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Automation Lead

  • Location:

    City of London

  • Sector:

    Cloud, Infrastructure and Services

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Salary:

    Up to £90000 per annum + benefits

  • Contact:

    Anya Losyk

  • Contact email:

    anya.losyk@lafosse.com

  • Job ref:

    84494_1665744569

  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

  • Expiry date:

    2022-11-25

  • Startdate:

    ASAP

Role: Automation Lead

Salary: Up to £90,000 + Benefits

Location: London (Hybrid role - 3 days a week in office required)

Responsibilities & Tasks

  • Working with Head of Hosting & Cloud and technical lead to implement and automate internal processes.

  • Working as a team to improve availability, performance and capacity of servers, storage and backup solutions within the Data Centres or Cloud solutions through the use of automation.

  • Champion automation and process re-engineering to continuously improve existing processes and move towards an Infrastructure as code-based environment.

  • Proficient at automation using more than one common scripting language - PowerShell, Python, bash, Puppet, Ansible, Terraform or similar.

  • Familiar with VMware and virtualisation, ideally having used the vRealize Automation product suite and Orchestrator to create blueprints and workflows.

  • Experienced in working in an Agile / DevOps environment.

  • Ownership of Infrastructure automation toolset, with the ability to develop automation tools and programs from scratch.

  • Work within a team to create and support IAAS services in AWS and Azure Cloud as needed.

  • Work closely with other teams across the wider IT department to automate manual processes.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with experience in a professional service environment.

  • Contribute to and maintain system standards.

  • Provide Tier III/other support as requested to investigate and troubleshoot issues.

  • Collaborate to build, manage and automate a disaster recovery plan in support of an overall business continuity program.

  • Work beyond scheduled hours as required providing out of hours support in incident situations.

  • Handle additional related projects as necessary.

  • Willing to work shifts between 07:00 - 18:00 as necessary on a rota basis

  • Willing to work late and weekends on an as needed basis.

  • Managing and maintaining knowledgebase and system documentation.

  • Taking ownership and management of escalated calls from the Service Desk.

Technical Skills + Knowledge

  • At least 5+ years working in an Infrastructure Operations Team supporting AWS, Azure and on-premises Infrastructure.

  • Strong knowledge of Ansible for automation and configuration management.

  • Strong PowerShell skills, ability to understand existing scripted solutions, write re-usable and well-written efficient code utilizing functions and parameters.

  • Azure Site Recovery and Cloud Endure, or other DR solutions

  • Ability to create reports using PowerShell that query disparate systems and turn data into usable information.

  • Use REST and third-party API's to configure and query systems

  • Experience working in companies going through significant change.

  • Practical knowledge of ITIL application processes and implementation, preferably knowledge with Service Now.

  • Knowledge of server operating systems, with emphasis on Microsoft Windows, including domain structures, Active Directory, system administration, and Windows Terminal Server.

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Experience with source and version control and an understanding of git workflows

Desireable

  • Experience with CI/CD systems.

  • Azure or AWS qualifications

  • Experience with industry leading Monitoring tools such as SCOM, VRops and VRA

  • Knowledge of Azure Automation and Azure Dev Ops a bonus but not essential.

  • Knowledge of Infrastructure hardware including hyperconverged technologies and traditional 3 tier.

  • Experience with vRealize Automation and Orchestrator and ability to create blueprints and cloud templates is an advantage.

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