Senior Release Engineer (R5240)


At Elastic, we see endless possibility in a world of endless data. And we use the power of search to help people and organizations turn that possibility into results. Elastic is the leading platform for search-powered solutions. With solutions in Enterprise Search, Observability, and Security, we help improve customer and employee search experiences, keep critical applications running smoothly, and protect against cyber threats. Elastic enables organizations worldwide to use the power of Elastic, including Netflix, Uber, BBC, Microsoft, and thousands of others.

Elastic was built on a foundation of being free and open, which trickles down to how we work. We’re a distributed organization and have been from the beginning. Being distributed isn’t just a way of doing business—it’s a mentality that is at the core of our culture.

About the Team

The Platform release team provides the framework, guidance and leadership that empowers product teams to build and ship Elastic software every three weeks. We’re continuously evolving our release workflow and increasingly pushing boundaries towards a Continuous Delivery model to our Cloud offering. There are many challenges ahead of us, and we’re looking for the person that will help us solve them and keep our releases non-events, regardless of our scale. Does this sound like you?

Our release infrastructure is powered by technologies such as Gradle, Docker, Ansible, Kubernetes, Tekton CD, Jenkins, Buildkite, common Cloud Services Providers (GCP/AWS), signing technology (gpg, countersigning, notarization) and languages such as Java and Python.

In this role, you will

  • Take over the architecting and implementation of the decentralization of our release flow in the Release Manager Gradle codebase.
  • Help re-think and evolve our time-based release process towards a continuous delivery model.
  • Work closely with the product teams to plan and coordinate the revamping of their build pipelines to optimize for build time and team ownership.
  • Mentor junior engineers on the team.

What You Bring Along:

  • Your experience in the software delivery ecosystem, working on CI/CD pipelines
  • A deep understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle: building, packaging, testing and releasing
  • A passion for working across the org and interacting with internal customers

Other skills you will likely need to succeed

  • Proficiency with Docker and containerization
  • Experience with Kubernetes and one cloud provider (AWS, GCP or Azure)
  • Experience with Jenkins, Tekton CD and other CI/CD technologies
  • Experience with build systems like Gradle, Maven and languages such as Java and Python
  • Independent and driven, you have invested in your organizational skills and know how to “get in the zone” to focus on writing code

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Double your charitable giving - We match donations 1:1 up to $1500 USD (or local currency equivalent)
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love.
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

We welcome individuals with disabilities and strive to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all individuals. To request an accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please email We will reply to your request within 24 business hours of submission.

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