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Senior DevOps Engineer at Motorway

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  • London
  • fulltime

About Motorway

Motorway is the UK’s fastest-growing used car marketplace – our online-only platform connects private car sellers with thousands of verified dealers nationwide, ensuring everyone gets the best deal.

Founded in 2017, our innovative, technology-led approach has redefined the experience of selling a car, generating thousands of monthly car sales and helping us to grow to a team of over 200 across 3 locations.

Motorway is backed by some of the world’s leading technology investors, having recently raised £48m in Series B funding from Index Ventures, BMW iVentures and others.

This is a unique opportunity to join a fast-growing scale-up at a crucial phase of growth, build amazing products with a high degree of influence, and help change an industry for the better.


About the job

Are you someone with a passion for DevOps and are looking to help build and be part of a new Platform Engineering team within the Motorway tech org? Motorway is rapidly growing its technology team and business, and we want to provide our developers with the best platform experience — which is where you come in.

We’re in the process of migrating off our Heroku microservices environment and building out a new platform for the future with containers on AWS. Automation and efficiency is an important part of our dev experience and currently all deployments are automated using CI/CD pipelines. Things are working well now, but we want to be able to support future developer and business requirements.

This is an exciting time to join — the team is new and the company growing which presents opportunities to do things “right” to set up success for the org into the future.


What you'll do

  • Manage, maintain & support our Heroku & AWS environments and supporting infrastructure.
  • Build great tooling for engineering teams.
  • Reduce manual work (toil) for the technology team – yourself included! If we can automate it, with a tool or script - let’s do it. Infrastructure as code.
  • Own and implement appropriate monitoring & alerting.
  • Assist the development teams in using these metrics to ensure the reliability of the platform across all services across all deployments.
  • Define service level objectives.
  • Own and implement new continuous deployment & release improvements to support Motorways ambitious future plans.
  • Keep up to date with best practices in application hosting and continuous deployment.
  • Upskill and mentor other engineers in the team.



As a senior engineer you are expected to be able to demonstrate experience in broadly similar fields and technologies. This means we expect you to “have been there, done that” before, and while learning is important and supported you won't need active support beyond your onboarding. Bring your battle stories about how things went wrong and what you learned from the experience.


  • Proven track record of supporting and operating web platforms in production at scale.
  • Experience with cloud platforms like AWS.
  • Experience defining metrics and monitoring on web platforms and setting up alerting for when those metrics are breached. Know what good and bad monitoring looks like.
  • Ability to monitor and identify network policy violations and system breaches.
  • Experience with continuous delivery and zero-downtime deployments.
  • Experience with incident response in an on-call environment.
  • Comfortable with command-line tools and environments.
  • Proficient with at least one programming language.
  • Enjoy solving complex problems by working with people from outside your immediate team.
  • Working in a fast-paced environment where requirements and projects are always changing.
  • Enjoy mentoring and sharing knowledge within the team and greater engineering org.

This position will include some level of out of hours on-call after your initial training period and will be supported by the rest of the engineering team — you are not expected to be on-call 24/7/365.


As a team

We truly live our core values:

Create new roads — “Changing things for the better through innovation.”

Drive to win — “Beating the competition and winning as a team.”

Take the wheel — “Being accountable and facing difficult challenges head-on.”

Go the extra mile — “Delivering 5* standards for ourselves, our customers, and our colleagues.”

Be humble — “Leaving egos at the door — we succeed as one.”


  • A competitive salary.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave.
  • BUPA health insurance.
  • £500 annual learning budget with access to General Assembly courses, an Audible subscription and hundreds of books and online lessons.
  • Pension scheme.
  • Flexible working (approximately 2-3 days in the office a week) with the option to work fully remote for a month per year.
  • Top spec MacBook Pro and peripherals.
  • Regular social events.
  • Discounted Calm membership.
  • The chance to join a rapidly growing company that cares first and foremost about its people.
  • The chance to work with an experienced and passionate team with a big vision.
  • The opportunity to build products that have real impact and will change an industry.

Equal opportunities statement

Motorway is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees. We work to provide a supportive and inclusive environment where all individuals can maximise their full potential. We believe our workforce should reflect a variety of backgrounds, talents, perspectives and experiences. Our strong commitment to a culture of inclusion is evident through our constant focus on recruiting, developing and advancing individuals based on their skills and talents.

We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

Given the continued spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all interviews will be conducted by phone or virtual connection to protect our candidates and employees.

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