Choose from a constant stream of top DevOps jobs while staying flexible as a freelancer.

At Toptal, you get to work on complex DevOps projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a Toptaler, you can design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.
Hiring DevOps engineers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.
  • Grow your career by working with top companies
    At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and J.P. Morgan and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.
  • Never worry about payments
    At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.
  • Design your own lifestyle
    No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.
  • Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses
    Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.
  • Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog
    With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.
  • Speak at conferences and attend events
    Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal DevOps community:

Darin Sleiter
Stillwater, United States
With a PhD in physics from Stanford, and a professional software developer background, Darin has the experience and skills to fulfill both data science and data engineering roles. He greatly enjoys using machine learning and statistics to help businesses take advantage of their data. Read more
Sina Augusto Iman
San Francisco, CA, United States
Sina started his career as an IT consultant developing web applications for various organizations within the US government using Java, Ruby, JavaScript, and semantic technologies. Now he's putting his computer science background to use by building technology projects for the web and mobile. Read more
Andrea Villa
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
Andrea loves challenges and enjoys learning new concepts. He has more than ten years of experience in the IT field, and he has become an achieved expert in a variety of skills including DevOps, Offensive Security, Development, Startups, and Cryptocurrencies. Read more
Mike Stankavich
Aguada, Puerto Rico, United States
Mike is a senior data engineer and freelance architect experienced across the development stack. He has extensive cloud and infrastructure experience, with multiple certifications from Microsoft, ISC2, Powersoft, and more. He currently builds data back-ends for web apps at scale on the RDBMS or NoSQL platforms. Read more
Chris Gunawardena
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Chris is a developer/solutions architect with over 12 years of experience working for Accenture, Cricket Australia, RMIT University, and Sportsbet. He is a full-stack developer capable of DevOps and automated testing as well as creating cutting-edge web applications. Read more
Maxim Fedchyshyn
San Francisco, CA, United States
Over the years, Maxim has managed the infrastructure of different levels, from a two-person startup to a multi thousand-strong corporation. Upon starting a new project, he pushes to adopt industry best practices while following the motto, "Move fast, think big." Both an individual contributor and a team player, he favors quality, failover, and reliability. He is passionate about containers and the infrastructure-as-a-code paradigm. Read more
Brandon Varilone
South Lyon, MI, United States
Brandon has 13+ years identifying business objectives and defining technical strategies and processes to achieve them. He demonstrates an extraordinary aptitude for leveraging technology to efficiently and concisely solve complex problems. His expertise includes thought leadership, technical strategy, enterprise architecture, cloud computing and big data. Read more
Brian Hammond
Cortlandt, NY, United States
Brian has over 15 years of experience as a full-stack developer, including creating a #1 iOS game in 2008 and scaling Yahoo! ad servers. Brian's strengths are adaptability, clear communication, and a relentless focus on the details that get projects shipped. Read more
Enrique Conci
Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Enrique is a Senior Unix System Administrator with extensive experience in Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Solaris. He specializes in task automation and deployment of large applications. He has over 5 years of experience in leading system administration teams and about 12 years working on Unix-based systems. Read more
Fredrik Håård
Stockholm, Sweden
Fredrik is a developer with over ten years of contracting and entrepreneurial experience. He specializes in back-end product development and lifecycle maintenance in everything from cluster implementations in Telcom charging systems to full-stack product development for one-person startups. Read more

See 3 typical DevOps jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite DevOps engineers for their mission-critical jobs.
  • DevOps / Deployment Engineer
    Amazon Web Services, Containers, NGINX
    We are looking for an experienced DevOps Engineer who has strong Linux and AWS skills. We primarily use Debian and Ubuntu, but are open to other distributions. Our immediate need is for a skilled developer to work alongside our on-site engineer and set up NGINX deployments using AWS containers for auto-scaling and failover.
  • Docker Expert
    Docker, Amazon Web Services, Amazon RDS, GitHub
    We are looking for a Docker expert who will have full access to our private Docker repository (which pulls from GitHub), and who ensures that builds are automatically deployed into an existing AWS swarm. In addition, this expert will need to validate the database connection to an existing AWS Aurora RDS, ensuring that application updates from Docker containers can efficiently migrate database changes without breaking the application.
  • Cloud Consultant
    Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform
    We are an early stage startup, and we are already facing scalability issues. Customers love the product we have so far. Now, we are looking for someone that can help us decide which cloud provider to use, set up the correct server infrastructure, and handle deployments for the application. We are a small team looking for someone with experience working in startups who can bring a high level of expertise and take our product to the next level.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.
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Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top engineers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic

You’re invited to join PyCaribbean 2018, an annual, international conference of Python experts with the goal of connecting the North American, European, Hispanic, and Caribbean communities. The 3rd annual event takes place February 17-18 in Santo Domingo.

The event will feature several speakers, including Eryn Peters, Toptal’s Head of Community. Eryn will give a talk on February 17th titled “Benefits of remote working and contracting independently.” Join Eryn at 3:20 PM in Room C.

The event starts at 9am at PYHEX Work. For more information and the schedule, please see the event website.


Join us for Delex 2018, February 17th in Minsk.

Delex stands for Delivery Excellence: a dense mixture of best practices and experience. Skilled usage of test automation and DevOps can shift delivery to new heights.

This one-day event will be filled up with progressive ideas from changemakers and the most inspiring thinkers, raising the standards of automated testing, DevOps, and tools.

