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Sysadmin / Cloud / DevOps jobs and careers

Sysadmin professionals manage, install and upgrade and software and hardware. They are typically involved in data backup and recovery, as well as maintaining operating systems, email, PCs, local and wide area networking both hardware and software and mid-range server hardware.

DevOps is a collaborative delivery process that highlights communication between operations and professionals. The main objective of a DevOps Engineer is to automate a smooth process that integrates software testing by forming and maintaining a harmonious environment in which software releasing can happen frequently.

Why consider a career in Sysadmin or DevOps?
If you’re keen to solve interesting and new problems, a role in DevOps or sysadmin does not fall along one career track and professionals often evolve into this type of position from a variety of backgrounds.

What a Sysadmin or DevOps career or job may entail…
You will be responsible for every stage of all hosting environments, from design to implementation to maintenance. You may provide capable assistance across all aspects of the Developer environment and client hosting platforms. Your knowledge and skills will grow through an introduction to new technologies and procedures and this will be used to improve systems throughout your remit. You may also evaluate and select new tech as well as improve all systems and processes around you.
  
Typical role titles include
DevOps Engineer
Operations Engineer
Systems Administrator
Cloud Engineer

Career progression example
Head of DevOps
Infrastructure Manager
Cloud Architect

Salary Benchmarks
At an entry level, junior / graduate Sysadmin or DevOps professionals on average will be earning between £20k-£30k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £30k-£45k and seniors would be looking to earn £45k+.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes...
Popular skills within this market include: 

Microsoft Azure  | AWS (Amazon Web Services) | Google Cloud Platform | Windows Server | IIS | Source Control | Continuous Integration (Jenkins etc).  | Virtualisation and networking knowledge | Automation tools such as Docker | Puppet, Saltstack, Ansible or Chef | AWS tech stack often includes EC2, CloudFront, CloudFormation, S3 etc | Linux based DevOps roles available which require strong LAMP admin | MySQL | scripting (PHP, Python, Ruby, Bash, Go) and more.

What qualifications does it take?
There aren’t any entry qualifications but it is possible to complete Microsoft certifications for Azure, achieve Amazon accreditation for AWS and GCP from Google.

 

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  • 20th Mar

    Hot Jobs (Senior) DevOps Engineers

    — Rapid business growth & career progression

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    Competitive
    Global business with an exciting new digital hub. Progressive and adaptable technology exposure spread across multiple stacks. High-level creative solutions for global organisations and household names.An internationally renowned digital technology giant has landed in Bristol and is looking for a number of DevOps Engineers to join their outstanding team. With plans to grow to 200 in the next 2 years, this opportunity will offer excellent scope for progression and a great chance to pick up a range of modern and emerging technology. What skills you’ll need Significant cloud technology experience, preferably with Amazon Web Services (AWS) but will also consider Google Cloud, Azure or Digital Ocean.  Proven knowledge of CI/CD (Jenkins, Bamboo, CircleCI, TeamCity etc.) and containerisation, ideally with Docker/Kubernetes.  Excellent understanding of various configuration, build and automation tools such as Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt, Selenium, Terraform etc.  A passion for infrastructure-as-code would be advantageous.  Linux/Windows system administration and scripting skills (Python, Bash).  Experience of building, maintaining, monitoring & scaling web/cloud based platforms.  Knowledge of at least one server-side language would be beneficial.  Background in an Agile/Scrum environment.If you’re well-versed with some of the above but feel like you’d have a lot to learn, I’d still love to hear from you. The business is considering applicants with different backgrounds and technology experience; training and development is at the heart of their approach.What you’ll be doingJoining a team of 3 with scope for rapid growth, you’ll take responsibility for the build and delivery of various technical platforms across the company’s client base. This is a multi-disciplinary role with a primary focus on infrastructure and environment management, with the expectation that you will embed yourself into the wider team to act as an advocate for DevOps practices across any particular project/programme. You will be involved in regular release and deployments, constantly liaising with the Developers, Testers and Business Analysts to ensure that all systems are built to be maintainable and able to handle frequent change.  No day is the same in this role, offering plenty of variety, exposure to a broad range of progressive technologies and an innovative team to collaborate with.  What you’ll get in return for your talentsAn incredible opportunity to work for a Times Top 50 Employer offering a competitive salary with outstanding long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (25 days) a discretionary bonus, healthy pension (matched up to 8%) and a flexible benefits scheme tailored to your preferences!  This is a fantastic chance to be a key part of a growing technology team in stunning new offices designed to hold regular tech meetups, show and tells and drive innovation through their work,What’s next?To hear more about this great opportunity, send your CV to Joe or give us a call to find out more. 
  • 24th Mar

