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Senior Platform Engineer

Software Engineering · Seattle, Washington

First Mode is a creative engineering company solving the toughest problems on and off the planet, with the goal of having an outsized impact on the world around us. We build the barely possible.  

From our state-of-the-art manufacturing and production facilities in Seattle and Perth, we design and deliver resilient, reliable solutions for the most demanding and constrained frontiers in existence. In the last year our engineers built a 2MW hydrogen fuel cell and battery powerplant to retrofit a three-story, 300-metric-ton-capacity diesel haul truck; designed the power source and refueling system for the world’s first endurance race vehicle to be powered by liquid hydrogen; and delivered spaceflight hardware headed 370 million kilometers from Earth to asteroid 16 Psyche. 

While each project is unique, we typically meld together robotics, automation, systems engineering, modeling and simulation, and advanced fabrication to create a new future across many industries. If you have exceptional talent and a vision for the future, we want to talk. 

First Mode is seeking to add members to its software systems team who have strong capabilities for working these types of problems within a constrained, fast-paced environment. Applicants from all industries are welcome, with particular emphasis in software development in complex, multidisciplinary systems.

Position Responsibilities

The Senior Platform Engineer at First Mode will have a unique opportunity to serve as a member of the supporting engineering team for the engineering organization. In this role, you will:

  • Design, build, and support First Mode’s CI/CD pipelines
  • Develop internal tools and services, using both on-premise and cloud-based deployments
  • Work closely with the engineering team to design and develop solutions to support unique needs of our organization, our projects, and our customers
  • Strategize, plan, and implement solutions to ensure optimal performance and functionality of our mission-critical applications
  • Use your expertise in a wide range of technologies to successfully support our complex enterprise environment
  • Mentor and coach other team members to develop their skills

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in a DevOps, IT, SysAdmin, or comparable position
  • Experience developing procedures and architecture to support a robust cybersecurity and data security posture
  • Experience in performing design reviews for proposed architecture as well as reviewing existing architecture and providing recommendations

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will fit many, but not all, of the following technical qualifications. We value talent and passion over ticking every box.

  • Manage on-premise and cloud-based infrastructure, experience with an Infrastructure as Code toolchain (e.g. Ansible, Chef, AWS CDK, Terraform)
  • Experience with administration of cloud environments (AWS, Azure, Google), hybrid on-prem/cloud interoperability, and data migration between environments
  • Experience writing scripts and develop internal tooling to automate tasks — including configuration management and support of internal custom applications
  • Experience in scripting languages and programmatic tools including Bash, Python, PowerShell, etc.
  • Have experienced one or more complete product life cycles
  • Configuration and deployment of common Linux application servers (e.g. Postgres, Grafana)
  • DevOps experience with embedded-focused software teams
  • Experience developing tooling for supporting Hardware in the Loop testing


  • This position will be located at First Mode’s headquarters in Seattle, WA and will be required to work in office >60% of working hours


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here. 

Benefits & Perks

  • Competitive compensation and bonus structure
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • Flexible PTO with 12 week supplementary paid parental leave
  • 401(k) retirement account with a discretionary employer match
  • Commuter benefits (parking and public transportation)
  • A culture that encourages professional growth with learning and development reimbursements
  • Open and collaborative workspaces with free office snacks and lunches
  • Hybrid work model


First Mode is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with First Mode is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.