Igor Khrol, Toptal’s Team Lead of Analytics, will give a talk titled “Who should write automated tests?” He’ll discuss various team roles: testers, developers, test automation engineers, and business analysts, and will share his experience in managing teams. Join Igor at 3:20 PM in Room 1.

The event takes place at Renaissance Minsk Hotel. For more information, please see the event posting.


We invite you to join the next Ruby Meditation, taking place in Kiev, February 17th.

The event is a great opportunity to meet the Ruby community in the area as well as developers like Ike Kurghinyan, Team Lead at Toptal. Ike will give a talk titled “Monads are monoids in the category of endofunctors explained.”

The event begins at 11 AM at Hub 4.0. For more information on the schedule, please visit the even website.


On February 20th, we are partnering with Ruby Floripa, a group of people interested in Ruby & Rails who get together every month in Florianópolis to share their knowledge and experience.

The event will be a great opportunity to connect with other developers and Toptalers like Jônatas Paganini, Back-end Developer and Team Lead at Toptal, who will be one of the event speakers. Jônatas will give a talk titled “Search Ruby code with fast.”

The event begins at 7:00 PM at Resultados Digitais HQ 2.0. For more information, please see the event website.

Publish technical papers alongside DevOps engineers on the Toptal Engineering Blog.

The Toptal Engineering Blog features hundreds of thousands of subscribers, daily in-depth technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from leading publications across the tech industry. By joining, you’ll be able to publish on the Toptal Engineering Blog and show your top work off to a global audience of DevOps engineers.
Luke Sapan
Freelance Software Engineer
Ramping up Software Deployment - A Docker Swarm Tutorial
Docker itself has been around for years and is composed of many inter-operating pieces. One of them is Docker Swarm, which allows you to declare your applications as stacks of services, and let Docker handle the rest. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Luke Sapan explains how to use Docker Swarm to deploy your own self-managing stack, followed by a quick example.
Minhao Zhang
Freelance Software Engineer
Boost Your Productivity With Amazon Web Services
In the rapidly evolving Internet world, getting things done fast is always critical. Still, developers today waste hundreds of hours on tasks not related to programming: setting up databases or caches, deploying projects, monitoring online statistics, and so on. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Minhao Zhang guides us in a step-by-step tutorial on how to reduce waste by setting up your first virtual machine using Amazon Web Services, and introduces the most widely used AWS services that can boost your productivity in minutes.
Lucas Mancini
Freelance Software Engineer
Guide: Software Release Management For Small Teams
Small teams frequently have to compete with bigger, more structured organizations who are capable of allocating more resources to project management, and software release management in particular. This means that small teams, or even individual developers, need to properly organize and execute their release process in order to keep up. In this article, Toptal Freelance Software Engineer Lucas Mancini focuses specifically on small startups, teams that don't have, or can’t afford, DevOps support, or teams that don't have a formal process defined for releasing new versions of their product. The author provides a suggested checklist method to manage releases, tailored to match his past experience working on different projects, together with some recommended best practices and guidelines.
Goran Prijic
Freelance Software Engineer
Agile, Scrum, and Kanban: What the Heck Do These Words Really Mean?
When a software developer hears news about a "new JavaScript framework" or a "new IDE," he doesn't need to ask more questions to clarify what it's about. But if he hears about a "new agile framework," he will likely do the Homer-Simpsonian nodding, pretending that he knows what it's about, but he will have one, and only one, question: _"What the heck does 'agile framework' mean?"_ In the modern software development environment, we increasingly hear words like "agile," "scrum," and "kanban," and they are often used improperly. In this article, I'll try to explain and to clarify some of these terms.

Why do top DevOps experts join Toptal?

Maxim Fedchyshyn
Senior Systems Engineer
San Francisco, California
Over the years, Maxim has managed the infrastructure of many different levels of companies, from a two-person startup-up to a multi thousand-person corporation. Upon starting a new project, he pushes to adopt industry's best practices while following the motto, "Move fast, think big". He is passionate about containers and the infrastructure-as-a-code paradigm.
Toptal helps to improve a critical personal aspect - my professional growth. Every engagement brings new challenges and new usage scenarios, which ignites new opportunities to find the most efficient solution. On top of that, by contributing to each project, I learn something new from engineers all over the globe. That's fantastic!
Edin Nedzibovic
DevOps/Security Engineer
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Edin is a DevOps/security engineer with over 10 years of experience. He has worked on complex integration projects for banks, ISPs, and telco operators, as well as top startups.
Toptal has made it possible for me to become a part of great stories, extend my areas of expertise, and improve my skills in the fast expanding market of DevOps. Each project is a new and exciting challenge that has proven to be beneficial both for Toptal clients and me.
Oscar Jara
DevOps Engineer
Santa Fe, Argentina
Oscar is a top information systems engineer who has worked as a developer, system administrator, and university professor. He has extensive experience with low-level software development and has worked with client-server, distributed, and fault-tolerant web architectures.
DevOps has really evolved a lot over the last few years, and much of what is happening now is quite exciting. More and more, companies are having to deliver increasingly complex software features to customers faster than ever, with no hiccups. Toptal has made it easy to work with these kinds of top-tier companies, while really boosting my professional growth in the field. Working with Toptal, you can focus on what you love and do best, and not have to worry about the rest.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.