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Permanent: Systems Engineer Linux (Redhat, Puppet)


Ref: CIL / 27462

Location: Ashford, Kent

Salary: £55k + on call & pension

Duration: Full Time

Start Date: ASAP

Last updated: 19 January 2016


The successful applicant will join an established team of dedicated engineers operating the client’s data centre environments. The team design, build and support highly available environments for VeriFone’s in house applications. Reporting to the Operations Manager based in Ashford the applicant once trained will take part in the 24hr on-call rota supporting a number of datacentres within the EMEA region.

Responsible for operational excellence of the Linux infrastructure of the Managed Service. 
Set and achieve service level targets. 
Coordinates and helps prioritize enhancements to assure a sound overall architecture and uniterrupted operations. 
Coordinates PCI/DSS certification process.  
Provides System Monitoring & Alerting.
Provides Capacity & Availability management.
Adherence to strict Change Control processes.
Builds process for rapid problem detection and resolution, including escalation policies.

Industry knowledge and leadership skills that are required include:

  • Minimum of a BS in Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience.
  • Drives operational excellence through people, process and tools
  • Excellent inter-personal skills including coaching and motivating people, interacting with Senior Management, and building strong working relationship with business managers and product development teams.
  • Process and documentation oriented
  • Problem solver who can lead team through crisis situations through rational approach, mature judgment and clear coordination of tasks. 

Technical knowledge and skills that are required include:

  • Experience operating large, high-availability, redundant, transaction-based systems.
  • Strong working knowledge of all Data Center technologies, including Windows, Linux, Unix server operations, VMware.
  • Subject matter Expertise of Linux based systems such as Redhat Satellite, Puppet, Ansible, Redhat Identitiy Management
  • Advanced knowledge of established internal and external IT industry standards, practices, and methodologies as well as advanced analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good understanding of Networks and Firewall infrastructure, including Linux network related packages (e.g. iptables) and network tuning techniques
  • Experience in system monitoring tools – familiarity in Nagios, Consul and Nimsoft advantageous
  • Understanding of PCI DSS requirements, including Linux system hardening techniques, time synchronisation, event logging, and access controls 
  • BSc in Management Information Systems or equivalent
  • Linux Proven Professional, preferably RHCSA / RHCSE
  • ITIL experience required
  • strong professional experience in IT 
  • Applicant will need to be security screened
  • Requires own car and be able to travel to our datacenters within UK and France
  • Frequent travel between Uxbridge and Ashford office
  • UK Passport or be able to travel unrestricted through Europe

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