Jesse Verbruggen, Developer in Mol, Belgium
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Jesse Verbruggen

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DevOps Engineer and Developer

Location
Mol, Belgium
Toptal Member Since
November 1, 2021

Jesse is a developer with experience in mobile, full-stack web, and DevOps development. He works in great detail with industry-leading technologies such as Kubernetes, gRPC, and Redis and excels in several programming languages such as Go, Python, Kotlin, and Node.js. With his vast array of skills, Jesse thoroughly understands many aspects of the industry and applies the best fit on a case per case basis.

Portfolio

SemperFi IT Solutions
Kubernetes, GitHub, Go, Node.js, Next.js, Rust, .NET 6, Camunda BPM...
Pfizer
Kubernetes, Python, Docker, Vault, Terraform, GitHub, CI/CD Pipelines, Argo CD...
Learning Break Technology Inc
DevOps, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), CI/CD Pipelines, Test Automation...

Experience

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Google Cloud, Kubernetes, Docker, Go, Node.js, gRPC, Flutter, CI/CD Pipelines, Microservices, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Deployment, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, DevOps Engineer

The most amazing...

...thing I've created from scratch is a Kubernetes-native distributed event streaming platform.

Work Experience

Tech Lead

2023 - PRESENT
SemperFi IT Solutions
  • Designed a multi-tenant platform on top of Camunda to build executable workflows for government agencies, helping them work more efficiently with upgraded industry standards and disrupting the current landscape.
  • Oversaw and steered the go-live for the first clients using this platform, enabling three clients to use it within the first months of going to market.
  • Coordinated technical planning and documentation to build this platform cooperatively and efficiently as a SaaS solution.
  • Automated CI/CD in a maintainable way to ship rolling releases, with instant feedback on potential failures before they can reach production and monitoring on the other side to gain insights into potential issues in the live environments.
Technologies: Kubernetes, GitHub, Go, Node.js, Next.js, Rust, .NET 6, Camunda BPM, Authentication, Multitenancy, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevSecOps, Release Management, Grafana, Prometheus, APIs, JSON, Bash, IT Security, Argo CD

Senior DevOps Engineer

2021 - 2024
Pfizer
  • Configured new and existing applications onto Kubernetes, solving the need for scalable, cost-effective global deployments and optimizing the development process for new and existing apps.
  • Leveraged the Kubernetes Vertical Pod Autoscaler to get recommendations on resource usage to minimize resource usage across all projects.
  • Implemented an overwritable front-end configuration strategy to save up to 80% in build-time execution.
  • Introduced new cloud technologies to leverage the power of existing solutions, resulting in more insights into the topology of interconnected systems and system failures.
  • Set up workflows to enable on-demand environments to be spun up.
Technologies: Kubernetes, Python, Docker, Vault, Terraform, GitHub, CI/CD Pipelines, Argo CD, PostgreSQL, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS DevOps, Continuous Delivery (CD), DevOps, Continuous Deployment, Continuous Integration (CI), DevOps Engineer, Cloud Architecture, Rancher, Scalability, Load Balancers, Cloud Services, GitHub Actions, Amazon RDS, Authentication, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevSecOps, Release Management, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS ALB, Prometheus, APIs, Bash, IT Security

DevOps Engineer

2023 - 2023
Learning Break Technology Inc
  • Automated Google Cloud Platform infrastructure with Terraform and GitHub Actions, resulting in easy-to-maintain infrastructure.
  • Developed Cloud Functions to show and introduce different capabilities to newly onboarded developers.
  • Configured automated pipelines for Google Cloud Run deployments with full integration and testing capabilities.
Technologies: DevOps, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), CI/CD Pipelines, Test Automation, Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, GitHub Actions, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Release Management, Google Cloud Functions, Google Cloud Storage, APIs, JSON, Bash

Cloud Infrastructure Engineer

2022 - 2023
causaLens
  • Created Terraform scripts to create a Kubernetes cluster in AWS, Azure, and GCP to host the Causal AI Platform (CAP) for an AI company.
  • Implemented the AWS EFS CSI driver with Terraform to automatically bind expandable volumes to the AWS EKS cluster.
  • Scripted a minikube installation with all requirements needed to develop the Causal AI Platform on developer machines.
Technologies: Kubernetes, Terraform, DevOps, Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Amazon EKS, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), DevOps Engineer, Amazon Web Services (AWS), CI/CD Pipelines, Continuous Delivery (CD), Continuous Deployment, Continuous Integration (CI), GitHub, Cloud Architecture, Scalability, Cloud Services, GitHub Actions, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), DevSecOps, AWS ALB, Bash, IT Security

Software Engineer

2021 - 2022
Customs4trade
  • Redesigned and developed tools for onboarding new customers and the automated setup of their required infrastructure.
  • Fixed several issues found during penetration testing that improved the platform's security and reliability.
  • Collected and calculated data insights to provide the customers with the report statistics on internal services.
Technologies: C#, Azure, SQL, Azure Functions, Azure Service Bus, Back-end, Azure DevOps, Redis Cache, Cloud Architecture, Multitenancy, Grafana, Prometheus, APIs, JSON