    Junior DevOps Engineer

    — Amazing product, AWS, Docker

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £30k-£35k
    Award-winning Bristol success story. Learn AWS, Docker, Cloud/DevOps. Training, development, progressive software team.A fast-growing and progressive software house in Bristol are looking to grow their infrastructure team to match the growth of their market disrupting product as it grows around the world. This specialist software company are paving the way in mobile gamification with a number of worldwide renowned clients and now is great time to be joining them as they grow their Bristol team.What experience you'll need Youll have strong understanding of AWS cloud computing. It is essential that you have used Bash as your scripting tool previously. Ideally, youll have used Git or a similar version control system. Youll have strong Linux support/systems administration. At some point you wouldve worked within enterprise platforms (Docker). There will be opportunities to pick up skills with Node.js.What you'll be doingYou will be working within a rapidly growing team supporting their roadmap in becoming a global platform. Your role will focus on the infrastructure side but most importantly helping their cloud computing platform (AWS) where you will take the lead. Your primary role will be to manage their SAAS platform infrastructure. This opportunity provides the chance to play a leading role in a disruptive sector. Youll be joining a team of 5 in the Bristol office who all play a pivotal role within infrastructure. In addition, you'll learn how to automate platform management, assess and mitigate risks, support pre-sales queries and help advise on new tech/processes throughout.What you'll get in return for your talentsA competitive salary (£30k-£35k), generous holidays, opportunities to travel (Asia, Australia etc), training, career progression (Global Lead etc), socials/trips and smart offices. Above all you'll be working on one of the most exciting software products around, sharing in the journey and success of the company in a new role with the opportunity to learn and play with emerging tech throughout.Whats nextSend in your CV now to Callum (01179269530) for immediate consideration.
  • 19th Mar

    DevOps Developer

    — Award-winning IT consultancy

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £55K - £60K
    Hands on role working with the latest Java versions for space systems & technology. Award winning company. Flexible working hours, on-site parking, research & development.A leading developer of information, communications and advanced technology solutions is going through a real growth period and is looking for DevOps Engineers in Bristol to work on a variety of challenging and rewarding projects from weather systems to spacecraft missions in order to help shape the future of the division. You can either be based in Bristol or Chippenham.What skills you'll be needing An experienced background developing with Java. Knowledge of continuous build and test processes & toolset. Experience in the design, development, test and integration of quality software. Exposure to modern testing and DevOps technologies such as; Jenkins, Maven etc. Experience of Nexus would be a bonus. Linux scripting or Windows Powershell is desirable. Familiarity with web application development, integration and testing such as JSF & Spring are nice to have. Experience of Agile/Scrum. Good communication skills. Eligible to work in the UK. Security clearance is desirable.What you'll be doingYou will be working on private projects with some major clients that cant yet be disclosed. This is a hands-on role where you will be working with high-end software tools and modern programming practises and getting involved with a wide variety of exciting projects. As well as working within a collaborative and talented team, you will be able to go out and visit customer sites to provide consultation first hand. You will be expected to bring a variety of software knowledge to the table to share with the current team as well as ideally continuing to learn yourself; whether that is from us or from technology that you might look at in your spare time. With large teams it is essential that you work to timescales, complete projects to the required standard, solve problems with other team members and work efficiently to make best use of your time. With the team constantly expanding you will ideally have ambitions to mentor more junior members of the team and have desire to grow yourself.What you'll get in return for your talentsNot only will you get to work on some tech-leading projects in some seriously exciting sectors you will be entitled to 25 days holiday rising by 1 each year. Also on offer is flexible working hours, on-site parking, a generous pension contribution, private health, life assurance, income protection, SIP, Childcare Vouchers along with an on-site gym and cafe in Chippenham. You will have the opportunity for training and to pick up new skills.What's next?If this sounds like a great opportunity to you, email your CV to Ellen (01179 269 530) now!
  • 15th Mar

