Vacancy: Web Operations Engineer


About this Web operations Engineer job

We need a super-talented and enthusiastic Web Ops/Sys Admin who is keen to work on a high availability, fast cycling Agile release system – in a collaborative manner – building a more robust, reliable and automated platform. Over half the organisation are clever tech people.

  • We’re massive fans of the DevOps movement – working with many DEvOps guys at clients, and our CEO spoke at DevOpsDays in London in March.
  • Our CEO is a geek (but we keep him away from the live systems…).

We are looking for people who are interested in being given the opportunity to solve interesting problems with other smart, passionate people. The work opportunities are broad:

  • we manage most of our own hardware and we have a lot of it (100-ish units).
  • we run our own virtualised environments.
  • we have many sophisticated products and applications and are making better use of good existing technologies  (rather than coding our way out of every challenge).

We’ve started making progress with automation of everything in our stack.

We’re fans of companies like Etsy and also want to view things from a “full-stack” perspective with close collaboration between developers and operations.

Day-to-day, this job involves working in a highly collaborative manner with everyone in the organisation, particularly our other technical staff.

  • improving the way we collaborate and get things done.
  • this role requires no visits to our data centres.
  • (in fact It’s based in Canterbury – (1 hour from London St Pancras) – home of 3 Universities, a vibrant geek scene (Digibury and Canterury Bar camp)

About you (the more the better):

  • 2+ years experience in a Systems/Operations role.
  • you’re an advocate of DevOps and want to work somewhere that is too.
  • enjoy working with other people (not just other operations people) : (a dark corner with headphones is not your natural style)
  • you love Linux
  • you know the importance of monitoring and have experience configuring and managing monitoring tools (we have more!)
  • you have hands on experience with server build automation.
  • you’re experienced with maintaining fast-release-cyle systems and high availability systems
  • you care about you being better, your team being better and your company being better
  • you like a nice environment – clean air,  beaches 7 miles away, music / theatre/ culture (we’re based in Canterbury – 60 minutes to London St Pancras, 60 minutes to France!)

Technologies Not all needed  – we don’t use all of these: (yet)

  • Linux, RedHat/ Centos
  • OO languages: like python
  • Automation: We use SALT but are equally keen on people with cfEngine, Puppet & Chef experience.
  • Monitoring: Zabbix, New Relic, Logstash, Kibana, Graphite, StatsD
  • CI: Jenkins, TeamCity
  • Database/document stores: PostGres, Mongodb, elasticsearch, Solr
  • Other: KVM, Google Apps, PowerDNS, Rack Monkey
  • More other: Apache, MySQL, Samba

How To Apply

Send an email with your CV and a cover note to hr  at our domain

Interview process There are normally 3 stages:

  • Quick phone interview
  • Face to face interview
  • Practical exercise (usually same day as the Interview)

Things that will help you get our attention:

  • Your regular haunts so far as blogs & email groups.
  • Communities & events you attend or are involved with.
  • Technical books you love
  • Links to your Twitter/ personal websites/blogs

The Job Location:

Did we mention already that we’re based in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury :<) – (60 minutes from London St Pancras by train: 70 minutes by car to London South bank) – with 3 Universities and a vibrant culture of software start-ups and music/ theatre/ culture.


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