DevOps Consultant

2020 - 2022
Axxes
  • Shared knowledge about Docker by running the workshops at different universities in Belgium, which improved overall company visibility.
  • Trained new joiners on different topics, taught them best practices and onboarded them into the company.
  • Gave multiple speeches at our conferences to share knowledge with colleagues.
  • Contributed to several in-house applications for feel-good and customer success purposes, experimenting with new technologies in a professional environment.
Technologies: C#, Public Speaking, Training, Kubernetes, Docker, Azure, Back-end, Azure DevOps, CI/CD Pipelines, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), DevOps, Containerization, Unix, AWS Lambda, Redis Cache, Continuous Deployment, GitHub, DevOps Engineer, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Release Management, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS ALB, Google Cloud Functions, Google Cloud Storage, APIs, CircleCI, JSON, Bash, MongoDB, Spring

DevOps Engineer

2020 - 2021
Fednot
  • Automated pipelines to production, which removed over 30% of the technical support team's workload, allowing them to improve other areas of the company.
  • Structured a knowledge base on Confluence for different teams to share knowledge about the products in a standardized way.
  • Rolled out Kubernetes to replace the original legacy Tomcat VM deployments that were hard to scale, configure, debug, and maintain.
Technologies: CI/CD Pipelines, Google Cloud, Java, Linux, Kubernetes, Docker, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), DevOps, Containerization, Unix, Continuous Deployment, DevOps Engineer, Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Authentication, DevSecOps, Release Management, Grafana, Prometheus, Google Cloud Functions, Google Cloud Storage, APIs, JSON, Bash, IT Security, Argo CD

Lead Software Engineer

2019 - 2020
Yoflow
  • Designed and built a Kubernetes-native distributed event streaming platform as a core distribution system for all platform events.
  • Automated certificate management for all services, securing all communication channels with mTLS.
  • Developed a mobile application to manage tasks in Flutter that was very responsive because it used bidirectional streaming and incorporated live updates across multiple devices at its core.
  • Stress-tested components in the platform to test and improve the scalability of the distributed platform.
Technologies: Go, Dgraph, gRPC, Kubernetes, Google Cloud, Redis, Flutter, Test-driven Development (TDD), Back-end, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), CI/CD Pipelines, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), DevOps, Containerization, Unix, Serverless Architecture, Redis Cache, Continuous Deployment, DevOps Engineer, InfluxDB, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Services, Authentication, Multitenancy, Release Management, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), AWS CloudTrail, Grafana, Prometheus, Google Cloud Functions, Google Cloud Storage, APIs, CircleCI, JSON, Bash, MongoDB, Spring

Software Engineer

2018 - 2019
Agilians
  • Analyzed business requirements and recorded them in BPMN schemas during workshops with the customer, which resulted in tremendous business-IT alignment, design transparency, and short development cycles.
  • Improved pipeline speed by over 150% and integrated post-deployment sanity checks to improve overall release quality.
  • Introduced documentation-driven development, which allowed teams to work more easily simultaneously.
Technologies: Docker, Kubernetes, Node.js, Kotlin, CI/CD Pipelines, React, Back-end, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), DevOps, Containerization, Unix, Redis Cache, Continuous Deployment, DevOps Engineer, Cloud Architecture, Virtual Machines, Authentication, Multitenancy, Release Management, Prometheus, Google Cloud Storage, APIs, JSON, Bash, MongoDB, Spring

Miniseries: Getting Started with Rust Using Rustlings

https://medium.com/@verbruggenjesse/getting-started-with-rust-using-rustlings-part-1-variables-4dbcdfbfa58f
I have written a miniseries chronicling my journey learning Rust, aimed at teaching other newbies. So far, the series has reached over 600 people and gained me 20 followers, with a read ratio of 25%. It's a work in progress, but the project is halfway finished.

Flutterdex

https://github.com/Jessev6/Flutterdex
Flutterdex is a Flutter mobile application used for a workshop about the basic principles of Flutter 2.0.

I made this project specifically to teach students at the university several features they would need to successfully create their project in Flutter.
2015 - 2018

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Thomas More University of Applied Sciences - Geel, Belgium

SEPTEMBER 2020 - SEPTEMBER 2023

Certified Kubernetes Application Developer

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Libraries/APIs

Node.js, React

Tools

Terraform, GitHub, Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS), Amazon EKS, Grafana, CircleCI, Vault, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Camunda BPM, AWS CloudTrail

Languages

Bash, Go, C#, Python, Kotlin, Java, SQL, Rust

Platforms

Kubernetes, Docker, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Linux, Azure, Unix, AWS Lambda, AWS ALB, Azure Functions, Rancher

Paradigms

Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD), DevOps, Continuous Deployment, DevSecOps, Microservices, Serverless Architecture, Test-driven Development (TDD), Azure DevOps, Test Automation

Storage

Google Cloud Storage, JSON, MongoDB, Google Cloud, Redis, PostgreSQL, Redis Cache, Dgraph, InfluxDB

Frameworks

gRPC, Spring, Flutter, Next.js

Other

CI/CD Pipelines, Containerization, Argo CD, DevOps Engineer, Cloud Architecture, Authentication, Multitenancy, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Release Management, APIs, IT Security, Networking, Back-end, AWS DevOps, Scalability, Load Balancers, Cloud Services, GitHub Actions, Prometheus, Google Cloud Functions, Azure Service Bus, Public Speaking, Training, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), Technical Writing, Writing & Editing, Virtual Machines, Amazon RDS, .NET 6

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