    Cloud Security Engineer

    — Household technology business

    Location:
    Malmesbury
    Type:
    Salary:
    £50K - £60K
    Global organisation with a technology division overlapping into IoT. Cutting edge tech, R&D, progressive world-leading business. Outstanding team, collaboration, key development opportunities.One of the UK's best-reputed household technology companies is looking for an experienced Cloud Security Engineer to join their connected products division in Malmesbury. The business is currently going through a massive digital transformation which involves a large re-platforming project, operating across 21 countries and focusing on customer experience for multiple target audiences. As they look to double the size of the business over the next 3 years, this is a unique opportunity to be one the onsite security specialists within a well-established and innovative division. What skills you'll need  Proven cloud security experience, specifically with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Good understanding Agile and the ‘DevSecOps approach to cloud security (things like Black Duck, Vericode, CI/CD). Significant knowledge of vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, secure coding practices and the use of encryption within cloud security. Awareness of the OWASP & NIST (or similar) frameworks would be beneficial. A relevant qualification (CISSP, CISA etc.) would also be helpful but not essential. Awareness of software/web development lifecycle. Any knowledge of the following: Jenkins, Bamboo, Atlassian Suite, Terraform, Ansible would be advantageous. What you'll be doing Joining the connected products division in Malmesbury, you will act as a key member of the security team with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT). You will take responsibility for securing infrastructure and applications within the AWS cloud, working closely with various product design teams to input functional/non-functional requirements across multiple projects. Your team work with cloud, research and embedded engineers to understand and deal with threats facing the IoT cloud, as well ensuring secure coding practices across the business. You will coordinate security testing to assure vulnerability is kept at a minimum, as well as providing regular risk assessments & recommendations for the wider programme. You will be expected to operate in an Agile manner, taking a SecDevOps approach to security integration. What you'll get in return for your experience An incredible opportunity to work for a global giant offering a competitive salary (c£60K) with long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (27 days), bonus, health options, pension scheme, smart offices, R&D time and more. Above all, youll be in a role with real job satisfaction and the autonomy to evaluate, select and suggest new ideas that will be highly valued. What's next? Sound like the role for you? Send your profile to Joe or give us a call to find out more!
  • 15th Mar

    Cloud Developer

    — Flexible working, modern tech

    Location:
    Malmesbury
    Type:
    Salary:
    £40K - £60K
    Global business with a new tech division overlapping into IoT. Cutting edge tech, R&D, progressive world-leading business. Outstanding team, progression, development opportunities.One of the UKs most innovative & rapidly growing technology companies are looking for Cloud Software Engineers to join their Malmesbury platform team.  As they look to double the size of the business over the next 3 years, this is a unique opportunity to be one of the onsite specialists within an exciting and innovative division. The business is currently going through a large re-platforming project, operating across 21 countries and focusing on customer experience for multiple target audiences. Please note that the wider salary range is due to the business considering all levels of applicant. What skills you'll need Proven background in Java/Python development. Excellent knowledge of cloud technology, particularly Amazon Web Services (AWS). Understanding of TDD (Docker), CI/CD (Jenkins, Bamboo), automation and infrastructure as code (Ansible, Terraform). Awareness of connected products, scalability, micro-service architecture, message routing etc. Ability to involve yourself in the architecture & design of new components, as well as various testing processes & deployments. Background in an Agile environment. The company are considering applicants from different tech backgrounds, so if you have some experience with C# and a strong drive to learn, Id still like to hear from you!  What you'll be doing Joining a cross-functional team within the business' platform team, youll be covering a variety of greenfield & ongoing projects, focusing on developing new online features and adding to the pre-existing platform using Java/Python and a range of monitoring & automation tools. The company work in an Agile manner so youll be involved in daily stand-ups & fortnightly sprints, often developing as a pair or team to ensure there are no blurred lines of communication internally. Most of the projects youll be focusing on are centred on eCommerce and IoT so you will have plenty of exciting projects to be getting on with! The long term goal is to build the foundations of a truly global team, and this role will only progress as the business does with it.  What you'll get in return  An incredible opportunity to work for a global giant offering a competitive salary (c£60K) with long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (27 days), bonus, flexi-time, health options, pension scheme, smart offices, R&D time and more. Above all, you'll be in a role with real job satisfaction and the autonomy to evaluate, select and suggest new ideas that will be highly valued. What next? Really exciting role here - want to hear more? Give Joe a call or send us your CV now!
  • 7th Mar

    DevOps Engineer

    — Linux, Scripting, Automation

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £350-400 per day
    3 mth DevOps Engineer contract. Friendly digital specialist, supportive team. Linux/LAMP admin, automation, scripting.DevOps Engineer needed to help in setting up servers, running penetration tests, security tests and writing scripts to automate processes for a well-respected digital specialist in Bristol. Working alongside their permanent DevOps Engineer you’ll be working in the tech team to help provide a seamless service for a number of key clients.What skills you’ll be needing Linux systems administration. AWS and multi-node server environments. Tools such as Ansible, Vagrant, Docker etc. IP based networking and ACL based firewalls. Strong scripting experience, PHP is a bonus. GIT version control. Knowledge of SQL and NoSQL databases.What you’ll be doingThe DevOps Engineer will mostly help to set up servers and write scripts for automation as part of a small team. You will assist with application deployments for ongoing updates and new deployments as well as ensuring security best practice for infrastructure and applications. They have a predominantly Linux based environment with some AWS and you’ll need to have a good all-round knowledge to be able to implement and maintain a CI pipeline.What you’ll get in return for your talentsA newly built digital studio to work from with onsite café, free on-street parking, a friendly team to work with and a good chance of extension/repeat work. They’re happy to pay a day rate of £350-400 per day for this one.What’s nextIf you’re available immediately and keen to hear more then send your CV through.
  • 7th Mar

