Principal Engineer –Infrastructure Automation


Posted Date
Job ID
Job Function
Information Technology
REI City
REI State
REI Location
Seattle HQ
Remote Eligible
Please visit the Covid-19 Hiring Updates before applying
What's cool about this job

At REI our core mission is to connect every person to the power of the outdoors and engage them in the fight to protect it. Contribute to REI’s success in inspiring and educating by helping people discover and participate in classes and local events. Come design, build, and support the next generation Hybrid-Cloud Infrastructure services that will power our REI IT systems.

We are looking for an experienced Systems Engineer who can lead automation efforts with a focus on our on-prem compute platforms.  You'll collaborate in a team oriented, dynamic environment with other REI IT Engineers, Architects, and Application Developers to ensure solutions understand and support all requirements. You will have support to grow your skills and explore new technologies as we continually evolve our people, processes, and technologies.


  • Develop strategies and solutions for automating the initial deployment and ongoing configuration management of compute platforms
  • Infrastructure as Code automation of complex tasks leveraging tools like Ansible, Python, PowerCLI, Jenkins and Morpheus
  • Encourage adoption of an automation mindset across team, mentoring others in the use of automation tools
  • Administration of large VMware vSphere environment supporting critical datacenter and retail operations
Bring your passion and expertise
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, or equivalent training and experience preferred.
  • 5+ years datacenter infrastructure experience focusing on infrastructure as code automation using tools like Ansible, Jenkins, PowerCLI, Packer
  • Expert level VMware vSphere abilities (vCenter, ESXi, vROps, DRS, HA, etc.)
  • Windows and/or Linux system administration experience
  • Experience with HPE server technology a plus
  • Kubernetes, AWS and Terraform experience a plus
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Experience working with Scrum/Agile/Kanban methodologies
  • Ability to participate in on-call rotation for 24x7 service requirement
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Posess strong verbal and written communication skills, be self-driven, accountable, and a constant learner.
  • Actively participate and collaborate with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals
  • Challenges status quo, champions change, influences others
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI
As required by applicable Pay Transparency laws, REI provides a range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in locations under these requirements. Factors that may be used to determine your actual salary may include a wide array of factors, including: your specific skills and experience, geographic location or other relevant factors. The salary range for this position may be lower or higher in different markets.

The pay for this role is: $85,000 to $170,000 per year  
At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posting Range
$85,000 to $170,000 per year
ARTICLE 23-A, Section 753

§753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption.

1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

(a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.

(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.