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Software Engineer, Platform Infrastructure

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • 💴 No salary range given
  • 🏡 Fully remote
  • 🧪 Minimum years of experience unspecified
  • 💬 No Japanese required
  • 🌏 Apply from abroad
  • 🧳 Relocate to Japan

About SmartNews

SmartNews Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

SmartNews is a news app with 20 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Japan. We are a machine-learning company deeply committed to helping users find quality news beyond the filter bubble.

Key benefits

  • Not too big, not too small
  • Highly collaborative environment
  • International team

About the position


  • Lead our global team of engineers to achieve operational excellence. Discover modern best practices and make them available through productivity-increasing tooling
  • Empower teams to provide reliable systems. Facilitate the operation of service level objectives (SLO), on-call rotations and blameless post-mortems
  • Drive the construction of a multi-regional cloud-native infrastructure that delivers performance to our global user base
  • Optimize the processes for trimming down infrastructure costs and tuning our fleet of instances for maximum efficiency


  • Administration experience in container orchestration platforms, preferably using Kubernetes and demonstrated by the Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) certificate
  • Experience in observability (monitoring, logging, and tracing) for cloud-based environments, using CNCF tools such as Grafana, Prometheus, Thanos, Jaeger, or SaaS tools such as Datadog
  • Expertise in maintaining self-service CI/CD platforms and supporting techniques like Trunk-Based development, GitOps-based deployments, or automated canary releases
  • Production experience in at least one programming language (e.g. Go, Java, Kotlin, Python, Ruby, or JavaScript)
  • Business level communication in English

Nice to haves

  • Strong knowledge of fundamental AWS services with a certification as an AWS Associate or above
  • Proficiency in operating public cloud services using infrastructure-as-code tools like Terraform or CloudFormation
  • Passion to stay up-to-date with latest industry topics in Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), DevOps and the AWS Well-Architected Framework
  • Knowledge of common application architecture patterns: distributed systems, microservices, asynchronous processing, event-driven systems, and others

Meet SmartNews's Developers

When Robert joined SmartNews as a software engineer, most of his colleagues were Japanese. Since then, it’s grown into an international organization where English is predominantly used.

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YuCheng is a senior software engineer at SmartNews. He explains the freedom he enjoys at SmartNews: not only from a technical perspective, but also the influence he can have over the direction of the product.

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Cortland recently joined SmartNews as an engineering manager, where he leads a six person team. He talks about what drew him to the company, his role as a manager, and how they use matrix management to maximize their engineers’ success.

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