Platform Engineer

Job Title: Platform Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Scotland
Salary: £350 - £400 per day + Outside IR35
Start Date: April 2021
Reference: BBBH26221_1615547570
Contact Name: Zoe Latuszka
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 12, 2021 11:12

Job Description

Platform Engineer (Site Resilience)
£400 per day
Outside IR35
6 Months (possible extension)
Homeworking for foreseeable

An experienced platform engineer is required to assist Registers of Scotland in the expansion of existing NetApp MetroCluster design, to design and build a new VMSC compute platform and to make improvements to the existing platform.

Mainly remote working for the foreseeable future, except where access to physical hardware is required, which will be on-site in Edinburgh.
When the risk of COVID infection is eliminated or much reduced, we envision many of the team and community activities will take place at offices in Edinburgh, for at least part of each week

Main objectives

  • Expand production Metrocluster build
  • Migrate legacy workloads to Metrocluster
  • Decommission legacy platform
  • Design and deliver VMWare stretch cluster (VMSC)
  • Support delivery of new backup platform
  • Support migration to NSX-T

Additional Services

  • Collaborate with colleagues, including the Product Manager, to define, refine and prioritise the database roadmap and backlog
  • Continued development and support of RoS' virtual and storage platforms in line with the product and architecture roadmaps, including but not limited to:
    • Ensuring appropriate access controls are in place, monitored and adhered to
    • Managing, monitoring and improving performance to meet user needs
    • Collaboratively assisting with the re-platforming/re-development of existing applications
    • Collaboratively design, plan and deploy new technology solutions (e.g. vRealize automation orchestration, vROPS, VMWare NSX, Nutantix, RHEL server re-platforming, SAN migration, SRM, DR and BC enhancement)
    • Propose and implement platform improvements
    • Monitor and manage platform health, capacity, availability, integrity and currency
    • Developing and maintaining appropriate documentation and artefacts, e.g. designs, local work instructions, etc.
    • Ensuring all software applications and server instances are backed up; including managing backup policies, routines and schedules
    • Monitoring the functional efficiency of storage and archiving procedures
    • Supporting disaster recovery events
    • Managing data protection
    • Troubleshooting and resolving platform related issues
    • Continuously inspecting and adapting to improve existing processes
  • Actively participating in all team events, leading where specialist knowledge in required, and supporting the team to improve their process through inspection and adaptation.
  • Actively participating in all relevant communities of practice and governance

Some of these services may need to be provided outside of RoS' core business hours (07:30-17:30) in order to ensure continuity of service. The successful supplier is expected plan and manage their working hours accordingly\

Essential Skills
Significant and demonstrable commercial experience in the following areas:

  • VMWare 6.X multi-site environments
  • VMWare vSphere HA
  • NSX environments
  • SAN management and design
  • Platform monitoring solutions and paradigms
  • NetApp FC MetroCluster
  • EMC Avamar/Data Domain Expert
  • Nutanix virtualisation platform design and implementation
  • Fibre Channel Fabrics, including Brocade switching
  • Disaster recovery planning and execution, including wider assurance activities
  • Data centre management and best practices
  • Windows and RHEL operating systems
  • Infrastructure as code, including automation using ansible, powershell/powercli, bash, perl and/or python
  • Dashboard creation utilising tools such as Grafana or custom tooling
  • Agile working practices, including Kanban

Cross-functional DevOps environment

Desirable Skills
Certified across: Cisco CCNA / CCNP, VMware VCP 6.5 or higher / VCAP NV & VCE - CIAE / CIMAE / Nutanix NCP, NetApp NCDA
Commercial experience of the following:

  • Working with an assurance function to ensure DR/BCP design and testing procedures are fit for purpose
  • Security design and architecture