice annual international team retreats
    Every 6 months we get the whole crew together for a week away. The last few trips have taken us to Dubai, Thailand, Austria & Egypt.
  • 3 day weekends, all year long
    We close the office on the last Friday of every single month. Enjoy!
  • Unlimited paid vacation
    Minimum 2 weeks per year, if you don't take it yourself, we kick you out of the office in December until the new year rolls around.
  • Paid parental leave
    When the time comes to welcome a new member of the family, we offer 3 months fully paid parental leave.
  • Guaranteed pay-rises
    Everyone at Ghost receives a minimum 5% pay increase each year to reward loyalty and offset the cost of inflation.
  • Dog friendly office
    Just kidding we literally don't have an office - but apparently tech companies think is an important detail to put on job descriptions and we didn't want to feel left out. So, um. Feel free to work with your dog.

How to apply

We don't hire people often, and positions rarely open up. We're pretty proud that in the 5 years since Ghost started nobody has ever quit. So when we do add a member to the team, we're pretty diligent about it. This is a very different attitude to most companies.

We’re profitable, we have unlimited runway, and extremely healthy revenue growth. There is no investor pressure or time limit or need to hire as many people as fast as possible to fill a fancy office. We want to keep the team as small as we can, automate as much as possible with robots, build great software, and enjoy our work as much as possible. Those are the things we optimise for. If that sounds like a good fit for you, then we’d encourage you to get in touch.

All jobs at Ghost start with an application form, progressing to 1-2 short phone interviews, and finally a paid trial project.

Rather than trying to guess if we'll work well together based on lengthy arbitrary interview questions or "code challenges" - instead we invite promising candidates to work on a real life trial project with us and pay them for their time. Trial projects are typically 20-30 hours of work, and give us an opportunity to get to know each other prior to pursuing a full time offer. It’s also a chance for candidates to get to know the Ghost team and make sure that it’s a good fit for them.

The button below will take you to the application form for this position where you can tell us a little more about yourself. Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit - maybe send them a link to this page?



Unfortunately due to the volume of submissions that come in whenever we open a position we aren't able to respond to every single application, but if yours is successful - you'll hear back from us within around a week.

If this role isn't a good fit for you, but you are interested in hearing about any other roles that open up in future, you can subscribe to our careers mailing list. We never use this list for any promotional emails, marketing, or anything else. You'll only ever get an email to let you know when we're hiring for a new position:

Senior Infrastructure Engineer at Ghost
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