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Hi, I am Max

Max Levine

Infrastructure Team Lead at VivaCity Labs

Mission driven Platform Engineer leading the Infrastructure team at VivaCity Labs building smart, sustainable, AI-powered cities



VivaCity Labs

Dec 2022 - Present, London, UK

At VivaCity, our vision is to make cities smarter, safer and more sustainable. Our AI sensors and ‘Smart Junctions’ signal control gather detailed and anonymous data 24/7 on transport modes, traffic flow and travel patterns, supporting strategic decisions to help optimise the transport network and improve urban infrastructure.

Infrastructure Team Lead

May 2023 - Present

  • Led four person infrastructure team, including training and development plans, coaching, planning sprints, and running retrospectives
  • Responsible for continuous integration, kubernetes, terraform, on-premise servers, GKE cloud infrastructure, DNS, VPN, Security, IT
  • Onboarded operations teams onto Jira service management for alerting, incident management, task tracking, and internal and external helpdesks
Platform Engineer

Dec 2022 - May 2023

  • Maintained Jenkins CI process running builds across >20 on-prem VM agent nodes, including GPU-passthrough enabled VMs
  • Mitigated technical debt in kubernetes cluster and terraform IaC
  • Developed formal incident response procedure including incident post-mortem templates and guidance
  • Built new physical servers and joined to existing proxmox cluster to expand VM plant capacity

DevOps Engineer (Contractor)
Crescent Med

Oct 2022 - Oct 2022,

Crescent Med is building immersive remote learning experiences for surgical education

  • Refactored code for cloud compatibility
  • Deployed microservices to Azure
  • Documented deployment process and Azure concepts

Platform Software Engineer
Elephant Healthcare

Sep 2022 - Sep 2022, London, UK

Elephant provides digital software to medical centres in third world countries

  • Built kubernetes web deployments deployed using Helm and ArgoCD on AWS EKS.
  • Used a GitOps methodology to maximise automation flows based around git infrastructure.
  • Made redundant due to funding issues resulting in 70% reduction in costs across business.

Morgan Stanley

Jun 2018 - Mar 2022, London, UK

Morgan Stanley helps people, institutions and governments raise, manage and distribute the capital they need to achieve their goals

Data Infrastructure Engineer

Aug 2020 - Mar 2022

  • Grew plant of HVR hubs from 4 to 30 across four environments, including both clustered and single-node installations.
  • Designed and implemented new REST API server based on Python’s FastAPI with PostgreSQL to store and manage configuration data for HVR plant.
  • Onboarded team onto Ansible Tower with playbooks and dynamic inventories to automate operations performed by colleagues, adjacent teams, and clients.
  • Used Jenkins as a CI/CD server to build and deploy software onto globally distributed AFS according to internal SDLC process.
Summer Analyst

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

  • Developed a flexible Python application to build and run instances of Sybase ASE either locally or, using the Treadmill API, on cloud-based containers.
  • Customisable with CLI flags and environment variables for build details or Sybase configuration.

IT Officer
Warwick Student Cinema

Feb 2017 - Mar 2019, Coventry, UK

Warwick Student Cinema is a nationally acclaimed, student run, professional standard cinema

  • Developed and maintained PHP website and CRM used for film schedules, staff rotas, events management, and resource tracking by up to 3,500 monthly users.
  • Migrated bare-metal and virtual machine based services onto Docker containers spread across a seven node cluster using GlusterFS to replicate persistent data.
  • Purchased scalable HP rack server based on user requirements, architected and implemented integration with existing infrastructure, and decommissioned legacy hardware.
  • Maintained office infrastructure for over 50 staff members, including an active directory, internal Wi-Fi network, printers, and role-based access control, as well as providing regular user support.

Noam Masorti Youth

Summer 2015 - Summer 2019, London, UK

Noam invests in its young people by allowing them space to explore what they value, challenging them to take on new experiences and equipping them with the skills they need to become inspiring leaders.

Welfare Officer

Summer 2019 - Summer 2019

  • In later years held a senior role directing other leaders and providing specialised welfare support.
Senior Summer Camp Leader

Summer 2015 - Summer 2018

  • Volunteered as a leader on three week long summer camps for groups of 30 - 70 children between the ages of 11 and 15.
  • Wrote and ran educational programs teaching about history, school issues, and Judaism.
  • Supported unique situations and needs, such as SEN, homesickness, and behavioural issues.
  • Gained skills in leadership, co-operation, welfare, and discipline.