Kubernetes Engineer with Defense Unicorns

Remote (Worldwide)

$215K - 250K a year

Defense Unicorns delivers mission value by streamlining software delivery so our customers can focus on the most important challenges. We share a vision of freedom and security for the advancement of progress and innovation. Our commitment to this vision, and to our mission-driven customers, means a commitment to speed, user experience and optionality, without compromising security. Our team is composed of innovators, software engineers, and veterans with decades of experience delivering technology programs across the federal market.

What We Do:

We create and deliver secure solutions for continuous software integration and delivery. Defense Unicorns consolidates the best practices for security pipelines, testing, and deployment automation in order to meet the high security requirements valued by mission owners. Our solutions are agnostic by design and we believe that growing a robust ecosystem of secure, cloud-native software solutions can help enterprise customers inside and outside the federal market buy and integrate software more easily.

Who We Serve:

Defense Unicorns' customers are mission-focused leaders across public and private enterprises. We proudly support defense and civil agencies across the U.S. government and we work closely with the creators of leading-edge software solutions to deliver value to the mission-owner by improving the security and consumability of commercial software products.

What we work on:

  • Airgap software delivery
  • Kubernetes
  • Cloud Environments (AWS/GCP and Azure)
  • Infrastructure-as-code (like Terraform)
  • Continuous Delivery
  • GitOps
  • Containers
  • CNCF projects and open source products and packages
  • Helm/Kustomize
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Building and improving security delivery

Desired Experience:

  • Experienced with building tools and products to automate repeatable processes for use by engineers.
  • Skilled at evaluating emerging tech to determine if it can be integrated into existing products to improve their impact and value.
  • Success in moving from concept to a proof of value to create customer delight and engagement.
  • Experienced with transitioning Proof of Concept solutions into full product offerings, maturing engineering process and procedures, as well as solidifying architecture to support reliancy, scalability and security to support production workloads and environments.
  • Demonstrated track record in effective communication to clients, colleagues, leadership and other stakeholders through the product development lifecycle or project lifecycle to meet key milestones, validate direction and new feature work, raise issues/blockers and ensure they are resolved.
  • Experienced in navigating the engineering tradespace to balance mission focus, security, value delivery and timelines by collaborating with engineers, program managers and customers.
  • Experienced working in a remote or asynchronous work environment.

What you'll be responsible for:

  • Productizing solutions for reuse across Defense Unicorns' customers.
  • Evaluating emerging tech and making determinations and recommendations for integrating with existing Defense Unicorns products to improve mission impact.
  • Interacting and engaging in an all-remote environment.
  • Collaborating with a diverse team of engineers responsible for delivering and maintaining applications in production.
  • Communicating effectively to clients, colleagues, Unicorn leadership and other stakeholders to meet key milestones, validate direction and new feature work, raise issues/blockers and ensure they are resolved.
  • Working with other senior engineers to create new products, features, and improvements to existing products based on client needs.
  • Managing projects from start to finish, including planning, developing, testing, release versioning, and existing version support. Projects could include:
    • Building and maintaining DevSecOps tooling for Kubernetes workloads (CI/CD, IaC, GitOps, pipelines, automation, etc).
    • Migrating legacy applications to AWS or Kubernetes environments and integration with service mesh, security, policy and observability tooling.
    • Instrumenting observability stacks for centralized management of multi-cluster environments.
  • Contributing to robust open source projects.
  • Code and architecture reviews for cross-company, cross-team products.

Benefits Our Unicorns Enjoy:*


  • Medical/Dental/Vision
    • Premiums are 100% Company Paid
    • Health Reimbursement Account
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance


  • Annual Salary Range: $215,000 to 250,000
  • 401k with Employer Contribution (Regardless of Employee Contribution)
  • Company Stock Options
  • Home Office Setup Budget


  • Unlimited paid time off, with a mandatory 10 days off on top of 11 federal government holidays, week of Thanksgiving, last two weeks of December (including New Year's Day)
  • Paid Parental Leave


  • Reimbursement for approved trainings/subscriptions
  • Conferences (travel, lodging, and fees)