    DevOps Engineer (AWS, Linux)

    — Brand-new offices next to iconic Bristol harbour

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £55K - £65K
    Global business with new tech division overlapping into IoT. Cutting edge tech, R&D, progressive world-leading business. Outstanding team, progression, development opportunities.One of the UK's most innovative technical businesses are looking for a DevOps Engineer to join their new Bristol office.  As they look to double the size of the business over the next 3 years, this is a unique opportunity to be the onsite specialist within an exciting and innovative division. What skills you'll need  Considerable experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and some of the associated tech including; EC2, Elastic Beanstalk, Cloudfront, ElastiCache etc. Strong Linux systems administration with scripting skills (Bash, Python). Some Windows system administration skills would be beneficial (e.g. PowerShell) Configuration management, and automation e.g. Ansible, Terraform. Maintenance, monitoring and scaling web based platforms. Evidence of keeping up to date with the latest industry trends, emerging tech and being pro-active in learning new skills, particularly with reference to security, containerisation, serverless, microservices and CI (Jenkins, Bamboo).What you'll be doing Joining a team of 3 which is due to grow rapidly, you'll be developing, maintaining and automating the build of AWS components and operating systems.  Liaising with architects, software engineers and DBAs you'll be implementing new requirements, features and changes.  Some projects include deploying automated code to various web platforms and a key focus on infrastructure as code. A large part of the role will be integrating monitoring solutions and responding to issues and alerts as they come up, ensuring that systems are secure and patched.  They need someone who can manage their time effectively, hit deadlines and work collaboratively with others coming up with new ideas, process improvements and adopting new tech quickly. What you'll get in return for your talents An incredible opportunity to work for a global giant offering a competitive salary (to £55K) with long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (27 days), bonus, health options, pension scheme, smart offices, R&D time and more. What's next? Sound like the right role for you? Send your CV to Joe ASAP or give us a call to find out more. 
  • 4th Mar

    Cloud Software Engineer

    — Flexible/remote working

    Location:
    Bristol
    Type:
    Salary:
    £30K - £60K
    Global business with a new tech division overlapping into IoT. Cutting edge tech, R&D, progressive world-leading business. Outstanding team, progression, development opportunities.One of the UK's most innovative & rapidly growing technology companies are looking for Cloud Software Engineers to join their brand-new Bristol office next to its iconic harbour side.  As they look to double the size of the business over the next 3 years, this is a unique opportunity to be the onsite specialist within an exciting and innovative division. The business is currently going through a large re-platforming project, operating across 21 countries and focusing on customer experience for multiple target audiences. Please note that the wider salary range is due to the business considering all levels of applicant. What skills you'll need  Proven background in C# development, ideally with exposure to .Net Core. Excellent knowledge of cloud technology, particularly Amazon Web Services (AWS). Understanding of TDD (Docker), CI/CD (Jenkins, Bamboo), automation and infrastructure as code (Ansible, Terraform). Awareness of connected products, scalability, micro-service architecture, message routing etc. Ability to involve yourself in the architecture & design of new components, as well as various testing processes & deployments. Background in an Agile environment. The company are considering applicants at all levels, so if you have some experience with Java/Python (as opposed to C#) and a strong drive to learn, Id still like to hear from you!  What you'll be doing Joining a cross-functional team within the business' connected products division (IoT), you'll be covering a variety of greenfield & ongoing projects, focusing on developing new online features and adding to the pre-existing platform using C# and a range of monitoring & automation tools. The company work in an Agile manner so youll be involved in daily stand-ups & fortnightly sprints, often developing as a pair or team to ensure there are no blurred lines of communication internally. Most of the projects you'll be focusing on are centred on eCommerce and IoT so you will have plenty of exciting projects to be getting on with! The long term goal is to build the foundations of a truly global team, and this role will only progress as the business does with it.  What you'll get in return for your experience An incredible opportunity to work for a global giant offering a competitive salary (to £60K) with long term progression, training and development, access to courses and conferences alongside a formidable benefits package.  You can expect generous holidays (27 days), bonus, flexi-time, health options, pension scheme, smart offices, R&D time and more. Above all, you'll be in a role with real job satisfaction and the autonomy to evaluate, select and suggest new ideas that will be highly valued. What next? Really exciting role here - want to hear more? Give Joe a call or send us your CV now! 
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