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Senior IT Support Engineer (Linux Focused)

We are looking to expand our team of highly experienced and dedicated IT support engineers with an individual who shares our philosophy and wants to join our close and mutually supportive team.

This role consists of approximately 60% infrastructure/project and 40% assisting the helpdesk.

The candidate should have strong Linux background along with Windows Server and Virtualisation knowledge and an understanding of networking technologies. Project delivery is going to be an essential part of this role, therefore being interested in multiple technologies is a requirement, as is effective communication with customers and colleagues.

The role will, by necessity, involve some out-of-hours work, be part of an on-call rota and require travel to customer sites and meetings. Travel between our other sites and data centres will also be required.

Person specification

Candidates should be interested in problem-solving, keen to pick up new skills, and have an aptitude for learning. The ability to work as part of a team, and in a busy environment is essential, as sometimes we need to delegate work to keep on top of incoming requests. Attention to detail is very important.

We’re looking for an aspiring engineer with at least 3 years of customer-facing support experience. The individual should also have excellent customer communication skills (telephone and face-to-face)

Core competencies

The ideal candidate will have strong experience in the following areas:

  • Worked with Linux in a corporate environment
  • Securing Linux in a multi-tenant environment
  • Experience with installing, configuring, and maintaining Linux services such as Postfix, Syslog, Apache, MySQL, Nginx)
  • BASH scripting (and/or alternatives)
  • Recovering from faults & reading/analysing logs to find failures
  • Configuring automated patching & CRONTAB tasks
  • Ansible or other automation platform
  • Expert working knowledge in various Linux distributions including but not limited to Ubuntu, CentOS & Redhat
  • Experience of Cloud based operating models MS Azure, Oracle Cloud, etc
  • Windows Servers – Knowledge of creating users from scratch, deploying new Servers, and configuring roles on servers in a best-practice manner. Windows server technologies including ADDS, DHCP, DNS, File Services, RDS (including connection brokering, session host, gateway), and IIS
  • Virtualisation Experience – both with VMWare and Hyper-V – including vSwitches and vCentre (knowledge about clustering would be an advantage)
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery experience (Veeam knowledge would be an advantage)
  • Microsoft 365 and Azure/Intune administration experience
  • PowerShell (and other scripting languages) experience –either creating scripts from scratch or piecing together freely available samples from the internet to create a custom script.
  • Routers -Configuring a router from the box as well as managing existing Routers -including the adding/modifying and removing of Firewall rules as well as understanding the impact of such changes on businesses. Experience with Sophos XG Firewalls would be extremely beneficial.
  • Wireless AP Deployment -Deployment of a wireless solution to a site, using multiple Wireless APs, as well as RADIUS authentication.
  • Networking and Switches -Excellent knowledge of VLANs and how to inter-operate between different manufacturers. Use of ACLs and port security to increase network security.
  • VPN -Knowledge of how an IPSEC tunnel is created, how to troubleshoot, and preferably work on multiple manufacturers.

Additional beneficial competencies

  • Basic use of Source Control (GIT)
  • MacOS with single sign-on using a provider such as Jump Cloud
  • Cisco experience or certification in Switches/Firewalls
  • Experience in SQL Server (and SQL as a language)
  • iOS Certification, Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT)
  • MS Certification
  • MacOS troubleshooting -permission issues, application installation/troubleshooting, reinstallation of the OS, Time Machine Backups, Airport, Screen Mirroring
  • Experience in AutoTask and Datto RMM (or other RMM technologies)
  • Experience in CyberSecurity –notably the CyberEssentials scheme
  • Any experience with containerisation such as Docker/Kubernetes

Desired additional experience

  • DevOps Experience/Interest to Learn
  • Knowledge of tools and methodologies such as Kubernetes, Docker, CI/CD
  • Migration projects (email, server, etc.)
  • Project management experience
  • Providing training to junior staff
  • IT Framework qualification e.g. ITIL V3 or V4 Foundation

Requirements

  • Full UK driving license.
  • To be eligible to obtain full UK (SC) Security Clearance.

Benefits

  • Competitive salary (dependent on experience)
  • 25 days holiday plus public holidays, plus your birthday off
  • Private pension scheme with Royal London Mutual
  • Private Medical care
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Cycle to work and Tech Schemes
  • A company backing you who wants to see you grow in your career
  • Friendly and relaxed flexible working environments

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