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Published on May 20
Open Source Business Alliance

The OSB Alliance - Bundesverband für digitale Souveränität e.V. represents over 170 member companies in the Open Source economy, which together generate more than 1.7 billion € annually in Germany. Together with scientific institutions and user organisations, the association works to anchor the central importance of open source software and open standards for a digitally sovereign society in public awareness. The OSB Alliance sees open source and open standards as a compelling basis for digital sovereignty, flexibility and security in the digital transformation and thus as the answer to one of the greatest challenges of our time.

With the Sovereign Cloud Stack (SCS) project, the OSB Alliance is contributing to the realisation of the goals of the German government’s Digital Strategy 2025 and the European Gaia-X project by developing a next-generation open cloud infrastructure.

The project is driven by a small team in the OSB Alliance with multi-year funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The advertised position is part of this central team. In addition to this team, there are numerous developers from different companies and institutions in Europe who contribute to the project - some of them are funded by the project, others because their employers are interested in making this project successful.

The SCS project aims to define and implement a complete, modular, secure, open-source software stack. It covers software-defined storage and networking, operations tooling for automated deployment, logging, monitoring, alerting, trending, identity and authorisation management, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service layer, as well as a Container(Platform)-as-a-Service layer. It allows users (development teams) to create and control their own kubernetes cluster through standardised APIs and delivers standard building blocks that can be used to construct and manage container applications. This stack fulfills high security standards and comes with tooling and documentation that reduce the need for specialised expertise to run complex cloud and container infrastructures. SCS can be used by both cloud service providers and internal IT teams and can be deployed as a whole or by just cherry-picking needed components from it. The resulting infrastructure can be subjected to a certification process that ensures strict compatibility with other SCS-based platforms, thus building a network of federatable, compatible clouds.

The SCS project contributes to the European Gaia-X effort by serving as a reference for development work and enhancing it with an implementation that node-providers can leverage as a whole or in parts to deliver federated sovereign infrastructure, underpinning a sovereign data ecosystem.

In this role, you will

  • be part of the (fully remote) OSB Alliance team that leads and organizes the efforts to define, implement, validate (CI/CD), document and disseminate the SCS open source software stack
  • orchestrate a cross-cultural and cross-company team of engineers that contribute to the effort
  • interact closely with upstream communities and downstream providers
  • create relationships, structure and technology to captience, including situations when operational issues happen
  • design processes to encourage contributions to our knowledge base, collecting input also from people not involved in the SCS on a daily basis.
  • structure the processes to document collected experience, validate it and make it available in ways that are easy to consume for cloud operators, developers and users.

We expect that you

  • have a good overview over open source system software technology
  • have hands-on experience with structuring technical documentation and knowledge management systems
  • know how to work with knowledgable individuals to efficiently collect and document information and experience from them
  • have been in roles where you had responsibility for designing documentation or publications and ideally had leadership roles for teams that were tasked with such responsibilities
  • have worked with open source communities with diverse background
  • understand agile development methodologies
  • are willing and able to present processes and technology

We offer

  • working in an open and inspiring environment, in a team of highly motivated experts, with top-level industry partners, relevant open source communities and scientists
  • contributing to a project that will make a difference for Digital Sovereignty by being instrumental for a vivid ecosystem of federated infrastructure providers in Europe and beyond
  • being a key part of a new project
  • working on cutting-edge open source infrastructure technology
  • a lot of flexibility in how you organise your work and contribute to the internationally distributed team. This is an 80% position; we try to be flexible with different part-time needs.
  • getting visibility by presenting the project to stakeholders and to the public on technology conferences
  • an adequate compensation package.

Get in touch with Kurt Garloff, Dirk Lo├čack or Manuela Urban via jobs[minus]scs[at]osb[minus]alliance[dot]com if you are interested and would like to know further details. We are looking forward to receive applications with application letter, CV and other relevant material from you!