Chef Automation Engineer

7 days ago
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Technology Experts - Technical Consultant




At Perficient you’ll deliver mission-critical technology and business solutions to Fortune 500 companies and some of the most recognized brands on the planet. And you’ll do it with cutting-edge technologies, thanks to our close partnerships with the world’s biggest vendors. Our network of offices across North America, as well as locations in India and China, will give you the opportunity to spread your wings, too.


We’re proud to be publicly recognized as a “Top Workplace” year after year. This is due, in no small part, to our entrepreneurial attitude and collaborative spirit that sets us apart and keeps our colleagues impassioned, driven, and fulfilled.


Perficient currently has a career opportunity for a Lead Technical Consultant in our Cloud Integration and DevOps team.


Job Overview:


As a Lead Technical Consultant supporting our national DevOps practice, the DevOps automation engineer will leverage tools such as Chef Automate to deliver professional services in the area of systems automation solutions for our clients. The automation engineer is a highly experienced practitioner in the area of system automation solutions and has the ability to lead projects either on-site, or remote as the customer requires. As a member or our growing team, you will be working in a team environment with other practitioners such as solution architects, developers, and operations teams.


  • Provides engineering services in the use of Chef’s products, such as on-site customer installations, Chef training, cookbook development and usage, and development of custom code for customer migration or implementation.
  • Trains groups and individuals on how to use Chef products for IT automation, configuration management, and continuous delivery, and evaluates such training to ensure that training is effective, using feedback and testing to continually improve the systems used.
  • Works within the Solutions Engineering team in the development of specific cookbooks or other Chef use cases.
  • Develops and delivers great presentations on what Chef products can do, tailoring such presentations toward specific individuals; small or large organizations; or audiences as needed. Such presentations may be live or online. In such presentations, the solutions engineer articulates, with customers or potential customers, the advantages of system automation and the specific Chef advantage.
  • Remains knowledgeable and up-to-date on changes and developments in enterprise computing infrastructure and cloud computing provider industries.
  • Periodically collaborates with other teams such as marketing, support, and sales to provide technical assistance and content where applicable.
  • Documents services provided to customers, including new code, techniques and processes, in such a way as to make such services more efficient in the future.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a similar field.
  • Heavy preference for Chef Certified applicants. Chef Basic Fluency and Cookbook Development badges are required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in systems engineering/administration or software development.
  • Understanding of configuration management tools and principles.
  • Ability to work directly with customers and a commitment to their success.
  • Demonstrably superb verbal communications skills, including a dynamic and engaging presentation style that inspires confidence — significant training experience a big plus.
  • Experience in dynamic / scripting programming languages and Infrastructure Automation tools.
  • Experience in training others in complex tasks and skills.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Existing involvement in the Chef community is a bonus.
  • Experience running production IT / web operations is a bonus.
  • Prior experience in technical consulting in a customer facing environment is highly preferred.
  • Perficient full-time employees receive complete and competitive benefits. We offer a collaborative work environment, competitive compensation, generous work/life opportunities and an outstanding benefits package that includes paid time off plus holidays. In addition, all colleagues are eligible for a number of rewards and recognition programs including billable bonus opportunities. Encouraging a healthy work/life balance and providing our colleagues great benefits are just part of what makes Perficient a great place to work. 



More About Perficient


Perficient is the leading digital transformation consulting firm serving Global 2000 and enterprise customers throughout North America. With unparalleled information technology, management consulting and creative capabilities, Perficient and its Perficient Digital agency deliver vision, execution and value with outstanding digital experience, business optimization and industry solutions.


Our work enables clients to improve productivity and competitiveness; grow and strengthen relationships with customers, suppliers and partners; and reduce costs.  Perficient's professionals serve clients from a network of offices across North America and offshore locations in India and China. Traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, Perficient is a member of the Russell 2000 index and the S&P SmallCap 600 index.


Perficient is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national, origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Disclaimer:  The above statements are not intended to be a complete statement of job content, rather to act as a guide to the essential functions performed by the employee assigned to this classification.  Management retains the discretion to add or change the duties of the position at any time. 



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