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American Equity Sr Cloud Infrastructure Engineer in West Des Moines, Iowa



The Senior Infrastructure Automation Engineer is responsible for ensuring infrastructure tooling and automations are an enabler of organizational agility, including the installation, integration, and management of cloud agnostic toolsets. The incumbent

develops and utilizes deployment and process automation capabilities (scripts, applications, platforms, APIs) to ensure processes are defined, repeatable, scalable, and able to be disseminated on-premise and in the cloud.


  • Provides strategy and implementation services that enable IT Operations to achieve substantial cost reduction and business agility benefits through the use of DevSecOps and CI/CD (continuous integration / continuous delivery) processes.

  • Assists with the development of enterprise level DevSecOps strategies and leads the building of automated infrastructure deployments; establishes DevSecOps pipelines.

  • Develops strategies for automated client/server implementations; architects the infrastructure required to support those strategies. Acts as project lead in the design and review of new server systems, applications, and hardware as it relates to automation.

  • Actively contributes to the configuration, layout, and performance tuning of the production infrastructure, in order to ensure automation optimization.

  • Modifies, maintains, and updates software, utilizing practices of change, configuration, and release management.

  • Acts as capacity planner when needed.

  • Maintains a deep understanding and awareness of technology advancements for future cloud, software, and other relative implementations and capabilities to support architecting, engineering, and planning activities in IT infrastructure and operations; conducts research on DevSecOps tool chains, automated infrastructure deployments, and cloud strategies.

  • Performs other related work as assigned.


Direct Reports: 0

General Description of Indirect Reports (2 and 3-downs):


  • Bachelor’s degree in information technology, business administration or related field of study; plus five (5) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of education and/or experience.

  • Experience working with multiple technology platforms and systems.


Must hold at least two major vendor technical certifications such as MCSE, VMWare VCP, Cisco CCNA, Azure DevOps Engineer Expert, etc.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience with the implementation of “infrastructure as code” and the management of network and security infrastructure, automated server deployments and an understanding of DevSecOps tool chains and integrations.

  • Must have working knowledge in Ansible, Terraform, PowerShell, Python, Kubernetes, Azure, VMWare, Windows and Linux.

  • Strong analytical skills with ability to research issues and products.

  • Strong customer service orientation.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups.

  • Mathematical skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Takes initiative; is highly self-motivated and directed.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

  • Problem-solving skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to work cooperatively and successfully with employees, customers, and other outside third parties.

  • Ability to successfully handle pressure and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and issues simultaneously.

  • Minimal to no travel is required for this position.